The air is cool and crisp today in northern Illinois, reminding me that autumn is just around the corner. And though I am a southern girl, I must admit that I do enjoy all that fall has to offer here in the Midwest. Right now we are reveling in the start of apple season. Now I know that I can find apples in the stores year round, but this time of year we have many more varieties to choose from. My favorite, the Honeycrisp. Sweet-tart, juicy with a bit of crunch, they are great for snacking and for baking. So set aside old Granny Smith and give these red beauties a try.
You know there’s nothing like the smell of cinnamon and apples wafting through the house on a beautiful fall day, except for maybe the aroma of coffee that goes so well with this delicious sweet cake.
Apple Cinnamon Loaf
from Just a Pinch Recipes
You will need:
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1 large baking apple, peeled and chopped
Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×5 loaf pan with Pam for Baking or butter and flour.
In a small bowl, mix cinnamon and brown sugar together and set aside. Using an electric mixer, beat granulated sugar and butter to a smooth consistency. Add eggs, one at a time, blend well and mix in vanilla extract.
In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Stir into butter mixture. Add milk and mix until smooth.
Pour half of the batter into loaf pan. Top with half of the chopped apples and half of the brown sugar and cinnamon. Swirl brown sugar and cinnamon into batter. Repeat with remaining batter, apples and brown sugar cinnamon.
Bake 40-50 minutes. Test for doneness with a wooden skewer or toothpick.