So.  It’s 3 months until Christmas.  Canyouevenbelieveit?

Considering that it’s still in the 90’s here this week, I’m having an awfully hard time wrapping my mind around the idea that the holidays are going to be here in less than three months. And while it seems just a little crazy that we’re already starting to think about holiday planning, I know these three months are going to fly by.

That’s why I’m so excited about Brenda’s 12 Months of Christmas Treats–it’s a wonderful opportunity to start planning ahead before getting overwhelmed with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Start your baking now–freeze your goodies–and you’ll be prepared for a low stress holiday.

Or, you could do what I do, and just eat all of your goodies before the week is out.

I’ve had this recipe dog-eared for months, and even my husband kept asking when I was going to make it.  His favorite dessert (one of the few he’ll actually eat) is apple pie, so I knew this sweet bread would be a big hit.

It mixed up quickly (especially since the Tall Boy shredded all my apples–he really wanted this bread!), and smelled absolutely heavenly while it was baking.  This bread wasn’t overly sweet; it was very light, with just the slightest hint of fall spice, and it was incredibly moist from the apples.  No dry bread for me!

The streusel topping gave it a nice crunch, although I highly recommend adding nuts (walnuts or pecans) to your topping.  I did not add them here because the Tall Boy won’t eat them, but if you like ’em–go for it.  If I didn’t live with someone with weird eating issues, they’d be all over the top of this loaf.

Apple Pie Bread
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup buttermilk or sour milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice (you can substitute cinnamon)
  • 2 cups shredded, peeled apple (I used 3 large)
  • ½ cup raisins
For the streusel topping:
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablesppons butter
  • ⅓ cup chopped nuts, optional
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer for about 30 seconds. Add sugar, and beat on medium to high speed until combined. Add buttermilk and baking powder, beat until combined. Add eggs and vanilla, beat until combined. Add flour, salt and apple pie spice and beat until--you guessed it--combined. Stir in the apples and raisins.
  3. Spoon batter into prepared pan and sprinkle with streusel topping. Bake for 60-65 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  4. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan, and allow to cool completely before slicing.
For the streusel topping:
  1. Stir together brown sugar and flour in a small bowl. Cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in chopped nuts, if using.
Notes
just barely adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Fall Baking, 2012

Want to see some other Christmas yummies?  Be sure to check out all of the links below!

 Have a great Thursday!

I’m linked up at these great parties this week: Crazy Sweet Tuesdays, Trick or Treat Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesdays, Totally Tasty Tuesdays, Cast Party Wednesday, Whip it Up Wednesdays, Watcha’ Whipped Up Wednesdays, Eat, Pray {Read}, Love, Sweet Treats Thursday, Mrs. Fox’s Sweets, Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons, Itsy Bitsy Paper, Crumbs and Chaos, I’m Lovin’ It Fridays, Weekend Potluck, and Six Sister’s Stuff!