I received some apples from a friend who went to the local apple orchard a few weeks ago and have been meaning to write about the two things I baked up immediately afterward.
The first was Praline Apple Bread http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1918535
that was in a recent Southern Living magazine. Although decadent, it was a good breakfast or dessert bread. I accidently added too many eggs so I made 1 1/2 times the recipe. The most challenging part of this recipe was making the Praline but that was not difficult. The family ate the larger loaf and I have the small one in the freezer. I also added purposefully a few more apples. I also forgot to add the pecans on top of the wet batter so I added them when I added the carmel sauce. They did not stay on top as easily but still tasted good.
- 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans, divided
- 1 (8-oz.) container sour cream
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups finely chopped, peeled Granny Smith apples (about 3/4 lb.)
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
The second recipe was a apple crostada by Ina Garten.
It is like a short cut apple pie. I cheated as I had a refrigerated pie crust already so I was able to skip the pastry making step. I am sure a homemade crust would have tasted differently but once you bake it and add some vanilla ice cream who cares.