No butter or oil is used in the bread batter yet this Apple Praline Bread is so moist and delicious. The big bonus is the lovely praline topping that is nutty and crunchy and truly yummy!
Last year, I was reading the local newspaper (Holland Sentinel) when I chanced upon this lovely bread recipe. It was the winner for the Apple Recipe Contest sponsored by the Downtown Holland Magazine, a publication of the Holland Sentinel. Upon reading it, I knew I just had to try it.
It was such a delicious recipe! No surprise that it won the contest!
What was unbelievable was that it was actually a low-fat bread – no butter or oil is used in the batter yet it comes out super moist!
And what makes it a star is the topping!!!
The praline topping with crunchy nuts and buttery sauce is totally divine. So that’s the only part with some fat in it!
Photo below shows what Apple Praline Bread looks like when I baked it in my long loaf tin.
If only to taste the topping, you gotta make this. Surely, this has become our favorite fall bread.
But since apples are available any time of the year it’s worth making this regardless of the season!
What are you waiting for – make it today and be amazed at this delicious bread with no butter or oil!
Photo below of Apple Praline Bread when you bake it with brown sugar.
Either way, it’s delicious and perfect with a cup of tea!
Below is the step-by-step photo instructions on how to make this yummy bread. For printing, please check the recipe card below.
Ingredients for Apple Praline Bread
For the bread batter
- sour cream or yogurt as a substitute
- sugar (brown or white, though brown sugar would make the bread look darker as the photo above shows, I have used both)
- vanilla extract
- all-purpose or plain flour
- baking powder
- baking soda
- baking apples (sweet-tart variety like Granny Smith is great for this)
- nuts (walnut or pecan or a combo)
For the praline sauce
- brown sugar
How to make Apple Praline Bread
1. Simply mix or beat together the sour cream/yogurt, sugar, eggs, and vanilla to combine. An electric mixer would make it easier but a whisk with some elbow grease should be fine for the job, too!
2. Add in the flour, leavening agents, and salt. Continue to mix until well combined.
Fold in the apples and a portion of the nuts into the batter. The apples here still look big as this was my first attempt but then the second time around, I chopped them finely so the bread is easier to cut when it’s completely cooled down and does not break apart. Lesson: Make sure to slice the apples thin!
Transfer the batter to the greased loaf pan. Sprinkle the rest of the nuts on top and then press them lightly into the batter. Then, bake!
Look at the result below! What a gorgeous bread (and my little princess is gorgeous, too!!!). She was still so tiny here and insisted I take a photo of her with the bread. I can’t believe this was nearly 10 years ago!
Yes, I’ve been making this bread for that long – it’s our staple for fall!
For the praline sauce
In a small saucepan, place the butter and brown sugar.
Using medium heat, bring to a boil. Lower the heat and then simmer lightly for about one minute, stirring constantly until the sauce thickens and the sugar is fully melted.
Remove from heat and then drizzle over the bread. Cool completely.
This is what makes the bread over the top yummy!!! What a lovely fall bread indeed!
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Apple Praline Bread
For the bread batter
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup sugar, (brown or white, though brown sugar would make the bread look darker as the photo above shows, I have used both)
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsps vanilla extract
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 ½ cups baking apples or 2 small-medium ones (sweet-tart variety like Granny Smith is great for this), peeled and finely chopped
- 1 cup nuts (walnut or pecan or a combo), divided
For the praline topping
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Set aside.Using an electric mixer, beat together the sour cream, sugar, eggs, and vanilla on low speed until well blended.
- Stop the mixer and then add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Continue to beat on low until well combined.
- Fold in the apples and 3/4 cup of the nuts into the batter. Transfer the batter to the greased loaf pan.
- Sprinkle the rest of the nuts on top and then press them lightly into the batter. Bake for about 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.Cool in the loaf pan for about 20-30 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack. Drizzle the praline sauce all over.
- For the praline sauceIn a small saucepan, place the butter and brown sugar.
- Using medium heat, bring to a boil. Lower the heat and then simmer lightly for about one minute, stirring constantly until the sauce thickens and the sugar is fully melted.
- Remove from heat and then drizzle over the bread. Cool the loaf completely before slicing.
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Last updated on September 8th, 2023 at 04:27 pm