I need you to know I have a seriously love for all things apple cinnamon--candles, lotions, oatmeal, breads. This recipe fits perfectly into my idea of an amazing apple-cinnamon combination. I'm so glad I saw the recipe appear on both twopeasandtheirpod.com and browneyedbaker.com. I knew that meant it was a winner.
I highly recommend you make this bread as soon as possible. The spices are spot on, the crunchiness of the topping is perfection, and the apples keep the inside wonderfully moist. Yumalicious!
Recipe adapted from browneyedbaker.com
1½ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ cup canola oil
¼ cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups apples, peeled and chopped into small pieces (about 1½ to 2 apples)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the sides and bottom of an 8×4-inch loaf pan or two 6-1/2x4 inch loaf pans.
In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, allspice and cloves. Set aside.
In the large bowl, beat the eggs on medium speed for about 30 seconds. Add in the oil, applesauce and vanilla and mix until smooth. Next, add the sugar and mix until well-combined.
With the mixer on low speed, gradually add in the flour mixture and mix until the flour is just barely combined. Gently fold in the apples with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan(s).
In a small bowl mix together the brown sugar, granulated sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over the batter in the loaf pan. For the 9x5 inch loaf, bake for 50 to 55 minutes. If using two 6x4 inch pans, bake for 35-40 minutes. Bake until the loaf is golden and a thin knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool the bread in the pan for 10 minutes, then run a dull knife around the sides of the loaf and turn it out on a cooling rack and place right-side up. Cool completely before slicing. Wrap leftover loaf in plastic wrap and store at room temperature.