Praline Apple Bread

IMG_3034I got Southern Living for a year and this recipe made my subscription worthwhile.  It has everything good, in it.  It is the perfect quick bread for my husband. A  moist sour cream bread with pecans and apples.

This does not imply that I have not gotten lots of good recipes from Southern Living.  I found wonderful dishes to make.  The recipes appear to be relatively easy and ingredients quickly located.  Recently, I am finding Eating Well and Cooking Light to have more of the recipes, I am looking for.

I am slowly working my way through my magazines.  One year, I went on a spree, ordering subscriptions to every foodie magazine, I could find.  It is taking me way more than  a year to make a dent in these.  I enjoy reading them and inevitably find recipes in each and every one.  I am torn between magazines and books, both which line the shelves.

Praline Apple Bread – adapted from Southern Living – September 2009

  •  1 and 1/2 cups pecans, divided into 1/2 cup and one cup, chopped
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon guar gum
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled and chopped Granny Smiths
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan.
  3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together the granulated sugar, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla until blended.
  4.  In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, guar gum, baking powder, soda, and salt,
  5. Add to sour cream mixture, mixing until combined.
  6. By hand, stir in the chopped apple, raisins and 1/2 cup of the toasted pecans.
  7. Spoon batter into greased loaf pan.
  8. Sprinkle with chopped pecans and press nuts lightly into the batter.
  9. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 65 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  10. Cool in pan for ten minutes.
  11. Remove to wire rack.
  12. In a small saucepan, melt margarine and brown sugar. 
  13. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  (I did it in the microwave without the stirring)
  14.  Remove bread from pan.
  15. Drizzle top  of bread with brown sugar and margarine.
  16. Let cool completely.  We didn’t.  We couldn’t.    

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  1. I love quick breads, I made one today too! And I'm like you, I so enjoy sitting and flipping through cooking magazines and marking the ones I want to make. I'm addicted to cooking magazines, lol! Hope you're having a great weekend!

  2. I actually have some apples that I need to use up soon. I'll be making this quick bread for that task! Great recipe!

  3. Yumm! I love cooking blogs! So glad to have found you! Happy Sunday! I would love for you to stop by and check out my blog as well! If you like it you can follow back! Thanks! Hope to blog with you again soon!


  4. Hi! Following you from Relax and Surf Sunday blog hop! Hope you visit me and return the follow!:0)

  5. Wow! looks absolutely wonderful. Thanks for stopping by at my blog & leaving nice comments on Peanut Butter Crisscrosses. Sorry, it took me some time to find yours. Hope to hear from you again :)

    Simply Sweet 'n Savory

  6. Southern Living is one of my favorites! When it arrives, I go right to the recipe index. This looks great - and just so satisfying.

    Thanks for sharing with Sweets This Week!

  7. This looks like a winner! I loved your comments on step 16.

  8. Thanks for linking up. This was great for breakfast after a night spent partying at the beach ;-)

  9. This sounds as great as it looks. I know my husband would LOVE this.

    I'm here via Martha's virtual party.

  10. WOW! This looks incredible! I have to try this out! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

  11. Thank you for posting. I have granny smith apples that I need to use up and this recipe looks perfect.

    I am your newest follower. Come on over to and say hello!

  12. That bread does sound wonderful with the apples and raisins together. Yummy! I also seem to have way more cooking magazines than I could ever cook too. What a predicament :) Thanks so much for sharing your recipe at These Chicks Cooked, Wednesday. Have a good one.


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