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I know I am no longer a fan of Penzey’s, but they do have some good recipes that I still enjoy making.  Sorry if that makes me a bad person.  This recipe for Apple Bread is really yummy.  I enjoy it a lot.I do recommend using the Apple Pie Spice instead of just cinnamon.  I think it really adds to the recipe.

Penzeys Apple Bread
Bread:
4 cups apples, peeled, cored and chopped (I used Macintosh – 4-5 large apples)
4 large eggs, beaten
1 cup vegetable oil (I use canola.)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon or Penzeys Apple Pie Spice
3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups white sugar

Topping:
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon or Penzeys Apple Pie spice
1/2 cup butter, room temperature

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 2 standard loaf pans and set aside.
Peel and core the apples. Cut apples into good size chunks about 1 inch in size. In large bowl, beat eggs with mixer until fluffy. Add the oil and beat until combined. Add vanilla, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Beat until mixed thoroughly. Next add flour and sugar and mix on low until blended. Turn mixer to high and beat until mixture is smooth. The batter will be very thick. Fold in chopped apples. Mix by hand so the apples don’t get broken up. Divide the mixture between the two pans. Since the batter is thick, it is easier to spoon into the pans.

To prepare the topping, combine flour, sugar and cinnamon in small bowl. Cut butter into mixture with fork until all ingredients are moist and crumbly. Sprinkle equal amounts of topping on each loaf.

Bake for about 1 hour on center rack of oven. The loaf should feel fairly firm when touched in the middle. If not, bake an extra five minutes. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack. Cool five minutes before removing from pans.

If you don’t want to make the topping, just sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. The topping is SO good though!

Enjoy!

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