Soft Dutch Apple Loaf with fresh-picked apples

The days are getting cooler. Leaves are beginning to change. Fall has arrived and it’s time to take the family apple picking. Juicy, fresh-picked apples just can’t be beat. It’s a fun-filled activity on a crisp fall day for the whole family even the little ones. Many orchards have low hanging branches—just the right height for toddlers. Enjoy a hayride and sample homemade donuts and apple cider. After you’re your fresh-picked apples home, you can cook them down to make an easy, delicious apple cobbler with Byrd Mill’s popular Helens Fruit Cobbler Mix, or bake a delicious Dutch Apple Loaf. You can also make wonderful, whole baked, cinnamon apples. The options are endless. Happy Fall Y’all!


Dutch Apple loaf


1/2 cup of butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups Patrick Henry All Purpose Flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 cups diced peeled Granny Smith apples
1/2 cup chopped walnuts


1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup Patrick Henry All Purpose Flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup cold butter, cubed


1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each. Beat in buttermilk and vans. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture. Fold in Apples and walnuts. Pour into a greased 9 x 5 loaf pan.
2. Topping- combine sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over batter.
3. Bake at 350 for 55 minutes or until and inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Yield approximately 16 slices.

Baked Apples 

6 baking apples we like (Braeburn, Granny Smith or Rome)
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3 tbsp. butter, cut into 6 equal pieces
1 cup Apple cider


1. Preheat oven to 325
2. Wash apples and remove 3/4 of the core, leaving the bottom portion of the core intact. Place apples into a large oven safe skillet.
3. Mix together spices and brown sugar. Spoon into the cavity of each Apple. Place a piece of the butter on top of the sugar and spices. Top the butter with additional sugar and spices mixture.
4. Pour the Apple cider into the bottom of the skillet and then cover the skillet with foil and bake for 45 minutes to one hour.

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