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Simple Sundays | Apple Pecan Loaf Cake

The days leading up to the holidays are so frenzied with activity, and this year was no different. Each year I say to myself that I will get a head start with my shopping and card writing, knowing that the days leading up to Christmas…

Apple Pecan Loaf Cake | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Have a slice with coffee or tea!
Simple Sundays | Apple Pecan Loaf Cake

Each slice is bursting with sweet Opal apples, crunchy pecans, and gooey caramel!

The days leading up to the holidays are so frenzied with activity, and this year was no different. Each year I say to myself that I will get a head start with my shopping and card writing, knowing that the days leading up to Christmas often becomes flooded with last minute work and gift wrapping. And yet again, this year I failed at my promise. So here we are, another Christmas season, and I am publicly vowing that next year, I will tackle all my Christmas elf activity early. Scout’s promise.

(Please remind me next year. Okay? Thanks.)

Apple Pecan Loaf Cake | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Opal apples bake beautifully in this lovely cake!



But that is all behind us now. By now, I hope that you have hugged your families and have recycled all the wrapping paper. I hope that you are enjoying some time off of work and staying cozy by the fire with your new, warm sweater. I hope the kids are playing with their toys and that you are having some time to make those recipes you’ve been dying to try.

Apple Pecan Loaf Cake | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Opal apples are crisp, sweet, and perfect for baking.

Apple Pecan Loaf Cake | www.kitchenconfidante.com

I have this Apple Pecan Loaf Cake for you to try while you’re in the kitchen. They’re studded with lovely Opal Apples – have you ever tried these golden beauties? A package of Opal apples were one of the happiest deliveries I had leading up to Christmas, and I just wanted to string them up and hang them on the tree! They’re unlike any other apple I’ve had before – sweet and crisp, juicy and bright – it’s like all the apples I love combined in one. The texture reminded me of an Asian pear, with a flavor like Golden Delicious and Honeycrisp in one.

Apple Pecan Loaf Cake | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Have a slice with coffee or tea!
Apple Pecan Loaf Cake | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Slices of sweet apple make this cake wonderful, and is drizzled with caramel and pecans.


Opal apples, it turns out resists oxidation, so even as I sliced them, they did not turn brown in an instant, which, let’s be honest, makes them even more appetizing. But beyond that, I personally love that they a portion of their Opal apple proceeds benefits select non-profits for their Youth Makes a Difference Initiative grants. And at this time of year, especially, those are business practices that matter to me. If you find Opal apples in your market – they are available from November to March only – I hope you try them. I really know you will love them so much.



The apples baked beautifully and thick slices of Apple Pecan Loaf Cake has been wonderful for snacks and breakfasts. My family is working on a Christmas puzzle as I type, our new tradition, and they are eating the last of the cake. I guess it’s time to make more.

Apple Pecan Loaf Cake | www.kitchenconfidante.com | A simple cake, perfect for breakfast, snack or dessert!



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Apple Pecan Loaf Cake

Makes two 1.5 lb loaf cakes. | Prep: 15 minutes | Cook: 30 minutes

Thick slices of this cake rewards you with bites of tender apple, crunchy pecans and cake that is soaked with gooey caramel. Whether you enjoy it with your morning coffee or afternoon tea is up to you.

Ingredients

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg

1 cup buttermilk

2 apples, diced, about 2 cups (Opal Apples were beautiful in this)

1/2 cup pecans, crushed, divided

 

caramel sauce

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 2 loaf pans (I used 1.5 lb pans measuring 10x5x3 inches) by lightly coating with baking spray (or butter), and lining with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together. Add vanilla and egg, mix well, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Add the buttermilk and flour mixture in batches, alternating. Stir in the apples and 1/4 cup of pecans.

 

Divide the batter into two loaf pans. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until golden, and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let it cool in the pans for about 5 minutes, then gently transfer to a wire rack to cool. While the loaves are still warm, spoon some caramel sauce over the tops and sprinkle with pecans. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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  1. Deb|EastofEdenCooking

    I might have to seek out the Opal Apple after reading your vibrant post! (Often apples at the grocery store are a sorry disappointment.) I too planned ahead, cut back on the expectations I had for myself and yet still felt frantic at times. I suppose holidays are just meant to be a busy time….  Happy New Year Liren! 

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  2. Liz+@+Floating+Kitchen

    What a beautiful loaf cake, Liren. I want to cozy up to the fire with a cup of tea and a slice of this. I hope you get in a little rest and relaxation now that Christmas is over!

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