Friday, August 28, 2009

Praline Apple Bread

Packed with apple flavor and topped with gooey caramel and crunchy pecans.

1 cup granulated sugar
1 (8 ounce) carton dairy sour cream
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups chopped, peeled tart apples
1.5 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup packed brown sugar

Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. In a large mixing bowl beat together granulated sugar, sour cream, eggs and vanilla extract on low speed of an electric mixer until combined, then beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.

Stir together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt; add to sour cream mixture, beating on low speed until combined. Stir in apple and 1/2 cup of the pecans. Turn into prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle with remaining chopped pecans; press lightly into batter.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 55 to 60 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. (If necessary, cover loosely with foil the last 10 minutes of baking to prevent overbrowning.) Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan combine butter or margarine and brown sugar; cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat and boil gently for 1 minute. Remove bread from pan. Drizzle top with brown sugar mixture; cool.

Makes 1 loaf (18 servings).

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