One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is make sweet breads that we can snack on all week long. While they’re not always the healthiest recipes, I like that they’re homemade and a less processed than anything we’d pick up at the store. I always cook sweet breads in an 8×8 square pan. I find that the bread cooks more evenly and we avoid the crispy heels that none of us are a fan of. We pack them in lunch bags for dessert or for an after school snack.
Our favorite is banana bread, but it’s safe to say this Apple Pie Bread is now going into the rotation!
I got the recipe from Pip and Ebby and made a few small modifications:
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (you could also add 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, but I left this out)
3 large apples, peeled, sliced and cut into small chunks (about the size of diced onions), I used HoneyCrisp and Opal Apples, because that’s what I had on hand.
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9×9-inch glass pan with olive oil spray and set aside.
In a large bowl or stand mixer, combine the butter, brown sugar, milk, eggs and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until mixture is creamy. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Gradually add the flour mixture to the large bowl and mix until fully incorporated. Fold in the apples and pour into the oiled pan.
To make the topping, combine 2 tablespoons of melted butter with 1/2 cup each of flour and brown sugar. Mix with a fork until crumbly and sprinkle evenly over the top of the batter – I used only 1/2 of the mixture, just enough to cover the surface. Bake in the preheated oven for 55 minutes, checking for doneness starting at 45 minutes by inserting a toothpick into the center of the bread.
Cut into 16 squares and serve warm. Want to really go for the “wow” factor? Drizzle just a little ice cream caramel over the top. Oh. Yes. I. Did.
Do you prep snacks and meals? I’d love to hear your tips, below!
Looking for a fun and healthy(ish) after school treat? I love the idea of a caramel apple bar, where your little ones can help themselves to sampling healthy apples with some sweet toppings.
Just set out a fun array of toppings – choose chopped nuts or pretzels, chocolate chips, peanut butter, or caramel or chocolate sauce.. Then set out a variety of sliced apples to choose from. I always love to get Honey Crisp when they’re in season, and this time I tried Opal apples.
I picked up some Opals because I received a coupon from BzzAgent to try some for free in exchange for sharing my opinion. While they’re not available in every grocery store, you can spot them easily at participating grocers by their bright yellow color. Something that makes Opals unique is their non-GMO no-browning claim. While I’ve found them to eventually succomb to browning in my experience, they are non-browning enough to pass the school lunch test – in that they still look good enough for my finicky 6-year old to eat hours after I’ve sliced them for lunchbox prep! I also like that they are sweet, but not too sour – which makes Opals a winning apple in our home.
As a marketer by profession myself, I love a company with a good cause marketing campaign, and Opals are a brand with heart – a portion of Opal Apples’ sales goes to their Youth Make a Difference grants, which support youth-led non-profits involving food, nutrition and agriculture.
Would your little love a caramel apple bar? Tell me about it below. I’d love to hear your favorite tasty apple toppings !
Looking for a fun fall activity with the kids? Or just an interactive and tasty after school snack? I love the idea of a caramel apple bar. It’s as simple as it looks!
Start with a sheet of brown kraft paper and a selection of small bowls and dishes. Fill a bowl with your favorite caramel dip, and you could add another bowl with chocolate sauce. We added crushed pretzels, mini chocolate chips and red and black sprinkles for toppings. Don’t forget a little bit of sea salt for a salted caramel option! You could grab a Sharpie and label the toppings like I did here. Then, choose your apples – we’re big fans of honeycrisp, Granny Smith and red delicious. Slice them (love my Pampered Chef apple slicer* for this) and get dipping!
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