Apple Bread with Praline Topping

by Alli

I don’t know about you, but I’m all about apples during this time of the year.  Fall is practically screaming apples.  Can you hear it?

I came across this recipe while perusing my Southern Living magazine.  It’s not your grandma’s magazine any more!  (Even though I am a grandma.)  Really, they showcase hot new southern designers, restaurants, recipes, etc.  And no, I don’t work for them nor do I get a thing for saying that!  It’s just my opinion.

If it had not been for the picture, I would have cruised on by, because I’m more of a pie girl. But, a picture is indeed worth a 1,000 words in this instance!  Once I laid my eyes on the apple bread, I knew I had to taste it.  It looked so moist, yet crunchy, with that ooey gooey caramel topping dripping down the sides.  I wanted to lick the page.  Instead, I baked it myself.

There is no oil or butter in the batter.  The moistness comes from the sour cream.  And it was just as moist the next day at breakfast.  I have to confess, after having a tiny little piece the day I made it, I was not going to eat any more.  I covered it well so it would be out of sight, out of mind.  I even ate oatmeal for breakfast the next day.  But that bread kept calling my name and I finally gave in and had another tiny slice.  Yep, still moist!  And that was my treat for the week!

You’ve just got to make this and tell me what you think!

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Apple Bread with Praline Topping


  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans, divided
  • 1 (8 oz.) container sour cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped & peeled Granny Smith apples
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Bake 1/2 cup pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan for 6-8 minutes, or until toasted and fragrant, stirring after 4 minutes.
  2. Beat sour cream and next 3 ingredients at low speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes or until blended.
  3. Stir together flour and next 3 ingredients. Add to sour cream mixture, beating just until blended. Stir in apples and 1/2 cup toasted pecans. Spoon batter into a greased and floured 9" x 5" loaf pan. Sprinkle with remaining pecans and lightly press into batter.
  4. Bake at 350 for one hour or until a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, shielding with aluminum foil after 50 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan to wire rack.
  5. Bring butter and brown sugar to a boil in a 1 quart heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring the entire time. Remove from heat and spoon over top of bread. Let cool completely.

Note:  The directions say to let it cool completely.  I didn’t.  I wanted a piece while it was still warm.  And remember, an apple a day keeps the doctor away!  Does this count?

This may be my new favorite apple recipe.  What’s yours?


Laura @The Rookie Cook September 23, 2013 - 8:28 am

Alli, this bread looks delicious! And I totally agree with you about Southern Living, it has some awesome recipes in there. We must be on the same wavelength because I posted on Friday about Apple bread 🙂

Alli September 23, 2013 - 8:43 am

I just love apples! And all of the family loved this bread. I will have to go check out your apple bread recipe. And I always look forward to my Southern Living magazine. Even though I have it on my Kindle Fire, I like the hard copy. 🙂

Anna @ Northern Homestead September 23, 2013 - 1:40 pm

This does look yummy. Pinning it to try. And I bet I could replace the sugar with honey, or?

Liga September 23, 2013 - 7:56 pm

OMG Alli!! THis looks so delicious!

Leah Hostetler September 24, 2013 - 9:03 am

Wow I am defintely gonna have to be trying this! That topping looks absolutely fantastic!

Jeannie September 24, 2013 - 10:49 am

You had me at praline… I’m looking forward to getting this out of the oven this afternoon!

Alli September 24, 2013 - 9:26 pm

Hope you love it as much as we do!

Aida @ TheCraftingFoodie September 24, 2013 - 8:10 pm

This looks so good! The praline topping makes it look absolutely delectable. Have to give it a try!

Alli September 24, 2013 - 9:26 pm

Let me know how much you like it! My entire family loves it!

Meegan September 24, 2013 - 11:33 pm

Are you serious?? This looks absolutely incredible!! Nummers times 1000!! Pinned.

Alli September 25, 2013 - 6:26 am

It is so good and so perfect for fall!

Rebekah September 25, 2013 - 4:48 am

Mom, this looks delicious! I’m going to have to try this. 🙂

Alli September 25, 2013 - 6:26 am

It is great! :O)

Brenda Young September 25, 2013 - 8:19 am

Yummy, well what a perfect recipe for the first of fall, thanks for sharing have to try this one out!… BTW that little recipe plug in thingy sure is nifty! Yet another cool thing WordPress has going for it, I keep running across cool stuff they have to offer for blogging platforms, swaying me over there!

Alli September 25, 2013 - 2:50 pm

I heart WordPress! But, that’s all I’ve ever known because that is where I started! Thanks for stopping by.

Amy | Club Narwhal September 25, 2013 - 9:10 am

Alli, it was not a smart idea to visit your blog before breakfast–this looks absolutely gorgeous! I love sour cream in quick breads and cakes. Pinning this bad boy and I can’t wait to try it out!

Alli September 25, 2013 - 2:47 pm

As soon as I saw the Brown Butter Pumpkin Pecan Rolls, I was smitten! And, they look absolutely perfect! I hope mine are that pretty when I make them!

Gina September 25, 2013 - 10:14 am

Oh my- doesn’t that look tasty. My kids will love this.

Alli September 25, 2013 - 2:40 pm

Thanks! It is very tasty!

Maria September 25, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Your apple bread looks wonderful! Especially with that praline topping… what a great idea! It sounds absolutely delicious!

Alli September 25, 2013 - 2:31 pm

It is so good! My new favorite bread!

DesignedByBH September 27, 2013 - 6:34 pm

This looks great! And like something my dad would LOVE. I’m going to have to make it when the fam comes to town next! Pinning!

Heather September 30, 2013 - 1:26 pm

Oh wow, this looks so good! Thanks for linking up to Good Tastes Tuesday!

Alli September 30, 2013 - 1:28 pm

Thanks for hosting!


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