Apple Bread with Praline Topping

by Alli

Apple Bread With Praline Topping is moist and delicious! It’s one of my favorite ways to welcome fall. 

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’ve been making this apple bread with praline topping for years. When it comes to team pumpkin or apple during the fall, I’m all about those apples. 

This apple bread is so moist, yet crunchy, with that ooey-gooey caramel topping dripping down the sides. It’s more like a dessert than a bread, but whatever you want to call it is fine by me. 

Please Note: 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.  

Apple Bread With Praline Topping

After having a tiny little piece the day I made it, I was not going to eat anymore. My willpower was strong so I covered it well and walked away – out of sight, out of mind.  

I even started the next day off with oatmeal for breakfast. But that bread kept calling my name and I finally gave in and had another tiny slice. Yep, still moist the next day! And that was my treat for the week!

Best Baking Apples

When it comes to the best apples for baking, you want an apple that holds its structure without turning into apple sauce. Honeycrisp is my very favorite apple when it comes to baking desserts.

I used to be a Granny Smith girl (and Granny Smith apples work great in this recipe as well). For the past few years, I’ve been using Honeycrisp exclusively for baking.

Best baking apples are:

  • Honeycrisp
  • Granny Smith
  • Golden Delicious
  • Rome
  • Jonagold
  • Braeburn

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


Doesn’t this apple bread look amazing?
apple bread

Yield: 12 slices

Apple Bread with Praline Topping

Apple Bread

Apple Bread With Praline Topping is moist and delicious. It's my favorite fall bread!

Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour


  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans, divided
  • 1 (8 oz.) container sour cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon 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 Honeycrisp OR Granny Smith apples
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Toast 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, sugar, eggs, and vanilla on low speed with an electric mixer for 2 minutes or until blended.
  3. Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to sour cream mixture, beating just until blended. Stir in apples and 1/2 cup toasted pecans.
  4. Spoon batter into a greased and floured 9" x 5" loaf pan. Sprinkle with remaining pecans and lightly press into batter.
  5. Bake at 350º F. for one hour or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean. If needed, shield with aluminum foil after 50 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan to wire rack.
  6. To make the praline topping, bring the 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 the top of the bread. Let cool completely.

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Note: You’ll notice that the directions say to let it cool completely. I don’t always do that. I like to eat a small slice while it is still warm. And remember, an apple a day keeps the doctor away! Does this count?

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

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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!

Cindy S. September 9, 2020 - 11:50 am

This looks absolutely wonderful, I can’t wait to get home to fix it! I love all things fall and this just screams fall to me. What’s better than apples and caramel and pecans!!

Santosh September 10, 2020 - 7:16 am

This looks an amazing & sound too delicious Alli….and a perfect recipe for welcome in fall..i will trying to make it from your tips..Thanks for sharing…!

Connie Porter August 29, 2022 - 12:42 pm

I wonder how coconut would be in this.

Alli August 30, 2022 - 7:26 am

Sounds delish but I’ve never tried adding coconut. If you do, let me know how it goes.


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