Apple Pecan Bread is super moist and so full of flavor, it’s a must-try. Use your favorite apples, pecans, or walnuts, and this loaf will never disappoint!
It’s the small things in life that give us comfort, and food is one of them. Apple pecan bread makes you feel good inside.
My wonderful friend, Marcel, who sadly passed away earlier this year, surprised me once with this loaf. Being totally geared up for banana bread, I was completely blindsided by the taste of this apple pecan bread. I was so impressed with this apple pecan loaf, I’ve been making it ever since.
Marcel knew a thing or two about baking, and I proudly serve this apple pecan loaf in her honor. Family and friends appreciate this pecan apple loaf as much as I do, and so I make it often.
This apple pecan walnut loaf was one of my son’s all-time favorites and still is to this day. He’s eaten it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Perhaps not the wisest thing to do, but I understand the temptation to finish it all in one day. Seeing apple pecan loaf sitting on the counter can be very tempting. It beckons you and resistance may be futile.
This apple pecan bread recipe has stood the test of time. It seems like I’ve been baking this pecan apple loaf forever! And that’s a good thing, because if my family and friends weren’t eating it, there wouldn’t be a reason to make it. Make sense?
Apple Pecan Bread
This apple pecan bread is so moist and tender. Filled with apples and pecans, it’s absolutely filled to bursting with the delicious, sweet flavors of fall.
Biting into a slice of this bread is like biting into everything we love about autumn, especially when it’s nice and warm and slathered with butter! It’s a delicious bread that’s perfect for afternoon snacks or even sweet breakfasts. Served with coffee or milk, it always satisfies everyone as soon as they take a bit of that first slice.
Ingredients for Apple Pecan Bread
If you’re not normally a sweet eater, perhaps you should consider giving this apple pecan loaf a try. Sure, this apple pecan loaf recipe calls for sugar, but it isn’t overly sweet. It also isn’t overly complicated. It’s a fairly straightforward recipe that only takes a few standard baking ingredients to me.
The ingredients for apple pecan bread are pure and simple.
- baking powder
- baking soda
- pecans or walnuts
Put these items on your grocery list and you won’t be sorry when you put them all together. The results will not disappoint.
How to make Apple Pecan Bread
This is an incredibly easy bread recipe, as most quick breads are. It doesn’t take much effort to pull everything together for this recipe, and when you’re done, you’ll have a sweet, apple-filled treat that you’ll find hard to up tdown. You’ll find the complete recipe with times and amounts in the recipe card below. In the meantime, take a look at this quick overview so you’ll know what to expect.
- Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- Using a handheld or stand mixer, in a large bowl, combine the butter and sugar and mix until smooth.
- Add eggs, milk, vanilla, grated apple and stir. Mix in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pecans or walnuts until completely incorporated.
- Pour batter into loaf pan and spread evenly.
- Bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Leave in the pan for 10 minutes, then place it on a wire rack to finish cooling.
- Slice, serve and enjoy every bite!
Best Apples for making Apple Pecan Bread
Because of their tartness, Granny Smith apples are my apples of choice when making this apple pecan bread. Sugar and cinnamon balance out perfectly with that tart taste. For this reason, granny smiths are also my go-to in many apple other recipes.
But when it comes to baking this apple pecan bread, any kind of apple will work well. So feel free to use your favorites. Here are a few examples:
Given they’re a combination of sweet and tart, these apples are ideal for both cooking and baking.
Smaller than the average apple, these little beauties are sweet and mild. Perfect for this apple loaf.
These apples hale from Japan and are sweeter than the other apples.
Sweet and crisp at the same time, they’re a gorgeous red with a hint of yellow in them.
Crisp and sweet with a hint of tropical flavor, you can’t go wrong by using this apple.
There are others to consider, so whichever apples you decide to use, your apple pecan bread will turn out beautifully every time!
Other Fruit Variations
If you prefer other fruit to apples, there’s nothing stopping you from making a different fruit-filled loaf. Consider the ever-popular banana bread. How about a cup of nectarines or peaches, blueberries, raspberries or strawberries? Not matter the fruit, it’s going to be enjoyable.
Instead of fruit, cut up some zucchini or throw in some chocolate or caramel chips.
And there’s no reason why you can’t flavor the loaf with lemon, orange or pumpkin spice. Think about extracts. Instead of vanilla extract, add almond, cherry, banana or coconut flavorings.
Make a savory loaf instead by adding herbs and mozzarella cheese.
There are a ton flavors out there. Pick one and just go with it!
And for those that have the spirit of adventure in them, give more of these a try, and let me know how you make out.
Apple Pecan Loaf
I’m always game for making different kinds of loaves, but like my son, I’m a sucker for this apple pecan loaf. And my husband always puts on a happy face when I make it. Place a slice of apple pecan bread in front of them, and it can be a bit of a feeding frenzy!
Whether it’s called apple pecan loaf or apple pecan bread, the results are always the same – AMAZING!
For added flavor, spread a little butter over a slice. I wouldn’t turn down a dollop of whipped cream on top of a slice either.
But this apple pecan loaf is exceptional without adding a thing. It’s the kind of loaf that grabs a hold of you and won’t let go. I’m up for that!
Apple Walnut Loaf
Saying that I love apples and pecans would be an understatement. And I wouldn’t say no to walnuts either. They’re a great alternative to pecans.
Walnuts are a protein source that has many benefits. Rich in antioxidants and omega-3’s, studies have shown this high-fiber nut helps fight against depression and may assist in warding off Alzheimer’s disease. It also plays a role in memory improvement and in cognitive development. Nutritional and tasty? Bonus!
My friend, Gayle, has grandkids who come to visit occasionally. She will often make them walnut apple loaf because it seems to be a huge hit.
The first time Gayle made it for them, she announced she was making an apple walnut loaf. They gave her that ho-hum look. When she told them it was actually an apple cake, their eyes and ears perked up! Cake was the operative word.
Like Gayle’s grandkids, if you’d prefer to think of it as an apple walnut cake, that’s perfectly fine. No matter what you call it, it’s going to be a delight.
Gayle always adds extra walnuts for the nutritional factor, but she doesn’t tell the grandkids that. They gobble this apple walnut loaf like there’s no tomorrow!
And Gayle’s daughter always asks her to make an extra one for her to take home. Even though Gayle would rather they have it only at her place, she can’t say no. Everyone leaves happy, and that’s what really counts.
Apple Nut Loaf
Come to think of it, there’s nothing stopping you from chopping up a blend of pecans and walnuts. Although I’ve never tried it, finely chopped almonds would work wonders in this apple nut loaf. Apples and almonds make a fine pair.
My newly-found always upbeat friend, Enzo might be up for it. Since his wife passed away, he’s always on the look-out for something new to try, and this apple nut loaf may be just the ticket!
Toast the walnuts or pecans and you’ve given this apple loaf a different twist on taste. To that I say, why not?
Pecan Apple Loaf
Topping this pecan apple loaf with a dusting of confectioners sugar or a cinnamon-sugar mixture is something you may want to consider. A scoop of ice cream over a slice of this apple pecan loaf could be heaven on earth! Serving it with a side of fruit would be nice also.
And its undeniably good with coffee, tea or milk.
Enjoy this pecan apple bread any time of day. The best time to eat it is when you feel like it. This pecan apple loaf gets a lot of traction in my house and always will.
Can I freeze Apple Pecan Bread?
To be honest, I’ve never had to freeze apple pecan bread, because it gets eaten so fast in my house. Stored in an airtight container, it can be frozen up to 2 months. I’m sure it will still taste pretty good. If you do freeze and thaw it, let me know how you make out.
Should Apple Pecan Loaf be Refrigerated?
No. Store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. Again, if your family is anything like mine, it won’t last that long and that’s a promise!
Other Delicious Apple Recipes to Try
Since I’ve been babbling on about this apple recipe, now’s the time to give it a try. It never ceases to amaze me what you can do with apples.
From one apple lover to another, here are some other apple recipes you might be interested in.
Again, your thoughts matter to me, so don’t hesitate to leave me your comments. Thanks for visiting. We’ll see you next time!
Apple Pecan Bread
- bread or loaf pan
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ⅓ cup milk
- 1 tblsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup pecans, or walnuts, coarsely chopped to taste
- cooking spray
- 1 cup apples, grated
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Combine butter and sugar.
- In a large bowl, mix until smooth, ideally with a handheld or stand mixer.
- Add eggs, milk, vanilla and grated apple.
- Stir until blended.
- Mix in flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pecans or walnuts.
- Stir until well incorporated.
- Pour batter and spread evenly into loaf pan.
- Bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Leave in the pan for 10 minutes before placing it on a wire rack to finish cooling. Slice, serve and enjoy every bite!