Appalachian Food

Apple Bread


I found this recipe for Apple Bread in Duane Oliver’s cookbook “Won’t You Stay for Supper? More Hazel Creek & Southern Mountain Cooking.” Carolyn Anderson, a good friend and a Blind Pig reader, let me borrow it. It’s full of tasty mountain recipes.

Apple Bread from Betty Quick

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups finely shredded apples
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I used black walnuts but I’m sure pecans or English walnuts would be good too)

Sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and set aside.

Cream butter and sugar till light. Add eggs mixing well after each.

Add flour mixture alternately with apples.

Stir in walnuts.

Spoon into a well greased loaf pan or use parchment paper to line the pan. Bake at 350 for one hour or till done. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely.

The bread is very tasty. Perfect for breakfast or an evening snack. After I took Granny a piece she insisted I go copy down the recipe for her.


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    Jeanie C
    November 1, 2018 at 7:14 am

    I made the apple bread. Wonderful taste and turned out of pan good. I will make again. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    October 29, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    I just made some apple bread similar to this, but in the recipe I used, you add 2 cups of cheese. I know it sounds not so good, but oh, my, it is delicious! I hope all is well with you and your family, sweet friend. God bless you!

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    MARTHA Blevins
    October 29, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    I would like to purchase one of these cookbooks. Can you help me to obtain ? THANKS

    • Reply
      November 4, 2018 at 6:19 pm

      Martha – I did a quick google but couldn’t find the cookbook. I guess its hard to find. I’d like to have one too! The Great Smoky Mountain National Park might know where you could get one.

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    October 29, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Tipper, that cake sounds and looks delicious. You didn’t mention what type of apples to use. I happen to have about 5 granny smith apples in the kitchen but they are a little tart so I wasn’t sure if that would be o.k., or if something else would be better. I am going to try the recipe as we like that type of bread.

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      October 29, 2018 at 1:18 pm

      Dee-I think any kind of apple would be good. I used what I had on hand which are an old-timey green apple.

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    Ken Roper
    October 29, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    That Apple Bread looks so Good. At our Wal-Mart store in Murphy, we have, near the Deli, a Minced Peacan Pie for $.50. When I’m there, I usually get $5.00 worth. They last me for about 10 days, and they’re in a little brown box. I just store them in the frig till I’m ready for ’em.

    One time you gave me some bread that you made and it was awfully good. I never ask you for the receipe, but you’re always doing something for somebody. Thanks. …Ken

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    Ed Ammons
    October 29, 2018 at 10:42 am

    I think I can do that! I know I would like that! All I need is some walnuts! I have some bit they are still in the shell so I better get cracking!

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    Pamela Danner
    October 29, 2018 at 9:56 am

    This sounds and looks delicious! I think I’ll have to try this! I just love anything with apples and cinnamon and nuts!

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    Joey Weaver
    October 29, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Sounds great! The recipe calls for ‘1/2 softened butter’? I’m just going to assume that’s 1/2 cup? I really enjoy your articles especially being from the southern Appalachian region myself. Keep up the good work.

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      October 29, 2018 at 9:50 am

      Joey-yes 1/2 cup. Thanks for catching that! I went back and fixed it 🙂 So glad you enjoy the Blind Pig and The Acorn!!

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    Mary Lou McKillip
    October 29, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Boy does that apple cake looks sooo good. I used to make apple cakes and put cream cheese icing . There are so many good mountain cooks scattered around like fall leaves . I have a lot of oldie Goldie receipts in Miss Julie’s cook books. Miss Julie hardly used a receipts. She could whip up a meal to feed a host of family and friends

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    October 29, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Granny is a smart woman 🙂

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    Sheryl Paul
    October 29, 2018 at 9:10 am

    This looks like a great addition to Thanksgiving breakfast

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    Miss Cindy
    October 29, 2018 at 7:47 am

    Yes, that’s very tasty bread. I tried it one day when I came by to bring some things to your house. I always check to see what delight you’ve cooked up when I’m there, I know to look under the cake plate lid! I know your always trying new things and I like to taste!

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    Ron Stephens
    October 29, 2018 at 7:20 am

    What’s not to like ? Rang my bell with apples, cinnamon and walnuts which is the basic starter for my favorite cake for my birthday. It is spice-apple-walnut-raisin with other frills as available; maple nut flavor and brown sugar instead of white, maybe molasses. Spices are cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger and any other spice handy if it seems to go with it, like maybe fennel seed? There isn’t really a set recipe. I much prefer black walnut. But I do have some mockernut hickory nuts we picked up last week…….

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