Salted Caramel Apple Bread is a delicious quick bread that has spices and a salty-sweet caramel topping. The salted caramel topping makes this apple bread an extra tasty treat! I like to serve it with a cup of warm cup of Cinnamon Stick Tea and enjoy all the fall flavors.
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I think the Fall season is one of the most wonderful times of the year. The weather is pleasant and the fall inspired food is even better. I really love the flavors and aromas of spices we typically enjoy in the fall. I also love to bake more when the cooler temps arrive. My oven brings a needed warmth to the house instead of added heat like in the summer. I have a lot of recipes for baked goods I enjoy for fall and Salted Caramel Apple Bread is definitely one of them. I enjoy the cinnamon, sweet apples and gooey caramel in this easy apple bread!The salted caramel topping makes this apple bread an extra tasty treat!Click To Tweet
Warm salted caramel apple bread right out of the oven is so pleasing to the senses! It takes me back to my childhood and my mom making homemade treats for us. Now I get to make delicious fall treats for my family and we are enjoying our own family traditions. We really enjoy this recipe and I know it’s one I will make again and again.
Salted Caramel Apple Bread also makes a nice fall season gift. Just wrap the apple bread with plastic wrap and add a jar of caramel sauce to the gift. Maybe even add a little sachet of course sea salt they can sprinkle on top.
Tips for choosing apples to use in apple quick bread:
- Pick apple varieties that have the taste you want in the apple bread. Granny Smith will have a sour/tangy flavor and Braeburn will have a sweeter but still tangy taste. Gala, Pink Lady, and Honeycrisp are all also great varieties in baked goods.
- Stay away from mealy apples. You really can’t go wrong with most apples, but I would stay away from apples like Washington reds which have a more mealy texture and less tart taste. They tend to be too sweet and don’t have enough flavor enough to stand out. Your apples should stay a little firm even when baked so that you get a piece of apple with every bite.
- To peel or not to peel? This is a personal preference, but typically I like the peel off for quick breads. I really don’t think it matters too much, though. If you leave the peels on it won’t be significantly different and will save some time.
- Use newer apples when possible. Unlike bananas for banana bread, apple bread needs apples that stands the test of the oven without getting too mushy. Even a granny smith that is too ripe won’t be up for the job.
- Dice the apples on the small size. In apple bread you want the diced apples to be small and even so that they bake up evenly. Quick breads can have a hard time rising if your apples are too chunky.
- Add applesauce AND the apples. I like my apple bread to have a big apple flavor. Too many times I can’t taste the apples, but I add in both applesauce and apples for this reason. The result is a big apple taste! Yum!
The best way to eat Salted Caramel Apple Bread is right as it comes out of the oven. Pour some caramel on top while it’s still hot which will allow the caramel to melt and seep into the apple bread. Then add the finishing touch of sea salt on top which will bring out all the lovely flavors. Then you’ll be ready to dig into your delicious fall treat! Just thinking about this apple bread makes me know I am ready for leaves to finally start falling and to start wearing my sweaters again!
Warm salted caramel apple bread right out of the oven is so pleasing to the senses! It takes me back to my childhood and my mom making homemade treats for us.Click To Tweet
Salted Caramel Apple Bread always puts me into a great mood and helps me have a fresh start to the season. This bread also pairs deliciously with a warm cup of Bigelow Cinnamon Stick tea or a glass of cold milk. I like to make this apple bread for potluck dinners and any fall themed party that we need to bring dessert for. I like to pour the caramel topping right before serving, but it’s also nice when the caramel seeps down into the apple bread by sitting a little longer too.
If you like this recipe for Salted Caramel Apple Bread then also try these Apple Waffles. They are so good with the Sweet Cinnamon Butter on top and are another great apple recipe for the fall. We will be making ALL the apple recipes this season for sure!
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Salted Caramel Apple Bread
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1 cup chopped apples
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil or coconut oil
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 Tbsp. milk
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground allspice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans optional
- 1 jar caramel sauce
- sea salt for sprinkling on top
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl, combine the applesauce, sugar, oil, eggs and milk and mix well.
In a separate bowl combine the sifted flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt. Slowly add the dry mix to the wet mixture and mix well. Fold in the apples and pecans. Pour batter into greased loaf pan.
Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.
Before serving add caramel sauce to top of bread and sprinkle with a touch sea salt. Don't overdo the sea salt. Just a very light sprinkle adds the right amount of saltiness.