2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups unpeeled cored and sliced apples (e.g., McIntosh or Jonathan)
1 cup dried currants or raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat Oven and Prepare Pan: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9x5-inch loaf pan.
Mix Dry Ingredients: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon. Set aside.
Cream Butter and Sugar: In a large mixing bowl, cream the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
Add Eggs and Vanilla: Beat the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla extract.
Incorporate Dry Ingredients: Gradually add the dry ingredient mixture to the butter mixture until combined.
Fold in Apples, Currants, and Nuts: Gently fold in the sliced apples, currants/raisins, and chopped nuts (if used).
Transfer to Pan: Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, spreading it out evenly.
Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with a few crumbs.
Cool and Slice: Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, slice and enjoy!
Prepare the Glaze: In a bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth and reaches your desired drizzling consistency.
Drizzle Over Bread: Once the Apple-Cherry Harvest Bread has cooled, drizzle the glaze over the top of the loaf.
Let it Set: Allow the glaze to set for a few minutes before slicing and serving the deliciously glazed bread.
This apple cherry bread is a delightful combination of two delicious fruits. Enjoy it for breakfast or as a tasty snack.