Apple season in upstate New York is in full swing, and I couldn’t be more excited! I really look forward to eating a nice, juicy, crisp apple at lunch every day. (Plus, an apple a day…eh, you know the rest.) My dog Maximus absolutely loves apples, too! I’ve never seen anything like it…whenever I pull an apple out of the fridge, he practically stands right on top of my feet until I give him a piece. The sound of a dog chomping on a crisp apple always makes me chuckle! Both of my dogs also love the days when I bake fresh bread…so you can imagine their reaction when I made this Apple Harvest Bread! Fresh apples are baked right into the bread, and then the whole loaf is topped with a cinnamon streusel before going into the oven. This Apple Harvest Bread is the perfect way to welcome in Autumn!
A couple of years ago, my wife and I lived in Atlanta, and a Great Harvest Bread opened near us. I had never heard of Great Harvest before, so of course I had to check it out. And I’m glad I did! They made a half-dozen or so different kinds of bread each day, and they rotated their flavors for the seasons. We’d always pick up a loaf or two for special occasions. Once we moved to New York, though, the closest Great Harvest Bread is a couple hours away. So what did I do? Well, I set out to create similar versions of their bread here at home of course! While this Apple Harvest Bread is not meant to be an exact copy, I was nevertheless inspired by Great Harvest’s Apple Scrapple Bread.
To be clear, this bread is more similar to sandwich bread than a quick bread. It does have a touch of sweetness from the apples and the cinnamon streusel, but it is not overly sweet in my opinion. I absolutely love toasting slices of this bread and topping it with a smear of peanut butter or Biscoff Spread! But it’s also delicious just toasted with butter. And my wife had the genius idea last night to use this bread to make a delicious grilled cheese sandwich…so don’t be surprised if that shows up here on Spiced soon!