I make apple butter every fall (recipe here). It's probably my favorite toast topping. Like most jams and jellies, apple butter can also be used for baking and cooking. Today it goes in this tender and moist bread, with all the spicy flavors we come to expect in the fall. It's wonderful with a cup of tea or coffee.
I used a simple confectioners' sugar glaze for this, adding some cinnamon for more spice. Apple cider or juice can also be substituted for the milk to get more apple flavor.
Apple Butter Bread
Makes 1 9x5-inch loaf
For the bread:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon apple pie spice (see note below)
3/4 cup apple butter
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, if desired
For the glaze:
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1-2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom and sides of loaf pan; dust with flour, tapping out excess.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and apple pie spice; set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the apple butter, brown sugar, milk, oil vanilla and eggs (one at a time). Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. Stir in nuts.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 60-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing loaf to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the glaze, in a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar and milk. The mixture should be somewhat thick but pourable. Slowly add more milk, if needed. Pour the glaze over the top of the loaf and let it drip down the sides. Let the glaze harden, about 15 minutes, before serving.
Recipe notes: To substitute for the apple pie spice use 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/8 teaspoon allspice. Or make homemade version (recipe here).