Wednesday, March 5, 2014


This recipe for Fresh Apple Nut Bread was contributed by Marilyn Godfrey in a cookbook for College United Methodist Church in Ventura, CA. I love these kinds of cookbooks because they are full of "tried and true" recipes....many family favorites. 

I made it in a new loaf pan I got at an estate sale. It is a little longer but a little narrower than a 9 x 5 - inch loaf pan. I didn't check the volume of the pan to compare it with the normal large loaf pan, but I think the two pans are comparable. I liked the narrower loaf though. My husband took part of it to Fort Leavenworth and we still had plenty to eat at home.


1/2       cup margarine, softened (1 stick)
1          cup packed light brown sugar
2          eggs
2          cups, peeled, grated apple (2 apples)
3/4       cup chopped nuts
1-1/2    teaspoon baking soda
3          cups flour
1          teaspoon baking powder
1          teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/4       teaspoon salt
1          teaspoon cinnamon
1/4       teaspoon nutmeg
3/4       cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a 9 x 5 - inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

Cream the margarine and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until smooth.

Beat in the eggs.

Combine the dry ingredients in a different bowl.

Add the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk starting and ending with the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. (I usually do this 3 times.)

Stir in the apples and nuts.

Pour into the loaf pan and level off.

Bake for 50 - 60 minutes or til a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.

Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 - 20 minutes.

Remove and continue cooling on wire rack.

I decided to sift some powdered sugar on top.

Wrap in aluminium foil to keep fresh.


  1. I love apple quick breads. I fix this one for my husband for a breakfast treat sometimes...
    Apple Bread
    1 cup brown sugar
    1 cup sour cream
    2 eggs
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    2 cups flour
    2 t cinnamon
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1-1/2 cup peeled and finely diced granny smith apples
    1/2 cup chopped pecans
    1 cup coconut
    (he loves coconut!)

    1. Thanks Mary, I'll give it a try.

    2. I made this again today minus the coconut for a ladies meeting here Sat AM. (Not everyone likes coconut as much as my husband. :) For the ladies, I added a little caramel drizzle...well, maybe a little more than a drizzle.
      Those chocolate PB chip cookies look delicious! I doubt there are PB chips to be had here in Mexico or I would try them! :)

    3. that's interesting that you wouldn't be able to get peanut butter chips in Mexico. Since your husband loves coconut, did you check out the recipe for the cake mix cookies. They are really really good.

    4. PB is not used much here...a small jar(18oz) is about $5. I have not found chocolate chips in the grocery but I recently found out about a small store that sells bulk mini choc chips and bulk coconut (my husband is happy!) The cake cookies look good but cake mixes are not common here and he can't eat a lot of wheat. The quick bread I made him was for his birthday last month. I use the coconut in an oat based granola that I make for his breakfast. Are you working on any quilts now? I am planning to start a wall hanging soon...our walls are stark white and empty. :)

    5. I am working on a tablerunner. Finished with the top but not sure what I am going to use for the backing. Also the quilting group I am part of has decided to make blankets for the Linus project. Friends Janice and Fran wanted to learn how to make rag quilts so I have two cut out. Will do tutorial for one of them and the tablerunner. How long have you lived in Mexico?

    6. We moved here at the end of July last year. We found this house to rent in Oct or Nov.
      We are Staff Missionaries with To Every Tribe.
      I have a blog at if you are interested. (I never think anyone is interested in my blog ramblings).
      I started quilting back in 1981...I love it...but I can't do the hand quilting anymore (bad back) but I have a new sewing machine that can quilt (I just need to figure out how) :)

    7. Are you on Facebook? I only do straight stitching quilting on my Janome. I could do free motion quilting on ut but that takes practice and I haven't been willing to take the time to practice. I will check out your blog.

    8. Yes, I have a Facebook account (Mary Warman) but I only use it to keep up with US friends and family. I don't post much.
      It is a good possibility that I too will end up just straight stitch quilting for the same much to do... so little time. :)

    9. I will look you up. You could also like my Facebook page and we could message each other instead of here on my blog for everyone to read.