Through the wonderful world of Facebook, Cristin and I have gotten back in touch. We both just had a baby and we both have 3 kiddos, so I feel like we are in the same boat- her new baby boy is only 2 weeks older than Baby Bean. I wish she and I lived closer, but we plan to get our brood together one of these days since we don't live THAT far away!
Cristin published this recipe below on Facebook last weekend. I saw it just in the nick of time. My youngest brother made a quick trip to our favorite apple picking orchard and was kind enough to bring us back a 1/2 bushel! Last Monday I made two batches of the Apple Bread and LET ME TELL YOU, it is awesome! I have no clue where she found this recipe, but its a keeper! I made two batches- 3 loaves and 12 muffins and I gave only one loaf away! I had made a loaf for our next door neighbor in thanking them for the baby gift for Baby Bean, but Hubbie hadn't taken it over there yet, so I stole it! I plan to make another double batch again on Monday and take 2 loaves to MOPS on Tuesday! So, you MOPS gals, be prepared for awesome!
1 (3-pound) bag small apples
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans
Peel and finely chop enough apples to equal 3 cups. Set aside.
Stir together sugar and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl.
Stir together flour and next 3 ingredients; add to sugar mixture, stirring just until blended.
(Batter will be stiff.) Fold in finely chopped apples and 1 cup pecans.
Divide batter evenly between 2 greased and floured loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pans, and cool on wire racks.
Can also be baked in muffin pans or 8-inch round cake pans.