Weekend Chef–Apple Praline Bread

I worked on my morning glory painting last weekend but wasn’t happy with the results. I was beginning to get frustrated so I set my painting aside and whipped up this apple praline bread instead. The cake is moist and dense and the caramel praline topping is absolutely decadent. I’ve been making this recipe for years. I found the original recipe in Better Homes and Gardens magazine, but made a few changes over the years to suit my taste. Specifically, I increased the amount of apples in the batter and doubled the pecans and caramel sauce on top. Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this treat:


1 cup sugar
1 8-oz. container sour cream
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups chopped, peeled tart apples (I used Jonna Gold)
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar

In a large mixing bowl beat sugar, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla until combined. Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; add to the sour cream mixture, beating on low speed until combined. Stir in apples and 1/2 cup of pecans. Turn into a greased 9 x 5 x 3″ pan. Sprinkle remaining cup of pecans on top; press lightly into batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile in a small sauce pan combine the brown sugar and butter. Cook and stir until the mixture comes to a boil.  Reduce heat and boil gently for 1 minute. Remove bread from pan. Drizzle top with brown sugar mixture.

Here’s a photo of my pal, Dexter, waiting for something yummy to drop off of the counter while I work:

He usually scores several treats this way. Afterwards, he’s more than willing to help me with dish duty.

What a good helper.

15 Comments on Weekend Chef–Apple Praline Bread

  1. faerysocks
    November 16, 2012 at 7:35 am (9 years ago)

    Oh wow, this looks divine! :)

    • afternoonartist
      November 16, 2012 at 12:09 pm (9 years ago)

      It is fabulous, quick, and easy.

    • afternoonartist
      November 17, 2012 at 7:51 pm (9 years ago)

      If you like pralines, you’ll like this. It would be great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

  2. chicenvelopements
    November 17, 2012 at 7:40 pm (9 years ago)

    YUM! Its blowing hard and sleeting outside today, and this might be just the thing to make with the apples my daughter in law gave me last night. Pretty sure, I’d get the best mom award if I did. :)

    • afternoonartist
      November 17, 2012 at 7:49 pm (9 years ago)

      I made this last weekend so we could enjoy it with cups of coffee by the fireplace on movie night. It was such a treat. Scrumptious and easy to make. You’ll love it.

  3. Marcie
    November 18, 2012 at 8:10 pm (9 years ago)

    What yummy looking bread! And – I too – have a pal who likes to lick the dishes clean before the dishwasher does!

    • afternoonartist
      November 19, 2012 at 6:35 am (9 years ago)

      LOL! I’ve had dogs all my life, and Dexter is the first one interested in helping me with the dishes.

  4. Marcela
    November 19, 2012 at 1:24 am (9 years ago)

    It looks yummy. What kind of dog is Dexter? He is gorgeous:)

    • afternoonartist
      November 19, 2012 at 6:39 am (9 years ago)

      It was yummy. It didn’t last long….Dexter is a dachshund pomeranian mix. He has a delightfully sweet and passive personality. He’s quite the barker, though. We’re working on the “quiet’ command.

      • Marcela
        November 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm (9 years ago)

        He is gorgeous. I love dachshunds, and I have a beautiful pomeranian that stays with me every other month. Great combination:) Great, you are working with him.

        • afternoonartist
          November 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm (9 years ago)

          He has been such a joy. I’m totally smitten with him. He’s quite a jumper considering he has short, stubbly legs.

          • Marcela
            November 19, 2012 at 5:09 pm (9 years ago)

            You’ll be surprised, but little dogs can really jump:)

  5. Gjk
    November 20, 2012 at 9:40 pm (9 years ago)

    The bread looks scrumptious, but of course I wouldn’t know as you have never made it for me!!

    • afternoonartist
      November 20, 2012 at 11:28 pm (9 years ago)

      I will be happy to make some for you.


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