Apple Bread, II, the bike ride

This is a do-over.

I first made this Apple Bread a few years ago from a recipe I found on-line. At the time I thought it called for too much sugar (2 cups) so I cut it back to 1 cup (among other changes).

It was dry. I either baked it too long or it needed more sugar.

We don’t have any apple trees here. The only time I get apples to cook with are when mon mari collects them when he’s out working. This is the first year I’ve had enough apples that I’ve wanted to try the bread again.

I added more sugar and used all brown rather than a mix of brown and white. I also increased the apples.

This time I got it right….. It was moist, flavorful and tasted like autumn. We both loved it.

This recipe will replace the old one in the index.

Apple Bread

Total time: 75 minutes


  • 2 cups white flour
  • 1 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 1/2 cups apple, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves

Apple Bread


  • Preheat the oven to 350F (175C).
  • Butter an 8 X 5 loaf pan, then ‘flour’ it: put about 1 tbs flour in the pan and tilt the pan so that the flour covers all of the buttered area.
  • Put eggs, milk, oil, sugars and vanilla into a deep bowl and whisk well
  • Add apples and stir well.
  • Add all dry ingredients and stir well.
  • Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Test after 55 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from pan and cool completely.

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Today was an absolutely beautiful day for our bike ride. It started out cold but the sun warmed it up quickly.

We weren’t the only ones thinking it was a good day to be out – the path was the busiest we’ve seen all summer.

As was the canal. This is Buzet, a popular spot for boaters and wine lovers.

The river Garonne and the canal meet here and there are two sets of double locks.

You can barely see the second lock in the distance.

This was a bit further upstream:

Yes, that is a traffic light on the right to let boaters know when they can approach to go through the lock. The bike path is on the right.

This is a typical ‘canal’ boat that went buy as we were having lunch.

One could live on that.

In summer, with wifi…..

Last update on September 20, 2017

2 thoughts on “Apple Bread, II, the bike ride”

  1. Fortunately we have an old apple tree. It is a local variety better for cooking than eating so I will be making the apple bread.
    We don’t have any canals near us but we do have a lovely walk along the river just outside the village. Your photos of the canal make me wish we had one close by.

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