I try as hard as possible to hang on to summer; one last dinner on the patio, one last walk through the perennials…but today it’s becoming clear I had better get ready. It’s a nice sunny day outside but there is definitely a chill in the air, my feet are freezing (socks…really, is it that time already?) and it’s definitely time to think of all things warm and spicy. This recipe does that for me; the smell of apples, cream cheese and spices in this bread are permeating my kitchen while I write and are just absolutely perfect for a fall day. With friends coming for coffee in a bit; this is the perfect accompaniment!
I’ve had this recipe on a card in a recipe binder I’ve had since before I had children; I think it came from my grandmother who also had it on a card in her recipe file. I’ve made assorted adjustments along the way; adding cream cheese and walnuts was done a couple of years ago when I started making it as part of my holiday gift baskets…why not go over the top a bit for friends and family who look forward to that gift basket more than anything I could ever buy them?
I wished I loved the photo more but in Denver, despite making some subtle changes to the recipe (I never revise recipes on the blog for altitude; I make adjustments from what is listed); it’s always a challenge to NOT have a cake or bread cave in the center. Even if I think I’ve finally found that perfect balance of leavening vs flour, no matter, it can happen anyhow! So, I’m used to it as are the people who come to literally break bread with me and all that matters is that is it unbelievably good and a perfect use for the bounty of apples during this fall season.