Apple, Walnut and Cream Cheese Bread

Yields Makes 2 loaves

Prep Time 20 min

Cook Time 50 min

Total Time 1 hr 10 mins

Ingredients

    For the Bread

    • 4 oz butter
    • 4 oz cream cheese
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 3/4 cup brown sugar
    • 4 eggs
    • 3 Cups of flour
    • 2 tsp of baking soda
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
    • 4 Cups apples, peeled, cored and chopped, I like big pieces about 1/2 by 1/4 inch or so.
    • 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

    For the Topping

    • 3/4 Cup flour
    • 1/4 Cup sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon of Cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
    • 1/2 cup butter, softened

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350.
    2. Butter two standard bread loaf pans.
    3. Peel, core and slice the apples. Cut into good-sized chunks, about 1 inch in size.
    4. Cream the butter and cream cheese until thoroughly blended.
    5. Add the vanilla and sugars and beat until light and fluffy.
    6. Add the eggs one at a time until thoroughly incorporated.
    7. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and spices with a whisk and add to the mixture a cup at a time and beat until just smooth. The resulting batter will be very thick.
    8. Fold in the chopped apples and walnuts and mix by hand so the apples do not get broken up. Divide the mixture between the two pans.
    9. To prepare the topping, combine flour, sugar and spices in processor or bowl. Pulse or cut the butter into the mixture with a fork until all ingredients are moist and crumbly. Sprinkle equal amounts of topping on each loaf.
    10. Bake for 50-60 minutes; test with a toothpick. Remove and place on a cooling rack. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pans; this is a VERY moist dough and I've found it helps to make a day ahead and let cool thoroughly before handling.

    Recipe Notes

    I love having the apple pieces be a good size, it can make for a less than perfect slice when cutting the bread, but I think it's worth it to bite into nice size apple chunks!

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