Apple Pecan Praline Bread

by Erin

Get a double dose of apples and pecans in this apple pecan praline bread. With apples and applesauce in the bread, and pecans inside and out!

Apple Pecan Praline Bread 2

I didn’t realize until adding the recipe links from one or more years ago that today marks being a PhD for 2 years. It’s already been two years!? It’s incredibly hard to believe. Oddly enough, I was reliving some of the less fun moments of the end (namely the formatting review process) with a friend (and former lab mate) who is currently undergoing the same hellish process to complete her PhD. It’s as if they want to make it as painful as possible, knowing you will suffer through it because it’s the only thing left standing in your way from getting the heck out of there and on to your job. Ugh… can you tell it’s still a sore spot, even 2 years later?

But I digress, let’s eat some apple pecan bread smothered in a praline topping. After picking 25 pounds of apples when my Dad and step mom came to visit recently, I’ve been enjoying out plundering straight of the core. But I finally decided that I needed to put them to work elsewhere before I ate 1/5 of my weight in apples. The bread has both applesauce and chopped apples mixed in, as well as pecans, and then more pecans and thrown on top for a praline glaze. But don’t worry, it’s not overly sweet, it’s just right!

This bread was inspired by Renee’s (Tortillas and Honey) selection of pralines from A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines as part of The Book Club Cook Book Cooking Crew. Want to join in? Enter to win a copy of the cookbook at the end of this post!

Apple Pecan Praline Bread 1

One year ago: White Chocolate Apple Blondies

Two years ago: White Chocolate-Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Sandwiches

Four years ago: Healthier Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


Makes 1 loaf or 3 mini loaves



2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

3 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans

1/2 cup diced apple

1 egg, beaten

1 cup applesauce

3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted


2 Tbsp unsalted butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 Tbsp milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a standard sized loaf pan (or three mini loaf pans).
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugars, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Fold in the pecans and apple to the dry ingredients.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the egg, applesauce, and melted butter. Add to dry ingredients and mix until a dough forms, but do not overmix.
  4. Smooth batter into loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour (30 minutes for mini loaves) or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely.
  5. Once the bread is cool, prepare the glaze. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring brown sugar, butter and milk to a boil. Keep at a boil for 1 minute, whisking constantly. Remove from heat.
  6. Add vanilla and powdered sugar and using a hand mixer beat on medium speed until smooth. Pour the glaze immediately over the cooled bread and sprinkle with pecans.

Source: Bread adapted from my Almond Toffee Applesauce Bread, topping adapted from Gonna Want Seconds.

This month Renee at Tortillas and Honey, this month’s host, is giving away a copy of the book.* Enter to win a copy of the cookbook so you can join us in future months, if you wish!
One of our lucky readers – US and Canada only! – can enter to win a copy ofThe Book Club Cookbook, Revised Edition: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club’s Favorite Books and Authors by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp, courtesy of Tarcher-Penguin. Giveaway runs from September 1st till September 30th at 6 o’clock PM, Pacific time. Please see terms and conditions in the rafflecopter widget below. Many thanks to Tarcher Books. You may find Tarcher: on the web, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Pinterest.

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*Disclosure: Renee received a complimentary copy of The Book Club Cookbook, Revised Edition: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club’s Favorite Books and Authors by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp to use in this year-long project plus the opportunity to give a copy away. Opinions are our own. We received no further compensation for our posts.


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Holly Waterfall October 7, 2015 - 1:46 pm

I love using applesauce in bread! Makes it so moist and sweet!

Camilla @ Culinary Adventures October 2, 2015 - 1:39 pm

Erin, these loaves look insanely delicious. Thanks for posting!

Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm October 1, 2015 - 9:31 pm

Now that is the perfect fall bread and a perfect choice for this book.

Kayle (The Cooking Actress) September 24, 2015 - 11:16 am

oh praline anything….be still my heart!


spiffycookie September 25, 2015 - 7:55 am

Haha doctorversary, I like it! Thanks Kayle!

Leslie September 24, 2015 - 10:50 am

I have enjoyed long distance hiking. It is wonderful in a pretty place and in good weather. All the stars have to align for a good experience for me.

Amanda September 24, 2015 - 9:55 am

This bread looks great! I bet you could make some pretty fabulous French toast out of this!

spiffycookie September 24, 2015 - 11:04 am

Oh man, now I wish I had made one big loaf instead of 3 minis! Mini French toast anyone?

June @ How to Philosophize with Cake September 24, 2015 - 4:50 am

Mmm now that sounds like my kind of loaf! Love the pecan praline topping, looks scrumptious :)

Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness September 23, 2015 - 8:20 pm

This bread looks so good!! I am loving putting apples in bread :)

Medha @ Whisk & Shout September 23, 2015 - 3:25 pm

That glaze looks to die for and I totally love the applesauce in the bread!

Medeja September 23, 2015 - 6:36 am

Yummy! This bread recipe sounds amazing!

Lora @cakeduchess September 23, 2015 - 6:29 am

2 years goes by quickly, but you did it…a big congrats! I am crazy about apple desserts and oh, how I would love a slice right now with my coffee! What a fun giveaway!


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