This simple Apple and Lemon Bread is a quick bread, made with fresh grated apples and has the flavor of lemon giving it the most delicious aroma.
It’s so easy to prepare and the perfect treat with a cup of coffee or a cold glass of milk.
My favorite desserts involve as little work as possible. Preferably mix, dump out and bake. It can’t get any easier than that. The aroma of baking sweets is so cozy and inviting, no wonder there are candles dedicated to recreating the smell.
There are some ingredients that I ALWAYS have on hand, and as soon as I start to run out, they go on my shopping list immediately. Two of these irreplaceable ingredients are apples and lemons. If you come to my house, you will most likely find them in my big fruit bowl that sits on my kitchen cupboard.
This sweet apple bread recipe combines the delicious flavors of apple, lemon and vanilla. The grated apple makes the bread even more moist and tender. Of course, the apples, lemon zest and vanilla create the most amazing flavor and smell. The verdict – absolute perfection. Note to self – lemon zest with apples is a glorious combination!
What Apples Are Best For Baking?
My favorite apples for baking are Granny Smith apples. They are green in color and have the perfect consistency for baking because they don’t fall apart and are also tart. For this recipe, any kind of apples will work. Any variety that you have can be used interchangeably.
What Kind of Pan To Use For Apple Lemon Bread?
The bread pan that I use is 9 X 5 inches. (It’s actually 9 1/2 X 5 1/2 inches, but in all the descriptions of the bread pans, it says 9 x 5.)
Before you start mixing the batter, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Use butter or oil to grease the sides of a bread pan.
Prepare the Apple Lemon Bread Batter. You can use a stand mixer or a hand held mixer.
It is important to start with room temperature butter and eggs, so that they mix up to a creamy and fluffy consistency and will result in a tender bread.
Also, mixing the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt) in a separate bowl first before adding them to the batter will help to mix in the baking powder and salt evenly with the flour and will prevent pockets of baking powder from ending up in one area of the bread.
Grate the apples on a box grater, using the large holes. Grate the apples right before adding to the batter so that they don’t turn brown.
Add the grated apples along with the lemon zest to the batter and mix using a rubber spatula until everything is evenly combined. Spread the batter into the prepared bread pan and bake in the preheated oven for 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Serving and Storing the Apple Lemon Bread
Cool the Apple Lemon Bread for 3-5 minutes and then take it out of the pan and place it on a cooling rack.
Dust with powdered sugar or you can even cover it with a glaze, such as the one I use for my Orange Bundt Cakes, just substitute lemon for orange.
The Apple Lemon Bread can be served warm or at room temperature. Store at room temperature, covered.
Freezing Apple Lemon Bread
You can also freeze the Apple Lemon Bread. Wrap it in several layers of plastic wrap, parchment paper, paper towels or aluminum foil. I also place the wrapped bread in a freezer ziplock bag. This will protect the bread from losing moisture and thus becoming dry and will protect it from absorbing any odors. The bread will stay fresh for 2-4 months in the freezer.
Thaw the bread in the refrigerator or at room temperature. You can even warm it up in the microwave, toaster or oven for an extra special touch, which will really elevate the flavor.