Make A Simple Apple Bread Recipe This Holiday Season

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⌛ By Kaylin R. Staten ⌛ 

Nothing feels more like my childhood than immersing all six of my senses in recipes from bygone days. It feels like home. It feels like my Granny is guiding my movements when I mix her Mexican cornbread or build on her mashed potatoes recipe. 

Today, I’m digging into my treasure trove of memories, on this sunny #GivingTuesday in the Hourglass Omnimedia headquarters. My contribution of choice this year was to Hospice of Huntington, the place who helped my Granny leave this earth for her heavenly home. It seemed fitting to donate to a place that gave my Granny and all of us hope, comfort, and space during her last days of life.

I’ve thought about Granny a lot lately. Thanksgiving isn’t the same. While the domino effect of new memories envelops my holiday season, a longing tugs at my heartstrings. Holidays aren’t the same without Granny. She loved seeing her family gather, eating comfort foods at her dining room table and then opening presents at Christmastime in her living room by the Christmas tree. 

Last week, during Thanksgiving week, I was in full baking mode. I’m finding that marriage and having my own home has caused me to nest a little bit more. (Becoming an auntie has also helped with that progression.) So, I filled my kitchen with myriad messes. Flour dusted the hardwood floors, egg rings hugged the bottom of my Granny’s measuring cups. While I modified my pumpkin pie and banana blueberry bread recipes I discovered on Pinterest, one recipe made me miss my Granny more than anything. 

There were a few apples threatening to rot in the fruit basket on the counter, so I had to do something with them, right? So, I made Granny’s apple bread. The below recipe is straight from the pages of From Granny’s Kitchen, with one small modification: I added cinnamon. I am a HUGE cinnamon fan. 

Here's the recipe, from my Granny's kitchen to yours.


  • 1 cup oil (I used vegetable)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups chopped tart apples 
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional) 

NOTES: Combine eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla. Add apples and combine dry ingredients and add nuts (if using). Bake in one ungreased loaf pan at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour. Poke a toothpick (or meat thermometer, like I did) in the middle of the loaf. If it comes out clean, your bread is done. If not, continue baking in 10-minute increments until it's done. The inside of the apple bread should be moist with a hard crust.

From Granny's Kitchen
By Kaylin R. Adkins

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Kaylin R. Staten is an award-winning public relations practitioner and writer. She owns Hourglass Omnimedia, a consulting company based in Huntington, WV. 

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