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Praline-Topped Apple Bread

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling


1 loaf (16 slices)

Apples, toasted pecans and a praline glaze make this bread perfect for a holiday celebration—or anytime. We like it better than our go-to coffee cake. —Sonja Blow, Nixa, Missouri
Praline-Topped Apple Bread Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped peeled Granny Smith apples
  • 1-1/4 cups chopped pecans, toasted, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, beat sugar, sour cream, eggs and vanilla until well blended. Stir into flour mixture just until moistened. Fold in apples and 1 cup pecans.
  2. Transfer to a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Bake 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar; boil 1 minute. Spoon over bread. Sprinkle with remaining pecans; let stand until set.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 288 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 235mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Tammy_Girl
    Nov 17, 2020

    I'm giving this recipe 3 stars as it was just okay. I made it exactly as written-baked for 55 mins. I found this bread very dry. Mine did not look like the picture either-the one in the picture seems to have more pecans and apples. I'm wondering if the ingredients matched the picture. Sad to say, not a keeper for me. I did take another reviewer's hint and added 1 tsp of cinnamon.

  • meliss.beyer
    Nov 9, 2020

    I gave this recipe 4 stars because it was moist, the topping tasted great, however, the actual bread really lacked flavor. I would 100% add cinnamon or apple pie spice to it if I make it again. Overall, the bread did come out really well, just tasted like it was missing something.

  • Jellybug
    Feb 6, 2019

    Made this delicious sweet bread for my daughter and she went absolutely mad for it, we love the different textures and and how easy it is to follow.

  • Poupchik
    Oct 3, 2017

    The very best ever

  • MarineMom_texas
    Feb 17, 2017

    I prepared this bread today and cannot stop raving about it. This is spectacular. I made no changes to the recipe. A warning, though. The batter is extremely thick when everything has been added. Also, I used 1 1/2 Granny Smith medium sized apples to make 1 1/2 cups. One of the reviewers mentioned that. Remember, when making the topping, stir constantly until it starts boiling and when it comes to a rolling boil, start timing. This recipe is beyond good. I highly recommend this recipe.Volunteer Field Editor.

  • debspencer
    Sep 11, 2016

    I am so pleased with this recipe. I made it and I could not believe how delicious it is. I love the frosting on top, the sweet and tart flavors were great. Can't wait to share this recipe.

  • dale67
    Sep 5, 2016

    I made this last night after reading the reviews. I did add some ground cinnamon to the dry ingredients. I also used 1-1/2 C. chopped & peeled apples. They were not Granny Smith but I had them on hand & wanted to use them up. They were not "cooking" apples & kind of got lost in the bread. I could taste them, but they were not as chunky as I would have liked. Next time I won't be so impatient & use Granny Smith! I'm sure that would move my review up to a 5 ! The praline was EXCELLENT! Will be making this again real soon!

  • 1914skin
    Dec 10, 2015

    Baked the apple bread today ..... delicious, moist, not as sweet as I feared ..... Sonja .....I thank you ..... it will be a staple in my home ..... I cut a small slice to taste ..... Ended up eating 3more slices ..... am having friends over for dinner tomorrow, and know it will be a huge hit .....again thank you!!!

  • sandraweber
    Nov 27, 2015

    The absolute apple bread ever! My family loves it.

  • Jujucolace
    Nov 8, 2015

    So delicious!