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Samhain Recipe: Apple Walnut Bread With Sweet Walnut Crumble Topping

Updated on November 4, 2017
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Sage has been celebrating the Wheel of the Year for 25+ years, and being a holiday junkie, she just can't get enough of the sabbats!

Recipes for Samhain

Samhain is arguably one of the most well known and popular Pagan holidays. On Samhain*, many Pagan families like to set up an altar or shrine to honor the ancestors, and acknowledge death as a natural part of the life cycle. You'll often find apples piled high as offerings and decorations throughout the home, so why not put some of them to use? Make a wonderful seasonal snack-- apple walnut bread!

This bread has a sweet crumble topping that you may omit if you wish to cut the sweetness and the calories, but for a holiday you may find it a fitting treat-- particularly for the kids. Either way, it's delicious for a snack, dessert, or -- my favorite use -- eating leftovers for breakfast.

*Samhain is usually celebrated October 31st, though it's more of a seasonal celebration than that of a specific date so the day of celebration may vary. Learn more about Samhain here.

Apple Bread -- Yum!

This bread is very hearty and rich, along the lines of carrot cake or pumpkin muffins.
This bread is very hearty and rich, along the lines of carrot cake or pumpkin muffins. | Source
5 stars from 1 rating of Apple Walnut Bread with Sweet Walnut Crumble Topping

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: 1 large loaf or 2 small loaves of bread

Ingredients

  • 1 tart pie apple, (I like Granny Smith)
  • 2 sweet baking apples, (I like Honeycrisp or Roma)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice blend

Instructions

  1. Peel and core the apples apples. Grate the tart apple. Dice the sweet apples into small quarter-inch chunks. Set them aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl put in the flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder and baking soda. Whisk to blend and aerate the dry goods.
  3. In a medium bowl, add the eggs and beat them. Mix in the white sugar, sour cream, oil and vanilla. Mix well and pour the wet ingredients on top of the dry ingredients. Add the grated apple as well. Stir well to incorporate. The batter will be thick.
  4. Mix in the diced apple chunks and 1/2 the walnuts; stir to incorporate throughout.
  5. Grease two small or one large loaf pans with butter. Spoon the batter into the pans. Spread the top with a spoon or spatula to smooth it out.
  6. Put the remaining butter into a bowl. Add brown sugar, pumpkin pie spices and remaining walnuts. Mix to incorporate. Add the walnuts and mix with your hands to make a gooey mess. Spread the walnut topping on the top of the batter.
  7. Bake at 375 for about 40 to 45 minutes in two small love pans, or for about 60 to 70 minutes in one large loaf pan. If the crumble on top begins to brown too dark, cover with foil to prevent burning and continue cooking. It should be good when a skewer inserted in the thickest part comes out clean.
  8. Let it cool for 15 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a plate or rack. It’s good served warm or cold.

Tip!

Tip make it into muffins if you prefer; top each muffin with the crumble and let them bake 20 to 25 minutes.

Not a fan of walnuts? Try pecans!

Don't eat nuts? Replace the walnuts in the bread with raisins or Craisins. Omit the crumble topping, or top with a standard flour streusel.

I Wish You Could Smell This...

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Want More Great Sabbat Recipes?

If you like this recipe, here's another one of my family's sabbat favorites:

Samhain Recipe: Sage’s Traditional Sabbat Beef Stew

© 2013 Mackenzie Sage Wright

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    • WiccanSage profile imageAUTHOR

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 years ago

      LOL, thanks Crafty, yes I love those cinnamon-spicy smells.

    • CraftytotheCore profile image

      CraftytotheCore 

      4 years ago

      I'm definitely smelling that right through the screen. How delicious!

    • WiccanSage profile imageAUTHOR

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 years ago

      Thanks so much! My favorite part of making it is how it smells when it's cooking. Appreciate the comments, thanks!

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      Liz Davis 

      4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      This looks so good! I love apples and cinnamon, especially in the Fall. Thanks for sharing, Sage :)

    • WiccanSage profile imageAUTHOR

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      5 years ago

      That's something to think about, I've never tried it. Thanks for your comment, someonewhoknows.

    • someonewhoknows profile image

      someonewhoknows 

      5 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      Nice recipe .I'm thinking that you could add some oatmeal too for texture.

    • WiccanSage profile imageAUTHOR

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      5 years ago

      Thanks, Alphadogg! Yes, I have, and it's still delicious. The nut crumble isn't necessary at all; some in our family do not have a sweet tooth like that, and my husband is missing some back teeth so he has a hard time with nuts, so I usually make the 2 loaves- one with the nuts (the kids love the sugary crumble) and one without. Due to the apple and all the spices in it, and it's so moist, that it's still really delicious with just apples. Sometimes I like to use Craisins (dried sweetened cranberries) in it sometimes as well. Thanks for your comment!

    • Alphadogg16 profile image

      Kevin W 

      5 years ago from Texas

      This recipe looks absolutely delicious WiccanSage, However I am allergic to nuts. Have you ever made it without the walnuts? Wondering how it tastes without the nuts.

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