I’ve been making this pumpkin apple bread for years. It is fairly simple, and turns out perfectly every time. I even like the cinnamon sugar topping so much, I use it on other things, like my favorite easy Applesauce Cake.
The bread is delicious as is, but a few nights ago I decided to dredge two small pieces into sugar, and grilled it in a pan with a pat of butter to caramelize the sugar, and then topped with ice cream. Awesome.
Pumpkin Apple BreadBarely adapted from The Gourmet Cookbook
For the Crunchy Sugar Topping1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 5 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
For the Bread3 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 4 large eggs 1, 15-ounce can of solid-pack pumpkin 3/4 cup vegetable oil 2 1/4 cup sugar 2 cups chopped apple, from 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped into 1/4″ dice
For the topping, blend flour, sugar, cinnamon and butter in a small bowl with your finger tips, until mixture resembles coarse meal or sand. Set aside until ready to use.
Place oven rack in the middle of the oven. Heat to 350 degrees-F. Butter two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans (I used 8.5 x 4.5-inch pans).
Sift flour, salt baking soda, and spices into a medium bowl, or onto a sheet of wax paper.
In a large bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Whisk in pumpkin, oil and sugar. Add flour mixture, stirring just until well combined. Fold in the apples. Divide batter between prepared loaf pans. Sprinkle half of the topping evenly across each loaf.
Bake until a wooden toothpick or skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 50-60 minutes. If you use the smaller pans as I did, the baking time will be on the longer side; mine took the full 60 minutes. Cool loaves in pans on rack for 45 minutes, then turn our on rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.
The bread can be wrapped in plastic wrap and then foil, and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week, or the freezer for up to one month.