From the very beginning of Autumn, all kinds of local apples arrive at the Co-op. This sweet bread recipe is another delicious way to enjoy some fall flavors without spending all afternoon in the kitchen. Warm spices and sweet apples come together with a creamy cheesecake filling to ring in the new season. We hope you enjoy this recipe!
2 apples (sweet varieties like honeycrisp or pink lady)
1 cup sugar
½ cup neutral oil (sunflower or canola work the best)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp cinnamon
⅛ tsp nutmeg
For the cheesecake filling:
8oz cream cheese, softened
½ cup sugar
Preheat your oven to 350°F.
Prepare an 8×8 inch or 9×9 inch baking pan with butter or cooking spray and set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, add your cream cheese, sugar and egg. Mix well with a hand mixer until smooth. Set aside.
Grate your apples, with the peel on, into a large mixing bowl.
Add your sugar, eggs and vanilla to the apples and mix to combine.
Without mixing, add your flour, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Gently fold them together until just combined.
Pour half of your batter into your prepared pan. Next, pour your cheesecake filling into the pan in an even layer. Pour the remaining batter on top.
Stick a butterknife into the batter and gently swirl it around. This will add the “swirl” to your bread. It’s ok if some rises to the top during or after you’ve done this step.
Put your bread in the oven for 40-50 minutes, or until a fork inserted in the bread comes out clean.
Allow it to cool and enjoy!