Grandma Barb’s Apple Bread

My mom has been making this Apple Bread for a few years now, and I’ve actually placed orders for this stuff when I know she’s due for a visit.  Our family has dubbed it “Grandma Barb’s Apple Bread”, as it has turned out to be such a favored treat from her kitchen.

This Apple Bread is truly a loaf of fall.  It’s extra moist, loaded with shredded apples.  And then there’s crunch from nuts and chew from raisins. So many yummy tastes and textures in every single bite.  And did I mention cinnamony?  I’m certain it’s one of the top reasons Mom loves this bread so much.

So grab your Granny Smiths and your shredder and get to it!  In just a short while, when you take that first bite, you’ll find yourself embraced by one big autumn hug.

Autumn on the farm is such a special time.  To see the fruits of farm labor harvested is one of my favorite thingsin the whole wide world.  And I love to take our girls back there each year, to visit family and take part in this wonderfully grounding experience.

In the combine,

we take a ride with Uncle Elroy,

who transfers the corn to the grain cart driven by Uncle Arnie,

who transfers the corn to the truck,

that used to be driven by Dad (retired),

but now my cousins, Mathew and Jeremiah, have taken over the road,

transporting the corn to the local grain elevator,

where you get a sucker every time you bring in a load.

Don’t ask me why you get a sucker at the grain elevator.

Just smile, lick, and enjoy the ride.


Grandma Barb’s Apple Bread


  • 4 large Granny Smith or Haralson apples (firm & tart), peeled and shredded
  • 2 c. sugar
  • ½ c. oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 c. chopped pecans or walnuts, optional
  • 1 c. raisins, Craisins, or chopped dates
  • 3 c. flour
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 T. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg


Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour two 8.5'' x 4.5'' loaf pans. Set aside.

Using large holes of grater, shred the apples. Mix apples and sugar in large bowl and let sit for 15 minutes until sugar dissolves. There will be alot of liquid. Add next five ingredients (oil through raisins) and stir to mix well.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining six dry ingredients. Stir dry ingredients into the apple mixture, just until mixed. Pour into the loaf pans. Bake 50 to 55 minutes, or until center tests done with a toothpick. Cool 10 minutes in pan and then turn out onto rack to cool completely.

Mom's recipe box, adapted from Wanda's Country Home.


33 Responses to “Grandma Barb’s Apple Bread”

  1. #
    Stephanie Meyer (Fresh Tart) — October 25, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Beautiful post! And delicious bread. What a fun day for your girls!

    • farmgirl replied on October 25th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

      Thank you Stephanie! It was a fun day, plus there’s a whole lot of questions/learning for the girls…the best kind of field trip.

  2. #
    Alicia @thecoffeeqween — October 25, 2010 at 8:23 am

    That looks and sounds delicious. Going apple picking then making this! Thanks for sharing

    • farmgirl replied on October 25th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

      Hello Alicia – thanks for stopping by!

  3. #
    Paula — October 25, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I drive past farmland all the time in my area and love to see the farmers at work with their machinery in the fields. I have a great deal of respect for the life they lead and for the bounty they make possible at our tables. Your Grandma’s Apple Bread has some of my favourite ingredients and spices. It will definitely go into my folder of *must try* recipes. Thank you for posting and for sharing the wonderful pictures.

    • farmgirl replied on October 25th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

      Hi Paula – it’s always so nice to have you visit!

  4. #
    Mom — October 26, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Dad and I really enjoyed the pictures on your post. Glad you were able to make it to the farm again this fall, even if I missed being there with you and
    the girls.

  5. #
    Jaden — October 29, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Loved the farm tour! I’d work on the farm for a lollipop too! ;-)

    • farmgirl replied on October 29th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

      Thanks for visiting, Jaden!

  6. #
    Lara — November 15, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    I was looking for a recipe to use up a bag of apples I bought a few weekends ago and this recipe was PERFECT. I made 3 loaves of it and it whipped up so quick and my coworkers are currently singing my praises. Thanks and love your site (and look forward to enjoying a few more of your recipes)!

    • farmgirl replied on November 15th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

      Hi Lara! I’m so glad you found me, and that you tried this recipe – it’s one of my family’s favorites!

  7. #
    Kathie — July 14, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Loved your apple bread recipe! thanks so much!!

    • Brenda replied on July 14th, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      That’s wonderful to hear – I love this recipe!! Thanks for letting me know, Kathie. :)

  8. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — October 12, 2012 at 12:12 am

    This bread looks amazing! I hope it’s just as good without the raisins because my hubby is not a fan. Love your blog!

  9. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — October 12, 2012 at 12:13 am

    This bread looks amazing! I hope it’s just as good without the raisins because my hubby is not a fan. Love your blog!

    • Brenda replied on October 16th, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      Thank you, Ashley. This is SO good. And, yes, it’s even good without the raisins. Hope you (and your hubby) like it!

  10. #
    Trish — December 11, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. Just made some for a holiday party I’m attending this weekend. I wanted to do a quick bread but something different than pumpkin or banana. My kitchen smells AWESOME and I want to eat it now, but have to wait! Ahhh! :)

    • Brenda replied on December 12th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      You are so welcome. Enjoy!

  11. #
    Faith — October 11, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    sorry, but what is 1 T. cinnamon?

  12. #
    susan — October 19, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I am makin this bread now, my apples are huge , 3 of them seem to be more than enough, also I want to use 1 c sugar. ??

  13. #
    Shokora — November 26, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Hi i do not have two 8.5″ x 4.5″ loaf pans. What can i substitute it with? an 8″ round cake pan? or a 9″ round cake pan? or an 8″ square cake pan? I’m new to baking and no idea how to convert. I need to also adjust the temperature and baking time to how much? Thanks a lot! plan to bake this for my little girl this weekend.

    • Brenda replied on November 27th, 2014 at 7:47 am

      I have not played around with different sized pans with this recipe, so I can’t say for sure. Sorry!


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