Cinnamon Apple Bread with Vanilla Buttermilk Glaze – Secret Recipe Club

by Kate on November 5, 2012

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When it comes to autumn baking, there are a few star players in my kitchen. Pumpkin is a favorite, closely followed by cranberries but right on their heels are pears. There’s something about the freshness of pears in baked goods that I just can’t get enough of. When I came across a pear cake with buttermilk glaze from Kitchen Trial and Error, I was immediately drawn to it. This cake had all the flavors of fall baked in. I knew I had all the ingredients on hand, including fresh pears because I always have pears.ย So imagine my horror when I was all prepared to make pear bread only to find that *gasp!* I had no pears. I could only speculate that Maddy had eaten the last one and I hadn’t realized.

Fortunately I had apples so I turned on my heels and formulated a new plan. Apples and cinnamon are like peas and carrots or peanut butter and jelly. They just go together so substituting apples for pears was easy as pie, er… a piece of cake… well, you get it. It works! So having apples saved this month’s Secret Recipe Club project thankfully. This bread is meant to have a vanilla buttermilk glaze however, as you may have noticed there isn’t a glaze pictured. I did not have buttermilk on hand so it wasn’t going to happen but it sounds so good that I’ve included it below. Things have been a little insane here in New Jersey and going to the grocery store is definitely not something I want to do unless I’m in dire need. People are acting nuts and I don’t want to be a part of it.

There are police at the gas stations to wrangle people who are cutting in lines and getting violet. The lines of both cars and people on foot are literally miles long. Miles! This isn’t even an exaggeration. I wish it were. I’ve heard several people talk about running out of gas while waiting while others wait for hours only to be turned away when they get to the front of the line because the station has run out of gas. Gas is now being rationed.The insanity is only continuing in stores. So few places are open that people are literally fighting to get things. I haven’t left my house except to go to work. Prior to the storm I filled up my gas tank, stocked up on ample amounts of food that would stay fresh thanks to our generator, and got anything I might need to be self-sufficient for a week or more. I’m conserving everything I have trying to make it last until life gets back to something that looks like normal again. I just don’t want to be out there at all if I don’t have to be. My house is my bubble and I just want to stay in the bubble, blocking out the outside world.

Kate, author ofย Kitchen Trial and Error is on the East coast as well. As I perused her blog in search of what I’d like to make this month she certainly didn’t make it easy for me. I was really loving these Hot Chocolate Cookiesย as well as her homemade Graham Crackers (both honey and cinnamon!) I’ve always wanted to make graham crackers from scratch. Bookmarked those for future use. But if I had had the ingredients on hand, I would have absolutely, hands down made Nanaimo Bars. I have no clue what a Nanaimo bar is but I can tell you, it looks AMAZING! Kate says “almond + coconut + chocolate + sweet vanilla filling make the perfect homemade candy bar” and by the looks of it, I whole heartedly agree. Also bookmarked. I was thrilled to be introduced to Kitchen Trial and Error this month for Secret Recipe Club and I know I’ll be back for seconds, and thirds, fourths… you get it.



One Year Ago: Pear & Gruyere Strata

Cinnamon Apple Bread with Vanilla Buttermilk Glaze

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 2 loaves

Cinnamon Apple Bread with Vanilla Buttermilk Glaze

Moist apple bread kissed with cinnamon and nutmeg topped with a buttermilk glaze.


    For the Cake:
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups freshly grated ripe apples
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • For the Glaze:
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar or vanilla sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


    Make the Bread:
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease your pans and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the eggs and sugar. Fold in the apples and vanilla.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry. Gently stir just until combined.
  5. Divide evenly between loaf pans.
  6. Bake for 50-55 minutes until a tester comes out clean.
  7. Transfer to a wire rack. Cool completely.
  8. Make the Glaze:
  9. Combine buttermilk, sugar, butter, cornstarch and baking soda in a small saucepan and whisk until combined. Bring to a boil and cook about 1 minute, or until thick. Whisk in the vanilla. Pour over cooled cakes.
  10. Enjoy!


Slightly adapted from Kitchen Trial and Error


{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

AmandaE November 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Hope things get back to normal for you soon! I keep seeing pictures from my SILs in NYC and it looks like utter pandemonium, regardless of what section of the city they are in.
At least you have some delicious cinnamon bread, nothing like fresh bread to make things seem a little more normal…


Kate November 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm

It has been a little crazy. Since they implemented new gas rules here in NJ (even license plates get gas on even days and odd license plates on odd days) it has seemed to make things a little easier for that situation. There are still so many other people without heat, hot water, power… it’s heartbreaking. I feel very fortunate to have been merely inconvenienced. Now, I’m just concerned about the approaching Nor’easter. With the East coast already so vulnerable, and our electric, gas, and water systems so taxed another severe storm so soon after Sandy could really be even more devastating for us.


Ginny November 5, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Kate, I think it’s completely amazing that you got ANYTHING posted after Sandy’s aftermath. Your description of the lines everywhere, people freaking out and getting violent, etc., etc…it sounds like a movie! Only I know it’s not—it’s very real life for you dear people on our East coast.

This bread looks fantastic. You did a great job. Stay in your cozy bubble as long as you possibly can! I hope things get better over there VERY soon.



Kate November 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Thanks so much for you comment Ginny! I have ventured out of the bubble now a bit today and it seems to be getting less crazy around here. Gas lines are getting better, power is being restored but now we’re really bracing ourselves for the Nor’easter that’s coming our way. Hoping that storm doesn’t make this situation worse.


Delishhh November 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Great recipes. Love apples and cinnamon and love how this looks like a pumpkin bread but it is not, looks divine. I had your blog this month and it was an honor. You have a great blog with tons of fabulous recipes. I hope your brother is ok. . .


Kate November 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Thanks so much! I’m glad you like my post for this month. I’m playing catch up and getting ready to go have a look at everyone’s posts. Can’t wait to see what you ended up choosing ๐Ÿ˜‰ And my brother is doing SO much better. Thanks so much.


Isabelle @ Crumb November 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Well, if there was ever an excuse to improvise a little on your SRC post, I think this is definitely it!
I hope things can get back to normal soon for you, and for everyone else in NJ. So thankful that things were much calmer here in Canada – we got some heavy winds and tons of rain, but thankfully the worst of the damage was just some fallen trees and a few power outages that were quickly restored. The photos of the storm damage in NY and NJ just break my heart. ๐Ÿ™


Kate November 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Hi Isabelle! Thanks so much for your comment. I was so thrilled to see your comment cause I LOVE YOUR BLOG!! Ok, now that I got that out of my system ๐Ÿ˜‰ Fortunately, things are calming down here in my part of NJ and life seems to be getting back to normal although, there’s still a gas shortage and some people without power. We are very fortunate as compared to other parts of our state and NY. So glad to hear things in your neck of the woods weren’t too bad. Now we’re just hoping this Nor’easter that’s coming tomorrow doesn’t make things too much worse or halt the recovery effort.


Isabelle @ Crumb November 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Awwww… you’re the sweetest, Kate. The feeling is mutual. I love your blog too! ๐Ÿ™‚ (I’m just terrible at leaving comments sometimes.)
Keeping fingers crossed that the next storm isn’t too bad… things are bad enough on the coast already without piling on more rain and misery. Sending you lots of good weather vibes from north of the border!


Kate November 6, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I can relate! I get so swamped, I really can’t comment nearly as often as I would like. Thanks for sending the good weather vibes our way. We need them!


Kate November 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Hi Kate, love the combo of apples & spices with the buttermilk glaze. Sounds really good…might have to whip these up this weekend. So glad you liked them!


Kate November 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I definitely want to give your full version a try when I have pears again ๐Ÿ˜‰ It sounded like perfection just the way you did it! Loved having your blog this month.


ChristineM November 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm

omg, Kate, all of you back east are in our prayers out here on the west coast. There are tons of food drives, donations, everywhere trying to get it sent back there to you all.
Hoping for the best…… praying for you!

The bread looks amazing! I still have apples on my tree so I will be test driving some breads very soon! I like how this is grated with the apple instead of chunks.


Kate November 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm

I think the grated apples versus chucks, really lends more moisture but you still get all that apple taste in there. So glad you liked it! And THANK YOU!! Thank you so much for all your efforts out there because our state and NY and so many people truly need the supplies. I am so fortunate to have come out of this whole thing unscathed but there are so many people here that need HUGE help. Know that all your efforts are truly appreciated.


Lesa @Edesia's Notebook November 5, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Your bread sounds fantastic and I love the idea of a vanilla buttermilk glaze. Yum! Hope things get back to normal for you soon.


Kate November 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Thank you Lisa! Glad you like the bread and we’re hoping life gets back to normal soon too. We are so fortunate though in my area.


Lisa~~ November 5, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Your apple bread looks wonderful and I hope that life in your area returns to normal soon.

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC entry: Thai Peanut Noodles with Chicken.



Kate November 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Thanks Lisa! We’re hoping life gets back to normal soon too!


Jess November 6, 2012 at 12:55 am

Oh Kate – I love this combination of flavors – what a great looking fall bread.


Kate November 6, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Thank you Jess!


kristy @ Gastronomical Sovereignty November 6, 2012 at 8:58 pm

i think i’m in love ๐Ÿ˜‰ apples and cinnamon and bread = good to me, sister! haha

happy src reveal ๐Ÿ™‚

p.s. this recipe would fit right in at the Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up – we go live in a few hours (when Wednesday hits – weird, right?)… i’d love it if you wanted to share this (or any other seasonal or real food posts). hope to see you there. xo, kristy


Kate November 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Thanks for the invite to your Link Up! I’ll check it out and I’m so glad you like my bread this month.


kristy @ Gastronomical Sovereignty November 11, 2012 at 9:40 am

i’m so glad you linked up kate! i am seriously in love with this bread ๐Ÿ™‚

thank you for sharing your post with us at the Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up! I hope to see you again this week with more seasonal and fresh/real food posts ๐Ÿ™‚ xo, kristy


Kate November 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

Thanks for letting me know about the linky! I’ll definitely be back ๐Ÿ™‚


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