1/2 cup (1 stick/4 oz./113g) butter (unsalted butter, preferably), softened at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons buttermilk
1 cup grated apples (apples can also be cut into small chunks, if desired)
1 cup chopped nuts, such as pecans or walnuts, (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/180 degrees C. Grease and lightly flour (bottom only) of a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan. Set prepared pan aside.
In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
Combine the flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Stir in apples and chopped nuts (if using).
Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake in preheated oven for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of loaf comes out clean. Cool loaf in pan for 10 minutes, loosen sides of loaf from pan with knife, then remove loaf from pan to wire rack to cool completely.
Makes 1 loaf, 12-16 servings.
Date: September 12, 2009