Apple Buttermilk Loaves - Delicious Recipe with Fresh Apples and Aromatic Spices

Apple Buttermilk Loaves

Apple Buttermilk Loaves - Delicious Recipe with Fresh Apples and Aromatic Spices
Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 50-60 minutes | Servings: 2 loaves


Apple Buttermilk Loaves
Apple Buttermilk Loaves

Apple Buttermilk Loaves are a delightful treat that combines the tangy sweetness of apples with the rich, moist texture that buttermilk brings to baked goods. This recipe is perfect for those who appreciate the comforting flavors of home-baked bread, with a twist. The addition of nuts and orange peel adds complexity and a burst of flavor that makes this loaf a standout. Whether you're a seasoned baker or new to the kitchen, this recipe is straightforward and promises delicious results.


The tradition of baking apple loaves dates back centuries, with each culture incorporating its unique twist. The Apple Buttermilk Loaf, as we know it today, is a fusion of traditional American apple recipes and the use of buttermilk, a staple in many Southern American kitchens. The use of buttermilk in baking has been a long-standing practice, known for imparting a tender texture to cakes and bread. The addition of apples and a hint of orange peel is a more modern adaptation, reflecting the evolving American palate.


How to prepare

  1. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Set the mixture aside.
  3. Cream the butter and sugars together; beat in the eggs one at a time and add the vanilla.
  4. Stir in the buttermilk alternately with the flour mixture.
  5. Fold in the apples, nuts, and orange peel.
  6. Pour the batter into two greased and floured loaf pans measuring 8.5 x 4.5 x 2.63 inches.
  7. Bake at 350°F (177°C) for 50 to 60 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  8. Allow the loaves to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove them from the pan and let them cool completely on a wire rack.
  9. Wrap the loaves and let them stand overnight to allow the flavors to blend.


  • Consider adding raisins or dried cranberries for additional sweetness and texture. For a nut-free version, omit the nuts and add extra apples or substitute with seeds like sunflower or pumpkin.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

To ensure your Apple Buttermilk Loaves turn out perfectly, consider the following tips:

- Use room temperature ingredients to ensure even mixing.

- When folding in the apples, nuts, and orange peel, do so gently to avoid overmixing, which can lead to a denser loaf.

- Check the loaves for doneness by inserting a wooden pick into the center. It should come out clean.

- Allowing the loaves to stand overnight not only enhances the flavors but also makes slicing easier.

Serving Suggestions

Serve slices of Apple Buttermilk Loaf with a spread of cream cheese or butter for added richness. It pairs wonderfully with a cup of coffee or tea for a comforting breakfast or mid-afternoon snack.

Cooking Techniques

For an even bake, rotate the loaf pans halfway through the baking time. If the tops are browning too quickly, tent them with aluminum foil until the baking is complete.

Ingredient Substitutions

For a healthier version, substitute half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour. You can also use apple sauce in place of some of the margarine to reduce fat content.

Make Ahead Tips

These loaves can be baked ahead of time and frozen for up to 3 months. Wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil before freezing. Thaw overnight at room temperature when ready to serve.

Presentation Ideas

Slice the loaf and arrange the slices on a platter, garnished with fresh apple slices and a dusting of powdered sugar for an elegant presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair a slice of Apple Buttermilk Loaf with a sharp cheddar cheese for a delightful contrast of flavors. For a drink pairing, a spiced apple cider complements the loaf's flavors beautifully.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store the loaves wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, refrigerate or freeze. To reheat, warm slices in a toaster oven or microwave briefly.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

A single serving of Apple Buttermilk Loaf contains approximately 300-400 calories, making it a substantial snack or part of a balanced breakfast.


Each serving of Apple Buttermilk Loaf is rich in carbohydrates, primarily from flour, sugars, and apples. Carbohydrates are essential for energy, making this loaf a good option for breakfast or a snack.


The fats in this recipe come from margarine and nuts. Margarine provides a source of unsaturated fats, while nuts add both unsaturated fats and a small amount of saturated fats. These fats contribute to the moistness and flavor of the loaf.


Proteins in this recipe are found in the eggs and to a lesser extent in the nuts and flour. Eggs are a complete protein source, making them an excellent addition to this loaf.

Vitamins and minerals

Apples, nuts, and buttermilk contribute various vitamins and minerals to this recipe. Apples are a good source of vitamin C and dietary fiber, nuts provide vitamin E and essential minerals like magnesium, and buttermilk contains calcium and phosphorus.


This recipe contains common allergens such as eggs, nuts, and wheat. Those with allergies should take caution or make appropriate substitutions.


Overall, Apple Buttermilk Loaves offer a balance of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, along with essential vitamins and minerals. They are a calorie-dense option, perfect for energy replenishment.


Apple Buttermilk Loaves are a versatile and delicious baked good that combines the classic flavors of apple and buttermilk with a hint of orange and nuts. Perfect for any occasion, from a simple breakfast to an elegant snack, these loaves are sure to delight. With tips for making, serving, and storing, this recipe is a valuable addition to any baker's repertoire.

How did I get this recipe?

I remember the thrill of stumbling upon this recipe for Apple Buttermilk Loaves. It was a crisp autumn day, and I had just returned from a trip to the local farmers market where I had picked up a huge bag of fresh apples. As I unpacked my haul, I came across an old recipe card tucked away in the bottom of the bag. It was a handwritten recipe for Apple Buttermilk Loaves, and it immediately caught my eye.

I had never heard of this particular recipe before, but the combination of apples and buttermilk sounded intriguing. I decided to give it a try and see how it turned out. Little did I know that this simple recipe would become one of my all-time favorites, and a staple in my baking repertoire for years to come.

I followed the instructions on the recipe card carefully, mixing together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, I combined the buttermilk, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract, stirring until everything was well blended. Then, I peeled and chopped the apples, tossing them in a bit of cinnamon and sugar before folding them into the batter.

As the loaves baked in the oven, the warm, comforting scent of apples and cinnamon filled the kitchen. I couldn't wait to taste the finished product. When the loaves were finally done, I pulled them out of the oven and let them cool on a wire rack. The aroma was irresistible, and I couldn't resist cutting into one while it was still warm.

The first bite was pure bliss. The loaf was moist and tender, with chunks of sweet, juicy apple scattered throughout. The buttermilk added a slight tanginess that balanced out the sweetness of the apples perfectly. I knew right then and there that this recipe was a winner.

Over the years, I have made these Apple Buttermilk Loaves countless times. They have become a family favorite, and I love sharing them with friends and neighbors. Every time I bake a batch, I think back to that fateful day when I stumbled upon the recipe and how it has become such a beloved part of my baking repertoire.

I have tweaked the recipe here and there, adding a sprinkle of nutmeg or a handful of chopped walnuts for extra flavor. Sometimes I even drizzle a simple glaze over the top for a touch of sweetness. But no matter how I choose to make them, the loaves always turn out delicious.

I have shared the recipe with countless people over the years, passing it along to anyone who asks for it. It brings me joy to see others enjoy these loaves as much as I do. There is something special about a recipe that has been passed down and shared with others, creating connections and memories that last a lifetime.

As I continue to bake these Apple Buttermilk Loaves, I am reminded of the power of food to bring people together. Whether it's a simple loaf of bread or a fancy dessert, there is something magical about sharing a homemade treat with someone you care about. And for me, these loaves will always hold a special place in my heart, reminding me of the day I stumbled upon a recipe that would become a cherished part of my culinary journey.


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