Browned Butter Apple Bread

Yield: 2 - 9x4 loaves
Course Breads
Keyword breads, quick breads
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cooling Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Author Val Curtis


  • 2 cups organic whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups organic all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup flax seed
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons organic cinnamon
  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted organic butter at room temperature, divided
  • 1 cup granulated organic sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar packed
  • 2 large organic brown eggs
  • 1 cup organic yogurt
  • 1 cup organic sour cream
  • 4 cups of organic apples peeled, cored and diced **


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F and generously grease 2 - 9x4 bread pans.

  2. To peel, core and dice your apples try the following: 

  3. 1) Cut off the top and bottom of your apples.
  4. 2) Peel using a potato peeler.
  5. 3) Use OXO Steel Apple Divider to chop into slices.
  6. Dice slices into bite-size pieces.
  7. Add 3 tablespoons of butter over high heat in a skillet until just brown and then add diced apples for 2 minutes over medium heat. Remove from heat and set aside.

  8. Mix together the dry ingredients (flours, flax seed, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon) and set aside.

  9. In a mixer bowl, mix the remaining butter and add the granulated sugar and 1/2 cup of the brown sugar. Beat until fluffy. Add the egg and beat until completely mixed. Add yogurt and sour cream and mix until smooth.

  10. Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix on slow for 2 minutes.

  11. Fold in the apple chunks.

  12. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared bread pans.

  13. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of brown sugar on top.

  14. Bake for 20 minutes. Lower heat to 375°F and bake for an additional 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a loaf comes out clean.

  15. Cool the loaves for 5 minutes in the pans, then turn them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe Notes


** Apples are always on the Environmental Work Group's Dirty Dozen list. Buy organic or know your source.