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Old Fashioned Praline Apple Bread (Gluten Free Option)

The weather is getting a little cooler, the apples are falling off the trees and it’s a perfect time to make this good Old-Fashioned Praline Apple Bread!!!

Years ago, our pastor’s wife shared this recipe with the congregation and it has been a family favorite ever since. This recipe for Old-Fashioned Praline Apple Bread is absolutely delicious all by itself or served with a cup of coffee, apple cider or hot chocolate.


Because apples are so yummy and good for us I like to use them in recipes whenever I can. Usually, I’ll leave the peels on for extra fiber; especially if I am using organic apples from my parent’s farm. Their apples  are as organic as you can possibly get. No chemicals or pesticides. Totally nature made.

Sometimes we use these apples to make Apple Pie Oatmeal or Mulled Apple Cider or even in Mini Cast Iron Skillet Fruit Pies

apple praline bread

The original recipe calls for the use of a loaf pan, however, I used Wilton’s Brownie Bar Baking Pan instead. I kept seeing this neat square mini loaf pan in the store and I finally decided to buy it. Man am I glad I did! It does not stick, it browns evenly and is easy to clean. I have decided to use this versatile pan to make mini meatloaf’s, mini cakes, muffins, etc… 

apple praline bread

The muffins baked for 45 – 50 minutes and as the bread started to bake, the aroma that filled my home was heavenly.

I checked to see if the bread was finished baking by inserting a toothpick in the center. When it came out “clean,” and without any gooey batter, they were done baking. 

apple praline bread

It’s best to allow the bread to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing the muffins.

The next step is to make the yummy praline topping.

praline1The praline is created by combining butter and brown sugar. As the mixture came to a rolling boil, I stirred it frequently to keep the mixture from burning.

pralineI then removed the bread from pan and drizzle the hot praline mixture over the bread.

apple praline bread

I also topped mine with additional chopped pecans.

apple breadDid I mention that this bread smelled so delicious while it was baking??? It made our whole house smell like fall. Mmm, Mmm! Don’t wait until fall to make this delicious Old Fashioned Praline Apple Bread. It’s fantastic any time of the year!

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Old Fashioned Praline Apple Bread (Gluten Free Option)

A delicious praline apple bread recipe.

20 minPrep Time

55 minCook Time

1 hr, 15 Total Time

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  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 ounces sour cream (*GF version - I use Daisy brand of sour cream)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla (*GF version use gluten free vanilla)
  • 2 cups flour (*GF version, use gluten-free flour blend)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder (GF version, use gluten-free baking powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (*GF version, I use gluten free and aluminum-free baking soda)
  • 1 1/4 cups, apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, divided
  • (*GF version only - add 1 Tablespoon ground flax and 3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum)
  • GLAZE:
  • Glaze: 1/4 cup butter + 1/4 cup brown sugar


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, sour cream, eggs and vanilla.
  2. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  3. Mix in dry ingredients.
  4. Stir in apples and 1/2 cup pecans.
  5. Pour into greased and floured 9-Inch x 5-Inch Non-Stick Loaf Pan and cover with remaining pecans, pressing gently into batter.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 55 - 60 minutes.
  7. Cool in pan for 5 minutes.
  8. While cooling: bring brown sugar and butter to a boil for 1 minute.
  9. After removing bread from pan, drizzle with boiled mixture.
  10. Optional: top with more pecans.

Happy apple season! 


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About the author: Linda and Anna are a mother-daughter team that enjoy cooking, crafting and sharing advice with each other. Here they enjoy sharing all their new recipes and ideas with their readers.

{ 7 comments… add one }
  • collette January 15, 2016, 11:33 am
    I can't find the recipe for the cake batter, what is this all about?
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy January 15, 2016, 2:58 pm
      Collette, I am so sorry we are experience some technical difficulties on our blog at the moment. We are working hard to fix this as soon as possible. Please check back with us soon! Thank you for your patience!
  • Alyssa September 26, 2014, 8:50 am
    Do you have a substitute for the sour cream? Possibly, apple sauce?
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy September 26, 2014, 1:15 pm
      Hi Alyssa, Yes, there are actually a couple different things that you can use instead of sour cream. You can use 1 cup vanilla yogurt + 1 teaspoon baking soda, or 3/4 cup buttermilk + 1/3 cup butter. It is also possible to make a vegan substitute and I would suggest that you do a web search for that. You can certainly try using applesauce but I read where that doesn't work very well because it is too thin. Good luck and happy baking! Thanks for stopping by! Linda

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