1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups peeled apples, diced
3/4 cup pecans, chopped
streusel – nut topping (recipe below)

For the nut topping:

1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/3 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease the bottom and sides of a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. If using a glass loaf pan bake 25 degrees lower.

In a large bowl beat the butter and sugars together until combined. Add the buttermilk and baking powder; and beat until combined.

Add eggs and vanilla; and beat until combined. Add flour, apple pie spice and salt; beat until combined.

Toss the apples and nuts in a bit of flour before adding to the batter. By hand stir in the nuts and apples.

Spoon batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Prepare the streusel topping. In a small bowl combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and flour. Using a pastry blender or fork cut in the butter until it resembles coarse crumbs.

Stir in walnuts or pecans.and sprinkle over the batter. Bake for 60 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cool bread in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely. Wrap and store overnight before slicing. ( I can never do this part and usually end up slicing it right up when it cools)

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