The month of August is coming to an end. The last Monday of this busy month brings with it a special revelation: which blog was I assigned to cook from as a member of The Secret Recipe Club? And who is posting something from my blog?  Which recipe was chosen? So much excitement, so much fun… This month I was paired with a food blog Queen:  Amy, the hostess of “Fearless Homemaker” has even been on TV!   You can read about her first cooking demonstration by clicking here.   And now, here I am, cooking a recipe from her blog.  Too cool for words. If her blog is new to you, I strongly recommend you to stop by.  Not only she has loads of wonderful recipes, but side-stories that are truly special, like her surprise wedding party.  She and her partner invited friends over for a nice get-together, and all of a sudden both disappeared, changed into their wedding outfits, and next thing their guests knew, an orchestra was playing, a priest was arriving , and the party turned into their wedding!  Now the family got bigger, as she and her husband recently welcomed the arrival of   “The Fearless Baby“…  Congratulations, Amy!

I had quite a few recipes on my final list to cook for the Secret Recipe reveal day: her Vegetable and Quinoa Pilaf, her Honey-Chipotle Turkey Meatballs, her Chicken Bolognese, and also her Nutella-Swirl Pound Cake.  But, in the end, I went with an Apple-Cinnamon Bread, with chunks of apple permeating the cake.   Yes, you guessed it, I took it to our department on a sunny Monday morning…   😉


(from Fearless Homemaker)

1 + 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 large eggs
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup applesauce
pods from 1 vanilla bean
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups chopped Granny Smith apples, skin removed

for topping:
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

 Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray an 8 by 4 loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves.  Reserve.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the eggs and beat on medium speed for about 30 seconds. Add in oil, applesauce, vanilla,  mix until smooth.    Add the sugar and mix until well combined.

Slowly add in the flour mixture, incorporating until the flour is barely combined. Gently fold in the apple chunks. pour batter into prepared loaf pan.

Prepare the topping: in a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon. Sprinkle this topping over the batter in the loaf pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until loaf is golden, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool bread in pan for 10 minutes. loosen sides of the loaf with a knife and invert carefully.  Cool the cake completely on a rack before slicing.


to print the recipe, click here


  As Amy pointed out in her post, this bread smells WONDERFUL while it bakes.  Cinnamon seems to do just that, fill the house with intoxicating aroma of deliciousness to come…    I am not sure why I’ve been picking sweet recipes for the past few Secret Recipe Club adventures, but I’m enjoying the phase.  And I suppose the members of our department don’t mind that either!  😉


Amy, it’s been great to spend time on your blog, reading your stories, marveling at your photos.  

I hope you enjoyed this month’s assignment as much as I did!


To see what the other members of my group cooked up for today’s Reveal Day, click on the blue amphibian smiling at the bottom of the post.  And if you are wondering who got my blog and the recipe chosen, go visit Karen’s site at Lavender and Lovage! 😉

ONE YEAR AGO: Secret Recipe Club: Blueberry Galette

TWO YEARS AGO: In My Kitchen, August 2011

THREE YEARS AGO: Journey to a New Home

FOUR YEARS AGO: Friday Night Dinner (very tasty pork medallions)


  1. A cinnamon scent in the kitchen is so very good! Love seeing the apple chunks in the bread slices. With the smell of cinnamon in the air, it’s like a combination of both apple pie and cinnamon bread. Nothing wrong with that marriage! 🙂


  2. Thank you SO much for all the kind words about my blog – you totally made my day! =D And I’m thrilled you chose this bread to make – it’s one of my favorite recipes and absolutely perfect with Fall just around the corner. Cheers! Amy @ Fearless Homemaker


    • Oh, so glad you enjoyed the post! I was over at your blog many many many times, in fact I thought that maybe if you were tracking visitors you would “catch me” 😉 But I guess my stalking went unnoticed… I like that! 😉


    • Indeed, it is… I might just have to re-make it next month – oh, well – this will have to wait for a kitchen to be done, and… well…. we won’t be quite there yet (sigh)


  3. A great way to welcome fall. I am going to miss apple season in the northeast this year. Always one of my favorite times of year there. This is a perfect recipe after a morning picking apples!


    • You know, when I made it I did not even think about the fall, but you are absolutely right, this screams for that season… I can only hope it won’t come too soon…. I am such a summer lover!


    • As I mentioned in one of the comments, the chunks made this recipe ultra special – it would not be as delicious with apples in tiny little pieces… although, probably mighty good anyway 😉


  4. I can smell this lovely loaf baking from here… all the fragrances of fall swirling about in my mind and heart. Delightful. Love the bits of apple coming through and wish I was working in your department to enjoy it with you along with a warm cuppa😉.


  5. Apples and cinnamon is my favorite combo of all time. Now I want a piece of this bread! Maybe there’s still enough time in the day for me to get a loaf in the oven. Thank you for sharing Sally and thank you for all your kind words on my blog!


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