I don’t usually bake with bourbon (or alcohol for that matter) but adding it to this recipe definitely added another layer of flavor to this quick and easy bread. You don’t need to have fancy bourbon an in fact, I recommend saving your fancy, expensive bourbon for drinking! This is probably my new favorite quick bread to make. Recipe adapted from Food52 Servings: 16 Bars
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting pan
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
- 2 cups white sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups peeled, cored, and cubed sliced tart apples like Honeycrisp or Granny Smith (about 1″ cubes)
- 3 tablespoons bourbon (optional, but highly recommended!)
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Butter and flour a 9-inch bread pan or bundt pan. Beat the oil and sugar together in a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or by hand). After about 5 minutes, add the eggs and beat until the mixture is creamy.
- In a medium bowl, combine 3 cups of flour, the salt, cinnamon and baking soda. Gradually add into the batter. Add the vanilla, apples, bourbon and stir until combined.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan. Bake for 65-75 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan before lifting out.
- Serve at room temperature with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.