Fresh Apple Bread

Fresh Apple Bread

1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 cups granulated sugar
3 medium eggs
2 cups unbleached flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup oatmeal, blended
1 1/4 cups chopped pecans or walnuts
3 1/4 cups peeled, grated apples, 5 or 6 (preferably Granny Smith green apples)

Using an electric mixer, beat oil and sugar in a large bowl until thick and opaque. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt; stir in oatmeal. Add to oil and egg mixture and mix until well blended.

Add pecans and the grated apples all at once and stir batter until well mixed. Pour batter into two large loaf pans (5 x 7 inch) which have been greased and floured. Bake in a pre heated oven at 325 degrees for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let bread cool for 10 minutes and then unmold.

Yield: 16 servings.

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