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Borrowing a technique from the Shakers, you can line the bread pan with scented geranium leavespreferably the apple-scented varietyto underscore the apple flavors in this luscious breadand discard them before eating.
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour 9-inch loaf pan, and set aside.
Beat margarine and 1 cup sugar until well combined. Add eggs, lemon extract and lemon zest, and beat until very thick and creamy.
Sift together dry ingredients, and add alternately with apple pieces and 1/2 cup apple juice, continuing until all ingredients are used up. Spoon batter into loaf pan, and sprinkle top with pecans.
Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until top is golden and center is firm. Remove from oven, and allow to cool in pan 2 or 3 minutes. Remove from pan, and cool on rack.
Meanwhile, combine 1 tablespoon apple juice and 6 tablespoons sugar, and after 10 minutes, drizzle over top of loaf. Cool completely before slicing.
- Calories 270
- Carbohydrate Content 46 g
- Cholesterol Content 40 mg
- Fat Content 9 g
- Fiber Content 1 g
- Protein Content 4 g
- Saturated Fat Content 1 g
- Sodium Content 360 mg
- Sugar Content 30 g