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Apple Loaf*

* 4 cups diced, peeled McIntosh apples
* 2 cups + 2 tsp sugar
* 2 sticks (1 cup) butter
* 3 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 tsp baking soda
* 2 tsp cinnamon
* 2 large eggs
* 1 tsp vanilla

# Mix apples and 2 cups of sugar in a large bowl. Leave at room temperature for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
# Heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease two 8-1/2 x 4-1/2 inch loaf pans.
# Melt butter, let cool.
# Mix flour, baking soda and cinnamon; stir into apples. Stir in butter, eggs and vanilla. Pour half into each pan; sprinkle each with 1 tsp of sugar.
# Bake 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours until a toothpick inserted in centers of loaves comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing loaves to rack to cool completely.
# Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Woman's Day 11/20/01
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