October Baking Challenge

baked apple with brown sugar oat filling

OCTOBER BAKING CHALLENGE

October 2020 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Baked Apples with Brown Sugar Oat Crumble

The October Sally’s Baking Challenge is a fun & simple way to use all your fresh apples. I chose this recipe for the October Baking Challenge because it’s quick, can be eaten right out of the oven, only requires a few ingredients, serves a small family, can easily be halved or doubled, and highlights the natural flavor of apples. And it’s the perfect opportunity to use your apples if you go apple picking this month. Kids will love to help and it’s a recipe free from common allergens like eggs, gluten (use GF oats), and nuts (pecans are optional).


How to Join Sally's Baking Challenge

  1. Recipe: I publish a new challenge recipe on the 1st of each month. Sign up for Sally’s Baking Challenge emails so you’re alerted as soon as a new challenge recipe is published.
  2. Bake: Bake the recipe during that month.
  3. Send: Share your recipe photo with us via email: [email protected]. By emailing your recipe photo, you are automatically entered in the baking challenge. For a bonus entry, leave a review on the challenge recipe. Instagram direct messages are hard to track, so please email your recipe photo instead. Feel free to share on social media using #sallysbakingchallenge and tagging me (@sallysbakeblog), but the only way to guarantee you are in the running is sending your entry via email.

PRIZE

By emailing your recipe photo to us, you are automatically entered in the baking challenge. 1 winner receives a $250 Amazon Gift Card. We keep track of your photos and randomly select 1 winner at the end of the month. The challenge is open to the whole world. Challenge ends on October 30th 2020 at 5pm ET. The winner will be selected at random and posted in the November Baking Challenge blog post on October 31st 2020. Visit the Sally’s Baking Challenge FAQ page if you have any questions about my baking challenges!


Let’s Review the September Baking Challenge

September 2020 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread

I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS… we had over 2,000 participants in September, the MOST we’ve ever had since I launched Sally’s Baking Challenge 3 years ago. We received dozens of entry emails every day and the wonderful reviews on this recipe were continuously rolling in. Thank you so much for taking the time to enter this baking challenge!

One of my favorite recipe reviews came from reader Gabby:

“This was a delicious & straightforward recipe! My family especially loved the cinnamon swirl surprise in the middle! Can’t wait to have another piece with my coffee in the morning!!”

We gathered as many cinnamon swirl quick bread photo entries as we could and included them below. (Email is the only way to guarantee your photo will be included!)

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collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

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collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

collage of cinnamon swirl quick bread photos

Challenge winner for September is Amanda and she has been notified. 🙂

cinnamon swirl quick bread winner image

27 Comments

  1. So much flour!!!!! Awesome job to everyone who participated, and congratulations Amanda!

    P.S. I think my favourite version of the quick bread is the one that looks like an oblong bundt…amazing 😀

  2. These photos!! Yum!!! I didn’t get to make it yet (Life!) but it is absolutely on my To Bake list. Yes, it’s now a physical list because so many wonderful recipes you’ve been sharing with us regularly. WTG to everyone and Congrats to the winner!

  3. Sarah Castaneda says:

    Congratulations Amanda!
    Sally this recipe was amazing. I made it (the third time) for my dads birthday and he had 3/4 of that loaf gone in minutes, lol. Thank you for all of your hard work!!

    1. What a perfect birthday treat! I’m so glad your dad enjoyed it, Sarah. Thank you for making my recipe!

  4. This was a really fun challenge! I’m going to enter the October Challenge and that is going to be my 3rd challenge in which i have participated! I’m so excited! Thank you for all you INCREDIBLE recipes!! Happy Baking!!

    1. Happy to hear you’re enjoying the challenges, Tiana! Thank you so much for participating.

  5. NORA J BERNIER says:

    Congratulations Amanda
    This was my first but not last entry. I love baking and this bread did not last, my husband was smiling after every bite.
    This was a blast…looking forward to the Oct. challenge:)

    1. So sweet, Nora – I’m thrilled this recipe made your husband smile!

  6. Congratulations Amanda,
    The baked apples look to be great and I’ll be making them for my kids.
    A great baking idea for October.

  7. Such a yummy month! Can’t wait until next month.

  8. Great Job Amanda!!!
    I never done anything like this. I’m going to need to try it.

  9. Congratulations Amanda,
    I can’t wait to try this yummy fall treat!

  10. Congratulations Amanda. Such amazing photos.

  11. The Cinnamon Swirl Bread was a perfect choice for our Family Zoom Baking in September. Three sisters, two cousins, one mom, all in different cities-all adding their own twist on the recipes twice a month.

    1. Love that! Thank you for including my recipe in your family get-together, Carol 🙂

  12. Congratulations Amanda!!!! Have an apple waiting for October’s. Can’t wait to participate in the next one and look forward to making this bread again

  13. Eda L Feyler says:

    This bread was delicious. I made it a few more times. It’s my favorite time of the year to bake. Apples, Pumpkins and Gingerbread….O”MY! Yummy

  14. This was my first ever baking challenge and I’ve already made it twice! I didn’t actually submit an email, just tagged SBA on Instagram but regardless thank you sooo much for the recipe! Def a keeper it’s super yumm I loved it w coffee!! After I posted it my sis in law and a sons friend came by just to sample it!! Next up I think for me is an old baking challenge…the apple cider donuts, I’ve never made them before!

    1. Thanks for participating in your first challenge, Krisha! I’m glad you loved it, and great choice to try out the Apple Cider Donuts next. Hope you’ll join us again – be sure to send us an email so that you will be entered for the challenge!

  15. I’m not sure video games are your thing, but baked apples feature in the opening minutes of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Of course, you make baked apples in the game by just throwing apples at an open flame, so I’m excited to try doing it for real!

  16. Hello!
    What is the alternative bake for the October Baking Challenge?

    1. Hilari @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Tiana, the alternative Baking Challenge for October is any previous challenge recipe or pavlova. These recipes are also included in the pink box below the baked apples recipe!

  17. Wow! Lots of bread! I loved thichallenge1 It tasted amazing!

  18. Susan L Thompson says:

    I’ve been wanting to do your challenges for a few months now. Once I started getting into baking more with the extra time due to covid, it seemed the majority of my searches took me to your website so I’m a fan. For October does the baked apple have to be a whole apple? Susie

    1. Hi Susie! Thank you so much for visiting my site and trying out some new recipes. Yes, the challenge is to make whole baked apples. Here is the recipe.

  19. Rebecca Craddock says:

    Such a quick and versatile recipe. It’s very easy to add a couple things to change it up. I especially like adding dried cranberries and pecans to the filling and then drizzling warm caramel sauce on top. Delicious!

    1. Thank you for making the October baking challenge recipe, Rebecca! I love your additions of dried cranberries and pecans – and of course, caramel sauce!

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