* 3 medium peeled tart apples, sliced 1/4 inch thick (3 cups)
* 3 tablespoons plus 1 cup sugar, divided
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 2/3 cup butter, softened
* 4 eggs
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/8 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, combine the apples, 3 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon; let stand for 1 hour.
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and remaining sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Add vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and beat until smooth.
Pour into a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Push apple slices vertically into batter, placing them close together.
Bake at 325° for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in pan before removing to a wire rack. Serve warm.
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