Fresh Apple Bread

2 cups sugar
1-1/2 cup oil
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs, well beaten
Juice of 1/2 lemon
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1-1/4 tsp soda
3 cups peeled and chopped fresh apples
1-1/2 cup chopped pecans

Combine first five ingredients in a mixing bowl; beat well. Sift dry ingredients together. Add to first mixture and beat slowly to blend. Fold in apples and pecans. Pour into a 10- inch tube pan which has been well greased and dusted with flour, or two loaf pans. Bake in moderate oven at 350F for hours (less time for loaf pans). Cool in pan about 5 minutes before removing.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana