The Best Apple Cinnamon Bread

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This Apple Cinnamon Bread is packed with apples and cinnamon sugar and it makes a beautiful loaf of bread that’s perfect for company or as a snack.

Apple Cinnamon Bread

I had a surplus of apples last week and went looking for a good apple bread to try. I came across this delicious apple cinnamon bread recipe that is touted as having been pinned over a million times. It must be good! So I tried it and it didn’t disappoint.

I really enjoyed the bread, but my first thought upon taking a bite was that I wish there was more apple in the center of the bread. In this recipe, and in a few others I’ve read, there are only 2 layers, but what I really wanted was 3 layers.

So I’ve adjusted the recipe slightly to account for a third layer, and to increase the amount of apples. It was already a great recipe, but I think it’s even better with the extra layer.

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Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Granny Smith apples – Peeled and finely chopped. Granny Smith apples have a crispy texture and tart flavor. They hold up well to baking and because they are quite tart desserts don’t come out overly sweet. You can use any apple you have on hand though.
  • Brown sugar – Brown sugar comes in two types, i.e., dark and light. Where dark brown sugar has a rich and very deep caramel-like flavor, the flavor of light brown sugar is less complex and intense as compared to dark brown sugar. For this recipe, I have used light brown sugar.
  • Cinnamon
  • Granulated sugar
  • Butter – Use unsalted butter and take it out of the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before you’ll use it to allow it to come to room temperature.
  • Eggs – At room temperature.
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Flour – All purpose flour is what we use in this recipe.
  • Baking powder
  • Milk
  • Icing – Powdered sugar, vanilla extract and heavy cream.
apple Cinnamon bread

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Tips and Notes

  • It is a good idea in baking, to let all of your ingredients come up to room temperature before using. Set them out on the counter for 30 minutes before you begin . Eggs and butter are the main items. By doing this you ensure your batter will mix together easier. Creaming room temperature butter and sugar together leads to lighter and fluffier batter.
  • Granny Smith apples are perfect for baking because of their firm texture while baking but you can use any apple really. Try mixing half Granny Smith apples and half of another kind to change the texture and flavor of your bread.
  • Try not to overmix the batter. That leads to dense, stogy bread because you have mixed all of the air out of it.
apple Cinnamon bread

Cinnamon Apple Bread

Cinnamon Apple Bread is a warm treat with all the fall flavors you love in a soft, moist bread.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 292kcal
Author: Laura Lynch

Ingredients

  • 3 small Granny Smith apples peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup (110 g) packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons (4 g) ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup (133 g) white sugar
  • 1/2 cup (114 g) butter softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (188 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (6 g) baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) milk

For the icing

  • 1 cup (120 g) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) heavy cream

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Line with parchment paper.
  • Mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Combine the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat with a hand mixer until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla and continue to beat until combined.
  • Add the flour, baking powder and milk to the bowl and beat on low until a batter forms.
  • Pour a third of the batter into the pan. Cover with 1/3 of the cinnamon sugar and 1/3 of the apple pieces. Repeat this with 2 more layers.
  • Using a chopstick or butter knife, run swirls along the length of the pan. Don’t stir.
  • Put the pan in the oven and cook for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool the bread for about 10 minutes before pulling the parchment paper out and allowing the bread to rest on a cooling rack.
  • To make the icing, combine powdered sugar, vanilla and cream in a small bowl. Whisk together until smooth. Pour over the bread as it’s cooling so it melts and drizzles down the sides.

Notes

  • It is a good idea in baking, to let all of your ingredients come up to room temperature before using. Set them out on the counter for 30 minutes before you begin . Eggs and butter are the main items. By doing this you ensure your batter will mix together easier. Creaming room temperature butter and sugar together leads to lighter and fluffier batter.
  • Granny Smith apples are perfect for baking because of their firm texture while baking but you can use any apple really. Try mixing half Granny Smith apples and half of another kind to change the texture and flavor of your bread.
  • Try not to overmix the batter. That leads to dense, stogy bread because you have mixed all of the air out of it.

Nutrition

Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 356IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1mg
Cinnamon Apple Bread

Can You Freeze Apple Bread?

Yes, of course. This bread can be frozen for up to a month and still retain it’s delicious flavor. Just make sure to package it really well, so it doesn’t get freezer burned.

You can make up a bunch of these loafs, depending on your freezer space, when you have a surplus of fall apples, and then give them away as gifts, or get one out whenever you have guests over.

Believe me, your guests will flip when you bring out a “freshly baked” apple bread. The aroma of this bread is unbeatable. You just know it’s going to be delicious when you smell the cinnamon and apple wafting in from the kitchen. If you have a few apples left over give our salted caramel apple crisp a try. It is the perfect fall dessert.

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7 thoughts on “The Best Apple Cinnamon Bread

  1. Beth Sachs says:

    5 stars
    I’m always on the lookout for delicious apple recipes as I have a large apple tree in my garden. This apple bread was so good, my kids have asked me to make it again this weekend.

  2. Michelle says:

    5 stars
    Perfectly moist and so delicious. Reminds me of the cinnamon bread my grandma used to make but even better because there’s apples!

  3. CHRISTINE says:

    5 stars
    THANK YOU! I made this yesterday. PERFECT!!! Easy to follow recipe and the results are absolutely delicious!

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