Apple Cinnamon Bread
Still no chocolate or copious amounts of butter or sugar to be found in the Brown Eyed Baker kitchen. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m still operating in non-sweets mode over here. After the oatmeal muffins yesterday, I continued on with this ah-mazing quick bread recipe. Seriously amazing. As with just about all quick bread recipes, this one is, well, quick. Which is a welcome break after clocking some serious kitchen time over the holidays. The bread is tremendously moist, has awesome apple flavor thanks to both the chopped apples and applesauce in the batter, and last but not least – the topping. This bread gets a serious dousing of a cinnamon/sugar combo on top to create a fabulous crust. It all makes for, hands-down, one of the absolute best quick breads I have ever had.
Granny Smith is the recommended apple for this recipe, but I think just about any would work. I’m always a big fan of using what you have on hand, so whatever your favorite apple variety is, go for it!
I can personally attest to this bread being perfect for breakfast, a snack and dessert. I haven’t attempted it for lunch or dinner, but I’m certain it would more than qualify for those meals as well. Also, I’m very tempted to toast a piece of this and smear some peanut butter on it. Because I can’t help myself with the peanut butter. I just can’t. You know this. Forgive me. But I seriously think this bread + peanut butter could be an amazing invention. Tomorrow morning, it’s on.
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Apple Cinnamon Bread
For the Bread
- 1½ cups (187.5 g) all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) salt
- ½ teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) ground allspice
- ¼ teaspoon (0.25 teaspoon) ground cloves
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup (56 ml) canola oil
- ¼ cup (61 ml) applesauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
- 2 cups (250 g) peeled and chopped apples, about 1½ to 2 apples
For the Topping
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x4-inch loaf pan, line the bottom with parchment paper, then grease the parchment paper; set the pan aside.
- In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, allspice and cloves. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs on medium speed for about 30 seconds. Add in the oil, applesauce and vanilla and mix until smooth. Next, add the sugar and mix until well-combined.
- With the mixer on low speed, gradually add in the flour mixture and mix until the flour is just barely combined. Gently fold in the apples with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
- In a small bowl mix together the brown sugar, granulated sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over the batter in the loaf pan. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until the loaf is golden and a thin knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool the bread in the pan for 10 minutes, then run a dull knife around the sides of the loaf and turn it out on a cooling rack, remove the parchment paper and place right-side up. Cool completely before slicing. Wrap leftover loaf in plastic wrap and store at room temperature.
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This was so good! It even tasted better the next day. I’m vegan so I made my own twist to it. I substituted 1 mashed banana for the eggs. And oh so good. I also didn’t have clover or allspice, so I used pumpkin spice. I also substituted coconut sugar for those white granulated sugar.
Can you freeze this bread?
Hi Mary, Yes, it freezes wonderfully!
Made this excellent and perfectly spiced with cinnamon/ clove apple bread with apples from my tree. Eating it warm with a cup of tea. Thank you for a quick and easy delicious recipe!
Made this recipe tonight. Delicious! We’re fanatics about whole grains and cutting way back on sugar, so I made a few changes. I used all whole wheat flour, only 1/4 cup sugar, and skipped the topping. It still came out plenty sweet and very good. I’ll definitely make it again and may cut back even a little more of the sugar.
This bread was so delicious; it tastes like apple cider. Thank you so much for sharing such a delicious recipe.
Great recipe! Comes out perfect every time. Truly delicious ! Thank you for sharing it!
I’m going to attempt making this and your Pumpkin bread using flour from corn instead of all-purpose, because my friend has a gluten allergy. Do you have any recommendations so that it won’t turn out dense?
Hi Nicole, I really have no experience with gluten-free baking, so unfortunately I don’t have any specific tips… I’m sorry!
I made your recipe today…along with some changes…cause that is what I do..
used half whole wheat flour….did not peel the apples…well cause I hate peeling them….I chopped them in the food processor….used granny smith cause that is my favorite apple…eating and baking…and doubled the cinnamon, which I do on a regular basis…..I made 1 1/2 recipe cause I wanted to make 4 mini loaves, got 2 muffins also…so we ate those…husband gives this 2 thumbs up…it’s a keeper…thanks…
I made these as muffins, and they turned out perfect, especially with the topping! The recipe is exactly enough for 12 muffins. I just reduced the cooking time and mine were done in about 18 minutes.
This seems like a lovely recipe. I was wondering if I could use a mixture of all-purpose flour and cake flour in this recipe, as my family usually likes breads and muffins lighter and fluffier :) Or any other tips would be great!
Thank you Michelle!
Hi Adele, I have not tried using cake flour here, so I can’t say for sure how it would turn out. If you try it, let me know how it goes!
Hi! I made this today and everybody loved it! I substituted 1/2 of the all-purpose with 3/4 cup of cake flour and it turned out well. However, I do recommend anyone who wants to make this quick bread to use granny smith apples as suggested, as using other kinds of apples (red apples perhaps) may reduce the crunchiness of the apples inside and pretty light colour as shown in the pictures above.
Well, as far as flavor goes, it turned out fantastic (in my own opinion, lol).
I made the following changes/substitutions:
-Self-Rising flour instead of Plain Flour, Baking Soda & Salt
-Pumpkin Pie Spice instead of Ground Cloves and Allspice
-Some sort of Starbucks Vanilla Additive for coffee which had a main ingredient of Vanilla Extract instead of Vanilla Extract (hey, necessity is the mother of invention, and I had no vanilla extract!)
-Added some chopped Macadamia nuts to the mix
-Added a handful of oatmeal to the mix.
-Baked in a 4 mini-loaf pan for 30 – 35 min, instead of the 8×4 inch pan for 50 – 55 min
Tasty! The only issue I had was that the crust of my bread that was INSIDE the pan got a little too dark (like when you bake a cake too long, but it’s not actually burnt). I’m not sure if this was because of my dark pan, or if it was from over-baking, or a little bit of both! All in all, I was quite pleased with the way this came out, and since my parents have an apple tree, I’m pretty sure I’ll be making this again!
Thanks again for sharing!
Hi there! I have some apples off my parent’s tree that (if they haven’t gone bad) I planned on using up today. I’ve been in a bread baking mood the last few days (made Parmesan Oregano Bread yesterday… YUM! pics on my blog, including the resulting sandwich!) but I don’t have any ground cloves or allspice… but I *do* have some pumpkin pie spice (I think it’s all the spices already mixed together, including those two, plus a few more) and I think I am going to try making this with the pumpkin pie spice and see how it turns out… I’ll come back and let you know the results, or at least leave a link to my blog post about it :)
Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to try it.
(PS- found your site yesterday while looking for something completely different, so since you’ve come up two days in a row, with two different searches, I’m definitely bookmarking you for future reference!)
I made this today and it was wonderful!! I added two full Granny Smith apples and made my own apple sauce (out of necessity) from a Gala apple (just peeled, chopped, and stuck it in the microwave for 3 minutes) and excluded the cloves (again, out of necessity), and it turned out moist and fragrant with just the right amount of cinnamon and spice.
Thank you for the wonderful recipie!!!
I just tasted my first batch and OMG…. so yummy!! I hate that I know how to make this.
I really want to make this bread but I do not have mixer. It is possible to make the bread without a mixer and if so how?
Hi Samantha, Yes you could whisk together the “wet” ingredients (eggs, oil, applesauce, vanilla and sugar) and then just fold together with the flour and rest of the ingredients.
This turned out to be delicious! If I wanted to make muffins with this recipe, how long should I bake them? Thank you =)
Hi Gala, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I’ve never made it into muffins, but I’d probably start checking them around the 15 or 20 minute mark, just to be safe.
It’s baking now for our Thanksgiving breakfast. Smells delicious!!
Made this a few weeks ago, and although I never had any (it was a thank you gift) I have heard how good it was. So easy to make and the house smelled wonderfully! The recipient wants the recipe because her husband loves apple bread, this one , in particular, so am going to make it again today.
I was wondering have you ever done this in muffins?
I”m gonna try this out on my sunday school class, we eat breakfast in class!! I”m always looking to try new breads!!
Lookingforward to the yummieness!! =)
Hi Mary, I haven’t tried making this into muffins, but I bet they would be delicious! Enjoy!
I’m very excited to try this recipe…looks delicious! I’m just wondering why it doesn’t have milk or buttermilk in it like a banana bread? How does it change the texture without it? After trying your mocha cupcakes with espresso buttercream, I can’t wait to try more recipes. They were a hit at work…people were begging for the recipe!! Thanks in advance!
Hi Melissa, A lot of quick breads use canola or vegetable oil instead of a buttermilk for the liquid, just a case of recipe preference. The texture isn’t changed – both create a moist bread.
Hi, this recipe looks fabulous and would love to try it using muffin tins. I have a 6 year old boy who is diabetic and its so much easier measuring the carbs if I am using a muffin tin. Do you think this would work?
Hi Michele, I don’t see why not. I would just start checking for doneness around 15 minutes or so, just to make sure you don’t overbake them.
I am a bread eater all the way. My normal breakfast is toast with butter, or English muffins with butter. I have been wanting to make muffins for a quick breakfast and had some apples on hand, and searching apple quick bread brought me to your website. I am so glad, this is the best apple cinnamon quick bread I’ve tried, and your other recipes are perfect for what I usually have on hand. I am making your american sandwich bread recipe as we speak!
Wow! This bread was amazing…the best I’ve ever made! Moist in the middle with a nice bit of a crust on the edge. I love it! I will certainly be making this when guests come over too! This is the first recipe I’ve made from your blog and now that I’ve looked at what you have to offer… I can’t wait to try your other recipes as they look fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing!
Just made this for the last camping trip of the year-this weekend. Just wondering if anyone has frozen it ?
Hi Angela, Yes, it freezes wonderfully! Wrap in plastic wrap, then foil, and place in a freezer bag. Should be good for a couple of months.
Made this bread today. By far the best apple bread I have ever made! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!
I replaced a little over half the oil with more apple sauce and half the flour with whole wheat flour and IT IS AWESOME. go make it. like right now. It’s bakery good.
I just made this bread and it smelled and tasted delicious. I used yogurt instead of applesauce. Thanks for the recipe :)
I made this tonight and it was Amaaazing! Thanks for another great recipe.
Great recipe! I couldn’t wait to try it and HAD TO EAT the first slice though the apple bread was still warm. The only thing, I don’t like that much is the oil in the dough. I think I try melted butter next time.
Thanks for that yumyum recipe! I love it …. and this blog, by the way!
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I made this bread this weekend. Pretty awesome. The cinnamon/sugar crust is such a nice touch! The amt of vanilla was not listed in the recipe, I assumed it was a tsp. It turned out wonderfully.
Yummy! I made this off of the Two Peas and their Pod website a couple of months ago, this post reminds me that I want to make it again!!
Just made this today while kids were home for a snow day. DELICIOUS!!!!! My house smells wonderful. The bread is crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. The whole family loves it. Thank you!
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This bread looks fabulous, and I love that it isn’t super sweet. I will add this to my list to bake as soon as I can get back in the kitchen!
I love a good quick bread! This one sounds great, apple is my favorite!
That bread looks perfect for any time of the day! Beautiful loaf!
A slight smathering of cream cheese would be awesone with this!
We had a snowday today and made this bread! It was fabulous! Keep up the great work!
Chunks of apples in bread looks AMAZING!!!! You always have the best recipes :)
Loving the big huge apple chunks!
This looks terrific! I’ve been trying to eat more fruit in the new year to curb sugar cravings. Well, “trying” at least.
Made the bread this weekend. Moist and delicious! Plus it smelled so good baking. Great recipe, thanks!
Wow, this looks incredible! I’m a complete bread addict and love quickbreads since I’m not always all that patient.
How much vanilla should be added? It calls for it to be mixed with the apple sauce and canola oil bu tthe measurement is not noted…
Hi Stefanie, 1 teaspoon. Sorry about that, I fixed it above.
This looks wonderful! Love the big chunks of apple in there!
Yum!!! This bread is soooo good! My picky 5 year old could barely wait for it to cool before having some…he’s already downed 3 slices! Thanks for the great recipe!
Beautiful photos! I love love love apple breads. This looks amazing
I just made this today- delicious, moist, I love the sugary coating. :)
Mmmm. This looks like a great breakfast bread! I love the apple chunks!
I made this bread this morning and it was awesome! Crispy and sweet on the outside…moist and delicious on the inside…very nice! The only thing I noticed is that the vanilla isn’t listed with the ingredients (though it is called out in the steps so it’s all good). Thanks for sharing this recipe. I love your blog!
Hi Chris, My apologies about the vanilla. I have updated the recipe above, but the amount is 1 teaspoon.
At our house, apple cake is always a huge hit. So naturally, any apple cake recipe is very welcome! Good luck with your peanut butter experiment ;)
This bread is in the oven and if the batter is any indication it is going to be phenomenal. I vegan-ized it by subbing 2 tbsp of unsweetened applesauce in place of the egg so it might need to cook just a tad longer, but I can’t wait. Thanks for posting this!
Oh man if I would have JUST waited a “day”!!! I made Cinnamon bread yesterday…it was a BOMB (not in a good way!) in my house…no one liked it but the apples and that awesome cinnamon, sugar topping would have made ALL the difference…ugh – and YES, I agree with you as I was making it yesterday I thought, what about adding peanut butter…lol.
This recipe was a huge hit! Yum, I’ll definitely make it again. Love the fresh apples in it and I’m always looking for a place to use my homemade applesauce.
Mmm, this would be so wonderful to wake up to on a weekend morning. It looks delicious, Michelle. Thanks for sharing!
This sounds like the perfect quick bread to go along with an afternoon cup of tea. Love the cinnamon sugar crust!
I am a big fan of home-baked breads of deliciousness. My mom always made zucchini, banana, or pumkin, but never apple! Great idea!
A bread perfect for this time of year. I make a bundt cake similar to this, and it’s amazing — kind of like Amish friendship bread meets tea cake. So moist and apple-cinnamon-y.
This apple bread just looks so healthy! My husband would love this!
wowee – think i’ll make this for breakfast tomorrow! YUM!
You couldn’t have hit my cravings more spot on! This bread is exactly what I wish I had for breakfast right this minute! Sigh, maybe tomorrow :)
This bread sounds perfect – no need for chocolate or copious butter and sugar! Apple and cinnamon are such a classic combination but now that I think of it I’ve never tried them as the main flavors in a quick bread. Those hunks of apple and a cinnamon sugar topping grabbed me immediately!
I could definitely eat my fair share of this fab looking bread!!
So glad you liked the bread!
The bread looks amazing. So moist and filled with apples.
I am also not into sweets lately. The container with the Puppy Chow just sits there staring at me, same with the chocolate covered whole grain krispy treats. No interest whatsoever. The only baking interest is either low calorie OR whole grain for my son. Anything to get more nutrients into his long & lean body.
Thanks for all the wonderful recipes.
honestly? My kitchen is in full savory mode too!! I’m cookie-d and cake-d out! HOwever, I did wake up with a yen for baking something today…something not too sweet, but just enough to ease back into the whole homemade baked goods thing…:) This looks perfect.
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I wonder if one could use apple butter in place of the apple sauce? I have a jar in the pantry that needs attention!
Hi Kathy, Hmmm good question. I think apple butter has more of a consistency of peanut butter, but you could always give it a try. Let me know how it goes!
I love peanut butter toast for breakfast! It’s been my go-to choice for weeks now. I’m definitely going to have to give this recipe a shot. It just looks soooo good. Thanks for sharing!
I love apple bread with the big chunks of fruit like this. It’s such a fun variation on the usual quick breads…and especially so fun with freshly-picked apples in the fall :) Thanks for sharing your recipe.
I love the actualy chunks of apple instead of just using applesauce in the loaf – this looks hearty without me feeling guilt-ridden after eating a slice. I love apple cinnamon combos, so I know this bread would be a new favorite of mine!
mmmm…cinnamon, apples, and sugar, sounds delish! and one of my food goals is to bake more bread so perfect!
I love any baked good loaded with chunks of apples! This looks terrific, saving the recipe!
Mmm this bread looks perfect!!
I love apple-based breads. This looks delicious.
Glad to see I’m not the only one detoxing after the holidays!! :-P
Wonderful timing. I was just looking are a few apples and trying to think what I was going to do with them….I’m making bread!
I’ve yet to try making apple cinnamon bread, but I know I’d love it. Another great recipe to add my to growing list!
One of my favourite combinations! Apple and cinnamon- yum!