Enjoy the cozy blend of sweet apples and warm flavors like cinnamon and apple pie spice in this delicious Apple Bread. Super easy to make and great for breakfast or a scrumptious snack. Perfect for fall baking!
Cinnamon Apple Bread Recipe
I took notes from my favorite cinnamon roll bread and made this wonderful Apple Bread! It’s moist and tender, with the perfect amount of chopped sweet apples and warm spices in every bite.
A slice of this bread is delicious all on its own, but a swipe of cinnamon butter takes it up a level.
Whether you enjoy it with coffee or tea, for breakfast, brunch, or dessert, consider making a second loaf because it’ll go fast!
This quick bread is loaded with sweet apples and warm spices.
(Scroll below to the printable recipe card for details and measurements.)
- Apples – I recommend Honeycrisp or Pink Lady apples for this bread, but any work, so just pick your favorite. Either finely diced or grated apples can be used. I chose to peel them, but you can leave the skin on if preferred.
- Cinnamon – Used to coat the pan and also the diced apples.
- Apple pie spice – This warm spice mixture is a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and allspice. Use our homemade apple pie spice recipe or buy it at the store.
- Butter – I like regular salted butter for this bread. You can substitute unsalted butter, but add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to your batter.
- Sugars – A combination of brown sugar and granulated sugar for the best flavor.
- Eggs – Provides structure to the batter. They should be room temperature.
- Whole milk – Adds necessary moisture and richness in the batter. It should be room temperature.
- Vanilla – Adds extra flavor.
- All Purpose Flour – Use the spoon and level technique for accurate measuring.
- Baking Powder and Baking Soda – Leavening agents that helps the bread rise and help achieve a tender crumb.
- (Optional) glaze – Powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla.
- Add in some nuts. A 1/3 cup finely chopped toasted walnuts or pecans is a nice addition.
- Make softer bread. If desired, you can use cake flour instead of all purpose flour and half-n-half instead of milk for a softer crumb.
- Replace the vanilla. Rum, brandy, or maple syrup are all excellent substitutes in this apple bread.
How To Make Apple Bread
This moist apple cinnamon bread comes together in just a few easy steps.
(Scroll below to the printable recipe card for all the details.)
- Prepare the pan. Whisk together sugar and cinnamon. Thoroughly grease a 9×5 nonstick loaf pan with butter, making sure to get all over and in the corners, too. Add the cinnamon-sugar mixture and swirl the pan around until it’s coated. Discard excess.
- Spice the apples. Toss the diced apples with the brown sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
- Make the batter. With an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the milk and vanilla. Beat in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and apple pie spice until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl to incorporate everything.
- Pour batter and apples in pan. Pour half of the batter in the prepared pan, tapping it on the counter to evenly spread it out. Top evenly with half of the diced spiced apples. Repeat layers ending with the other half of the apple mixture. Using a spatula, gently press the apples down into the batter.
- Bake. Bake at 350F for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool. Let cool in pan for at least 1 more hour, then remove loaf from pan, slice and enjoy!
Tips for Success
Follow these tips to make sure your loaf of apple bread comes out perfectly.
- Use room temperature ingredients. The eggs and dairy products should all be at room temperature so they combine more efficiently and create a more uniform batter.
- The apple should be diced small and uniform. Small equal-sized pieces will distribute throughout the batter better and ensure an even cooking time.
- Don’t over-mix. As with any quick bread, be careful not to over-mix the batter or the end result could end up too dense. Just mix enough to incorporate all the ingredients.
- Have patience and let the bread cool. If you slice the bread too soon, it will crumble. The goal is about an hour; it can be slightly warm but not hot.
- Have a smaller loaf pan? We always bake this apple bread in a 9×5 loaf pan, but if you have an 8x4x2 pan, it will still work. Note that since there’s less surface area, the loaf may be a bit taller and take a few extra minutes to bake.
- Countertop and Fridge. Baked and cooled, this apple bread can sit (tightly wrapped) on the countertop for 2-3 days. After that, you’ll want to refrigerate it, which will extend its life a few days longer.
- To Freeze. You can also freeze this bread. Wrap the loaf in plastic, then in foil, and transfer to a freezer-safe plastic bag for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and let comes to room temperature.
More Apple Desserts:
- Apple Hand Pies
- Caramel Apple Sheet Cake
- Baked Apple Cider Donuts
- Easy Apple Cake
- Easy Apple Dumplings
For the Pan
- softened butter , for greasing
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
For the Apple Bread
- 1 & 1/2 cups peeled and diced apples
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar , packed
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup salted butter , softened to room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs , room temperature
- 1/2 cup whole milk , room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour , spooned and leveled
- 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Whisk together the 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Thoroughly grease a 9×5 nonstick loaf pan with butter, making sure to get all over and in the corners, too. Add the cinnamon-sugar mixture and swirl the pan around until it’s coated. Discard excess.
- In a small bowl, toss the diced apples with the brown sugar and cinnamon; set aside.
- To make the bread, in a large bowl using a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the milk and vanilla. Beat in the flour, apple pie spice, baking powder, and baking soda until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl to incorporate everything.
- Pour half of the batter in the prepared pan, tapping it on the counter to evenly spread it out. Top evenly with half of the diced spiced apples. Repeat layers ending with the other half of the apple mixture. Using a spatula, gently press the apples down into the batter.
- Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for at least 1 more hour, then remove loaf from pan.
- Whisk all the ingredients together for the glaze, if using, drizzle over the bread, allow to set, then slice and enjoy!