Apple Cinnamon Bread Recipe

LAST UPDATED: Nov 05, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Aug 27, 2019 | By: Julie Blanner

This Apple Cinnamon Bread is the most delicious taste of fall. With the flavors and warmth of sweet baked apples and cinnamon, it will fill your home with fragrance as it bakes! 

Miniature white ceramic loaf of apple quick bread, drizzled in glaze. Apples, bowl of icing and spoon rest to the side. #applecinnamonbread

Apple Cinnamon Bread

Have you been apple picking yet this year? If you’re like us, you have more apples than you know what to do with by mid-September.

I’m taking advantage of the flavors of fall and incorporating them into all of my recipes! This apple cinnamon bread is fragrant, moist and delicious.

White surface with a few apples and miniature loaves of apple cinnamon quick bread.

Apple bread is an extra delicious quick bread, because the moisture from the apples bakes right into the loaf, creating a spongy texture you’ll crave! It’s swirled with delicious cinnamon and sugar for added fall flavor.

This apple cinnamon loaf is an easy made from scratch quick bread without yeast! It’s foolproof and takes just 10 minutes from mixer to oven – not to mention that it requires just pantry staple ingredients.

How is that for easy?

*I like to include a lot of details in my posts to cover any questions I receive from readers. If you’d like to scroll directly to the printable recipe, feel free to do so! 

White surface with a few apples and miniature loaves of apple cinnamon quick bread.

It yields six mini loaves, making it great for both indulging and gifting! It has a tender crumb and can be served for breakfast, snack or dessert! No judgement here!

It remains fresh for days making it perfect for entertaining as well. I love whipping up a few loaves before friends come to visit. It’s so amazing straight out of the oven but as I mentioned before, stays fresh for days!

It even doubles as potpourri. It’s so good we don’t even talk about the calories in Cinnamon Apple Bread. 

Slice of apple cinnamon bread on a white surface. #applecinnamonbread

Apple Bread Ingredients

This incredibly moist apple cake loaf is so simple to throw together. It requires just a few minutes of hands-on time, and the only thing not in your pantry is those pretty seasonal apples!

You’ll notice it’s a no yeast quick bread which means all the flavor without the fuss!

*For full measurements of ingredients, be sure to head to the printable recipe at the bottom of this post! 

  • Sugar – Yes, this is a sweet bread! Classic, granulated white sugar is all you need.
  • Flour – I use a traditional flour for baking, and I prefer bleached flour for a little finer grain. (Side note- do you know the difference between bleached and unbleached flour? Interesting!)
  • Baking Powder – all baked goods need a leavening agent. Be sure to check the dates on your baking powder- a good rule of them is to replace every three months!
  • Salt – adding a little salt to balance the sweet is essential for baking.
  • Eggs – That moist, fluffy quality we love in quick breads is thanks to quality eggs. All of my recipes call for large eggs.
  • Milk – milk helps to retain moisture in this quick bread. You can use any type of milk- we generally have 2% in the fridge and it works well! 
  • Vegetable Oil – I prefer a basic vegetable oil for my quick breads so as not to alter the flavor.
  • Cinnamon – it’s the ultimate yin to the yang of apples! Don’t skimp on ground cinnamon in this recipe! Sure you could make apple bread without cinnamon, if you prefer.

For the apple cinnamon loaf topping, you’ll need the following: 

  • Diced apple – you can use any kind of apple, but I love Granny Smith for baking. Here’s a great list of the best apples for baking! 
  • Cinnamon – again, don’t skimp on the cinnamon! 
  • Sugar – if some sugar is good, more sugar is better. Don’t quote me on that! 

How to Make Apple Cinnamon Bread

  1. Combine dry ingredients. Down shot into a mixing bowl filled with flour and spices. #applecinnamonbread
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, combine wet ingredients. Down shot into a mixing bowl filled with quick bread batter. #applecinnamonbread
  3. Incorporate dry mixture into wet mixture until just combined. 
    Down shot into a mixing bowl filled with quick bread batter. #applecinnamonbread
  4. Pour into greased loaf pans. Small white ceramic loaf pans filled with apple cinnamon quick bread batter. #applequickbread
  5. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar topping mixture onto the loaf to give your Sweet Bread that delicious, moist fall flavor. Small white ceramic loaf pans filled with apple cinnamon quick bread batter. #applequickbread
  6. Bake! It’s SO easy!

No bread machine required! It’s as simple as mixing, baking and enjoying!

Variations

  • Add a glaze – Make it an Apple Cinnamon Bread with Glaze! Add a glaze like my Basic Glaze Recipe or the glaze I use on Apple Pound Cake to turn this quick bread into the ultimate dessert! You can even drizzle it with a little Salted Caramel Sauce.
  • Add walnuts or pecans!
  • Add a little crumbly by combining cinnamon, brown sugar, flour and butter.

Make it Healthier

  • Replace half the oil with unsweetened apple sauce.
  • Eliminate the cinnamon sugar mixture on top.

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Tips for Apple Bread

How to Store Apple Cinnamon Loaf

Apple Bread in a sealed plastic bag or covered in saran wrap at room temperature for up to 5 days.

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Can I Freeze Apple Bread?

Absolutely! Freeze loaves or slices by wrapping them tightly in heavy foil or plastic wrap. Then place them in freezer bags (I like to do at least 2 to prevent freezer odors from seeping in), and freeze for up to 3 months.

Bring to room temperature on a countertop or allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Slice and serve to enjoy. You can even warm it up to get that just out of the oven flavor!

Slice of apple cinnamon bread with a pat of butter on top.

Ideas for Gifting Apple Cinnamon Loaf

During the holidays, Michael’s offers miniature ceramic loaf pans for just $1. I always stock up on them in white to use throughout the year. They are more durable than paper loaf pans and make a beautiful gift.

To gift apple bread, you can use six miniature loaf pans when you make this apple cinnamon loaf. 

White miniature loaf pan filled with quick bread, spoon in foreground drizzling with glaze.

This recipe yields six pretty little loaves, if you’re willing to share!

Once they cool, you can wrap with a ribbon or in cellophane.

It creates beautiful, easy-to-serve slices of apple loaf cake, every single time!

For more presentation ideas you can get your copy of my 10 Easy Sweet Bread Ebook here.

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You can adapt this recipe to make larger loaves as well – just increase the baking time to 50-60 minutes using the toothpick test. 

Are you loving the fall flavor of apple everything as much as we are? You need to check out my detailed apple baking guide– it’s full of tips, tricks and the BEST apple treats! 

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White ceramic loaf pan on a white fabric backdrop, filled with quick bread and drizzled with glaze. #applecinnamonbread #applebread #applecinnamonloaf

More Quick Bread Recipes

If you love this apple loaf cake recipe, you’ll love all my seasonal quick breads! 

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What’s your family’s favorite way to enjoy apple season? If you try this delicious apple bread, apple loaf cake or whatever you’d like to call it, I’d love to hear from you! Please come back and leave a review.

Thanks so much for joining me for fall baking, I always love hearing from you!

Need help with baking conversions? Check out my Essential Measurement Conversion Chart 

Miniature white ceramic loaf of apple quick bread, drizzled in glaze. Apples, bowl of icing and spoon rest to the side. #applecinnamonbread

Apple Cinnamon Bread Recipe

This apple cinnamon bread recipe yields 6 mini loaves, making it great for both indulging and gifting! It’s a foolproof no yeast quickbread that takes just 10 minutes from mixer to oven requires only staple ingredients. How is that for easy fall flavor?
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings (hover to scale): 48
Calories: 118kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 c sugar
  • 4 c flour
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 c milk
  • 2/3 c vegetable oil
  • 1 large apple diced and peeled

Topping:

  • 2/3 c sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • Beat eggs, milk and oil until just combined.
  • Gradually add dry mixture to wet until just moist.
  • Add apple and cinnamon.
  • Grease baking dishes and pour mixture an inch below to the top to compensate for rise.
  • Combine cinnamon and sugar.
  • Spoon topping onto each loaf and swirl in with a knife.
  • Bake 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes clean.

Notes

Using a standard loaf pan? Increase baking time to 50-60 minutes and use the toothpick test to ensure it is done.
Add a basic glaze or apple glaze to turn it into a decadent dessert!

Nutrition

Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 81mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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