apple cinnamon bread

by Amy on 20 September 2012

the weather lately has me feeling so happy! gone are the scorchingly hot + humid summer days, + in their place are slightly chilly mornings + evenings, with sunny, clear days. for me, weather like this = an instant good mood. yesterday felt like a perfect fall morning – i put on a hoodie + took the dog for a stroll, thinking about all the awesome fall baked goods i wanted to make. by the time i got home, i had to bake something autumny, ASAP. i remembered this amazing-sounding apple-cinnamon bread i had bookmarked, so i gathered up the ingredients + got bakin’!

first, let me warn you – do NOT make this bread while you’re hungry. smelling the incredibly delicious aromas of apples, cinnamon + sugar baking for almost an hour will make you more ravenously hungry than you ever thought possible. i made that mistake + by the time the bread was cool enough to slice + eat, i devoured more than i’d like to admit. =) this truly is a perfect fall bread. it has a moist, light, apple-studded inside that works beautifully with the sweet, sugar + cinnamon-crusted outside. and it’s versatile – it makes for a great breakfast treat, a perfect afternoon pick-me-up with a cup of tea, or a wonderful light dessert when topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. so what are you waiting for? pick up the ingredients + give this a try – you’ll be happy you did!

apple cinnamon bread

makes 1 loaf, serves 8-10, adapted from two peas & their pod


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon all spice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 large eggs
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups (about 2 apples) chopped apples, skin removed – i used granny smith apples

for topping:
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon


preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. spray an 8 by 4 loaf pan with cooking spray + set aside.

in a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, all spice, + cloves. set aside.

in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the eggs + beat on medium speed for about 30 seconds. add in oil, applesauce, + vanilla + mix until smooth. next, add the sugar + mix until well combined.

slowly add in the flour mixture + mix until flour is barely combined. gently fold in the apple chunks. pour batter into prepared loaf pan.

in a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, sugar, + cinnamon. sprinkle this topping over the batter in the loaf pan. bake for 50-55 minutes, or until loaf is golden + a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

cool bread in pan for 10 minutes. loosen sides of the loaf with a butter knife, then remove the loaf from pan. cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.

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51 amy September 23, 2012 at 9:24 pm

It’s impossible not to get the fall bug with the beautiful fall-ish weather we’re having here! Hope you have a wonderful week, too!

52 Sammie September 23, 2012 at 9:36 pm

This looks amazing Amy!! I’ll have to try this! I’ve always been making banana breads.. Time for a change! 😀

53 Nik@ABrownTable September 23, 2012 at 9:44 pm

How fun and easy! I need to make this and use up some apples that I picked up last week. The fragrant sweetness of apples and cinnamon is so delicious.

54 Rachel Cooks September 24, 2012 at 7:38 am

This looks like the perfect apple bread!

55 luv what you do September 24, 2012 at 9:06 am

I have been craving an apple bread. I am just hoping that I have enough time today to throw one together. This recipe looks incredible!

56 Meghan September 24, 2012 at 10:08 am

I just made this a couple of days ago. I was skeptical about the cinnamon crust, but it came out delicious! In our house we’ve been eating it with our hands like savages. It’s so moist!

57 amy September 24, 2012 at 10:33 am

Bahahah, i’ve been eating it with my hands, crazy-style, too. Isn’t it great? I was surprised by how much I loved the cinnamon crust, too!

58 Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations September 24, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Mmm…yummy! Cinnamon and apples spells fall! Weather has the same effect on me most of the time. Give me some sunshine and chances are high for me to be in a good mood :)

59 Meghan September 25, 2012 at 7:42 am

This looks beautiful! I’m about to post a similar apple cake, aren’t they addictive?! I love the cinnamon sugar topping!

60 amy September 25, 2012 at 10:02 am

Can’t wait to see your version!

61 natalie@thesweetslife September 27, 2012 at 8:59 am

i plan to stock up on apples this weekend and do some baking!! this just might need to be made–love the smell of cinnamon baking :)

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