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This moist and Cinnamon Spiced Apple Bread got me through my mid-Lent craving for apple pie. It makes a lovely tea time treat!

Studded with diced fresh apples and flavored with warm spices plus a splash of vanilla, this apple bread was outstanding!

Slices of Apple Bread on a white plate with cinnamon sticks

Cinnamon Spiced Apple Bread

I love making quick bread. They’re smaller than cakes and faster than yeast bread, yet still result in slices of a sweet deliciousness that can be served for breakfast or dessert. I gave up desserts for Lent and was truly hankering for something sweet. Fruit just wasn’t cutting it! I knew an apple loaf would be perfect. After Easter, I’ll be able to bake these Apple Cider Cupcakes and Brown Sugar Cinnamon Buttercream Cupcakes.

I took a few slices to my knitting friends and went home with just crumbs. One Granny Smith apple and one golden delicious was the perfect combination. The pairing of tart and sweet, firm and soft apples always works well in this cinnamon-spiced apple bread recipe.

Cinnamon Spiced Apple Bread slices and a partial loaf on a slate tray

Quick Bread Tips

I’ve made a ton of quick bread over the past few decades. Here are a few lessons I’ve learned:

  • Once you add the dry ingredients (mainly the baking soda or baking powder), you do not want to overmix. Stir only till mixture is combined or you will get a tougher loaf with tunnels. The same goes when making muffins.
  • Start checking about 15 minutes before your bread is due to be done by inserting a toothpick in the center of the loaf. It should be nearly clean when pulled out. All ovens are different, so don’t feel obliged to pull out your loaf when the timer goes off. Make sure to do the toothpick test.
  • If your loaf starts getting too brown, put a tent of aluminum foil over the top.
  • Make sure your baking soda and baking powder have not expired. Old leaveners could result in a flat, too dense result.
  • To ensure easy release of the loaf, line the bottom of the Loaf Pan with a rectangle of parchment paper after greasing. Grease the top of the parchment, too.
  • I use Bakers Joy Non-Stick Spray, a mixture of oil and flour in a spray can, to grease my pans. If you just have a baking spray, that will work, too.
  • Quick bread are often better the next day. Once your loaf has cooled, you can wrap it well in plastic and refrigerate overnight. But if you can’t wait, dive right in!

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Cinnamon Spiced Apple Bread

Cinnamon Spiced Apple Bread

A moist, delectable cinnamon topped apple bread!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Yield 1 loaf

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups apples, peeled, cored and diced (I used one Granny Smith and one golden delicious)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Cinnamon sugar to top loaf, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Grease a large loaf pan, then place a rectangle of parchment on bottom of pan and grease the top. Set aside.
  2. Beat eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla till well blended. Stir in apples.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. Then add to apple batter and mix only till combined. The batter will be thick.
  4. Scrape batter into prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Check loaf after an hour, and tent with foil if browning too quickly.
  6. Cool loaf in pan for 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling. Remove parchment paper if it adheres to the bread.
  7. When fully cooled, wrap in plastic wrap to store. May be frozen up to 3 months.

Notes

My loaf pan was 9 x 5 inches. If yours is larger, you may need to adjust your baking times.

Apple Bread loaf and slices on a slate tray

 

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45 comments on “Cinnamon Spiced Apple Bread”

  1. Very spring-ish! I can’t imagine an apple sweet/pastry without a dash of cinnamon! it simply opens up another level of the apple taste molecules!

  2. I ise to make banana bread…I’ve got a lot of apple at home so I’ll give it a go.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a nice week

  3. Sounds good, especially since I have a couple apples that have seen better days:@)

  4. I haven’t made a quick bread in ages! I love the combo of apples too! I bet it tastes amazing toasted, with butter of course!

  5. I love baked goods with apples – just a little bit tart and a whole lot of awesome!

  6. Dear Lizzy, what a beautiful breakfast loaf. I would love a slice this morning with my tea…this sounds perfect. xo, Catherine

  7. Lizzy, my dear friend…coming to your new and revised blog, is like being on a plane, circling around the runway, hoping to take off…anxiously waiting to reach the sky! By the time I got to your beautiful Apple Bread recipe, and seeing that yummy piece of Apple Pie, I sighed…’relief’!
    I Google+ and pinned it, and waiting patiently to let me finish this comment. (So slow) xoxo

  8. Looks like a wonderful way to sneak in a sweet treat! Thanks for all the great tips too!

  9. apple bread is one of my favorites! love the recipe! thanks for sharing!

  10. I just made apple crisp bread for some friends. It was awesome and I’ll be sharing the recipe soon. Your bread looks so perfectly baked – always a challenge with quick bread.

  11. Quick breads and muffins are my go to quick fix treat as well, easy to make and delicious. There are very few better flavour combinations than apple and cinnamon, I’d love a slice for breakfast tomorrow 😀

  12. I adore apples in cakes. This looks absolutely delicious. I can’t wait to try it.

  13. Yum! I haven’t made an apple quick bread in awhile. Actually, I don’t make quick breads nearly enough.

  14. Your apple bread looks and sounds delicious! Great hints on making quick breads.

  15. What a glorious bread, Liz! Love those chunks of apples peeking through!

  16. Hi Lizzy, your apple bread looks yummy, perfect treat during the weeks of Lent. I too give up dessert for Lent, so I know how you feel.

  17. I can imagine the smell in your kitchen with cinamon and apples. This looks delicious and thanks for the advices ! Bonne journée Liz !

  18. Oh wow! This looks beautiful! I can almost taste it! SO pretty and delicious!

  19. The image of perfection = that bread for sure!!

  20. This looks like a great bread. For some reason I’ve never seen an apple bread before! Love the tips, too!

  21. Liz, I totally love the sound of this apple bread, especially as for something so delicious it’s only taking 10 mins of preparation. I know this would be loved for breakfast in our house!

  22. Do you see me vigorously nodding my head in agreement with your tips? (Except the oven part – mine usually takes longer than recommended bake times…One of these days I’ll have an electric oven!) Anyway, Bravo to you for foregoing desserts….and finding a scrumptious alternative.

  23. Looks so delicious, I will make this for my breakfast tomorrow. Hope my kids will love it. Thank you for your awesome recipe!

  24. I haven’t made a quick bread in ages! This would be refreshing and a bit healthier than all of the buttercream laden goodies I make. The Mr would also like this since he says he doesn’t like sweets. LOL!

  25. Apple bread looks delicious love to try it.

  26. I love apples but all I can do is apple pie and apple juice! With your recipe, I now can do more with apples. This bread sounds like my new favorite thing. Thank you!

  27. I’ve tried banana bread that I learned from Internet and it was great, Now another bread recipe to try, hope that I will be successeful too, thanks for sharing your apple recipe

  28. I never try to make apple bread before. After read your post I think I will try to make one time.
    Thank for share this recipe !

  29. I haven’t made a quick bread before! I bet it tastes amazing toasted, with butter of course!

  30. I am so excited to try these recipes. I have wrote down a bunch and bookmarked your page just incase I lose the pages!! It all looks so good.

  31. Je n’ai pas fait de pain rapide avant! Je parie que c’est généreux, avec du beurre bien sûr!

  32. I’ve got a lot of apple at home so I’ll give it a go. Love the recipe! thanks for sharing!

  33. do you think the loaf will hold together if made in small loaf pans?  I make small loaves for my Christmas baskets.
    thanks kitchenlala

  34. This is my favorite alongside my morning cup of tea!

  35. This is my go to afternoon treat! Always so good.

  36. Such a great bread recipe for apple lovers. We ate it for breakfast this morning and everyone loved it. Thanks for such a great recipe.

  37. I love to bake with apples. Such a wonderful bread!

  38. Cinnamon and apple is one of my favorite flavor combos! 

  39. I love making this in the fall and winter!

  40. This was a huge hit in my house!

  41. Turns out perfect every time!

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