Cinnamon Apple Pie Bread


Forget the pie crust and get all the flavors of fall in a quick and easy bread with brown sugar and cinnamon topping that’s as sweet as apple pie.

Cinnamon Apple Pie Bread Recipe. Apple Pie in a loaf form. Perfect for fall.

I have to admit that I definitely mourn the end of summer’s blueberries, strawberries and peaches, but the end of summer and beginning of the fall season is a lot easier to swallow given the plethora of fresh apple dessert recipes.  I’m normally more of a berry person when it comes to fruit, but this season I’m going to teach myself to love apples just as much 🙂

I began my apple phase by baking this bread from a recipe I had written down from a while back in my  recipe book.  It has all the flavors of an apple pie, but in the form of a bread.  I’m all about the warm and cozy taste and texture of apple pie, but I’m having fun reworking those flavors into other desserts… this bread being one of them.  I ate at least one slice of this bread for breakfast, dessert, and for a snack.  I just couldn’t get enough of it and it’s suitable to eat at any time of the day.  It got my wheels turning on everything I can do with it the next time I make it – apple bread french toast, anyone?

This is fantastically moist bread that I can see being perfect to start a day of apple picking…or Thanksgiving morning.  The scent in my house was heavenly while this was baking.  I loved the texture change that came from dicing the apples as opposed to shredding them like a lot of recipes call for.

Yup, this Cinnamon Apple Pie Bread is the stuff my fall dreams are made of, my friends.  Bring on the apples, pumpkins and array of browns and orange.

Cinnamon Apple Pie Bread Recipe. Apple Pie in a loaf form. Perfect for fall.

Cinnamon Apple Pie Bread
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Serves: 8
Forget the pie crust and get all the flavors of fall in a quick and easy bread with brown sugar and cinnamon topping that’s as sweet as apple pie.
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar (not packed)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅔ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1¾ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped (I used Granny Smith)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl and set aside. Beat white sugar and butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until incorporated; add vanilla extract and stir until incorporated.
  2. Combine flour and baking powder together in another bowl; stir into creamed butter mixture. Mix milk into batter until smooth. Pour half the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Next add half the apples and half the brown sugar cinnamon mixture. Lightly pat/push apple mixture into batter.
  3. Pour the remaining batter over apple layer; top with remaining apples and add more brown sugar/cinnamon mixture. Lightly pat/push apples into batter; swirl brown sugar mixture through apples using a finger or spoon (I cleaned my hands and used my finger because it was easier).
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes. Mine took about 35. If you notice it getting too brown on the top, cover it loosely with tin foil and continue baking until the inside is done. Enjoy!


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83 Responses to “Cinnamon Apple Pie Bread”

  1. Suzanne
    September 24, 2013 at 1:48 AM #

    You made a comment about apple French toast. Could you use this bread to make the French toast or would it be too moist and fall apart if you put it in an egg wash?

    • September 24, 2013 at 2:06 AM #

      Suzanne – this is something I haven’t tried yet, but want to the next time I make this bread. I wish I could tell you it would definitely work for french toast, but I’m not sure! I know it would be really delicious if it works 🙂 I think it will be fine. Let me know if you try it.

  2. September 24, 2013 at 6:31 AM #

    I just posted an apple pie bread recipe, how funny. I love all the summer fruits and berries as well. With the leaves changing color and falling to earth my body looks forward to the fall fruits and cooking them.

    I agree the aroma that fills the house is heavenly. Your bread looks beautiful and I’m sure it’s delicious!

    • September 24, 2013 at 1:13 PM #

      Just checked yours out, too – YUM!!!

  3. September 24, 2013 at 8:07 AM #

    Such a perfect fall recipe!

    • September 24, 2013 at 1:13 PM #

      Thanks, Marie! It sure is.

  4. Melissa
    September 24, 2013 at 8:27 AM #

    Oh this looks yummy and I just took the kids apple picking yesterday! Leanna just told me we need to try making apple pie today but I think I will do this instead!!!

    • September 24, 2013 at 1:13 PM #

      Let me know if you try it! I still have to try making your blueberry zucchini bread sometime.

      • Pete Young (female)
        May 11, 2015 at 6:14 PM #

        Can you e-mail the recipe you got for blueberry zucchini bread. I make mini loaves of zucchini bread in winter to put in freezer and I would like to try this recipe

  5. September 24, 2013 at 8:36 AM #

    So cozy and inviting for early fall breakfasts! About that French Toast…I bet this moist apple pie tasting bread would be divine in a French Toast Bake/Bread Pudding! Yum. (I’m hungry right now, LOL!) Thanks for sharing, Ashley!

    • September 24, 2013 at 1:12 PM #

      YES bread pudding is another great idea!

  6. September 24, 2013 at 9:20 AM #

    Omigoodness! This looks amazing. I can practically smell it baking. Apple desserts are so much fun. I am a berry lover too, but apples just scream cover my in sugar and caramel and bake me. 🙂 Happy fall!

    • September 24, 2013 at 1:12 PM #

      Haha You are SO right!

  7. September 24, 2013 at 9:30 AM #

    We just finished a vegetable loaf of bread we’ve been stuffing in our mouths every breakfast so I’ve been looking for what to bake next, looks like this is going to win!

    • September 24, 2013 at 1:12 PM #

      Make this your next bread baking sesh! 🙂

  8. September 24, 2013 at 10:15 AM #

    This bread looks so moist just from the photos! I love fall for all the apples and apple picking. It’s winter that I’m not looking forward to!

    • September 24, 2013 at 1:11 PM #

      Same here – it’s what comes AFTER fall that scares me 🙂

  9. September 24, 2013 at 1:42 PM #

    That last photo looks stunningly delicious and moist! Yum! And since it’s still a bit warm outside I bet this would be great with a scoop of ice cream! 😛

    • September 24, 2013 at 2:00 PM #

      Thanks Ruby! This would go perfect with vanilla ice cream!

  10. September 24, 2013 at 2:10 PM #

    I can’t get enough of good apple resipes! This looks fantasitc, Ashley and now that our apples are ready to be picked I know one more way that we will be putting them to good use. Thanks for this awesome applet pie bread recipe!!

    • September 24, 2013 at 2:17 PM #

      Thanks, Dan! Happy apple picking 😉

  11. September 24, 2013 at 2:45 PM #

    Your apple bread looks amazing!! I have a ton of apples I could put to good use with this!

    • September 24, 2013 at 3:58 PM #

      Thanks, Nancy! Now put those apples to good use 🙂

  12. September 24, 2013 at 3:01 PM #

    Oh Gosh, Ashley, this looks utterly amazing!! What a great way to start with fall baking. I’m so adding this to my fall bucket list, because I have to make it asap 😉 Pinning x

    • September 24, 2013 at 3:58 PM #

      Thanks, Consuelo!!

  13. September 24, 2013 at 3:45 PM #

    I am SO glad that apples are in season right now..this recipe makes me smile :).

  14. September 24, 2013 at 7:20 PM #

    Well, I love anything apple-pied! Sounds awesome.

    • September 25, 2013 at 12:35 AM #

      I’m learning to love all things apple 🙂

  15. Cheriees
    September 24, 2013 at 8:57 PM #

    I was all set to make apple pie tonight….but that will have to wait now that I have this tempting recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    • September 25, 2013 at 12:34 AM #

      This beats apple pie in my book 🙂

  16. Sarah
    September 25, 2013 at 12:04 AM #

    Bring on the apples! I am going apple picking on Saturday, can’t wait to start baking!

  17. September 25, 2013 at 4:38 PM #

    Oh this looks so delicious, Ashley!

    • September 25, 2013 at 5:32 PM #

      Thank you, Monica!

  18. Jessica
    September 25, 2013 at 7:35 PM #

    Thanks for sharing. It’s already in the oven and the house smells DIVINE!

    • September 25, 2013 at 9:06 PM #

      Jessica – awesome! Thanks for letting me know and let me know how you like it 🙂

  19. September 25, 2013 at 11:17 PM #

    This is definitely packed with wonderful fall flavors. I bet your house smelled wonderful when this is in the oven. Can’t wait to make my kitchen smells great too.

    • September 25, 2013 at 11:39 PM #

      It did! Thanks for stopping by, Amy!

  20. September 28, 2013 at 5:51 AM #

    Oh dear, I think I really need to start baking now. And I know exactly what I’ll be making! Thank you for sharing 🙂 It looks delicious!

    • September 28, 2013 at 12:09 PM #

      Thanks for coming by!! I hope you like it!

  21. October 7, 2013 at 3:44 PM #

    I can’t wait to start baking with apples! We haven’t done much yet this year.

    • October 7, 2013 at 11:17 PM #

      I’ve done more pumpkin than apples, but plan to step it up with the apple baking!

  22. Farida Nassar
    November 2, 2013 at 10:37 AM #

    I made this last week and it was delicious . Thank you .

    • November 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM #

      Thank you for coming back to let me know!! Glad you liked it!

  23. Jo
    November 2, 2013 at 12:46 PM #

    Please tell me (I’m English so can’t understand your cups system!) How many grams is a cup??!!

  24. November 2, 2013 at 1:56 PM #

    Is one apple enough in this recipe?? It just doesn’t seem like it would be. Thanks.

    • November 2, 2013 at 3:02 PM #

      One decent-size apple was definitely enough but feel free to use more if you’d like 🙂

  25. Sandy
    November 4, 2013 at 12:31 PM #

    Made the cinnamon apple pie bread. It was delicious. Love baking when the weather turns cool and apples and pumpkin are in season.

    • November 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM #

      Sandy, so glad you liked it! Thanks for the feedback 🙂

  26. Hil Hamm
    December 20, 2013 at 11:13 AM #

    I made this and love it. Can you advise if this freezes well. I would love to make and give as gifts. Thanks.

    • December 20, 2013 at 12:42 PM #

      You can freeze it – just wrap it really well in saran wrap then aluminum foil and put it in a big ziplock bag!

  27. Bouthena
    October 11, 2014 at 12:47 AM #

    I made this last night and did not come out like the one pictured. It baked all around the edges and bottom, but the center third or so was uncooked. I used coconut milk in place of regular milk and I baked it in a dark bread pan (at 350 for 35 min). Could one of those be the culprit for the unbaked center? Thank you.

    • October 11, 2014 at 1:04 AM #

      Hmmmm strange. I’m really sorry it didn’t come out for you… as I’ve made it several times and had others say it came out great for them. I really don’t think it would be the coconut milk that caused it to be uncooked in the center. You should be able to sub coconut milk for regular milk with no problem in baked goods. I used a light colored aluminum loaf pan – Light-colored or shiny metal bakeware is the best for even browning, while darker-colored metals can cause over-browning and maybe therefore cause it to be more cooked on the outside and less cooked on the inside. The only other thing I can think of is checking to make sure your oven temperature is accurate? Other than that – I’m puzzled! 🙁 If it wasn’t cooked on the inside (if you try it again), I would put it back in the oven but cover it with foil so the top doesn’t get too brown but gives the inside more time to cook.

  28. Debbie
    November 3, 2014 at 5:49 PM #

    have this in oven right now, my kitchen smells wonderful! added a cup of dried cranberries and so far looks divine!

    • November 3, 2014 at 8:11 PM #

      What a great idea! Enjoy, Debbie!!

  29. January 11, 2015 at 8:09 AM #

    I found this exact cake on “Allrecipes” They call it “Apple Cinnamon White Cake”
    Just wanted to give credit where credit is due.

    I also made it yesterday. Cake came out awesome but it had to cook for 1 hour. I checked the cake at 35 minutes and not done. Finally done and perfect at one hour.

    • January 11, 2015 at 1:24 PM #

      A relative of mine emailed this recipe to me typed out so but I SO appreciate you bringing to my attention when a recipe is found somewhere else. The problem with is it’s hard to find the original source of the recipe, as well. The user on there does not say where it came from. I guess it’s a mystery! I’m glad you liked the cake – thanks for letting me know!

    • Angela Fullwood
      September 22, 2015 at 7:57 PM #

      I made the mistake of making mine in a stone baker. Mine is in the oven now and taking much longer. However, smells awesome!

  30. Rena
    September 23, 2015 at 10:36 PM #

    My daughter and I cannot eat Granny Smith apples. The last time we did (years ago) we both broke out in a terrible rash and the itching was pure torture for us. Is there a substitute for Granny Smith apples?

    • September 24, 2015 at 12:20 AM #

      Mcintosh seem to hold up well in baking!! Or maybe a Fuji apple!! Hope that helps 🙂

  31. October 9, 2015 at 10:18 PM #

    This looks absolutely yummy!! I will have to make it. I love apples and harvest has brought a lot of them!

  32. Mariah
    October 11, 2015 at 11:54 AM #

    My loaf is currently in the oven, smells amazing by the way! Only problem I’m having is the middle won’t cook all of the way. It’s been in for about 45-50 minutes now and I’m using a metal loaf pan. Everything I’ve ever baked with apple in it has always taken at least an hour.. Oh well I can’t wait to try it!

    • October 11, 2015 at 12:20 PM #

      Ahh gotta love how ovens cook things differently! It will eventually set up. Just cover the top so that doesn’t get too overdone. Enjoy!

  33. October 12, 2015 at 2:12 PM #

    Dear Ashley, This loaf looks moist and delicious! I would love a slice of this for breakfast or dessert. I can only imagine how wonderful this must have smelled baking. xo, Catherine

  34. Ellen
    October 12, 2015 at 10:10 PM #

    If you use the loaf pan does the center get done without burning the outside? What about using 3 mini loaves?

    • October 13, 2015 at 1:31 AM #

      Yes, that’s how I bake mine. Loosely cover it with foil if you’re worried about the top getting too done. I’m sure this would work with mini loaves! You may have to adjust baking time, though. Let me know if that works out well! 🙂

  35. Kathy
    October 17, 2015 at 12:19 PM #

    Hi there! I made this today and also found it was soupy in the center after baking a good 40 minutes. I put foil on top and probably baked it for a total of an hour and it was done perfectly! Not too done on the outside.

    • October 18, 2015 at 1:42 PM #

      Thanks for letting us know, Kathy! I hate how ovens cook so differently!! But it’s better to have it underdone than overdone 😉

  36. December 28, 2015 at 12:53 AM #

    Delicious looking dessert bread. Nice post.

    The Old Fat Guy

  37. Carol D
    March 12, 2016 at 6:41 PM #

    Made this today, added 1/2 cup craisins(cuz I put them in everything, almost)
    Totally, supremely awesome recipe. Cake was perfect. Hubby was happy!
    Thank You!

    • March 14, 2016 at 6:00 AM #

      So glad you liked it, Carol! Great idea with the craisins! I may have to try that next time 🙂

  38. Amanda
    June 4, 2016 at 9:46 PM #

    Question: I made it today just as the recipe says but all the good stuff fell to the bottom. Still very yummy but kind of bland til you get to the sugary stuff and apples at the very bottom of the loaf. Any idea why that may have happened? But like I said, it’s still very tasty!

    • June 4, 2016 at 11:28 PM #

      Hi Amanda! Maybe the apples were pushed in too deep?? Sorry – that’s never happened to me before! Some sites recommend coating the fruit with flour before adding them to the batter to prevent them from sinking. You could always try that next time 😊😊😊 I’m so glad it still tasted great. -Ashley

  39. Lynne Geneva
    August 7, 2016 at 10:43 AM #

    Would you be able to substitute almond flour with white flour and coconut sugar with brown & white sugar?

    • August 7, 2016 at 12:30 PM #

      I don’t see why not! 🙂 -Ashley

      • Lynne Geneva
        August 7, 2016 at 12:40 PM #

        Will let you know. Ty


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