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Apple Cinnamon Bread

Apple Cinnamon Bread

I love all kinds of apples, but Josh only likes Granny Smith. I try to encourage him to eat an apple a day, but sometimes he forgets and eats donuts instead:) I always try to keep Granny Smith apples on hand, just in case he gets an apple craving. The donuts have been winning lately, so I decided to make a loaf of apple cinnamon bread with our abundance of apples.

I love using Granny Smith apples for baking because they are tart and crisp. I chopped up two apples and folded them into the cinnamon spiced bread batter. I topped the bread with a cinnamon sugar crust and let our new Thermador oven do the rest of the work. Our house quickly filled with a heavenly cinnamon aroma, it didn’t take Josh long to wander into the kitchen to see what was baking. He wanted to eat his apples now:)

This quick bread is the perfect treat to make during the fall months when apples are at their peak. Each slice of bread is filled with chunks of fresh apples. Enjoy a slice for breakfast or as a snack. And you might want to consider doubling the recipe because our one loaf didn’t last long:)

Apple Cinnamon Bread

Yield: 1 loaf

Cook Time: 50-55 minutes


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 chopped apples, skin removed (we used Granny Smith)

2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8 by 4 loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, all spice, and cloves. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the eggs and beat on medium speed for about 30 seconds. Add in oil, applesauce, and vanilla and mix until smooth. Next, add the sugar and mix until well combined.

4. Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until flour is barely combined. Gently fold in the apple chunks. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.

5. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon. Sprinkle over the batter in the loaf pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until loaf is golden and a toothpick comes out clean.

6. Cool bread in pan for 10 minutes. Loosen sides and remove from pan. Cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.

If you like this apple cinnamon bread, you might also like:

Apple Cinnamon Cookie Bars from Two Peas and Their Pod
Pumpkin Apple Bread from One Perfect Bite
Snickerdoodle Bread from Barbara Bakes
Caramel Apple Bread Pudding from Our Best Bites

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125 Responses to “Apple Cinnamon Bread”

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  1. Kate @ Our Best Bites — October 27, 2010 @ 4:08 am

    Oh, my gosh, that looks AMAZING! I think I need to make it asap.

  2. Erica — October 27, 2010 @ 4:58 am

    That is so funny- my Josh only really likes grannys too! The bread is beautiful! The edges look perfect (mine always get a bit dark). Great work…and the cinnamon & sugar on top is beautiful!

    • twopeas replied: — October 27th, 2010 @ 7:24 am

      Our Josh’s have a lot in common:)

  3. Heather (heather's dish) — October 27, 2010 @ 4:58 am

    what a gorgeous loaf of bread! i’ve been on the biggest apple kick lately :)

  4. matt gordon — October 27, 2010 @ 5:23 am

    totally delicious. and that is just the pics. this treat would not only pass my 21 month old and wifes picky palate but is of much healthier ingredients than store bought junk. thank you for your generosity

  5. the blissful baker — October 27, 2010 @ 5:29 am

    this quick bread looks delicious! i just used all of my granny smith apples to make apple crisp, but next time i have them in the house, i know what i’ll be using them for :)

  6. Liz @ Blog is the New Black — October 27, 2010 @ 5:41 am

    This looks delicious and sounds like a bread we’d gobble up!

  7. Jersey Girl Cooks — October 27, 2010 @ 5:53 am

    Mmmmnnn! Love the big chunks of apples! Granny Smith are my favorite too.

  8. Rachel — October 27, 2010 @ 6:11 am

    I love anything apple cinnamon so this is a sure thing! Can’t wait to try it.

  9. Deliciously Organic — October 27, 2010 @ 6:14 am

    The bread looks so good! Perfect for fall! Congrats on your new kitchen, must be nice to have everything back!

  10. marla {family fresh cooking} — October 27, 2010 @ 6:15 am

    Your apple cinnamon bread looks great! I have had it on my mind to do something like this – thanks for the inspiration. I can smell all the yumminess from here :) xo

  11. Jessica @ How Sweet — October 27, 2010 @ 6:16 am

    Delish! I love apple cinnamon bread. This looks perfect for breakfast!

  12. Amanda — October 27, 2010 @ 6:17 am

    Look at those chucks…wow! This looks just amazing! Great job!

  13. Shannon — October 27, 2010 @ 6:19 am

    LOVE breads with lots of chunks! looks delicious :)

  14. the urban baker — October 27, 2010 @ 6:22 am

    I love the look of those chunky apples peeking through the bread. Enjoy your new oven and your kitchen…you lucky lady!

  15. Lori @ RecipeGirl — October 27, 2010 @ 6:23 am

    Gosh, that looks so delicious right now :) I love apples in bread, and Granny Smith’s are my fave.

  16. Jenny Flake — October 27, 2010 @ 6:29 am

    Such a pretty loaf of bread! Bet it’s fabulous!

  17. Traci — October 27, 2010 @ 7:04 am

    Great recipe Maria!! I’m going to make a loaf as a thank you gift for myneighbors who brought me a bunch of apples the other day in addition to the ones that I already had come off my tree. We usually grate our apples because one of my picky children doesn’t like the big apple chunks.

  18. Dana — October 27, 2010 @ 7:26 am

    Growing up in Washington state, I ate an apple every single day of my childhood. I shudder to think now that those were all red delicious! I’m sure the Granny Smith apples are perfect for this beautiful bread – they are my baking apple choice too. Has he tried Pink Ladies or Honeycrisp? They are both so sweet but super crisp like the Grannys.

  19. Barbara Bakes — October 27, 2010 @ 7:57 am

    Some times I forget and eat donuts too. The bread sounds like a fabulous alternative. Thanks for the link to my snickerdoodle bread.

  20. Pam — October 27, 2010 @ 7:58 am

    I wish I had a slice with my coffee right now. It looks wonderful.

  21. Jennifer @ Maple n Cornbread — October 27, 2010 @ 8:01 am

    My brother is the same about granny smith apples- the only he likes to eat. GREAT bread, love the topping!!! I made apple cinnamon muffins this week but almost made bread!

  22. Small Town Runner Karen — October 27, 2010 @ 8:16 am

    Ah, so you combine apples and doughnuts! Brilliant! I have a very similar recipe, and you’re right — it’s delicious!

  23. Karly — October 27, 2010 @ 8:22 am

    Ooh, I love the chunks of apples in there, but that cinnamon sugar crust is just screaming my name! Yum!

  24. Wow, I love those big chunks of apples! I did a Streusel Apple Cinnamon Muffin a few weeks ago that has a similar texture to this, but this bread looks even more delicious! Thanks for sharing, Maria and Josh!

  25. Melissa — October 27, 2010 @ 9:32 am

    That looks amazing! I love the apple chunks. This is on my Must Make list.

  26. Camille — October 27, 2010 @ 9:33 am

    I can almost smell this baking! Making this soon!

  27. Joanne — October 27, 2010 @ 10:26 am

    I might forget about real apples if there were donuts around. But I could never forget about this bread. Looks delicious.

  28. Kym — October 27, 2010 @ 2:43 pm

    I saw your pic with Bakeralla! How FUN!!!

    • twopeas replied: — October 28th, 2010 @ 12:30 pm

      It was fun meeting Angie. Are you coming to UT for the holidays? If so, you have to come see our new kitchen. Maybe we can even bake together:) I hope all is well!

  29. Tracy — October 27, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

    Looks delicious!

  30. Rose @ The Bite Me Kitchen — October 27, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

    Love apple bread! Yours looks wonderful! Dang it, I’m starving now 😉

  31. Jennifer (Savor) — October 27, 2010 @ 3:58 pm

    So funny as my son was just like Josh – only granny smith but he has now taken to red delicious

  32. That looks absolutely amazing!!!

  33. Peggy — October 27, 2010 @ 6:16 pm

    I made 2 batches of this today. It made 4 smaller loaves. My family loved it. After I had it baked I realized I had not put the cinnamon sugar layer on top but it was still delicious. My husband suggested that he would enjoy some butterscotch chips in next time. I might try that and reduce the sugar some. Thanks for all the good recipes you share.

    • twopeas replied: — October 28th, 2010 @ 6:55 am

      Glad your family enjoyed the bread! Thanks for letting us know.

  34. Lesley Lifting Life — October 27, 2010 @ 7:13 pm

    I love how big the chunks of apples are in this bread … looks delicious!

  35. Angie's Recipes — October 28, 2010 @ 1:05 am

    This looks totally delicious! I am a huge fan for apple bread. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  36. Tickled Red — October 28, 2010 @ 5:34 am

    Oh my! I ma so making this for my oldest monkey. He hates bananas so he won’t touch banana bread. Simply gorgeous!!!

  37. Roxan — October 28, 2010 @ 7:58 am

    Ooo this bread looks DELICIOUS! I love the addition of all those huge apple chunks! This is the perfect time for some apple cinnamon bread, I can already smell the scent of it baking in the oven.

  38. Sues — October 28, 2010 @ 9:22 am

    Awesome! My next bread to make is an apple cinnamon bread and yours looks way better than many that I’ve seen! I’m super impressed and would LOVE a piece of this : )

  39. Miri of — October 28, 2010 @ 10:48 am

    I can’t think of a better way to get fruit into a man’s diet! Brilliant!

  40. Rachel (S[d]OC) — October 28, 2010 @ 11:45 am

    Looks yummy and definitely apple-y. I’m so with you on the Granny Smiths. I really find that while there are many good eating apples to be had out there, nothing beats Granny Smiths for baking. They don’t juice up too much and hold their texture nicely.

    I’m LMAO at your comment about the doughnuts!

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