Apple Pie Bread

apple pie bread

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As a mom, I tend to rush through my breakfasts. I often grab a quick bowl of cereal or a piece of toast and scarf it down as fast as I can. My daughter can’t stay away from the TV cables or the dog, so I’m always on my toes, ready to tackle her at a moment’s notice.

But a bowl of cereal and a piece of toast look a bit sad first thing in the morning, especially when I eat them almost every day. So when I found this apple pie bread recipe, I couldn’t wait to use it to break up my routine.

apple pie bread on white plate next to apple

Although I made a few mistakes on my first attempt, this bread still turned out lovely. It was sweet enough that it felt like I was eating dessert, but it wasn’t so sweet that I felt sick after having a slice or two for breakfast. It gave me plenty of energy to start my day, and the apples kept my tummy full for a few hours.


Prep time: 15 minutes
Rise time: none
Cook time: 45-50 minutes
Total time: Approximately 1 Hour 5 minutes


As a sweet bread, this recipe requires more than your basic salt, sugar, flour, and yeast. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/3 Cup White Granulated Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1/4 Cup Butter, Softened
  • 1/4 Cup Applesauce*
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 Cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Milk
  • 1 Large Apple, Peeled and Chopped
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar, Packed**
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter, Melted

*If you don’t have any applesauce, you can use 1/2 cup butter instead.
**You’ll use brown sugar in two different steps, so 2/3 cup brown sugar total.

Additional Equipment

You don’t have to go out of your way to purchase specialized tools for this recipe. However, you will want the following:

I linked to a few popular items on Amazon; however, you’ll probably already have a few of the above items, or something similar, in your kitchen.


This recipe takes a little while, so you don’t have to preheat your oven just yet (unless you want to do so). To start, use a mixer to cream white sugar, (first half) brown sugar, and butter until fluffy. It should look something like the picture below.

butter and sugar mixed until fluffy

Next, beat the eggs thoroughly and add them to the mixture along with the vanilla and applesauce. Stir them together so you don’t have any lumps.

apple pie bread batter

Combine baking powder and flour, and then add them to the mix along with the milk. Fold together the ingredients until everything has been moistened, but do not over mix or your loaf will turn out heavy and dense. Pour half of the batter into a greased 8 in. x 4 in. loaf pan.

Mix cinnamon with the second half of the brown sugar.

spoon in brown sugar and cinnamon

Divide the cinnamon mixture in half and sprinkle it over the batter along with half of the apples.

apples covered in cinnamon sugar in pan

Stir the remaining apples into the batter. Pour the rest of the batter into the pan, and then sprinkle the last of the cinnamon sugar over the top.

apple pie bread in progress

At this stage, you’re ready to cook! Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 40 minutes.

cooked apple pie bread

Your loaf should rise nicely in the oven. Brush the top with melted butter, and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes. Poke with a toothpick; if it comes out clean, your bread is done!

apple pie bread slices net to apple

So tasty! It’s the perfect way to start your day.

Secrets to Success

When I think of apple pie, I think big chunks of apple. Naturally, when I think of apple pie bread, I want to taste the apple with each bite. But large apple chunks make the bread difficult to slice, and the bread falls apart easily. If you can, cut your apple into thin, tiny pieces.

Additionally, don’t let your bread sit in the pan. All you need is a 5 to 10 minutes to let it cool before you turn it out on a plate or cooling rack.

The first time I made this bread, I let it sit in the pan. The loaf had time to sweat and the bottom turned soggy. Although it still tasted good, this bread is much more enjoyable when the edges aren’t mushy.

Nutritional Information

This recipe has a lot of sugar, so you may wonder how many calories each slice has. I’m not the best with a bread knife, so I only managed about 8 thick slices per loaf, though you might be able to cut as many as 12 thin slices.

Here’s the nutritional information for 8 slices:

apple pie bread nutrition label

As always, you should keep in mind that this label isn’t entirely accurate. Calories will vary depending on the brands you use and the number of slices you cut in each loaf.

Did You Try It?

I love this recipe, but I haven’t quite perfected it yet. Many of my loaves turn out lumpy, soggy, or lop-sided. How about yours? Did you have success with this recipe? Did you add any ingredients to make it extra special? Feel free to share your experience in the comments below!