Like so many misunderstood apple laden baked goods, (I’m talking to you Caramel Apple Sheet Cake), this bread is perfect all year long. This is why, when attending any local Farmers Market, you can get your hands on some tasty Amish apple bread.
Apples work all year, my friends. Never underestimate the baking power of a winter apple.
Similar in a few ways to dutch apple bread (hellooo glaze), this recipe is made completely from scratch…and is topped with an ultra sweet, brown sugar-y praline glaze. Believe me when I tell you, it is incredible. Your family will gobble it up within hours, and it never survives a brunch. It goes faster than an Apple Dump Cake at a mid-summer barbeque.
- Great for bake sales
- Perfect for make ahead and freezes beautifully
- This recipe makes 2 loaves
How To Make Apple Bread Recipe
This delicious apple bread is not specifically a cinnamon apple bread recipe, but it has a beautiful subtle, cinnamon, apple pie esque flavor. It’s great for any level of baker, from beginner to advanced, even though you’re making it from scratch.
To whip up this crowd pleaser, whisk together all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, sugar and brown sugar. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla. Add the wet to the dry and combine to create a thick batter. Add in apples and pecans. Bake at 350 in two 8 x 4 pans until toothpick comes out clean. Pour the glaze immediately over the top of the bread.
This goo-licious glaze is made in a saucepan with brown sugar, butter and milk – adding in powdered sugar and vanilla to thicken it up. The use of baking powder keeps this apple bread yeast free, making it as uncomplicated as it is tasty.
Note* You can easily make this recipe free of animal products! Replace eggs with a vegan egg substitute in the batter, and for the glaze sub in coconut oil for butter and unsweetened vanilla almond milk instead of cow’s milk. Bam! Apple bread vegan friendly.
Make Ahead Tips
This is great for bake sales, because a single batch of batter makes two loaves. You’re already ahead of the game. For events like a brunch or bake sales, you’ll definitely want to whip this up ahead of time! You can bake up a bunch of loaves a week or so in advance and freeze them the same day. They’ll be just as tasty when they thaw, and you won’t be stressed out. I know. We think of everything.
Loaves of this bread freeze wonderfully, so don’t be afraid to make them and bake them in advance! You can bake these beauties a day or week or month ahead of time. Perfect if you’ve got a church fundraiser on the horizon, or if you just prefer an unlimited supply of apple bread. Whatever works for you works for us!
How To Freeze
Once the bread is baked, let it cool slightly and then toss it in the freezer. It will keep wonderfully for up to three months.
- Applesauce Bread – applesauce bread is made differently than this apple bread recipe. Apple bread with applesauce is typically made with sour cream and buttermilk…oh, and applesauce. None of those ingredients are in this recipe, so you’ll get a completely different flavor and texture here. The same rules apply for apple bread cake and snickerdoodle apple bread. Similar names, but very different.
- Apple Bread Pudding – I suppose you could make this apple bread recipe and use it for that purpose, but Apple Bread Pudding typically calls for plain soft bread cubes.
- Apple Banana Bread – Apple Banana Bread is incredible! You wouldn’t believe what the addition of a few diced apples can do for your favorite Banana Bread recipe. Be sure to include cinnamon and nuts. So. Darn. Good.
- Apple Fritter Bread – To create this tasty Apple Fritter Bread variation, all you have to do is toss your diced apples in 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon before you add them to your bread batter. It will bring back fond memories of every fall festival you’ve ever attended.
- 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 3 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
- 1/4 Teaspoon Cloves
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar Packed
- 3 Large Eggs
- 1 Cup Vegetable Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 Cups Granny Smith Apples Peeled, Cored, and Diced
- 1 Cup Pecans Chopped
- 1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar Firmly Packed
- 3 Tablespoon Milk
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 Cup Powder Sugar
- 1 Cup Pecans Chopped
Make The Bread:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two 8X4 inch baking pans with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl whisk together the first nine ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix eggs, oil, and vanilla. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and combine. (The batter will be extremely thick). Mix in apples and 1 cup chopped pecans until evenly distributed through batter.
- Spoon batter evenly into prepared pans and smooth out the top of batter with the back of a spoon. Bake in preheated oven for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean and edges of bread are just pulling away from baking pan.
Make The Glaze:
- In a heavy bottomed 2 quart saucepan, bring brown sugar, butter and milk to a boil over medium heat. Boil 1 minute, whisking constantly. Remove from heat.
- Add vanilla and powdered sugar and using a hand-held electric mixer beat on medium speed until smooth. Pour half the glaze immediately over each loaf of cooled bread and sprinkle evenly with pecans.
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