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Apple Bread

Apple Bread – The perfect apple bread recipe for fall! Simple apple quick bread topped with a delicious cinnamon streusel.

Apple Bread

I can’t get enough of this apple bread! I am making two more loaves of it this week because it has been such a huge hit at my house.  While apple is a fall flavor, I think this bread is great to make all year round.

Common Questions About Making Apple Bread

What is apple bread?

Apple bread is simple quick bread loaded with apple and topped with homemade streusel.

What kind of apples should I use?

I used granny smith but any apple will work.

What other variations can I make?

  • If you want extra apple in the bread, feel free to add 1/2 cup of chopped apple to the batter.
  • If you want to add some crunch, add 1/2 cup of chopped nuts – pecans, walnuts, or almonds would all be delicious.

How many servings does this recipe make?

This apple bread recipe makes 10 servings.

How long does apple bread last?

The apple bread lasts up to three days in an airtight container in the fridge.

Ingredient Notes

  • I love using granny smith apples in this recipe because they’re tart and hold up well during baking but feel free to substitute whatever apple you have on hand.
  • All-purpose flour is my go-to baking flour.  Feel free to substitute up to half of the flour with whole wheat flour if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Apple pie spice is going to give us great warmth and spice.  If you don’t have any, you can substitute 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg.
  • Baking powder is going to help the bread rise.
  • I’m using brown sugar because it sweetens the bread, but it also gives it more of an earthy-woody flavor that compliments the apple really well.
  • Applesauce is going to help keep the bread moise and enhance the overall apple flavor.
  • I’m using unsweetened applesauce.
  • I used whole milk, but feel free to use what you have on hand.  Non-dairy milk should work instead.
  • The egg is going to bind the loaf together.
  • The vanilla enhances the sweetness of the flavor of the apple.
  • The butter helps bind the streusel and makes it turn golden brown in the oven.

Serving Suggestions

  • I like to serve this bread warm (usually I warm it up for 15 seconds in the microwave).
  • It’s delicious on it’s own but you can also serve it with butter, apple butter, maple syrup, or honey.

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Yield: 10 Slices

Apple Bread

Apple Bread

Apple Bread - The perfect apple bread recipe for fall! Simple apple quick bread topped with a delicious cinnamon streusel.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


For the Bread

  • 1 large granny smith apple
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons apple pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Streusel Topping

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)


For the Bread

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9x5" loaf pan with nonstick baking spray.
  2. Grate your apple using the largest setting on your box grater. You should end up with about 1 1/4 cups of shredded apple.
  3. Line a fine mesh sieve with paper towels or cheesecloth and set it over a bowl. Place shredded apples into the sieve and sprinkle them with a small pinch of salt (1/16th of a teaspoon). Allow them to set for 15 minutes.
  4. Squeeze the apples in the paper towels or cheesecloth until all of the liquid has been removed. Discard the liquid - you should have around 1/3 cup.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, apple pie spice, and baking powder.
  6. In another bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, applesauce, milk, egg, and vanilla extract. Whisk until combined.
  7. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold them together gently - don't overmix.
  8. Once the wet ingredients have been fully incorporated, add the shredded apple and fold it in gently.
  9. Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan.
  10. (Optional) Set the pan aside while you make the streusel. If not using, continue to step 11.
  11. Bake in a preheated oven for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  12. Allow the bread to cool in the pan for five minutes. Then, run a knife around the edge and turn it out onto a wire rack to cool.
  13. Allow the apple bread to cool fully before slicing. Store any leftover bread in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.

For the Streusel (Optional)

  1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  2. Add the melted butter and mix until the mixture resembles coarse sand,
  3. Spread the streusel evenly over the top of the apple bread.

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