Moist Apple Bread Recipe

This moist apple bread recipe is simple to make. It’s filled with juicy apple pieces and warming spices and topped with a cinnamon glaze.

slice of apple bread close up.

This quick bread recipe can be whisked together in 15 minutes! Bursting with delicious apple flavor, plenty of spice, and a moist buttery cake. This apple loaf does bake for a long time in the loaf pan, but the actual hands-on time is very short.

Ingredients

Here’s a rundown of the simple ingredients for this easy apple bread recipe. Find the full list of ingredients in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • Fresh apples. The variety of apples you choose for your apple bread depends on taste. You could use Honeycrisp apples, pink lady, or Braeburn for sweet apples, or if you like a tarter bite, choose a Granny Smith apples. Ultimately,  you can use whatever variety you’ve got. I like to leave them unpeeled.
  • Butter – Butter brings the flavor to the cake. 
  • Olive oil or vegetable oil. A little bit of oil alongside the butter keeps it moist for days.
  • All-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. The dry ingredients
  • Soft brown sugar and granulated white sugar
  • Sour cream or yogurt. Brings a little acidity for an extra tender crumb.
  • Large eggs
  • Vanilla extract and warm spices – Ground cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg
slice of apple bread close up.

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 365°F, 180°C fan-bake, and line an 8.5 x .4.5inch loaf pan with parchment paper. You can also use a 9×5 inch pan for slighter less high loaf.
apple chunks coated in cinnamon sugar.
  1. Core and chop the apples into chunks, around 1/2 an inch in size. You can peel them, but I like them unpeeled. Add the apples to a bowl along with some cinnamon sugar mixture. Toss to coat and set aside.
a fork in a bowl of flour and spices.
  1. In a small bowl whisk together the spices, salt, baking powder, baking soda and flour. Set aside 
eggs, butter, sugar and sour cream in a glass bowl.
  1. Mix the melted butter, oil, sugars, sour cream, vanilla, and eggs in a large bowl. 
thick batter with apple pieces.
  1. Fold through the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, followed by the chopped apple pieces. The apple bread batter will be very thick. 
a lined loaf pan full of apple bread batter.
  1. Spoon into the prepared pan and bake for around 60 minutes until a skewer inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
apple bread on a wire rack.
  1. Let the apple bread cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing it and allowing it to cool further on a wire rack.
cinnamon glaze in a bowl.
  1. When the apple bread has cooled to room temperature. mix powdered sugar, cinnamon, and just enough milk to create a smooth and pourable paste.
glaze drizzled on apple loaf.
  1. Drizzle this over the bread. 

Serving and storing

This tender apple bread recipe is delicious on the day it is made, but also on the following days.

​Leftover apple bread can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerated for up to 5 days.

slice of moist apple bread close up.

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Moist Apple Bread Recipe

Moist Apple Bread Recipe

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

A sweet and spiced loaf with juicy apple pieces and cinnamon glaze

Ingredients

Apples

  • 300g fresh apples (around 3 medium or 2 large)
  • 25g ( 2 Tablspoons) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Batter

  • 250g (2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 85 g (6 Tablespoons) butter, melted
  • 28g (2 Tablespoons) olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 100g (1/2 cup) soft brown sugar
  • 50g (1/4 cup) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 125g (1/2 cup) sour cream or natural yogurt

Cinnamon Glaze

  • 120 g (1 cup) powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1-2 Tablespoons milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C)
  2. Line a 8.5 x .4.5inch loaf pan with parchment paper. You can also use a 9x5 inch pan for slighter less high loaf.
  3. Core and chop the apples into chunks, around 1/2 an inch in size. You can peel them, but I like them unpeeled. Add the apples to a bowl with cinnamon and sugar. Toss to coat and set aside.
  4. Whisk the spices, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and flour in a small bowl. Set aside 
  5. Mix the melted butter, oil, sugars, sour cream, vanilla, and eggs in a large mixing bowl. 
  6. Fold through the dry ingredients, followed by the chopped apple pieces. The apple bread batter will be very thick. 
  7. Spoon into the prepared pan and bake for around 60-70 minutes until a skewer inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean. Let the apple bread cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing it and allowing it to cool further on a wire rack.
  8. When the apple bread has cooled to room temperature. mix together powdered sugar, cinnamon, and just enough milk to create a smooth and pourable paste. Drizzle this over the bread. 

Notes

*cup sizes are in US size cups which are smaller than metric cups. For best and consistent results use scales to measure in grams.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 148mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 3g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix

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