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A slice of this delectable and fragrant Apple Cinnamon Bread is crammed with crisp apple bits, warm cinnamon, chewy raisins, crunchy walnuts, and melty chocolate chips! You can never ever go wrong with apples and cinnamon combo! Together, they provide the ideal balance of sweetness, tartness, and warmth all packed on one delicious loaf of bread.
If you have tried my Zucchini Bread and loved it, then this should be next on your baking to-do list! It also has that perfectly golden crumb and a soft and moist center but is loaded with all things nice and warm- perfect for autumn! A loaf of bread that you can enjoy for breakfast with your morning tea or coffee, as an afternoon treat with your kids after school or work, or as a sweet snack to ease your midnight cravings!
How do I pick the best apples for this recipe bread?
Since fall is the prime apple-picking season, take advantage of the abundant selection on your local farmer’s market for the best ones! Here are some things to remember when you are buying some for this recipe.
Apples must be firm enough to hold their own during the cooking process in order to make the tastiest pies, crisps, and other baked goods. These apples are known as “baking apples”. Honey Crisp, Cortland, Jonathan, Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith, Haralson, and Newtown Pippin are some of the best choices to consider. You can choose one, or use a combination of these when making baked goodies like this bread. Always look for apples that are firm and free of bruises or bug holes. Also, choose apples with a distinct sweet fragrance. This indicates that they are fresh and ripe.
Ingredients when making Apple Cinnamon Bread
Making Apple Cinnamon Bread from scratch is simple and quick. For best results, use the freshest ingredients available.
- Applesauce – The secret to keeping your bread moist. It will keep your baked goods moist and fresh longer because of their water content. It also works as a binder and helps make the loaf stay egg-free.
- Vegetable oil – Because oil remains liquid at room temperature whereas butter hardens, vegetable oil keeps the bread moist longer.
- Sugar – Granulated or brown sugar should work fine for this recipe.
- Honeycrisp Apple – One of the sweetest apples that are good for eating raw, cooking, and especially baking.
- Vanilla Extract – Adding a teaspoon gives the batter that extra boost of flavor and aroma!
- Flour – I usually go for all-purpose flour when baking, unless the recipe calls for something different. However, to make this bread gluten-free, you can use a gluten-free flour brand 1:1.
- Salt – to balance the sweetness of the sugar and apples.
- Baking Powder – a leavening element to make your dough or batter rise.
- Cinnamon – Nothing brings a more warm and festive flavor than this spice. And no one can deny that it works beautifully with apples.
- Raisins – Add a chewy texture and a fruity boost to the bread.
- Chocolate Chips and chopped Walnuts – Though these are optional, they add another layer of flavor and texture to the bread. You can also substitute walnuts with pecans, pistachios, or any other preferred nut.
Preparations and Tips before baking Apple Cinnamon Bread
- Apples should be washed and peeled. During cooking, the skin of an apple becomes tough and will not break down.
- Instead of using a knife, use a vegetable peeler. It’s quicker, easier, and shaves off less flesh.
- To easily remove the core from peeled apples, cut them into quarters first.
- Prevent browning by submerging chopped apple pieces in water mixed with a bit of lemon juice.
- This recipe calls for grated apples. However, if you like it chunkier, you can dice them instead.
How to make Apple Bread
This recipe is easy to make and produces moist apple cinnamon bread that can be eaten right away. Here’s how to make this delicious bread loaf.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Make the bread mixture. Combine together the applesauce, vegetable oil, sugar, grated apple, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Next, add the remaining ingredients and whisk everything thoroughly. Also, you can add a few raisins, walnuts, chocolate chips for toppings just like I did.
- Pour and Bake. Grease the loaf pan with an oil spray or line it with parchment paper. Then, pour the batter and bake for 50 to 55 minutes. Once done, insert a toothpick into the center of the loaf to check if it is baked through. If it comes out clean then your loaf is done.
- Cool down. Let it rest for about 10 minutes in the loaf pan before transferring to a cooling rack. Serve and enjoy!
Storing and Make-Ahead
What’s great about this easy apple cinnamon bread is that the flavor develops over time and gets better the next day or two. After the bread has rested, the flavor develops more and more. As a result, it’s ideal for those days when you don’t have time to bake because of a hectic schedule. This bread will keep for up to 4 days if kept covered at room temperature.
If you are planning to store it longer, the key is to wrap it tightly using plastic or cling wrap, as well as aluminum foil. Just make sure it’s entirely cooled down before wrapping it; otherwise, steam will build up and cause the bread to become soggy. The entire loaf can be kept in the fridge for a week and frozen for up to two months.
Tips when making Apple Cinnamon Bread
- Keep it moist. If you’re eating this alone and don’t have company, keep the bread whole and slice off only what you wish to eat. You’ll be able to keep the quick bread fresher for longer this way. If you slice the entire loaf straight away, it will dry out and won’t last long.
- Warm it up a little. Warm the apple cinnamon bread in the microwave for 7-15 seconds if you want it to taste like it just came out of the oven. Don’t overheat it; otherwise, the bread will be way too hot, and you’ll have to wait a long time to cool it down.
- If you bought way too many apples, make sure to keep them in a dry, cool place and keep them away from each other. Their skins should not be touching as much as possible to prevent possible spoilage in case one becomes overripe and spoiled. Also do not store them with other produce like green leafy vegetables because they create a chemical that hastens the ripening process.
Take advantage of the apple season by making these too!
- Apple Cranberry Crisp – A great treat for those who don’t like their desserts super sweet. The tartness of the cranberries compliments the sweetness of the other ingredients
- Apple Crescents – Super easy dessert for weeknight cravings!
- Stuffed Baked Apple – Cinnamon, brown sugar, walnuts, and spices are cooked into a whole baked apple. A fall dessert that may be enjoyed at any time of year.
- Apple Oatmeal – An easy breakfast that you can make quickly!
If you want more apple recipes, we’ve got 26 Amazing Apple recipes for you to try!
Photos by Alfonso Revilla
Apple Cinnamon Bread
- ⅓ cup of applesauce
- ½ cup of vegetable oil
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of grated apple (I used Honeycrisp)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups of flour
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- ½ tablespoon of cinnamon
- ½ cup of raisins or vegan chocolate chips (optional)
- ½ cup of chopped walnuts (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, mix together the applesauce, oil, sugar, zucchini, and vanilla in a bowl. Then add the remaining ingredients and whisk until thoroughly combined.
- Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan and bake for 50 to 55 minutes.
- Wash and peel the apples: Take the time to peel the apples with a vegetable peeler before you grate them. The skin doesn’t break down well as it cooks, so you’ll end up with stringy pieces in the bread.
- Instead of grating the apples: Chop them into small chunks instead!
- To prevent the apples from browning: Submerge the diced apple pieces in a bowl of water mixed with a splash of lemon juice before adding them to the batter.
- Measure the flour correctly: It’s best to spoon the flour into a measuring cup and level the excess off the top with a knife rather than scooping it from the bag. Too much flour in the dough = dry and dense bread.
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