Apple Cinnamon Bread – Chunks of apple and cinnamon in this easy quick bread recipe that doesn’t even need a mixer!
I’m excited about this bread for some reason. First, I didn’t think I liked anything with baked apple, but I’m trying to be a chef and try new things.
This’ the season and all that! October has always been a time of apples and cinnamon, in my house anyway. There are many different ways that you can make a delicious cinnamon apple bread.
There are probably 100 cinnamon apple bread methods out there! and I will give the best of them
Apples are also an excellent fruit to bake with. They are strong and keep up to the heat of baking.
A warm part of cinnamon apple bread is a real treasure. It’s a truly seasonal expression of baking skills and ingredients at their peak.
For the Bread
3 cups apples diced (this was 2 large apples for me)
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsweetened applesauce or vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Streusel
4 Tablespoons softened butter (I used salted)
4 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoon cinnamon
APPLE CINNAMON BREAD INGREDIENTS
Apples – Use your preferred type of apple & chop them as large or small as you like. I used Gala apples & chopped them justly small.
Flour – All-purpose white flour.
Cinnamon – Use a good quality Ceylon cinnamon for the best taste.
Nutmeg – Nutmeg has a hot & spicy smell and flavor that pairs beautifully with cinnamon.
Baking Soda – Baking soda provides the bread its rise.
Salt – To bring out the other flavors.
Vegetable Oil – You can use either vegetable oil OR unsweetened applesauce in this recipe. Applesauce makes a slightly denser bread. You swap them out on a 1:1 basis. I sometimes do half oil, half applesauce.
Eggs – Three large eggs.
Sugar – Granulated white sugar.
Brown Sugar – Joining brown sugar leaves the bread soft & moist.
Vanilla Extract – I know vanilla is expensive right now, but use real vanilla, not imitation!
Butter – You’ll use softened butter as the bottom of the streusel that you’ll swirl in.
This recipe makes two loaves – I immediately had to cover one up to give away because there was a good chance I would have eaten it. By myself. The whole thing.
To make the bread
Preheat the oven to 325 and lightly spray two 9×5 loaf pans with non-stick spray. Set aside.
Peel your apples and dice into small pieces.
In a medium pan, join the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt and whisk together.
In another wide bowl, join the applesauce (or vegetable oil), eggs, sugars, and vanilla and mix with a whisk until fully combined.
Spill the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in batches (I did three parts) and mix with a spatula till fully combined. The batter will be very thick.
Stir in the diced apples.
Spill half of the batter into each prepared loaf pantry to keep the amounts even.
To get the streusel
In a small pan, join the softened butter, cinnamon, and sugar and mix together with a fork. Drop the streusel dough onto the tops of the batter and lightly swirl.
Bake for 1 hour then check. Enter a toothpick into the center – if it comes out clean, with moist crumbs, your bread is done.
Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes then smoothly run a knife around the edges to release. Flip onto a plate, slice, and enjoy!
This recipe makes two (2) 9×5 loaves
CAN I REPLACE OIL WITH APPLE SAUCE IN BAKING?
Yes, you can swap out oil with applesauce when you’re baking. The ratio is 1:1 for substituting. Use unsweetened apple sauce to not change the flavor of the recipe. I make this bread both methods– sometimes using vegetable oil, sometimes using apple sauce…sometimes using half and half. I find the applesauce version to be slightly denser.
TOOLS TO HELP MAKE APPLE CINNAMON SWIRL BREAD
Cake pans – you don’t have to get fancy but recognize that you need 2 for this recipe.
An apple slicer will make your life more comfortable – to get a jump on dicing the apples.
So will a good peeler – I grabbed a random peeler from the drawer and almost immediately threw it away with the peels. Stick with the OXO one, it’ll make you happy.
And a good silicone spatula
What are the best apples for apple bread?
The best apples for apple bread are those that hold their form well when cooked, such as Jonagold, Fuji, Granny Smith, Macintosh, Gala, or Honeycrisp. I typically use Gala apples for my apple bread, since those are the kind I usually have on hand.yway) is that you don’t need a hand mixer, but you do need to mix it. I like the one-piece silicone spatulas.