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Apple Fritter Bread

Do you love apple fritters? Then you’ll love Apple Fritter Bread! This decadent quick bread is reminiscent of your favorite apple fritters but in a sliceable, shareable form.

Sliced apple fritter bread set on a wire cooling rack

We are very much into quick breads around here. As I’ve mentioned before, quick breads are one of my absolute favorite recipes to bake.

They’re simple to make and are perfect to give as a little thank you to friends, family and neighbors. I mean who wouldn’t love a loaf of freshly baked, sweet Butternut Squash Bread on a crisp fall afternoon?

From the ultimate Banana Bread and the Best Pumpkin Bread to this Apple Fritter Bread, I’ve got you covered with quick bread recipes.

If you have an upcoming trip the apple orchard and aren’t in the mood for apple crumb pie or Easy Apple Dumplings, this Apple Fritter Bread might be exactly what you’re looking for.

What my family loves most about this Apple Fritter Bread is the sweet streusel topping that I’m pretty sure my husband would eat with a spoon!

Apple fritter bread ingredients arranged on a blue countertop

WHAT IS APPLE FRITTER BREAD?

One of my favorite things to indulge in when making our annual visit to the apple orchard, aside from apple cider donuts, is a big ol’ apple fritter. 

There is just something about the big chunks of apple and cinnamon nestled into the warm dough and topped with that sweet glaze. 

Spoon stirring streusel for apple fritter bread in a glass bowl

But as much as I love getting apple fritters at the orchard or local bakery, I don’t really find them tempting to make at home. This bread, on the other hand…

This Apple Fritter Bread takes the best parts of an apple fritter and turns them into a moist, delicious quick bread. 

Spoon stirring diced apple filling for apple fritter bread in a glass bowl

There’s a quick bread batter packed with apple pie spice, applesauce, and shredded apples; a filling of diced apples, sugar, and more apple pie spice; and a sweet streusel topping.

Oh, and don’t forget a simple vanilla glaze!

There’s a lot going on in this quick bread recipe, but I promise it all comes together in one perfect bite.

Wooden spoon stirring apple fritter bread batter in a white mixing bowl

MAKING APPLE FRITTER BREAD

You’ll have to prep a few different components to make this Apple Fritter Bread:

  • Bread batter
  • Apple filling
  • Streusel topping
  • Vanilla glaze

But just like when making Old-Fashioned Apple Dumplings, this recipe is worth the few extra steps. In fact, you might want to double the recipe so you can make two loaves! 

Unbaked apple fritter bread in a loaf pan, set on a blue countertop

I like to start by preparing the streusel and the apple filling first. Set those aside while you work on the bread batter.

The batter is easy to mix together by hand – no need to pull out an electric mixer for this one! I took a page from my Apple Pie Bread and added shredded apples to this batter along with some unsweetened applesauce. It makes the bread super apple-y and keeps it moist.

To assemble the bread, spread half of the batter into a greased 9×5-inch loaf pan. Top evenly with half of the diced apple filling, followed by half of the streusel mixture.

Spoon drizzling glaze over a loaf of apple fritter bread on a wire rack

Carefully spoon in the rest of the batter and top it with the remaining apple filling and streusel topping. 

As the bread bakes, the apples and streusel in the center of the bread will make a delicious layer right in the middle, and the apples on top will start to sink into the top of the bread. 

The streusel gives the bread the perfect amount of sweetness and texture, just like when you get those pockets of crunchy goodness in an apple fritter.

I finish out the whole bread with a simple vanilla glaze. You can make the glaze with powdered sugar and vanilla coffee creamer for a simple two-ingredient glaze! You can also make it with powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract if you don’t have coffee creamer on hand.

Overhead view of glazed apple fritter bread set on a wire rack

STORAGE TIPS

This bread is super moist! I know everyone hates that word, but there really is no other word to describe the perfect texture of this bread.

Because of that, I recommend only storing Apple Fritter Bread at room temperature – wrapped in foil – if you plan to eat it within 1 or 2 days. 

If you want it to last 3-5 days, wrap the bread in foil and store it in the refrigerator. Take the chill off it by popping a slice into the microwave for about 30 seconds before digging in.

Like most quick breads, you can also freeze Apple Fritter Bread. Double wrap it, either in a layer of plastic followed by foil or in foil followed by a zip-top freezer bag, and freeze it for up to 3 months.

Three slices of apple fritter bread stacked on a white plate. A glass of milk and apples are in the background
Sliced apple fritter bread set on a wire cooling rack

Apple Fritter Bread

Yield: 1 9x5-inch loaf
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Do you love apple fritters? Then you’ll love Apple Fritter Bread! This decadent quick bread is reminiscent of your favorite apple fritters but in a sliceable, shareable form.

Ingredients

For the Streusel Topping

For the Filling

  • 1 1/2 cups peeled, cored, and small-diced granny smith or honeycrisp apples
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon homemade apple pie spice

For the Batter

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons homemade apple pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup peeled, cored, finely shredded granny smith or honeycrisp apples

For the Glaze

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1-2 tablespoons vanilla coffee creamer or milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

Prepare the Streusel 

  1. In a bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar and apple pie spice. Add the butter, and combine with a fork until it resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.

Prepare the Filling

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the diced apples, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and ½ teaspoon apple pie spice. Set aside.

Prepare the Batter

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the butter and sugars until combined. Add the applesauce, eggs, and vanilla. Whisk until smooth.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, apple pie spice and salt, whisk until combined.
  3. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix with a spatula until just incorporated. Fold in the 1 cup of finely shredded apples.
  4. Spoon half the batter into the prepared pan. Top evenly with half of the diced apples, leaving behind most of the juices that may have accumulated. Sprinkle evenly with half of the streusel crumbs.
  5. Add the remaining batter and spread into an even layer, add the remaining diced apple mixture (leaving behind the juices), followed by the remaining streusel mixture. 
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 65-70 minutes. Remove pan from the oven to a wire rack and cool completely. 

Prepare to Glaze

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon of vanilla creamer or milk. Gradually add more cream or milk, 1 teaspoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled bread and allow to harden before serving. 

Notes

If using milk, you can add up to ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract to the glaze if desired.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1 slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 421Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 64mgSodium 242mgCarbohydrates 75gFiber 3gSugar 48gProtein 6g

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