Filled with fall apples, studded with pecans and dried cranberries, and crowned with a sweet streusel topping, this Apple Pie Bread is what breakfast dreams are made of! 

Sliced loaf of apple pie bread on a cutting board with coffee, apples and spices in the background

I know it’s only September 9th and it’s still blazin’ hot outside, but you guys, I kind of think I’m ready to decorate for fall.

I probably shouldn’t have walked into both Kirkland’s and Home Goods yesterday, but ever since seeing all the pumpkin decor, I’ve been thinking about pulling the fall/Halloween bins up from the basement.

Tell me..when do you decorate for fall?

Not only am I ready to decorate for fall, but I am also pretty excited about fall baking – especially apple recipes like this Apple Pie Bread!

Slice of apple pie bread on a white plate with a full loaf of bread in the background

MY FAVORITE APPLE CINNAMON BREAD

This time of year, things get pretty pumpkin serious around here.

I’m waiting to share my first pumpkin recipe on the blog this year, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t made a loaf of pumpkin bread or a stack of pumpkin pancakes for my family yet. 

But don’t think I forget about one of my other favorite fall treats: apples!

We love to go apple picking, and Old Fashioned Apple Crisp, Crockpot Applesauce, and Slow Cooker Apple Butter all get made multiple times throughout the season around here. 

Five slices of apple pie bread stacked on a gray plate

Another recipe we make a lot every year is this Apple Pie Bread. 

Simply calling this “apple cinnamon bread” doesn’t do it justice. It’s so much more than just an apple cinnamon bread. 

To start, it uses my homemade apple pie spice, which has nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cardamom in addition to the cinnamon.

And before baking, the batter – which is full of grated apple, chopped pecans, and dried cranberries – is sprinkled with a pecan streusel topping. The streusel gets wonderfully crunchy in the oven and adds the perfect amount of texture and sweetness to this bread.

Slice of apple pie bread on a cream plate with coffee and more slices of bread on a cutting board in the background

It really is like biting in a piece of apple pie in bread form. 

Apple Pie Bread is delicious for breakfast, as an afternoon snack, or even as a bite of dessert when you just need something sweet. But don’t  get me started on all the other dirty things we could do with it, like French toast or bread pudding. 

My oh my, this Apple Pie Bread is the stuff my dreams are made of.

Overhead view of the ingredients for apple pie bread arranged in bowls on a gray countertop

HOW TO MAKE APPLE PIE BREAD

Apple Pie Bread comes together like most of the quick bread recipes we make. 

The wet ingredients get combined together, then the dry ingredients get added to the wet ingredients. Next, fold in the mix-ins – in this case, shredded apple, chopped pecans, and dried cranberries.

Apple pie bread topped with streusel in a loaf pan, ready to be baked

Because apples are a little bit of a harder fruit, I like shredding them for this recipe instead of dicing them to make sure they cook through. It’s similar to what we do when making carrot cake or zucchini bread

If your apples give off a lot of liquid after shredding them, give them a light squeeze to wring out excess moisture before adding them to the bread. 

Slice of apple pie bread topped with a pat of butter on a cream plate

Once the bread batter is made, mix together the streusel. Stir together the dry ingredients and then cut the butter into them with a pastry blender. 

Sprinkle this streusel on top of the bread batter and bake for about an hour.

You can serve the bread the same day it is baked, but I prefer to wrap it up after it has cooled and wait to serve it the next day. I love the way the flavors really shine through the next day! 

Two slices of apple pie bread stacked on a dark gray plate with cinnamon sticks and butter in the background

HOW TO STORE APPLE PIE BREAD

If you are planning to eat this bread within a day or two, you can go ahead and wrap it up or put it in an airtight container and store it at room temperature.

Because the apples make this bread pretty moist, especially after the first couple of days, I would recommend storing the bread in the refrigerator if you don’t plan to eat it within 2 days. 

Sliced loaf of apple pie bread on a cutting board with coffee and creamer in the background

If stored in the refrigerator, it should last 4-5 days. 

If you’d like the bread to have a longer shelf life, simply wrap it in foil or plastic wrap and place it into a freezer bag and freeze it for up to 3 months. You can freeze the loaf whole or cut it into slices and wrap those individually for quick breakfasts throughout the week.

Fork cutting into a slice of apple pie bread on a cream plate
Sliced loaf of apple pie bread on a cutting board with coffee and creamer in the background

Apple Pie Bread

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

Filled with fall apples, studded with pecans and dried cranberries, and crowned with a sweet streusel topping, this Apple Pie Bread is what breakfast dreams are made of! 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons homemade apple pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded, peeled apple (about 4 medium or 2 large) (see note below)
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

For the streusel topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium-high speed for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add in sugars and mix until well combined.
  4. Add buttermilk and baking powder; beat until combined.
  5. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until thoroughly incorporated.
  6. In a medium bowl, combine flour, apple pie spice and salt, whisk until combined.
  7. Slowly add the flour mixture to the bowl and mix on low speed until just incorporated.
  8. Fold in apples, pecans and cranberries.
  9. Spoon batter into prepared pan; spread evenly. Prepare the streusel topping.
  10. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, flour and apple pie spice. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in pecans. Spoon streusel topping over the batter, pressing them gently into the batter.
  11. Bake for 60 to 65 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  12. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack. Wrap and store overnight before slicing.

Notes

Depending upon the type of apples you use, you may end up with a great deal of liquid after grating the apples. I suggest using only the grated apples, not the liquid that is produced. If necessary, lightly squeeze the apples to release any excess juice before adding them to the batter.

I have made this recipe using Honey Crisp and Granny Smith apples.

Raisins and walnuts would be a great substitute for the pecans and dried cranberries.

You don’t have to wait for the loaf to sit overnight before cutting, it just tastes better after the flavors have had a chance to meld.

Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1 slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 359Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 57mgSodium 198mgCarbohydrates 47gFiber 2gSugar 27gProtein 5g

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