Apple Pie Bread

Harvesting Memories: Crafting the Ultimate Apple Pie Bread Delight”

Dive into the essence of fall with our scrumptious Apple Pie Bread—an irresistible fusion of the classic apple pie and the comforting warmth of freshly baked bread. This recipe encapsulates the essence of autumn, blending the sweet crunch of apples with the aromatic spices of a beloved pie. Join us in the kitchen as we embark on a journey of flavors, crafting a culinary masterpiece that not only satiates the taste buds but also serves as a delicious reminder of cherished harvest memories.


For the Bread:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups peeled, cored, and finely chopped apples (a mix of sweet and tart varieties)

For the Streusel Topping:

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat and Prep:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
    • Grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  2. Combine Dry Ingredients:
    • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. Cream Butter and Sugars:
    • In a large bowl, cream together softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add Eggs and Vanilla:
    • Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla extract.
  5. Incorporate Dry Ingredients:
    • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing just until combined.
  6. Fold in Sour Cream and Apples:
    • Gently fold in sour cream until incorporated, then fold in the finely chopped apples.
  7. Prepare Streusel Topping:
    • In a small bowl, combine flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Add cold butter pieces and use a fork or your fingers to create a crumbly texture.
  8. Layer Batter and Streusel:
    • Pour half of the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
    • Sprinkle half of the streusel topping over the batter.
    • Repeat with the remaining batter and streusel.
  9. Bake to Perfection:
    • Bake for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
    • If the top is browning too quickly, cover with aluminum foil during the last 15-20 minutes of baking.
  10. Prepare Glaze:
  • In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract to create the glaze.
  1. Cool and Glaze:
  • Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the cooled bread.

Cook Notes

  • Apple Variety: Opt for a mix of sweet and tart apples, such as Honeycrisp and Granny Smith, to achieve a balanced flavor profile in your bread.
  • Sour Cream Magic: The addition of sour cream lends moisture and a subtle tang to the bread, ensuring a delightful texture and flavor.
  • Perfect Streusel: Ensure the streusel topping is crumbly by incorporating cold butter into the mixture. This creates a delightful contrast to the softness of the bread.

Variations for Culinary Creativity

  1. Nutty Bliss:
    • Add a cup of chopped pecans or walnuts to the batter for a delightful nutty crunch.
  2. Caramel Drizzle Extravaganza:
    • Drizzle caramel sauce over the bread before serving for an extra layer of decadence.
  3. Raisin Elegance:
    • Mix in a half cup of plump raisins for bursts of sweetness and a nod to traditional apple pie flavors.
  4. Maple Glaze Delight:
    • Replace the vanilla extract in the glaze with maple extract for a cozy fall twist.

Keto and Low-Carb Adaptations

Keto Version:

  • Almond Flour Base: Substitute all-purpose flour with almond flour for a keto-friendly alternative.
  • Sugar Substitute: Use a keto-friendly sweetener like erythritol or monk fruit in place of granulated and brown sugars.

Low-Carb Version:

  • Coconut Flour Blend: Combine almond flour with coconut flour for a lower-carb flour blend while maintaining a desirable texture.
  • Reduced-Sugar Glaze: Reduce the amount of powdered sugar in the glaze and use a sugar substitute to achieve a lower-carb option.

As you slice into a loaf of our Apple Pie Bread, the fragrant embrace of cinnamon, the sweetness of apples, and the comforting warmth of fall spices will transport you to a realm of autumnal delight. This recipe is not just about the art of baking; it’s a journey through the memories of crisp apple orchards and the aroma of grandma’s pie cooling on the windowsill. Whether you follow the classic rendition or explore creative variations, each bite embodies the essence of harvest season, creating moments of joy around the table. So, with every drizzle of glaze and the warmth of cinnamon-spiced air, let the Apple Pie Bread become a cherished tradition—a culinary masterpiece that bridges generations, celebrates the bounty of fall, and leaves an indelible mark on your heart and taste buds alike.

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