Warm Apple Bread {Apple Pie Bread}

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Apple Bread is the best quick bread recipe and perfect served for breakfast, dessert or alongside a cup of tea.

Warm Apple Pie Bread starts with a soft buttery base and loads of fresh apples mixed within and layered throughout with a cinnamon ribbon.  It’s all topped off with a sweet and crunchy cinnamon topping for the perfect apple pie inspired slice.

Slice apple pie bread loaf on a cutting board and green apples in the background

Delicious Fall Treat

Hello, fall…  crispy crunchy leaves, pumpkin spiced lattes, apple pie and of course warm apple bread fresh from the oven.

If you’ve ever visited my blog before, you know how much I love all things apple pie inspired from Apple Pie Tacos to Apple Pie Roll-Ups, the possibilities are endless!

And let’s not forget this amazing Apple Bread! This quick bread smells and tastes just like apple pie in a moist and fluffy slice, the perfect accompaniment to your morning coffee or the perfect end to your day with a little bit of vanilla ice cream!

Two slices of apple pie bread on a white plate

How to Make Warm Cinnamon Apple Bread

This soft apple bread starts with a soft buttery base and fresh apples are both mixed within and layered throughout with a cinnamon ribbon.  This cinnamon ribbon really makes this bread taste like apple pie bread!

Finally it’s all topped off with a sweet and crunchy cinnamon topping and baked until fluffy.

Apple Pie Bread is delicious served warm but will keep for about 2 days on the counter (although it never lasts that long around here)!  If you’d like to keep it longer I’d suggest refrigerating it in a tightly sealed container due to the moisture of the apples.

Sliced apple pie bread loaf

Getting The Best Flavor & Texture

I use either all butter or 1/2 applesauce and 1/2 butter in this recipe.  Using the applesauce will give this bread a slightly chewier texture plus it’s a tiny bit healthier!  Any type of apple will work in this recipe, but a crisper variety (such as granny smith) holds up better and you’ll want to peel it first!

Originally I used to bake this in a 9×5 pan but I have found that it bakes better and higher in an 8×4 pan.  Yours may take slightly longer but you’ll just want to ensure a toothpick comes out clean.  I check it at 35 minutes to ensure it doesn’t overcook.

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Slice apple pie bread loaf on a cutting board and green apples in the background
4.75 from 32 votes
Review Recipe

Warm Apple Bread

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Warm Apple Bread starts with a soft buttery base and loads of fresh apples mixed within and layered throughout with a cinnamon ribbon. It’s all topped off with a sweet and crunchy cinnamon topping for the perfect apple pie inspired slice.


  • ½ tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • cup white sugar
  • cup brown sugar divided
  • ¼ cup butter softened
  • ¼ cup applesauce note: you can use ½ cup butter and skip the applesauce if you prefer
  • 2 eggs well beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • cup milk
  • 1 large or 2 small apples peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour an 8×4 loaf pan
  • Combine ⅓ cup of the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
  • With mixer on medium, cream white sugar, remaining brown sugar and butter until fluffy. Mix in applesauce (if using), beaten eggs and vanilla.
  • Stir together flour and baking powder. Add flour to egg mixture along with milk and stir just until combined. Do not overmix!!
  • Pour half of the batter into a greased and floured loaf pan. Sprinkle with ½ of the apples and ½½ of the cinnamon mixture.
  • Stir the remaining apples into the remaining batter and pour into the pan. Top with remaining cinnamon mixture.
  • Bake approx. 40 minutes. Brush topping with melted butter. Continue baking an additional 5-10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let cool 10 minutes and remove from pan.

Recipe Notes

*You can use ½ cup butter and skip the applesauce if you prefer.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 192, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 60mg, Potassium: 140mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 210IU, Vitamin C: 0.7mg, Calcium: 59mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword apple pie bread

Originally published August, 2013

Adapted from Allrecipes

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  1. Has anyone made this in a bread machine? I am hoping that I can figure out how to get back to a response lol I still haven’t figure that out.

  2. The apple bread is absolutely delicious. I made the bread twice this week and was lucky to get one slice had all ingredients on hand for this bread. This is a keeper recipe and it made the house smell like fall. Thank you for the delicious recipes can’t wait to try more of your recipes.5 stars

  3. ! It was my first time to make ‘loaf’ bread but didnt have a loaf pan haha. I used a round 7” cake pan (instant pot) and baked it for about 50mins. Half-way through I had to lower the temp to 325 because I was using an air fryer oven… the coconut palm sugar made it differently sweet. I’ll add more apples and some walnuts to give it more texture. The ‘crust’ was also perfect!5 stars

  4. This recipe wasn’t for me. I was looking for a cake like sweet bread and this was more dry …..almost biscuit like (and I did NOT over bake or over mix). The middle of the loaf was underdone which is very strange because the toothpick came out clean in multiple spots. Edges and bottom were dry. I did use the 1/4 cup applesauce and 1/4 cup of butter. Maybe it would be better with all butter?1 star

    1. Hmm, that is strange Becky. I am not sure what happened. You can use all butter if you prefer but it should work out both ways.

  5. Just fyi, there isn’t any salt in the ingredient list… I ended up adding about a half teaspoon, hoping that’s enough. Otherwise, I’m super excited to see how this turns out! It smells amazing right now!

  6. I made this recipe for the first time last fall and LOVED IT! I have a few favorite Apple bread recipes but this one wins for me! The layering is the best part.5 stars

  7. My 10 year old made this tonight and I tell you it’s absolutely amazing! She said she added a 1/4 of the apple slices on the bottom and then did 1/2 in middle and rest on the top.

    It is so so good! Thank you for sharing this!5 stars

    1. That is so awesome Melanie! You have a little baker on your hands, so happy to hear that she loved this recipe.

  8. Hi Holly,
    Thanks for this recipe, but I have a que for you.
    I followed the directions just as you wrote them and the bottom of the bread was dry and the top (with the apples) was moist and perfect.
    I noticed several reviewers mixed the apples in the entire dough, and this looks like a better solution.
    Do you have any ideas why the bottom would be dry?
    Bobbi3 stars

    1. I haven’t had a problem with the loaf being dry. Did you use a dark pan? Was your bread place in the middle of the oven (or on the bottom)?

    1. I have only made this recipe as written Ann, but I think you could make it with oil if you prefer.

  9. I am going to try this recipe.It looks delicious..I wish you you had recipes like this that are gluten free.

  10. I just now put tbis in tbe oven! This recipe did not call for salt…but I always add salt to all my desserts so i added it! It looks delish…i can’t wait to have a piece!

  11. This is delicious bread but after making it for the second time, I did not see where to add the vanilla extract listed in the ingredients and my bread is in the oven with the vanilla still in the counter. ‍♀️ I’m sure it goes in the mixture but I followed recipe and totally missed it.

  12. This apple pie bread is outstanding! Made it exactly to recipe but I incorporated the chopped apples throughout the dough. Extremely moist. Poured almost 1/4 c of melted butter after 40 minutes in baking. Will definitely make again and again!5 stars

  13. This recipe was great! The website isn’t letting me click a rating, but I would choose 4 stars. The only thing was that I left the bread on my counter for a few days, and over time it began to taste weird. I was thinking maybe the apples were starting to go bad. I’m wondering if using lemon juice would solve this problem? Or maybe keeping it in the fridge, but I don’t want to dry out the bread.

    I am making it again today and this time I’m also going to mix the apples into all of the batter instead of just the top half. The bottom half of my first loaf was dry without the apples. I think it would also be yummier if the bread had cinnamon mixed into it, instead of just in the middle and on top!4 stars

    1. Yes it freezes well. I would cool completely and slice before freezing. You can take a couple of slices out as you like and defrost them on the counter or in the microwave.

  14. Just made this with Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 G/F baking flour, not the G/F All purpose baking flour. It came out a bit dense, but still so YUMMY!!! I will definitely try again with G/F AP flour. This is a keeper, thanks.4 stars

  15. This proved to be a great way to use up some apples. I didn’t have milk so I used Greek yogurt instead. The bread was very moist and yet cake-like in texture. It was very good and quite easy to make. Definitely a keeper.5 stars

  16. My family and neighbors love this recipe hot right out of the oven, sometimes the kids love a scoop of vanilla ice cream.5 stars

  17. I currently have this in the oven! So excited to try it. How would this do in mini loaves and what would the baking time be, anyone know?

  18. This is absolutely yummy and I normally cannot stand cooked apples!!This yumminess is gone by the end of breakfast around here. It makes your house smell awesome while cooking, too.

  19. I have made tbis girgeous cake twice now. It is absolutely gorgeoys! I just love apple and cinnamon tigether! I made it four times bigger yonight and am going t take some to groups i gi to amd im going to freeze the rwst so i dint eat it so quick! Its gorgeous warm as the title suggests definately now my most favourite cake! Not over sweet and thw topping is divine and sticky and crunchy!!!…..What more could you wish for???5 stars

  20. It’s a complete blank where your ingredients should be.
    Can you please write it- post it
    Thank you
    Want to make it, but your video is so fast & I don’t want to go though the trouble of guessing what & how much 

    1. I’m sorry, I’m not sure why they’re disappearing! I’ve updated it again and emailed my tech person to see if we can figure out why. Just in case, here they are:
      ½ tablespoon ground cinnamon
      ⅓ cup white sugar
      ⅔ cup brown sugar, divided
      ¼ cup butter, softened
      ¼ cup applesauce (note: you can use ½ cup butter and skip the applesauce if you prefer)
      2 eggs, well beaten
      1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      1½ cups all-purpose flour
      2 teaspoons baking powder
      ⅓ cup milk
      1 large or 2 small apples, peeled and chopped
      1 tablespoon butter, melted

  21. I pinned your apple pie recipe and today I chose to make this great recipe and only the directions show no ingredients!  Why aren’t the ingredients showing? Thank you  and disappointed, Donna 

    1. That is so strange, I have no idea where they went but I’ve updated the post and you should see them now. Sorry for any inconvenience.

  22. There is no ingredients list.
    Derectios how to put it all together & no what and how much.
    Are supposed to just guess?

    1. That is so strange, I have no idea where they went but I’ve updated the post and you should see them now. Sorry for any inconvenience.

  23. This is my 5th times making ::::Warm Apple Pie Bread::::I’ve been serving it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and so many of my friends tasted it and they all wanted the recipe. Thank you Holly N. for this delicious recipe! I will keep making….5 stars

  24. I made this bread twice, once for home and once to bring to hair Salon .
    It is a terrific recipe.  I love that the recipe calls for Granny Smith apples as here in my area of Florida we have limited cooking apples but always the Grannies.
    Thank so much for posting the recipe!!
    This is a Five *, not sure if I scored it properly.5 stars

  25. When I seen the name warm apple pie bread I thought to myself I wonder if it really tastes like apple pie? And to my surprise it did and it was delicious. Thank you for the recipe5 stars

  26. I made a double batch of this this evening and am about to take it out of the oven. My kitchen smells like heaven!!! I can’t wait to taste it! Thanks for sharing your recipe! 

  27. Mine is in tbe oven now!!.. I didn’t have a loaf pan or apple sauce, so I doubled the butter as suggested and did it in a bundt pan!. It smells great!

  28. <3 likes this * You have a great recipes always and taste good ..thank you so much carmentsgalang

  29. Hi Holly! I made this twice. The first time I made it, it was so delicious, my grandmother and I ate the ENTIRE loaf in one night. I recently made it a second time and doubled the recipe and it was amazing! Thanks for posting this!

  30. This is my favorite go to recipe! This apple bread is easy to make and delicious to eat! Thanks for sharing!

  31. I just made this yesterday. I was amazed that such a simple recipe could be so delicious! My dad is pretty picky about desserts, but this one is definitely a new favorite!

  32. This was my first attempt at baking. As I was measuring out all the ingredients, I realized that baking soda is not the same thing as baking powder…so had to make a last min run to the store covered in flour. The bread came out really good! I brought it over for Thanksgiving and nothing was left over. My husband was the ultimate decision maker as he is obsessed with any apple dessert and ate 3 pieces. Only thing is the Middle wasn’t as light color as in the picture. Any ideas why that is?

  33. I was looking for an “apple pie crumble” and came across this. It looked amazing and since I had everything needed, I went with this instead. I only did one thing “wrong” which was not adding half the apples to the batter. Instead, I put them ALL in the center, but it did NOT take away from how delicious this is! I plan on making this again in the future and will do it the “right” way.

  34. I have this in my oven right now as I type. I’m bringing a scaled back early Thanksgiving dinner to my parents tomorrow, as my stepmother is having surgery on the day before Thanksgiving.

    This is going to be a welcome and delicious addition to a Turkey and stuffing type of dinner, I’m sure.

  35. I just attempted this recipe using an 8×4 loaf pan. It baked over causing a huge mess. Long story short what did I do wrong? Should this make one 9×5, two 8x4s or just one 8×4?
    Thanks and can’t wait to try this again hopefully soon!

    1. Oh no! I have made this in both a 9×5 and a single 8×4 with great results (my preference is the 8×4) however I haven’t had trouble with mine running over. You may like to try it with a 9×5 which is a little bit larger.

  36. Just made this with my 6 year old granddaughter, we bake every weekend. Made it as directed but only had skim milk and a 9 x 5 pan. It turned out perfect! Thanks for the recipe. It’s a keeper!

  37. Hello, I love your apple pie bread. I have a question – is applesauce an apple juice? I’m from Poland and we don’t have here applesauce, so I’m wondering this may be a juice?

  38. I made this exactly as written, yesterday. It was perfect. I baked it in a 9×5 loaf pan for just under an hour. This will absolutely be a staple in my kitchen.

  39. I made this delicious treat yesterday, exactly as written. I used s 9×5 loaf pan and baked it just under a hour. It was perfect and will be a staple in my kitchen.

  40. I had just bought some apples yesterday and plan on trying this tonight. Sounds so yummy and easy to make, thanks for sharing.

  41. I made this bread today & it was so good. To make the middle super moist – I added apple sauce with the apple pieces in the middle. Wonderful fall recipe.

  42. OK, just made the Apple Pie Bread….it’s delicious. A couple of thoughts. It’s VERY sweet. I think if I made it again, I’d cut the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture with some oats to hopefully cut the sweetness a little. I’d also pre-cook the diced apples a little. This cooks very quickly for a bread (40 minutes) and the apples were still crunchy.

  43. I have made the Coconut Pecan Banana Bread about 5 times now and this recipe has never failed to come out bad. I get many raves on the flavor and texture. I will continue to use this recipe. I have marked it with a star for best recipe in my cookbooks. Thank you!

  44. This bread came out so beautifully, just like the picture. It went very quickly in our house and I am going to definitely make it again

  45. How many calories are there in a slice of the warm apple pie bread. I wish all your recipes you post would include the calorie count on them!

  46. This is amazing! I just made it! I changed a little bit, instead of 1 1/2 cups of white flour, I did 1 cup of white and 1/2 of whole wheat. I also only used 1/4 cup of white sugar. I followed the 1/4 cup of butter and 1/4 cup of applesauce. Just little things that made it slightly more healthy! lol but it is delicious!


  48. I just love your great things to make. Now if I make all of them I will be over 1000 pounds Keep up the great work.

  49. Hi Holly,

    The recipe is too good not to try! Im on my way baking one now but…..eer In replacement of the applesauce for butter, do i add another 1/2 cup of butter (which makes up to 1 cup in total)?

  50. Your recipes inspire me to team all. I am sure they are as delicious as they look. I love to try them out and treat my neighbors.

  51. I made this last week, doubled the recipe, and it was gone in a day. I notice the recipe does not call for any salt. I used salted butter, but I still felt like it needed some. ???

  52. This bread was the Bomb! I was a little worried about the density of the batter…there was no ‘pouring’ the batter into the pan, to be sure! : ) But I made it just as written, using all butter. I did grease the pan with coconut oil before flouring – it came out like a breeze! And my cook time was almost an hour – it was hard to wait – that SMELL!! Thanks for sharing…

  53. This is currently in my oven and while my house smells delicious my oven is a mess. The directions state to use an 8X4 loaf pan so I bought one for his purpose. I just scrolled through the reviews and I see you said you used a 9×5. I’m not sure why the difference in directions but it does make a big difference. The 8×4 is too small, it rose out of the pan and dropped all over my oven. It’s also taking a lot more time to cook. So hopefully it still tastes good and if you make this, use a 9×5!!

    1. Just above the recipe I did mention that originally I used to bake this in a 9×5 pan but I have found that it bakes better and higher in an 8×4 pan. I haven’t had an issue with it overflowing. Hopefully it was still delicious!

    1. Yes it freezes well. I would cool completely and slice before freezing. You can take a couple of slices out as you like and defrost them on the counter or in the microwave.

  54. Here’s hoping. Mine’s been in at the 1 Hour mark. Still can’t get a clean toothpick. I did use the 8×4 as suggested.
    I doubled the recipe and made 2 mini breads. They look yummy at about 50 minutes
    Wish I could post a picture for you.

    1. Update.
      The two mini loaves were fabulous! Gave one to my neighbor the other for my hubby. The 8×4 was a gift for another convalescing neighbor, so I’m not sure how it came out yet. It sure looked good as I wrapped it up and sent it off.
      Will definitely make them again!
      Thanks for posting this recipe

  55. I made the Warm Apple Pie Bread with Cinnamon and it turned out great. Step 5 and 6 of the instructions indicate that one should “pour” the mixture into the baking pan. The mixture at this point is very thick and does not pour. Scooping it into the pan would be a more accurate description of what is required. Thanks.

    1. I agree, David. The “pour” is a little confusing as the batter is very thick. Make sure you added the milk….I forgot and had to add it later.

  56. I made the warm apple pie bread last night and it was a success. I used the applesauce and cut up two honey crisp apples.
    Thank you for a great recipe.
    Robert Larrabee
    Savona, New York

  57. I will be dbling recipe, baking in my mini loaf pans, topping half with chopped pecans and half per original recipe.

  58. It would be helpful if you also post carb content in your recipes. I have to watch the amount of carbs for health reasons, as I am sure many people do. I can still have them, but need to know how much I consume daily.

  59. The flavor was amazing! I also had a challenge with it not being very done in the middle and a little burnt on the edges. But I hope to tweak the baking part and try it again. Thanks!

  60. OMG Do your breads look absolutely delicious. Is there some way I could get your bread recipes sent to me the way sites get your permission to send additional content to .y email. I am not super face book savy so I don’t really know where to look to see how to do that. Thank you

  61. This apple loaf looks ddelicious. I want to make it tomorrow but need to check on the butter first. We don’t generally measure in cups here in uk so can you tell me how many ounces/grams 1/2 cup is please. Or …..Do you measure cups as melted amount?

  62. I am going to make this today on my traeger/ smoker grill, I have made loaf type breads on it before and they came out great. I’m sure this will be great too, can’t wait!

  63. I just made this today and as recommended we ate it warm. all I can say is YUM!!!!
    however I did think it was more ike apple cake than pie. I will make this again for sure
    Easy to make and not too sweet LOVE IT thank you Holly

  64. This recipe is a winner, Holly! I had pinned it a while ago and made it last night to take to a class, and the plate is empty. Several people asked for the recipe. I made it exactly as written (very rare for me!) except that I only had dark brown sugar. I will definitely be makikng this again, and possibly adding a bit more apple (I only used one). The poster who suggested adding walnuts had a good idea, too.

  65. Yum! I made this with the 1/2 cup butter, and after the bread cooled, I topped it with the glaze from your Easy Apple Cinnamon Rolls recipe. Delicious! This recipe is definitely a keeper. Next time I make this I may add some raisins and walnuts to the apple layer. Mmmm

  66. Wow! This bread turned out lovely :) I’ve never really enjoyed an apple loaf fresh out of the oven, but this one was even delicious hot!! It did take a little longer to bake, but it was worth waiting for. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  67. I just made this and it is fantastic! I veganized it by upping the applesauce by a half cup and the baking powder by a 1/4 teaspoon. This is a new favorite fall dessert!

  68. Hi Holly,
    Your Warm Apple Pie Bread with Cinnamon looks delicious and perfect for fall. Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  69. This bread is amazing! Just made it. I used Trader Joes Apple butter and then 1/2 stick regular butter! Worked out perfectly! I will definitely make this again, especially for the holidays!

      1. I made it with gluten free flour for my daughter. Just need 1/4 cup more flour than the original recipe. It came out fantastic. I have made 5 regular loaves as well. Family loves it.

  70. I was just wondering if there was a typo. At the top of this page you say you use 1/2 C applesauce and 1/2 C butter. In the recipe it says 1/4 C each…

    1. ¼ c of each is correct. At the top I was just mentioning that I use half applesauce and half butter (not 1/2 cup). :)
      Have a great week!

  71. I made this for a work pitch-in today and it was a HUGE hit! I did substitute apple pie filling for the sliced apples as I “thought” I read that recipe was a bit dry; however I seem to have been mistaken. My modification did require some additional baking time and lowering the baking rack closer to the bottom burner (electric stove type) but the overall outcome was a huge success! Thanks for the recipe, I’m planning on using the fresh apples next time!

  72. Hi Holly, the recipe sounds like you add the milk and don’t stir. I’m not the best baker so I just want to double check! :)

  73. how would this bread do as mini loaves? I am thinking of xmas gifts and this sounds wonderful I have a full loaf in the oven now-also I used caramel sauce in the batter and in the butter topping

  74. Made this bread when you first posted it.my family loved it.I am making it today.perfect way to start the day with a cup of tea or coffee .simply delicious. Thank you.

  75. I have to give this bread a try. We are having a party highlighting apples. I’d love it of you brought this over to Saturday Dishes.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda @ Tumbleweed. contessa

  76. I have this loaf in the oven as we speak. At the 35 minute mark it was still wet. Are the cooking directions correct? I think mine will be done after 1 hour.

    1. Yes, mine took about 37 minutes.. it’s a bit lighter than a traditional quick bread (like banana bread). Please let us know how it works out for you!

  77. Found you on Fantastic Thursday Hop. Have pinned this delicious looking Apple Pie Bread Recipe to my Fall Crafts and Eats board. Also, following you boards on Pinterest.

  78. Hi Holly,
    This bread looks so perfect for the rainy cold winters we have in England. I love simple recipes too as my baking is so hit and miss! I’ve pinned it and hope to try it out soon.

  79. This sounds delicious, perfect for fall. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from the Inspiration Monday link party.
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