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Apple Fritter Bread

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This moist apple fritter bread is full of fall flavors and is bursting with real pieces of apple baked inside.
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  1. Apple Fritter Bread Ingredients
  2. Substitutions and Additions
  3. How to Make This Apple Fritter Bread Recipe
  4. How To Serve
  5. Storage
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This easy apple fritter bread is packed with apples and spices, making it the perfect fall treat. Two layers of moist bread surround a sweet and spiced apple surprise in the middle when you take a bite of this delicious bread.

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Apple Fritter Bread Ingredients

Apple Fritter Bread raw ingredients that are labeled

This yummy bread is made with chunks of apple and enriched with apple pie spice providing a unique flavor.

A combination of sweetness from the apples and subtle spiciness makes this bread irresistible. The texture is moist on the inside with a sweet glaze drizzled on top, making it a delightful treat.

For this soft quick bread, you’ll need:

For the Apple Cinnamon Filling

  • 1 cup small-diced apples (approximately 1 large Gala peeled, cored & diced)
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons apple pie spice blend

For the Batter

  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup buttermilk

For the Glaze

  • 1½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Substitutions and Additions

APPLES: We used 1 large Gala apple for this recipe, but you can certainly substitute a Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, or Pink Lady. Any slightly sweet-tart and firm apples will work. Avoid softer apples, like a McIntosh, as they will give off too much moisture when baking and alter your final results. 

BUTTERMILK: Try to use full-fat buttermilk when baking, as it provides the best results. If you do not keep buttermilk on hand, you can use whole milk with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice or white vinegar added to it as a DIY substitution. You will want to add the milk to your measuring glass, stir in the lemon juice or white vinegar, and allow it to sit for 5 minutes. Stir it before adding it to your recipe.

APPLE PIE SPICE: If you can not find an apple pie spice blend at your grocery store or online retailer, you can make your own by combining 1¼ teaspoons cinnamon, ½ teaspoon nutmeg, and ¼ teaspoon allspice for this recipe.

How to Make This Apple Fritter Bread Recipe

Making apple fritter bread is not difficult at all! First, you will whip up the easy batter from simple pantry staples.

Layer half of the batter in your loaf pan before adding deliciously spiced apple chunks that will offer a wonderful surprise when you take a bite.

Repeat with two more layers of apples and batter before baking your loaf. Drizzle the sweet glaze over top before serving it for an easy breakfast or snack.

Here’s how to make this delicious recipe:

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray an 8½ x 4½-inch loaf pan with baker’s spray. Set aside

STEP TWO: In a small bowl, stir together the chopped apples, light brown sugar, all-purpose flour, and apple pie spice blend to create the apple cinnamon filling. Set aside.

diced apples, brown sugar, flour, and apple pie spice stirred in a bowl

STEP THREE: In a medium bowl, stir together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set flour mixture aside.

STEP FOUR: In a large mixing bowl, beat together on medium speed with an electric mixer, the unsalted butter, and sugar for 1 minute or until light and fluffy.

STEP FIVE: Add the egg and vanilla extract to the butter mixture and beat for an additional 30 seconds or just until fully incorporated.

egg and vanilla added to the butter mixture and blended together in a bowl

STEP SIX: Add half of the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and beat on low until just combined.

STEP SEVEN: Add the buttermilk to the batter and beat again, on low speed, just until fully incorporated. You may need to scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl with a mixing spoon between additions.

buttermilk added to the batter and blended together in a bowl

STEP EIGHT: Add the remaining half of the dry ingredients to the batter and beat just until combined. Do not overmix your batter. 

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

Always start and end with the flour mixture when mixing with an additional wet ingredient for your batters.

STEP NINE: Spread half of your batter into the bottom of your prepared loaf pan in an even layer with a mixing spoon. Your batter will be thick.

batter poured into the bottom of a pan

STEP TEN: Spoon about two-thirds of your apple filling onto the first layer of batter in your pan. Spread it out evenly.

filling poured over the batter in a pan

STEP ELEVEN: Top with the remaining batter and spread it out so that all the apples are covered and you have an even layer.

STEP TWELVE: Spoon the remaining chopped apple mixture over the top of the batter and, using a butter knife or offset spatula, swirl the batter very carefully. You do not want to mix it all completely together. Make sure that all the apple pieces are mostly covered to avoid burning them while baking.

mixture poured over the top of the batter in a pan

STEP THIRTEEN: Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. You can tent your bread with a piece of aluminum foil after the first 30 minutes of bake time to prevent over-browning. Bake for an additional 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. 

PRO TIP:

Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your bread as the suggested baking time approaches.

baked Apple Fritter Bread

STEP FOURTEEN: Allow your bread to cool in the pan on the counter for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a cooling rack to cool completely at room temperature.

STEP FIFTEEN: While your bread is cooling, you can make your glaze by stirring together the sifted powdered sugar and heavy cream until smooth and a pourable consistency. You may need to add a little extra powdered sugar if it is too loose (start with 2 tablespoons) or heavy cream if too thick (start with 1 teaspoon) until you have your desired consistency.

STEP SIXTEEN: You can spoon, or pour, your glaze over the completely cooled loaf of apple fritter bread. You will want to allow your glaze to set for 15 minutes to firm up before slicing and serving your bread.

PRO TIP:

Place bread on a wire rack before pouring the glaze on top of the bread so that any excess glaze will run through the rack rather than leaving a puddle around your bread.

glazed poured over the loaf of bread

How To Serve

Apple fritter bread is a decadent treat that pairs nicely with a hot cup of coffee or tea. You could whip up a fancier drink with a homemade pumpkin spice latte or warm apple cider, and you’ll have a breakfast or snack full of fall flavors.

The bread has sweet, tart, and warm notes that can be further complemented by adding a dollop of freshly whipped cream or drizzling it with warm honey on top. If you want to keep it light, why not try having your apple fritter bread slathered with nut butter like almond or cashew?

An easy quick bread recipe is an excellent addition to your recipe box. Look no further than our strawberry rhubarb bread and cream cheese banana bread to get you started.

Storage

ON THE COUNTER: This delicious apple fritter bread can be stored in an airtight container on the counter for up to 2 days. 

IN THE FRIDGE: You can also store the bread in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 

IN THE FREEZER: If you want to freeze your loaf of apple fritter bread, you will want to omit the glaze and wrap it tightly in plastic freezer wrap or aluminum foil. Label with the contents and date you need to enjoy the bread before.

You will need to allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight before adding the glaze and serving it.

a close up shot of a slice of Apple Fritter Bread on a plate

If you love apple fritters, you’ll adore this awesome apple fritter bread. Also known as Amish apple fritter bread, it’s topped with a sweet glaze, full of fresh apples and plenty of fall spices. This bread will be a welcome addition to your breakfast table. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze this bread?

This easy recipe will freeze well. Wrap in plastic wrap and store in a freezer bag for up to three months.

How do I store this quick bread?

This apple bread can be kept on the counter for two days or in the fridge for up to four days.

How do I know when this bread is done?

Use a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread. If the toothpick comes out clean, your bread is ready!

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Apple Fritter Bread

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This moist apple fritter bread is full of fall flavors and is bursting with real pieces of apple baked inside.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

Apple Cinnamon Filling

  • 1 cup small-diced apples, approximately 1 large Gala peeled, cored & diced
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons apple pie spice blend

Batter

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup buttermilk

Glaze

  • cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray an 8½ x 4½-inch loaf pan with baker’s spray. Set aside
  • In a small bowl, stir together the small-diced apples, light brown sugar, all-purpose flour, and apple pie spice blend to create the apple cinnamon filling. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat together on medium speed with a handheld mixer, the unsalted butter and sugar for 1 minute or until light and fluffy.
  • Add the egg and vanilla extract to the butter mixture and beat for an additional 30 seconds or just until fully incorporated.
  • Add half of the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and beat on low until just combined.
  • Add the buttermilk to the batter and beat again, on low speed, just until fully incorporated. You may need to scrape down the sides and bottom of your bowl with a mixing spoon between additions.
  • Add the remaining half of the dry ingredients to the batter and beat just until combined. Do not overmix your batter.
  • Spread half of your batter into the bottom of your prepared loaf pan in an even layer with a mixing spoon. Your batter will be thick.
  • Spoon about two-thirds of your apple-cinnamon filling onto the first layer of batter in your pan. Spread it out evenly.
  • Top with the remaining batter and spread it out so that all the apples are covered, and you have an even layer.
  • Spoon the remaining apple-cinnamon mixture over the top and, using a butter knife or offset spatula, swirl the batter very carefully. You do not want to mix it all completely together. Make sure that all the apple pieces are mostly covered to avoid burning them while baking.
  • Bake for 30 minutes. You can tent your bread with a piece of aluminum foil after the first 30 minutes of bake time to prevent over-browning. Bake for an additional 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  • Allow your bread to cool in the pan on the counter for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a cooling rack to cool completely at room temperature.
  • While your bread is cooling, you can make your glaze by stirring together the sifted powdered sugar and heavy cream until smooth and a pourable consistency. You may need to add a little extra powdered sugar if it is too loose (start with 2 tablespoons) or heavy cream if too thick (start with 1 teaspoon) until you have your desired consistency.
  • You can spoon, or pour, your glaze over the completely cooled loaf of apple fritter bread. You will want to allow your glaze to set for 15 minutes to firm up before slicing and serving your bread.

Notes

  • Always start and end with the flour mixture when mixing with an additional wet ingredient for your batters.
  • Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your bread as the suggested baking time approaches.
  • Place bread on a wire rack before pouring the glaze on top of the bread so that any excess glaze will run through the rack rather than leaving a puddle around your bread.

Nutrition

Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 253mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2mg
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