August 24, 2014



Caramelized Apple Bread with Cinnamon Sugar is a fantastic snack with a glass of milk or cup of hot coffee or tea. This is a perfect for fall or any time of the year.

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It has been feeling like autumn lately here in the Northeast with daytime highs of 70’s and nighttime lows of 50’s. In fact, some of the foliage on the trees has already changed color! Truth be told, I don’t mind the fall-like, dry, crisp weather. It is very much smack dab in the middle of my comfort zone. However, this cooler climate makes me think of seasonal dishes, and what’s a better prelude to autumn cooking than with apples? 

What inspired me to make this bread was a recent trip to a local fresh produce market. It was there that I had apple cider donut straight from the fryer and dipped into cinnamon sugar. It left me wanting more of the taste of fall, so I decided to dedicate the next post to apples. But rather than doing another deep fry recipe after I just posted one (and I wanted to avoid making another baked donut at this time), I decided that bread would be great option. And how good it is! With layers of caramelized apples, the sweet scent of spice, and sugar in the raw and cinnamon sugar topping, this bread is a beautiful thing.

Is your mouth watering yet? I certainly hope so!




For the Bread:
1 large apple
5 tbsp. room temperature butter, divided
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, divided
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup water

For the Cinnamon Sugar Topping:
2 tsp. sugar in the raw
1/4 tsp cinnamon


Peel and quarter apple. Cut into 1/8-inch slices. Preheat a large skillet on medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of butter. Once melted, add apple, keeping it in a single layer as best as possible. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Turn apple slices over. Cover and cook for an additional 4 to 5 minutes or until apple slices are tender yet maintain shape. Remove from heat and leave uncovered. Note: if apple browns too quickly during cooking, reduce heat. Cooking time will vary depending on the type of apple: softer ones like McIntosh cooks faster than harder ones like Fuji.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, add butter, sugar, and egg. Beat on high for a minute or until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla and water. Beat, starting on low and gradually increase to medium high, until mixture is smooth. Add flour mixture, one-third at a time and blend just till combined using a rubber spatula.

Grease an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 loaf pan. Place one-third of the batter on the bottom followed by a layer of apple slices, using only one-third. Repeat layering two more times. Slightly press the top layer of apples into the batter. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar topping. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until tooth pick comes out with a few crumbs when inserted into the center. Cool at least 15 minutes before unmolding, then cool completely on rack. Makes about 12 servings.

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  1. I love sweet bread. This one sounds delicious.

  2. I currently have two loaves baking! Thanks for the recipe. Btw, you left out to sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on top before baking.

    Thanks again,

    1. I hope you like them!! Thanks for catching the omission--I just added it in :)

  3. Visiting from Link Party Palooza. I love quick breads like, it contains some of my favourite autumn flavours. I co-host Sweet and Savoury Sunday and would love for you to stop by and share this and other recipes with us when the party goes live on Sunday. Have a great day!

  4. We just love a nice bread to go along with our tea or coffee. Your Caramelized Apple Bread looks fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you real soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Thank you so much and thanks for hosting a great party!

  6. This is so perfect for fall! I love apples with cinnamon so much and this quick bread sounds perfect with a cup of coffee in the morning.

    1. I agree, Marie. That does sound good, but it's also the time of year when I think everything needs apples :)