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Apple Cinnamon Bread

My Fall days will not be complete without this delicious loaf of Apple Cinnamon Bread. This vanilla-infused moist apple loaf has a cake texture and is filled with juicy apple pieces, a cinnamon brown sugar swirl, and topped with lots of cinnamon crumbles.

Apple season here we come!!

A loaf od Cinnamon Apple Bread with cinnamon swirls inside

I worked real hard on this Apple Cinnamon Bread with buttery crumble topping.

I made it almost a dozen times to get the bread/cake part the perfect consistency and texture. I tweaked that lovely crumb topping until it has the perfect buttery textures that marries the bread perfectly.

I made sure our apple crumb bread is simple enough to put together, but yet tasty enough to blow your socks off.

My sweet husband ate every single loaf like a champ.

I have been dreaming of a delish Apple Cinnamon Crumb Bread recipe and I’m proud to say, I did it. This is a keeper.

Apple Cinnamon Bread with Crumb Topping

I’m starting to feel that Fall loveliness in the air, my friends, and I’m excited to start making all my favorite Fall foods, from my Easy Apple Crisp to Brown Sugar Pecan Roasted Sweet Potatoes to Beef Stew. Or my friend Tania’s Apple Cinnamon Pancakes. YUM.

Adding to the list of Fall favorites is of course this lovely apple cinnamon bread with crumb top.

Two slices of Apple Cinnamon Bread on a plate and a loaf in the background, along with apples

And here’s what I like about it (P/S: this is no ordinary apple cinnamon bread):

  • Oh so tasty!
  • Easy to make
  • When it bakes, it fills your home with the heavenly scents of baked cinnamon and apples
  • It is not too sweet, but sweet enough.
  • We are generous with the apples so you betcha every bite will be apple-filled
  • That crumb top makes our apple bread 100x better than regular apple bread
  • It makes breakfast so so easy (grab and go! or, grab and eat!)
  • It’s a celebration of Fall 🧡

Let’s Make It!

There are really two main parts in this Cinnamon Apple Bread recipe:

  • Apple bread mixture
  • Cinnamon brown sugar crumble

I find that when I break down the parts, the process gets less intimidating.

Uncut loaf of Apple Cinnamon bread

Apples bread mixture

First, dice apples into thin slices.

I find that if the slices are too large or too thick, it will not soften completely when baked, so make sure to slice them thinly.

Sliced apples in a measuring cup
Slice apples into thin and small pieces

Mix together these ingredients to form the Apple Cinnamon Bread mixture:

  • unsalted butter – I always prefer to bake with unsalted butter
  • granulated sugar
  • 2% milk – 1% is fine too, avoid low fat.
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract – pure vanilla extract is the best and gives it more vanilla flavors.
  • all purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt – a small pinch is always highly recommended in baked goods!
  • apples
Apple bread mixture

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Crumble

There’s nothing quite like a solid crumble topping on top of this Apple Cinnamon Bread.

Trust me, it takes it to a whole new level of good.

Here are the ingredients you need to make the crumble for this apple bread:

  • cold unsalted butter – cold is the key here! Keep it in the refrigerator until you are ready to use. Cut it into small cubes (see picture below)
  • all purpose flour
  • brown sugar
  • ground cinnamon
Cold cubed butter in a bowl

Start by bringing cubed butter to a bowl, then add the rest of the crumble ingredients.

Using a pastry cutter, cut ingredients to combine.

Cutting crumble ingredients with a pastry cutter

Alternatively, you can also combine by pulsing everything in a food processor until small butter pieces are formed.

Layer it!

Next we will bring half of the apple bread mixture to a bread pan that is lined with parchment paper or greased for easy removal. Parchment paper is the safest way to go. It is hard to remove bread from most bread pan even with greasing.

Then top it with half of the brown sugar cinnamon crumble mixture.

Adding crumble to apple bread mixture in a bread pan

Top the crumble mixture with the rest of the apple bread mixture, and then finish off with the rest of the crumble mixture.

By doing this we will create a brown sugar cinnamon layer in the middle of each slice of Apple Cinnamon Bread!

Unbaked Apple Cinnamon Bread

Send the Apple Cinnamon Bread into the oven to bake for 1 hour 10 minutes at 350, and get ready to have your kitchen smell like apples and cinnamon and Fall.

It is quite glorious.

When apple bread is done, insert a toothpick into the center of the loaf to make sure toothpick comes out clean.

If it doesn’t, bake apple cinnamon loaf for an increment of 3 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

Because every oven is different, bake time will differ slightly, that is why the toothpick test is important!

When the Apple Cinnamon Crumb Loaf is done baking, let it sit for 10 minutes before lifting it out of the pan, and let it cool for another 30 minutes or so before cutting into it.

A loaf of Cinnamon Apple Bread with apples in the background

Type of apples to use

Any apples would work! Fuji, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Honey Crisp etc. I know they say to use Granny Smith for baking but I’ve done this with many different apples and they all work great.

In fact, I tend to like sweeter apples in my Apple Cinnamon Bread to give it more flavor.

Tips and Tricks

We are not quite done yet! Here are a few other tips and tricks that will help you make this apple cinnamon crumble bread recipe a success!

  • Line bread pan with parchment paper for easy cleanup! Parchment paper is a baker’s best friend.
  • Use softened butter for the apple bread mixture and cold butter for the crumble mixture.
  • The crumble is significantly sweeter than the bread/cake itself, so reduce brown sugar in the crumble if you want it less sweet.
  • When done baking, let the apple crumb bread cool for 10 minutes before lifting it out of the pan, and cool for 30 minutes before cutting into it.
  • Highly recommend serving with a cup of hot coffee or tea. Yum…
A loaf and a slice of apple bread

Fall is here. Apple season is here. October is (almost) here.

Make this delicious Apple Cinnamon Bread for yourself and welcome Fall with an open arms.

Happy happy baking!

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Other Breakfast Baked Goods!

Slices of Apple Cinnamon Bread in front of a loaf

Apple Cinnamon Bread

Moist and and delicious cake-like apple cinnamon loaf filled with juicy apples and cinnamon swirl, and topped with cinnamon brown sugar crumble. An easy breakfast, snack or even dessert!
4.92 from 36 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 470kcal
Author: MinShien


  • 2 cups apple sliced thinly into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter cold, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon


  • Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Prepare apples by removing skin and slicing into small thin pieces
  • To make bread mixture, mix together softened unsalted butter with granulated sugar, then add milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Mix to combine.
  • Add dry mixture – all purpose flour, baking powder, salt. Mix well. Then fold into apple pieces.
  • To make crumble mixture, cube cold butter into small cubes, then add the rest of the crumble ingredients. Use a pastry cutter to cut and combine crumble mixture until butter are mixed in and cut into small pieces. Or pulse mixture in food processor to combine.
  • Line a 9" x 5" bread pan with parchment paper or grease bread pan (See Note 1). Add half of the apple bread mixture, then top with half of the crumble mixture. Add the rest of the apple bread mixture, and then finish off with the rest of the crumble mixture.
  • Bake in the oven for 1 hour 10 minutes. When done, insert a toothpick into the center of the bread, if toothpick does not come out clean, bake for a few more minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and let bread cool in bread pan for 10 minutes. Then remove bread from bread pan and let it cool on a cooling rack for another 25-30 minutes.
  • Slice, serve and enjoy!



Note 1: Parchment paper is the best way to go to ensure easy removal. 


Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 228mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 711IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Sandra Shaffer says:

    5 stars
    This apple cinnamon bread was perfect to serve guests this weekend. I had some apples that were getting a little soft and ended up getting revived in this tender quick bread. This one is a keeper!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yes! SUCH a great way to use old apples! Thank you for sharing!!

  2. 5 stars
    This bread smells so good as it bakes. It’s got a great balance of flavors and tastes like home for the holidays.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thanks you for sharing! So glad you are enjoying it!

  3. 5 stars
    Apple cinnamon bread is one of my favorite things, and this recipe is so good! The crumble makes it just amazing.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      SO glad you liked the recipe, Megan!

  4. Michaela Kenkel says:

    5 stars
    Apple season is my FAVORITE!! I made this yesterday and there is only one piece left!! We DEVOURED it! So yummy – THANK YOU!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Haha that’s awesome!!! That’s what I love to hear! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. 5 stars
    Absolutely love this bread! Can’t wait to make it again this fall.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Me too! It’s so perfect for Fall! ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you love it!

  6. 5 stars
    The cinnamon ribbons are the BEST!!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I have to agree! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 5 stars
    This bread is utterly PERFECT! I’m currently pretending it’s fall and baked this on a lark. So happy I did!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thanks so much Erin! Happy you did too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. 5 stars
    All the best flavors of fall, have this in the oven now and my house smells AH-MAZING! Looking forward to enjoying it with a cup of tea this afternoon. Thanks for another great recipe!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Hot tea with this sounds amazing! You are so welcome ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank YOU for trying my recipes!

  9. Hi! I wanted to ask how many grams in apples do we need for the equivalent of two cups please? Thanks!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Unfortunately I have never measured it out that way. Just fill the sliced apples in a measuring cup and follow the number of cups suggested. You won’t need the exact measurements to make this apple cinnamon bread – even with some variation the bread will turn out well.

  10. 4 stars
    I recommend baking for an extra 20 min, as mine was too doughy in the center. it tastes like an apple pie in bread form!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thanks for the tip Lauren!