Apple Fritter Bread

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Do you love apple fritters, but don’t enjoy the process of making them? Well, then this Apple Fritter Bread is for you! This easy-to-make loaf loaded with apple-cinnamon flavor and topped with sweet, tangy icing will satisfy all of your cravings.

sliced apple fritter bread on a white platter.

As the crisp air settles in, many of us are reaching for recipes that encapsulate the essence of autumn. The Apple Fritter Bread I’m about to introduce doesn’t just hit the mark, it’s also incredibly straightforward to make. If you’ve been on the hunt for a no-fuss recipe that combines the best elements of a classic apple fritter into a convenient loaf form, you’re in the right place.

Here on Inspired by Charm, we love quick bread recipes. As I was looking through my recipe archives, I realized I didn’t have an apple-inspired quick bread, so I swiftly solved that by baking up this delicious Apple Fritter Bread. And it’s just in time for the fall season.

 apple fritter bread with glaze on a white platter.
slice of  apple fritter bread on a small plate with a fork.

As much as I LOVE an apple fritter, they can be a bit daunting and time-consuming to make. (Still totally worth it though.) This Apple Fritter Bread is the perfect substitute for when that apple fritter craving strikes and you don’t have the time or energy for a more complicated recipe.

This bread is loaded with two cups of apples, ground cinnamon, rich brown sugar, and topped with sour cream-based icing. The creamy tanginess pairs beautifully with this loaf.

What I love about this quick bread (or any quick bread for that matter) is that you can serve it any time of the day. It’s a great sweet for breakfast, a wonderful addition to brunch, a satisfying afternoon treat, and even a simple after-dinner dessert.

If you have a must-bake list for fall, you’re definitely going to want to add this one to your list.

slice of  apple fritter bread with a bite taken out on a plate.
glaze  apple fritter bread on a white platter.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Whether you’re looking for a cozy morning pick-me-up with your coffee, something to impress at a weekend brunch, a midday sweet escape, or that dessert you sneak a slice of when everyone’s asleep, this bread’s got your back!
  • The real magic happens with two cups of juicy, fresh apples. Combine that with the warm hint of cinnamon and the caramel notes of brown sugar, and you’re in for a treat. And remember, fresh ingredients often mean better flavor.
  • While traditional apple fritters involve the sometimes messy (and let’s face it, intimidating) deep frying process, this loaf offers all those delectable flavors in a simple, no-fuss bread. No splattering oil, no standing over a hot stove.

Looking for more fall-inspired apple recipes? You’ve got it. This collection of my favorite apple recipes is for you!

slice  apple fritter bread loaded with apples.

Ingredients

Before we make this delicious apple fritter bread, we need to gather up the ingredients you’ll need. My guess is that you have most, if not all, of these ingredients already in your refrigerator or pantry which means you can whip up this Apple Fritter Bread at a moment’s notice.

  • granny smith apples
  • brown sugar
  • ground cinnamon on
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking poweder
  • salt
  • sugar
  • butter
  • eggs
  • milk
  • vanilla extract
  • sour cream
  • confectioners’ sugar
 apple fritter bread filled with apples and cinnamon.

How to Make

With all of your ingredients on hand it’s time to preheat your oven so we can make this apple fritter quick bread! You can find the step-by-step instructions below. I’ve also provided a full ingredient list and detailed instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line an 8 x 4 loaf pan with parchment paper and spray with baking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, toss together the chopped apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Set aside. I’ve included a printable recipe card below for a full rundown of the recipe ingredients and instructions.
bowl with apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar.
  1. In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the granulated sugar and butter until combined. Then beat in the eggs one at a time. Next, beat in the milk and vanilla extract.
  3. Add the flour mixture and stir with a spatula until just combined.
 apple fritter bread batter in a bowl with a hand mixer.
  1. Add half of the batter to your prepared loaf pan, then top with half of the apple mixture.
adding cinnamon apples to apple fritter bread batter.
apples with cinnamon on batter in loaf pan.
  1. Spread the remaining batter over the top, then top with the remaining apple mixture.
  2. Gently pat the apples into the batter. Then use a butter knife to swirl the apples into the batter. (Two to three swirls are all you need.)
  3. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (Cover the loaf with foil for the last 15-20 minutes of baking to prevent over-browning.)

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 apple fritter bread on cooling rack.
  1. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 10 minutes. Then use the parchment paper to lift the loaf from the pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  2. In the meantime, prepare the icing by whisking together the sour cream, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar. Add in the milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, to achieve a drizzling consistency.
glaze in a bowl with  apple fritter bread on cooling rack.
  1. Drizzle your loaf with the icing before slicing and serving.

That’s it, my friends. This quick bread has the fall flavors perfected!

 apple fritter bread sliced filled with apples.
fork taking a bite of  apple fritter bread.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which type of apple should I use?

While most apples will do the trick, I personally recommend using a firmer apple like Granny Smith or Honeycrisp. They hold up well during baking and offer a delightful balance of sweetness and tartness.

How do I store leftovers?

Wrap the bread in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container. It’ll keep fresh at room temperature for 2-3 days or in the fridge for up to a week. Remember, the icing may soften a bit if stored in a warm environment.

I don’t have sour cream; can I use something else for the icing?

Absolutely. If you don’t have sour cream on hand, you can use plain Greek yogurt. It’ll offer a similar tangy profile to your icing.

Can I add nuts or other mix-ins?

Feel free to get creative! Walnuts or pecans can add a lovely crunch to the bread. Just ensure you fold them in gently to maintain the bread’s soft texture.

My icing looks too runny/thick. What did I do wrong?

No worries, this happens to the best of us! If your icing is too runny, add a tad more powdered sugar to thicken it up. If it’s too thick, a little splash of milk or cream should do the trick.

How can I tell if the bread is fully baked?

The trusty toothpick test never fails. Insert a toothpick or skewer into the center of the loaf. If it comes out clean or with just a few crumbs (no wet batter), you’re good to go!

 apple fritter bread on a table with fall decor and apples.

More Sweet Apple Recipes You’ll Love

I sincerely hope this Apple Fritter Bread recipe becomes a cherished addition to your baking repertoire. Please give this recipe a try! And if you do, please leave a comment and a 5-star rating below. 

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Apple Fritter Bread

Do you love apple fritters, but don’t enjoy the process of making them? Well, then this Apple Fritter Bread is for you! This easy-to-make loaf loaded with apple-cinnamon flavor and topped with sweet, tangy icing will satisfy all of your cravings.
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Bread, Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, apple fritter, fall baking, quick bread
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 265kcal

Ingredients

Icing

Instructions

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line an 8 x 4 loaf pan with parchment paper and spray with baking spray. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, toss together the chopped apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the granulated sugar and butter until combined. Then, beat in the eggs one at a time. Next, beat in the milk and vanilla extract.
  • Add the flour mixture and stir with a spatula until just combined.
  • Add half of the batter to your prepared loaf pan, then top with half of the apple mixture.
  • Spread the remaining batter over the top, then top with the remaining apple mixture.
  • Gently pat the apples into the batter. Then, use a butter knife to swirl the apples into the batter. (Two to three swirls are all you need.)
  • Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (Cover the loaf with foil for the last 15-20 minutes of baking to prevent over-browning.)
  • Cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 10 minutes. Then, use the parchment paper to lift the loaf from the pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • In the meantime, prepare the icing by whisking together the sour cream, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar. Add in the milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, to achieve a drizzling consistency.
  • Drizzle your loaf with the icing before slicing and serving.

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Nutrition

Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 186mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 254IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1mg

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16 Comments

  1. A great recipe for anytime of the year. We love the apples and cinnamon for Breakfast and Desert, however I do find myself snacking on it during the day.

  2. Do yourself a favor and use a LARGER BREAD PAN! Smoke started pouring out of my oven as the pan had completely overflowed. Dumped the half baked pan in the trash. Now I have a good two hour cleaning job on my oven-which was pristine before this mess of a recipe. Really disappointing recipe.

    1. Hey Laura – so sorry you had troubles. Others have made this bread with great success. I’m not sure what could have happened. Just a little tip – if you want to prevent spills (which happen with the best of recipes) place a large sheet pan on the bottom rack below whatever you are baking. This will help to keep your oven pristine.

      xo Michael

  3. Amazing recipe. Easy and quick. I didn’t have the 8 x 4″ loaf pan, but made it in a regular 9 x 5″ once and it turned out great. Wonderful cinnamon-apple flavor – perfect for fall.

  4. Great fall recipe, thank you! I like things a little less sweet, so cut the granulated sugar down to 3/4 c and it was still awesome. It’s very pretty with the apple mixture on top!

  5. This looks incredible, can’t wait to make. Your blog is the best, Michael, and in a world of chaos, you bring so much joy to people. I look forward to every word you say and every pic you post.