If you’re looking for a delicious Apple Bread, look no further. This Spiral Apple Bread with Caramel Apple Glaze is both delicious and beautiful!

IMG_2721Spiral Apple Bread with Caramel Apple Glaze | Inspired by Charm

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since the last Year of Yeast post. Clearly, I’m getting more comfortable with my yeast-bread skills and I don’t need to practice as much anymore. (Or it could be that it was too hot to do much baking in August.)

Over the past couple weeks I’ve been craving something with apples and cinnamon. I instantly thought of making apple bread!

I blame it on the fact that fall is just around the corner. I hate to admit it, but I’m totally crazy excited for fall to come. Like many folks, fall is my favorite season and I plan to live it up this year.

As a bed and breakfast owner, fall was always my busiest time so I was never able to fully enjoy it. I blinked and it was over. This year I’m taking full advantage of the season and planning lots of cooking, baking, and crafting. You’re in for a treat – and maybe a trick or two!

Anyway, back to this craving for something apple-y and my overwhelming need to do a little baking, after a bit of research, planning, and recipe testing – this Spiral Apple Bread with Caramel Apple Glaze became a winner!

IMG_2731Spiral Apple Bread with Caramel Apple Glaze | Inspired by Charm

How do you Make Apple Bread?

Oh, and you’ll be happy to know that this Spiral Apple Bread recipe comes together very quickly. As with most yeast recipes, you need to factor in some rising time, but other than that, it’s a piece of cake.

Spiral Apple Bread with Caramel Apple Glaze | Inspired by Charm

Spiral Apple Bread with Caramel Apple Glaze | Inspired by Charm

I’ve actually learned to enjoy the rising process. The world moves too quickly these days. Today, I took the time to really enjoy every step of the process.

How the dough felt in my hands, how it smelled when it was rising, the flavor of the apples. It was like a bit of baking therapy.

Spiral Apple Bread with Caramel Apple Glaze | Inspired by Charm

Spiral Apple Bread with Caramel Apple Glaze | Inspired by Charm

And honestly, with very little effort, the resulting loaf looks pretty gorgeous. It’s like a mini-work of art.

Spiral Apple Bread with Caramel Apple Glaze | Inspired by Charm

Believe me, if I can do this, so can you. Let me show you how.

Spiral Apple Bread with Caramel Apple Glaze

Spiral Apple Bread with Caramel Apple Glaze | Inspired by Charm

Spiral Apple Bread with Caramel Apple Glaze

Here’s what you'll need:

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup warm milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cinnamon, ground
3 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced (I used Granny Smith.)

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon apple cider
1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted

Let’s get baking!

Place flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and yeast in a stand mixer with the dough hook attached. Stir to combine.

In a small bowl add your melted butter into your warm milk. Then, with the mixer on low, add this mixture to the flour mixture until it forms a soft dough ball.

Knead with the mixer for about 4 minutes. Then transfer dough into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm area for 1.1/2 hours or until doubled in size.

Punch dough down then divide into 2 balls. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each ball into an approximately 8 x 11-inch rectangle. Cut into 9 strips.

Lightly grease an 8- or 9-inch round pan. Starting at the center of pan, coil apple slices with dough strips into a spiral, pinching ends securely as strips are added.

Repeat the same steps for the other half of the dough. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise for 45 minutes. Toward the end of rising time, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

For the topping, mix cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl. Once the bread is removed from the oven, brush each loaf with melted butter and then sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar mixture.

While the bread cools, melt butter in a 1-quart saucepan over medium heat. Stir in 1/4 cup brown sugar. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly; reduce heat to low. Boil and stir 2 minutes. Stir in cider. Heat to boiling; remove from heat. Cool to lukewarm, about 30 minutes.

Gradually stir powdered sugar into glaze mixture. If the glaze becomes too stiff, stir in additional cider, 1/2 teaspoon at a time. If the glaze is too thin, add more powdered sugar. Drizzle glaze over the bread.


If you liked this apple bread recipe, you’ll love these too:

IMG_2742-2Spiral Apple Bread with Caramel Apple Glaze | Inspired by Charm

Cut into wedges to serve.

IMG_2731Spiral Apple Bread with Caramel Apple Glaze | Inspired by Charm

Totally scrumptious looking, right? Let me tell you … it is! That caramel apple glaze is what dreams are made of! You won’t even know what hit you.

So whether you are ready to embrace fall or not, take a few minutes for some baking therapy and give this Spiral Apple Bread recipe a try. Be sure to stop back and let me know what you think!

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  • Roz at

    I just can’t wait to try this beautifully delicious looking recipe (looks like a Rose). Saw this on Pinterest, and with one recipe and a look at InspiredByCharm.com, you have a new follower. My 90 yr old Dad moved in with us and I know this will be the hit of his and my husband’s morning coffee break! I’m certain it will find its way onto our Thanksgiving Dessert Table also. Thank you for being so creative!

  • Jeanna at

    Michael, just made this after seeing your recipe on Pinterest. It is AMAZING! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes. Happy fall!

  • Ven at

    Hi there! I’m actually trying this receipe right now… Waiting for the dough to rise! But as I’m following the steps and looking at the photos, I realized that in the photo with the rolled dough, the actual dough seems “double”… like folded you know, but nothing like this is written in the receipe. Any advice? Thanks

    • Maeve at

      I haven’t tried this recipe yet (though I believe I will have to soon before it gets too hot here in Florida to even think about turning on the oven! lol) but I looked at the photos, I *think* I see what you mean, and I *think* that I know the answer. The dough is not doubled over, but it appears to be, because of the way it was cut. What you’re seeing as “two layers” is actually just the center of the one piece kinda sunk down in. I thought it was doubled over into two layers as well, until I looked at the photo again. Hope that helps! πŸ™‚

  • Jenn at

    I showed this to my husband and he nodded his head in approval! Definitely will be making this soon! Just discovered your site and have already pinned three recipes to try soon! Can’t wait to try them! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing what you have learned! About to peruse your site for more recipe goodness! πŸ™‚

  • Miki at

    I’ve loved ALL of your recipes I’ve tried. Keep up the good work! Thanks for this apple recipe, I can’t wait to try it, too.

  • Val at

    Absolutely beautiful! It’s just so gorgeous before it even goes into the oven. …And looks so delicious! Wow.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Haha! You got it. Thanks Val!

      xo Michael

  • Janie at

    My sons love apple pie..they are going to love this!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Oh! I’m sure they will. Happy baking!

      xo Michael

  • Darlene at

    I’m going to make smaller versions of these and gift them for Random Acts of Kindness at the office.

  • Nellie at

    Oh my heavenly goodness…this looks delishioso!!!! I will have to try this…especially since everything is in my kitchen at the moment. My fav part…that you took time to enjoy the ‘rising and the journey.. πŸ™‚

  • Felix at

    8.For the topping, mix cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl. Once the bread is removed from the oven, brush each loaf with melted butter and then sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar mixture.

    Hey Michael, this recipe looks so delicious that I wanted to try. I am just a little confuse on the TOPPINGS part.

    Do I only need to mix dry 1/4 cup brown sugar with cinnamon and sprinke them try to the bread while hot? The 1/4 cup butter will be used to brush the bread from the oven?

    Thanks and kind regards, my Family just loved your Pizza Bread and I am sure they will love this too today. πŸ™‚

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hi Felix! Sorry I didn’t mean to confuse you.

      Once you bake your bread and remove it from the oven, you want to brush it with the 1/4 cup melted butter. Then sprinkle it with the brown sugar / cinnamon mixture.

      Make sense?

      xo Michael

      • Felix at

        Thank you Michael.

        I thought so too… It was a success yesterday. I made 2 loaves and it was delicious, I didn’t get the chance to eat more of it because 3 household members finished them in 20 minutes. Thank you for sharing your recipes.

  • Cindy Sherman at

    I made this last night for a group of friends and it was fabulous. Once everyone left there was only 4 pieces left and my husband and I had another slice. My motherin law had some and so did her boy friends. We also had Apple cider to go with it. Thanks so much for this. We are in love. Have a great fall! Sherman’s

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yay Cindy! That makes me so happy to hear! I’m so pleased the whole family gobbled it up.

      xo Michael

  • Genevieve at

    Made this treat this morning! It was absolutely delicious! And it was really pretty! New fall favorite!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yum! So glad to hear!

      xo Michael

  • April at

    Thank you so much for this awesome recipe. I just served it to my book club and they loved it. I told them “Thank Michael”, I told them about your site too, you may some new followers…

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      April – I can’t thank you enough for spreading the word about me and Inspired by Charm! I’m thrilled everyone loved it!

      xo Michael

  • Amanda at

    How would you change up the directions for regular yeast instead of instant? I cannot wait to try this out!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’m not sure Amanda. Sorry. I typically only used instant yeast. I’m sure a google search would lead you to some answers. I just don’t want to give the wrong advice.

      xo Michael

      • Amanda at

        I understand completely understand! Thanks for the quick response! πŸ™‚

      • Mary Ellen at

        You simply proof the yeast first in order to give it a head start with regular yeast. Add the yeast to the warm water and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Let it proof (aka sit) on the counter for 10-15 minutes and then make the recipe as usual.

        I recommend using Red Star instant yeast. I have had consistent results with it over the years and it doesn’t require this extra step. Unfortunately, it is also hard to find πŸ™

  • Jill at

    The dough is rising as I type……at what point do you think I could freeze one of these “loaves”? Fully bake it and then freeze? Love your blog! And if we MUST admit summer is over, baked apples are the way to do it! πŸ™‚

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Um, I’m not honestly sure. I’d probably freeze it before making the actual spiral. I’m not sure how it would hold up in the freezer and defrosting. The apples may get really mushy?

      xo Michael

      • Jill at

        ….this recipe was delicious, and the second pinwheel was enjoyed by the neighbors! They pinwheels are not huge, so no need to worry about freezing it! πŸ˜‰

  • Stacy at

    I started making this today and my dough was very sticky and did not come together in my mixer. I added a bit more flour and hand kneaded but it still did not come together nicely and was super sticky. Is this how the dough is supposed to be…I have it rising right now so I will wait and see if it turns out!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It should’t be THAT sticky. Try adding more flour if needed when rolling it out. Hopefully that will do the trick.

      Good luck! Let me know.
      xo Michael

  • Ashley at

    Made this a week ago and everyone loved it! Made it again today but brushed it with melted butter and sprinkled cinnamon on it before cutting and rolling the dough. Thank you for this! I am already thinking of other variations πŸ™‚

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’m so glad to hear that it turned out well Ashley! I love your variation on it too!

      xo Michael

  • Ashley at

    Made this today – delicious! I may use sweeter apples next time though. Thanks!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You’re welcome! I think I was lucky and got perfectly flavored Granny Smiths. Haha.

      xo Michael

  • Laura Dembowski at

    I have never seen anything like this before. It looks like the perfect fall breakfast!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes – totally. I want to try peaches!

      xo Michael

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