Dutch Apple Bread is made from scratch with butter, sugar and fresh apples. This apple quick bread recipe has amazing flavors and is topped with a cinnamon streusel and drizzled with warm vanilla glaze.
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The Best Apple Bread
This Dutch Apple Bread is something I love any time of the day. I have at least 4 recipes I have written already that are similar but I have to say, this one is my favorite! This apple bread has the best aroma and an almost pound cake like texture- you will not be able to stop eating it. I love how easy it is to make as well!
Dutch Apple Bread Recipe Ingredients
For the Bread, you will need:
-Butter: We use ½ cup softened butter, which is 1 stick. I usually use salted butter, but use what you have on hand!
-Sugar: You need 1 cup of granulated sugar to make this bread nice and sweet.
-Eggs: Just 2 large eggs is all you need to help bind this bread together well.
-Milk: You will need ½ cup milk for the batter. Dairy milk or almond milk works best. I do not recommend using soy milk.
-Vanilla: Using 1 teaspoon vanilla extract to help enhance the flavors in this bread.
-Flour: Use 2 cups of all-purpose flour for the base of this bread dough.
-Salt: You will need ½ teaspoon of salt to help enhance the flavors in the bread.
-Baking powder: You need 1 teaspoon of baking powder to help the bread rise and leaven properly.
-Apple: You need 1 ½ cups diced peeled green apple (you can also use a HoneyCrisp apple, Fuji, or similar!)
-Nuts: Using ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans will add a fantastic crunch to the bread.
For the Topping, you will need:
-Butter: You will need 5 tablespoons of cold butter. This will help to give the crumbly texture we want.
-Flour: Using ⅓ cup of all-purpose flour is needed for the topping to turn out just right.
-Sugars: Use 2 tablespoons each of granulated sugar and brown sugar to make the topping sweet.
-Cinnamon: 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon will give the topping a nice warm flavor.
For the Glaze, you will need:
-Butter: Use 1 tablespoon of melted butter to make the glaze taste nice and rich.
-Powdered sugar: You need ½ cup of powdered sugar to make the glaze smooth and sweet.
-Milk: You will need 1 tablespoon of milk to get the glaze to the right consistency.
-Vanilla: Use ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract to help enhance the flavors in the icing.
How to make Dutch Apple Bread
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Then, line a bread pan with parchment paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray. I use a 10″ bread pan but this recipe works in standard 8″ loaf pans as well. The baked bread will just be taller.
Chop apples into small square pieces, set aside.
Make the bread batter
In a large mixing bowl, whisk the butter and sugar together.
Next, add in eggs, milk, and vanilla extract and stir well to incorporate.
Then, mix in the dry ingredients (flour, salt, and baking powder. )
Now time to fold in apples and nuts.
Lastly, transfer the mixture to the prepared baking pan.
Start by combining the cold butter, brown and white sugars, flour, and cinnamon. Mix with a fork or pastry blender until crumbly.
Then, sprinkle the cinnamon mixture over the batter in the pan.
Bake for 55-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in bread, comes out clean. (Internal temperature of bread will be 200 degrees F when fully cooked.)
Let cool before adding the glaze.
Mix together the melted butter, powder sugar, and milk until smooth.
Remove the bread from the pan and drizzle the glaze over the top.
Slice and serve. Enjoy!
WHAT IS THE BEST TYPE OF APPLE TO BAKE WITH?
There are many types of apples to choose from and although they are all delicious on their own, when baking some hold up better than others. I have baked with many different apples and my all time favorite truly is Granny Smith green apples. They are in every store and easy to find, they are crispy and hold their form well when they have been cooked down. More types that are good for baking with are Fuji, HoneyCrisp, Pink Lady and McIntosh Red apple. I’d avoid Red Delicious, Golden Delicious or other soft apples as they tend to fall apart and lose flavor when baked.
DUTCH APPLE BREAD
Apple Bread Batter
- ½ cup softened butter 1 stick
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs large
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 ½ cups green apple diced & peeled
- ½ cup walnuts or pecans chopped
Dutch Crumb Topping
- 5 tbsp cold butter
- ⅓ cup flour
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp melted butter
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp milk
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a bread pan with parchment paper or spray with non-stick baking spray.
- Chop apples into small square pieces, set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. Add in eggs, milk, and vanilla extract and stir well to incorporate.
- Mix in the flour, salt, and baking powder. Fold in apples and nuts.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking pan.
- Bake for 55-60 minutes, until toothpick inserted in bread comes out clean. (Internal temperature of bread will be 200 degrees F when fully cooked.) Let cool before adding the glaze.
- Whisk together the melted butter, powder sugar and milk until smooth. Remove the bread from the pan and drizzle the glaze over the top. Slice and serve. Enjoy!
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Can you Freeze Apple Bread?
Yes, you can freeze this Dutch Apple Bread as long as you securely wrap it and store in an airtight container. I like to wrap mine in foil then store in a freezer Ziplocked bag. Be sure to eat it within 1-2 months! Also, do not add the glaze until after you have thawed it.
AVOID SUNKEN BREAD
The easiest and best way to avoid sunken bread is to use a cooking thermometer to check the inside of the loaf. Fully cooked bread will register 200°F on a thermometer. My all-time favorite thermometer is the Thermapen. It’s super fast and incredibly durable. Another great cooking thermometer is the ThermoPop which is a more basic version that works just as well!
How do I peel an Apple?
Many recipes for apples require that you core and peel them. There are a variety of ways to do this, and they’re all simple!
If you’re just peeling & coring a few apples at a time: I like to use a basic vegetable peeler, plus an apple slicer that cuts apples into 16 pieces. These smaller slices are better for baking as the apple cooks faster since they’re smaller slices. That way the crust/cake or whatever you’re baking apples into isn’t too dark before the apples are done cooking!
If you’ve got a large batch of apples to cook: If you use a lot of apples, you probably should consider getting one of these handy peeler corer slicers. You can peel, core & slice half a bushel in about 15 minutes with this tool!
What Type of Vanilla Extract Should I Use?
A few years ago I tested 10 different vanilla extracts and found new favorites! I love using TOTONAC’s Mexican Vanilla for everyday use. It’s pure vanilla and contains no alcohol, which I like because I don’t like the taste of extracts made with alcohol. Each time I try another, I go back to Totonac’s quickly afterward; it’s so good! I also love using Nielsen Massey Vanilla Bean Paste. Again, this one has the best flavor by far!
What Spices are Good in Apple Bread?
Baking apple bread? Don’t forget the spices! Adding cinnamon is a must – it will add some delicious warmth and natural sweetness to your loaf. A dash of nutmeg in the bread batter can also be wonderful when paired with cinnamon, as it lends a delicate flavor and aroma. Throw in a pinch of clove to round out the nutty, earthy notes that will really bring out the sweetness of the apples. The combination of these three spices ensures that your homemade apple bread is flavorful, moist, and utterly scrumptious!
How to know if the bread is done?
Your bread should register about 200 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer to ensure that it has been cooked fully. Not only that but the top should appear to be a nice golden brown color and as the bread cools, it shouldn’t sink, but should instead remain well-shaped with a rounded top.
BEST BREAD PAN?
I bake a lot of bread and the pans I prefer are either ceramic, glass or cast iron. These pans will bake bread more evenly and release the bread more easily after baking. I don’t like using dark or nonstick pans because the bread cooks unevenly. It darkens on the outside before the bread is cooked on the inside, so the coloring is uneven. Read more about which bread pan is the best here!
My Apple Bread sank. What happened?
This happens to me occasionally too! Often it’s because I’ve overmixed the batter. Quick bread (referring to a bread recipe that doesn’t use yeast) does not like to be stirred too much, so try to just barely mix all the ingredients together. Another culprit could be overfilling the pan. The bread pan should be only half full each time. As always, make sure your leavening ingredients- baking soda and baking powder- aren’t too old. Baking soda should only be on your shelf for 6-9 months before purchasing new. I purchase it in bulk (I bake a lot!) and refrigerate it to help it last longer.
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Jean marie says
I made this today I used an 8 by8 pan and it worked great. Was so moist. And super delicious……
I’m so happy this worked so well for you Jean!
I made this today as written and it’s amazing. Well, almost as written. I just used some apples my kids were not eating. Outstanding! Thanks so much for sharing this.
LOL, love it Marsha!
Have made it twice; the first time in a bread pan and today in muffin tins. Both ways turned out perfect. My husband gives this recipe a 10 out of 10!
Yay for husband approvals! Thanks Brenda!
Brenda, how long did you bake the muffins for when using the muffin pan? Thanks so much!!
Sometimes you find a recipe online only to be dissatisfied, but let me tell you this apple bread is AMAZING! I make it all of the time. My kids love it! Everyone I have ever gifted this too always says they’ve never heard of apple bread and that it’s better than banana bread. It’s good with coffee in the morning or just a snack whenever. I really love this recipe. Thank you for sharing!
You’re most welcome Lauren!! You’ve got to try my Apple Banana Bread- SO GOOD. https://butterwithasideofbread.com/apple-banana-bread/
Going to make soon but would like to know baking time if I make muffins instead of a loaf
Muffins bake in 20-25 minutes.
Julie Stockwell says
I’m dying to make this tomorrow night but 3 questions: definitely baking POWDER vs SODA, correct?
And can bread flour be substituted for all purpose flour; If so, any changes to other ingredients?
Thank you, Julie
Yep, baking powder. And yes, you can use bread flour or all purpose flour in the bread.
For the butter, when you say 1/2 cup softened butter 1 cube – it should say 1 stick, instead of 1 cube. I think it would easier for people to understand, thanks for the recipe, can’t wait to try it!
Thank you for your input Sheri! I hope you enjoyed the bread!
Did not make yet but want to make muffins instead of loaf.
What would be the baking time for muffins
bake muffins for 20-25 minutes
Lynn gamron says
Still baking after 75 minutes in an 8” ceramic pan. I guess the smaller size takes longer??? Smells wonderful but I’m concerned that it isn’t done yet!
Can you freeze this bread easily? I have a bunch of apples I’m trying to use up!
Whoops! Found it! Will be making and freezing! Thanks!
Kathia Karagiannopoulos says
Can I shred the apples instead of dicing them?
Sure, that sounds like a great idea!
christie dotson says
I made this before and it was delicious but i forgot if you just do salted or unsalted butter?
I usually use salted butter, but unsalted works fine too!
This recipe is amazing. The bread came out perfectly fluffy and moist. I used coconut sugar vs white sugar and it worked wonderfully. My biggest takeaway from the suggestions she highlights was using fresh baking powder. I had no idea the freshness of baking powder or baking soda mattered! I think using a fresh can help keep my bread elevated.
So glad to hear Jessica!!
This was an absolute fiasco to get out of the pan and the crumbly topping fell off in the process. I haven’t even tasted it yet but I wouldn’t bother making it again. A very messy recipe!
So strange- I haven’t heard of others having issues! Sounds like you didn’t grease your pan well enough.
Phyllis johansen says
What a crumbly mess, can’t even slice it, eat with a spoon..won’t make it again!
Sounds like you left out an ingredient…
This turned really well. Moist and very apple. Thank you.
So glad you enjoyed it Lynn!
My friends apple tree is producing like crazy so I wanted to find something other than apple sauce or pie. This recipe was the right choice for sure. It was very much like a pound cake, soft, moist and had a nice weight to it. I was outside visiting with my neighbors and they asked what I was baking as you could smell the apples and cinnamon is the air. Good thing i doubled the recipe so I could share! My husband gets greedy when I bake lol. I’m back at it today because I don’t want these beautiful apples to go to waste. Don’t give it a second thought, BAKE IT!
Sandra Johnson says
Absolutely delicious! I will definitely make this again! I did have to bake it for 1 hour 10 minutes to get it to 200 degrees internal temperature, but every oven is different so no concerns over that~
This is a really great quick bread. I took your advice and made sure the internal temp was 200 degrees, and it came out perfectly. I ended up skipping the crumb topping and it was great even without it. Next time I will try it with.
Looking forward to trying a few more recipes…