Glazed Apple Cinnamon bread made with fresh apple, cinnamon & brown sugar, then topped with a simple vanilla glaze. Easy quick bread recipe with fantastic apple cinnamon flavor.
I love glazed apple cinnamon bread! It’s so easy to make and great for pairing with soups and stews. Never had sweet bread with your savory dish? No time like now to try it out for yourself and see how great it is. Eating it as a breakfast food, dessert or snack are also acceptable ideas! There’s no wrong time to enjoy this cinnamon apple bread recipe.
First, you’re going to want to make sure that the apple pieces are chunked into bite size or smaller pieces. This helps them to cook evenly and makes it easier to eat. Personally, I like to chop my apples into pieces slightly smaller than a penny.
The uncooked batter for this apple bread is very thick thanks to the sour cream. Don’t leave it out because the sour cream helps to give the bread a moist and delicate consistency that is so good! You may even want to serve the leftovers with breakfast the next morning (assuming you have leftovers!)
Lastly, just use a basic mixing bowl and rubber scraper to stir. Quick Bread does not do well when handheld or stand mixers are used.
You can use any type of apple, but I recommend sticking with a traditional baking apple as these do better holding firm and delicious after it’s been baked. Honey Crisp, Gala, Fugi and Pink Lady apples are my favorites. A softer apple may result in grainy chunks and be too sweet to enjoy this tasty quick bread.
Here’s what you’ll need to make this bread:
-sour cream- you can use plain or vanilla Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream if you’d like!
-all-purpose flour- you can also use bread flour or a combination of bread flour/ all purpose and whole wheat flour
-salt and baking soda
-chopped walnuts or pecans
-1 medium sized apple, peeled and diced
Vanilla Glaze Ingredients
-½ cup powdered sugar
-1 tbsp melted butter
-¼ tsp vanilla
-1 or more tbsp milk
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F, grease a loaf pan and then set it aside.
In a large mixing bowl or in the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter, sugar, eggs and sour cream.
Add in the spices and flour, mixing just until they’re incorporated.
Fold in the walnuts and apple chunks.
Pour the batter into the prepared bread pan. Note that the uncooked batter will be thick.
Bake in the oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes, until a toothpick, comes out clean and bread registers 200°F when checked with a food thermometer.
To make the vanilla glaze mix the ingredients together in a bowl until smooth. When the bread comes out, let it cool on a rack for 20 minutes before removing from the pan and drizzling the glaze on top.
Let the bread finish cooling, slice and serve.
I use a digital cooking thermometer near the end of the baking time to make sure the bread is fully cooked. Fully cooked bread will be 190-200 degrees F. Bread recipes that include milk/ yogurt/ sour cream will need to cook until 200 degrees. My all-time favorite cooking thermometer is the Thermapen. It’s super fast and incredibly durable. Another great thermometer is the ThermoPop which is a more basic version that works just as well!
Glazed Apple Cinnamon Bread
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 medium sized apple, peeled and diced
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp melted butter
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- 1+ tbsp milk
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Grease a loaf pan and set aside.
- In a large bowl cream butter, sugar, eggs and sour cream. Add in spices and flour, mixing just until incorporated. Fold in walnuts and apples. Pour into prepared bread pan. Note: the uncooked batter is thick.
- Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes. Use a food thermometer to test that the internal temp of the bread is 200°F.
- To make the Glaze: Whisk powdered sugar with melted butter and vanilla. Whisk in milk, 1 TBSP at a time until it's smooth and about the consistency of heavy cream.
- Once bread is baked, remove from oven and let cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes. Overturn onto a cooling rack. Drizzle glaze over the top. Let cool and slice to serve. Enjoy!
What’s the best bread pan to use?
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!
How long is glazed apple cinnamon bread good for?
If properly stored in an airtight container then you can expect this bread to last up to a few days before drying out or becoming stale. Of course, you’ll want to eat it long before then because it tastes incredible when fresh.
Most often I bake quick bread with bread flour or all purpose flour. You can also use a combination of whole wheat flour and all purpose flour. I recommend using 1 cup all purpose flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, to prevent the bread from becoming too dry.
Other delicious apple recipes to try
- Dutch Apple Bread
- Caramel Apple Bread
- Apple Cinnamon Crumb Bars
- Snickerdoodle Apple Cobbler
- Snickerdoodle Apple Pie Cookie Cups
- Apple Cider Syrup
- Chocolate Caramel Apples
- Cinnamon Caramel Apple Dip
- Caramel Apple Nachos
- Apple Spice Cake
- Apple Pumpkin Bread
- Cinnamon Apple Snack Cake
- Snickerdoodle Apple Salad
- Apple Crisp with Oatmeal
You’re going to love this glazed apple cinnamon bread! It really tastes like fall and it’s so moist and tender! Glazed Apple Cinnamon bread made with fresh apple, cinnamon & brown sugar, then topped with a simple vanilla glaze. Easy quick bread recipe with fantastic apple cinnamon flavor.