Cinnamon Swirl Apple Fritter Bread

 Cinnamon Swirl Apple Fritter Bread is an easy and crowd-pleasing recipe! Enjoy this quick bread any time of year with coffee for breakfast or with tea for an afternoon treat.

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This Cinnamon Swirl Apple Fritter Bread is oh so good and makes the kitchen smell wonderful while baking too! I ran across this recipe on Pinterest last fall and immediately had to make it, but am just now sharing this recipe. The good news is you use Granny Smith apples which are available year round. Substitute your favorite variety of baking apple for Granny Smith such as Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Braeburn or Cortland if desired and enjoy this loaf with family or friends as a morning or afternoon treat.

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For easy removal of bars, brownies or loaf cakes, I like to line my pan with parchment paper. Spray your pan and then line your pan with parchment paper that hangs over the edge of your pan. The spray will keep your paper in place and from slipping so no batter gets underneath the paper. Parchment is nonstick and you can lift the bread out of the pan using the ends of the paper.

Cinnamon Swirl Apple Fritter Bread, recipe adapted Food Network

Makes (1) 9 x 5-inch loaf, approximately 8 servings


1/3 cup light brown sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped

2/3 cup sugar plus 2 tablespoons

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

2 large eggs, room temperature

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup milk plus 1 to 3 tablespoons

1 cup powdered sugar, sifted

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper, with ends hanging over edge of pan. Spray parchment with nonstick spray.

Mix brown sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon together in a bowl; set aside. Toss apples with 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and remaining teaspoon cinnamon in another bowl; set aside.

Beat butter and remaining 2/3 cup granulated sugar together with mixer until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. With the mixer on medium speed, add the eggs, 1 at a time; add vanilla extract.

Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together in another bowl, then add to creamed butter mixture and beat until blended. Mix 1/2 cup milk into batter until smooth.

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Pour half the batter into the prepared loaf pan; add half the chopped apple mixture.

Sprinkle half of the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture on top of apple layer.

Pour the remaining batter over apple layer and top with remaining chopped apples, then the remaining brown sugar/cinnamon mixture.

Lightly pat apples into batter; swirl brown sugar mixture through apples using a knife.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean, approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes. Cover with foil during last 10 minutes of baking time to prevent overbrowning if needed.

Let loaf rest in pan for 15 minutes , then remove from pan using edge of parchment and place on wire rack to cool completely.

To make glaze:  Mix powdered sugar with remaining 1 to 3 tablespoons milk, thinned to desired consistency.

Drizzle bread with glaze.

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  45 comments for “Cinnamon Swirl Apple Fritter Bread

  1. Michelle
    February 19, 2020 at 7:02 am

    Loving this recipe!🤗

  2. Ann Woleben
    February 19, 2020 at 7:05 am

    We are expecting our first possible snowfall Thursday evening. A snowy day always makes me want to bake. This will be the perfect recipe to try. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Ellen
    February 19, 2020 at 7:49 am

    I just printed it..can’t wait to make!! It will go nicely with my Apple Butter!!! And, it’ll make the house smell soooo good!! Thanks Mary ♥️♥️♥️♥️

  4. Laura Bishop
    February 19, 2020 at 8:31 am

    Please send a sample or two!! This bread looks delicious. Thank you for this recipe and all you do. Love “Home Is Where the Boat Is!”

    • Pat
      February 19, 2020 at 9:39 am

      Mary, your bread looks yummy! Thanks for the recipe.

  5. February 19, 2020 at 8:38 am

    Mary, this looks and sounds delicious. Now if you could send a slice over to go with my morning coffee would be perfect♥️

  6. kitty
    February 19, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Thanks for the recipe, Mary! The bread looks wonderful, and I’m sure it makes the house smell fabulous. Your serving platter is so pretty, too. 🥰

  7. Clara
    February 19, 2020 at 9:50 am

    Sounds Delicious! Must try this recipe. Have a wonderful day Mary. Clara ♥️

  8. Leslie
    February 19, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Oh my goodness! This looks divine. I fix brunch at church once a month — sort of a “good morning” time before the service — and I know this will be a hit. Maybe if I bake 3 loaves (small church) there won’t be any scuffling over who gets the last piece. Thank you so much. I love your blog and have used many of your ideas. Give the fluffy girls a scratch behind the ears from me, and you have a lovely spring.

  9. Patrica Parker
    February 19, 2020 at 10:33 am

    My husband will love this. No need to go to store for fancy ingredients, can get started today.

  10. Phyllis
    February 19, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Thank You for the recipe – it Sounds wonderful. Will be making it this week.

  11. Donna Olson
    February 19, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Can’t wait to try the bread!

  12. February 19, 2020 at 11:04 am

    Mary your recipe looks and sounds amazing. I will try it later this week.
    Thanks for sharing.

  13. Theresa R Keller
    February 19, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Mary, this looks delicious and I am going to try and make it this weekend! Thank you for sharing, hoping for a little snow in our area on Thurs/Fri :)

  14. Debbie
    February 19, 2020 at 11:51 am


  15. Sue
    February 19, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    Sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it – thanks!!

  16. Grace
    February 19, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    I just bought some Granny Smith apples to make something for tomorrow am…now I know what that “something” is. Looking forward to tasting it! Your pictures make it look so scrumptious! Thanks for the new recipe!

  17. February 19, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    I love coffee cake Mary, I’m sure yours is very moist with the apples:@)

  18. Cyndi Raines
    February 19, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Count me in! Tomorrow sounds like a great day to make this, I have all the ingredients and may just have to sneak in a few chopped pecans too as I love those crazy nuts! Lol . Thanks Mary! My mouth is already watering, 😋

  19. February 20, 2020 at 10:09 am

    Mmmmm, my mouth is watering! I do use the parchment paper trick, makes it so much easier when baking!

  20. February 20, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    YUM! I love a good coffee cake but then add apples too… yummy! I’m pinning this. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Bonnie Morgan
    February 20, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    Pinned to my breads board. I love quick breads and this sounds so delicious.

  22. Diane
    February 21, 2020 at 9:25 am

    I loved the apple fritter bread! My husband particularly liked it and took some to our son. So a win all around! Thank you!

  23. February 21, 2020 at 10:41 am

    I know I would love this, especially with Sunday morning coffee before church! Thanks for posting this recipe, Mary. I will definitely try it!

  24. Linda
    February 21, 2020 at 11:01 am

    Perfect timing! I have Granny Smith apples to use up and I love anything with brown sugar and cinnamon….Yum!
    Thank you Mary!

  25. SallyRan
    March 15, 2020 at 2:20 am

    Love crunchy. Would walnuts be good?

    • March 15, 2020 at 9:31 am

      Hi yes, I think you could easily add 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts in the with cinnamon / brown sugar mixture layers of the bread.

  26. Brenda
    March 20, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    Can you freeze this bread?

    • March 20, 2020 at 7:09 pm

      Yes, just wrap well in plastic wrap and foil or in a freezer bag up to 3 months.

  27. M H
    March 23, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    Didn’t have a loaf pan so used bundt pan & turned out awesome! Put apples in first with sprinkled cinnamon/sugar then layered so when flipped out had the nice topping on top, yum! Thank you

    • March 23, 2020 at 7:03 pm

      Great, thanks for letting me know!

  28. Susan
    April 9, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    This looks so yummy!!! I am baking it today!! Since we all are housebound this bread will be a nice treat, especially for this Easter Holiday!!! Looking forward to the first taste!!!

    • April 9, 2020 at 4:16 pm

      Happy baking and enjoy!

  29. Jamie Lambert
    May 16, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    It turned out so good! I followed the directions as listed

  30. Emily
    May 26, 2020 at 1:08 am

    You sure use a lot of bowls and tell us to “set aside”. I live in a drought zone so didn’t quite follow your suggestions.

    • May 26, 2020 at 5:27 am

      Hi, You use four bowls in total and that includes your mixer bowl for this recipe. The second bowl is for your dry ingredients that are whisked together (typical in baking); the third small bowl is for the cinnamon streusel mixture and the last bowl for your apple filling. If you don’t want to wash as many bowls, mix your dry ingredients together, pour onto a piece of waxed paper or parchment and set aside. Use the same bowl for your streusel topping, pour onto another piece of paper and then mix your apple filling in the same bowl; that way you use two bowls including the mixer bowl.

  31. TJ
    August 9, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    This will be my very first recipe using fresh apples! Do you have to put lemon on the apples to prevent browning while preparing the other items? Thank you!

    • August 10, 2020 at 4:30 am

      No lemon needed, enjoy!

  32. Courtney
    August 17, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Can i use red apples in place of granny smith?

    • August 17, 2020 at 3:46 pm

      Hi, Yes you can use any firm apple that’s suitable for baking in this recipe. Jonathan or Jonagold, Braeburn, Honeycrisp or Fuji are all good examples.

  33. Sarah
    September 3, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Love this recipe! Smelled heavenly while baking and just finished a piece with tea as my afternoon relax time while baby girl naps! Thank you for providing a great recipe for my me time today!! Will make again!

  34. Elizabeth
    September 12, 2020 at 9:27 am

    Made this yesterday to share at a meeting. It didn’t last long. This bread is delicious! Anything apple and cinnamon, I’m all about it. The only change I made to the recipes was make a smaller dice of the apple, and mix in the batter. Thank you for sharing!

    • September 12, 2020 at 10:52 am

      Glad it was a hit Elizabeth! Thanks for letting me know :)

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