Apple Bread Recipe | A Dutch Apple Pie in Quick Bread form!

This Apple Bread Recipe is loaded with Spiced apples that are mixed into a delicious, moist quick bread, all topped with a streusel topping. All the best things about apple pie are combined in this amazing quick bread.

Dutch Apple Pie in Quick Bread Form

This Apple Bread recipe has all of the best parts of a dutch apple pie baked into a loaf form! It reminds me a lot of Russian Apple Sharlotka or Irish Apple Cake but topped with a delicious Dutch Streusel topping!

Crumbley streusel topping? CHECK!

Apple pie spices? CHECK!!

LOADS of apples? DOUBLE-CHECK!!!

If you love Dutch Apple Pie, you will love this quick apple bread recipe! This quick bread comes together so quickly and there is no rolling out pie crust, or worrying about a soggy bottom!

Can I Freeze Apple Bread?

I usually have a loaf of this Apple Pie Bread in the freezer so I can pull it out at a moment’s notice, especially after I have used the bushels of apples that we get every fall at the local orchards. This quick bread recipe is so simple to make that I usually make several at a time.

To freeze this apple bread recipe, allow the bread to cool completely after baking. Wrap the bread if a double layer of cling film and wrap it in aluminum foil. The double-layer will help to avoid ice crystals and freezer burn from forming.

Freeze for up to three months! To thaw, just and allow to come to room temperature on the counter for several hours. Slice and enjoy!

Briefly heating the slices in the microwave and slathering them with butter is a joy that is not to be missed!

You can also prep the apples when you have a bunch and store them in the freezer. This allows you to have apples ready to mix into the batter at any time!

To prep the apples, just peel, core, and cut the apples into slices. Dip them in 1 cup of water and about 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.

Drain the apples and spread them out on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet and freeze until solid. Once they are frozen, dump them into a ziploc freezer bag and keep them in the freezer, ready for the batter, at a moment’s notice!

Apple bread recipe that is LOADED with apples, apple pie spice and topped with streusel!

The best Apples for baking

Although most apples taste great fresh, there are some apples that work better than others in baking.

Apples that retain their shape and are a little tart are usually best in both pies and breads that contain apples.

Braeburn, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Jonagold, Cortland, and Pink Lady’s are my go-to’s when baking with apples.

All of these varieties are readily available at most grocery stores. You can use whichever variety you have available in this Apple Bread recipe as well as in apple pie or apple crisp.

Other varieties, like Red Delicious, Gala, and McIntosh all tend to break down when cooked and therefore are better used for apple sauce, cider, and apple butter.

I always recommend a mix of apples to get great flavor in any apple bake!

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Apple Pie Bread

Recipe by Tanya OttCourse: Bread Recipes


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This Apple Bread Recipe is loaded with spiced apples that are mixed into a delicious, moist quick bread, all topped with a streusel topping.


  • 113 grams (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 200 grams (1 cup) brown sugar

  • 60 mL (1/4 cup) milk

  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 250 grams (2 cups) all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice***

  • 3 or 4 medium apples, peeled, sliced, and cut into bite-size pieces (see note 2!)

  • 2 cups water plus 1 Tablespoon Lemon juice (optional but prevents browning)

  • For the Streusel Topping
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 96 grams (3/4 cup) all-purpose flour

  • 150 grams (3/4 cup) brown sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside. Line with parchment paper, leaving an inch or two hanging over the side, if desired. This makes it easy to remove the loaf after baking.
  • First, make the streusel topping: In a medium bowl, combine the melted butter with the flour and brown sugar. Mix with a fork until crumbly. Set aside until needed.
  • Peel, core, and dice apples and soak in water and lemon juice until needed.
  • Make the bread batter: In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the butter, brown sugar, and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, mixing briefly after each addition. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and apple pie spice. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the large bowl and mix just until fully incorporated. Add half of the milk and mix. Add another 1/3 of the flour, mix, add the remaining milk, mix, and then add the last of the flour and mix until combined. Drain the apples well and fold them into the batter. Pour or scoop the batter into the prepared loaf pan. (See note!)
  • Sprinkle the streusel topping over the batter and press in lightly.
  • Bake for 50 to 60 minutes.  Every oven is different so begin checking for doneness at 45 minutes by poking with a cake tester or toothpick.  Cut into slices and serve warm.

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  • ***Make your own Apple Pie Spice by mixing 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon + 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • You can use as few as 2 apples or as many as 4 apples in this recipe. It depends on your personal taste and how much you like apple chunks in your quick bread. I use 4 apples which ensures that this loaf is chock FULL of apples!
  • If you have a smaller loaf pan than 9×5 or if your 9×5 loaf pan has short sides, remove about 2 cups of batter and bake separately as muffins, a mini loaf, or mini cake. This recipe makes a lot of batter, especially if you use 4 apples! Smaller loaf pans will overflow so make sure to use full-size pans or use less batter in your loaf!
  • This Apple Pie Bread freezes beautifully! To freeze, wrap well in parchment paper, then a layer of cling film, then a layer of aluminum foil. Label and freeze for up to 3 months.

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