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Apple Fritter Bread

This Apple Fritter Bread is incredibly sweet and moist, with a texture similar to pound cake and a delicious blend of apple, cinnamon, and brown sugar.

If you enjoy sweet apple desserts, be sure to try our Glazed Apple Fritters and Cinnamon Apple Muffins (video).

Recipe Details

This Apple Fritter Bread offers a delightful mix of apple flavor, cinnamon spice, and rich sweetness. It’s perfect for coffee and dessert, or to quickly grab a slice for breakfast.

  • TASTE: The apple pieces explode with sweet-tart flavor, complemented by the rich brown sugar, tangy buttermilk, and sweet glaze creating a beautiful harmony of flavors.
  • TEXTURE: This bread has a buttery texture akin to pound cake, with a juicy layer of apples on top.
  • TIME: This recipe takes approximately an hour and 10 minutes.
  • EASE: Despite the numerous steps, this bread is quite easy to make. Follow this recipe to create your own Apple Fritter Bread perfectly every time.

What You’ll Need

Ingredients for Apple Fritter Bread: flour, brown sugar, sugar, lemon, vanilla, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, eggs, butter, powdered sugar, Granny Smith apples, buttermilk, and milk.

Ingredient Notes

  • Apples- Granny Smith apples were used for their sweet-tart flavor, but Braeburn, Pink Lady, Galas, Honeycrisp, and other varieties can also be used.
  • Golden brown sugar- This sugar, with a hint of molasses, enhances the richness and moistness of the bread.
  • Buttermilk- Provides both tangy flavor and moisture to the Apple Fritter Bread.
  • Lemon- Fresh lemon juice prevents the apples from browning and adds a slightly tart flavor.
  • Butter- Unsalted butter is recommended as salt is added to the recipe.
  • Powdered sugar- This finely ground sugar, when combined with milk, creates a smooth icing to top the bread.

Add-ins and Substitutions

  • Caramel sauce- Instead of a glaze, warm caramel sauce can be used to top this apple fritter bread.
  • Add nuts-  Chopped nuts, such as pecans, walnuts, or almonds, can be added to the bread.
  • Make it into muffins- If preferred, the batter can be used to make muffins by baking for approximately 20-25 minutes.
  • Make it gluten-free- To avoid gluten, switch the flour for a gluten-free all-purpose flour. They can be interchanged at a 1:1 ratio.

How to Make Apple Fritter Bread

  • Mix the wet ingredients. Using an electric hand mixer, combine the softened butter, granulated sugar, and golden brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. Then add the eggs and vanilla, and beat until smooth.
Steps to make Apple Fritter Bread: cream the butter and sugars together with an electric hand mixer, then add the vanilla and eggs and mix.
  • Sift the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together.
  • Mix in the flour and buttermilk. Add half of the flour mixture to the batter and mix it in. Then add 1/2 of the buttermilk and mix. Add the remaining flour, mix, and then the rest of the buttermilk. Mix again.
Steps to make Apple Fritter Bread: sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together, then add it to the batter with buttermilk and combine.
  • Make the apple mixture. Dice the Granny Smith apples and discard the cores. Then add the diced apples to a bowl with the lemon juice, cinnamon, and extra brown sugar (optional). Stir the apples and cinnamon mixture together.
Steps to make Apple Fritter Bread: dice the apples and combine with lemon juice, cinnamon, and brown sugar with a spoon.
  • Bake the apple fritter bread. Now line a loaf pan with parchment paper and coat it with nonstick spray. Pour half the batter in, then half the apple mixture, and then the rest of the batter.
  • Bake. Add an apple layer on top with the rest of the apples and another 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Bake for 50 minutes  in a 350-degree-Fahrenheit oven, or until a toothpick can be inserted in the middle of the loaf and come out clean. 
Steps to make Apple Fritter Bread: place the batter in a loaf pan and top with apple mixture, then add the rest of the batter, bake, top with more apples and then bake again.
  • Glaze the apple fritter bread. Using a whisk, combine the powdered sugar with the milk in a small bowl. When the bread has slightly cooled, transfer it to a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Then drizzle the glaze on top.

Pro Tip: Use a spoon or measuring cup with a pouring spout to more easily glaze the bread evenly.

Steps to make Apple Fritter Bread: make the icing for the bread by combining milk and powdered sugar with a whisk.

Recipe Tips

  • Don’t add the flour all at once- Add the flour mixture in parts as it’s a lot easier to get rid of clumps and smooth out the batter this way.
  • Dice the apples small- Keep your dice small for the apple pieces so they are not too big, overwhelming the bite of bread and making it soggy.
  • Make your own buttermilk- If you haven’t any buttermilk, don’t skip it. Make your own by combining 1/2 cup of milk with 1/2 Tbsp of lemon juice or white vinegar.
  • Place parchment under before glazing- To keep it neat, place some parchment paper under the wire rack before adding the glaze for easy clean up.
Overhead view of Apple Fritter Bread, with glaze drizzled on top as it sits on a cooling rack, with green apples to the side.

FAQs

How do you keep apple fritters from getting soggy?

Apple fritters have a lot of moisture so one thing you can do to avoid your apple fritter bread from getting soggy is pat the diced apples dry with a paper towel before mixing them with other ingredients to get rid of excess moisture. Also storing it correctly will help.

Do homemade apple fritters freeze well?

This apple fritter bread freezes really well. You just need to wrap it well with foil and plastic wrap once it has fully cooled and store it in a ziplock bag to freeze. Thaw in the fridge overnight for a delightful breakfast.

Slices of Apple Fritter Bread with apples and a whisk nearby.

Serving Suggestions

This Apple Fritter Bread is one dessert that goes well with everything. Enjoy it with cookies, coffee, donuts, or other breads.

  • Cookies: Pair this apple bread with Pecan Shortbread Cookies, Coffee Cookies, Monster Cookies, or Gingersnap Cookies.
  • Donuts: Serve this Apple Fritter Bread with some Chocolate Donuts, Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts, Perfect Sugar Donuts, or Zeppole Recipe – Italian Donuts.
  • Breads: Pair this bread with others, such as this Double Chocolate Banana Bread, Pumpkin Bread, Panettone Bread, or Buttermilk Cornbread.
  • Beverages: Enjoy a slice of this bread with a Pumpkin Spice Latte, Hot Chocolate.Brown Sugar Boba, or Caramel Frappuccino (Starbucks Copycat).

    Make This Recipe in Advance

    Make ahead: This bread is easy to make ahead as it stores really well. Make the bread and then store it at room temperature for a day, then glaze it before serving.

    Storing: This Apple Fritter Bread can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container or wrapped tightly for a day or two. Longer than that and it should be refrigerated. It will stay fresh for about a week.

    Freeze: Yes, this apple fritter bread freezes really well. Just wrap the loaf or individual slices tightly with foil and plastic wrap once it’s cool. Then place them in the freezer for up to 6 months (flavor is best within the first month though). To defrost, just place them in the fridge overnight.

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    Apple Fritter Bread

    This Apple Fritter Bread is moist and delicious. Enjoy a slice of this sweet, apple flavored bread that has the texture of the best pound cake.

    5 from 1 vote

Print Pin Rate

Course: bread, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Servings: 8 slices

Calories: 441 kcal

Author: Dina

Ingredients

– 1/2 cup unsalted butter
– 3/4 cup granulated sugar
– 3/4 cup golden brown sugar divided
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 2 eggs
– 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 cup buttermilk
– 2 cups Granny Smith apples (about 2 small apples)2 cups Granny Smith apples (about 2 small apples)

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Instructions

    • Mix 1/2 cup unsalted softened butter, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, and 1/2 cup golden brown sugar using an electric hand mixer in a large bowl.
    • Add 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract to the mixture and beat until smooth.
      Steps to make Apple Fritter Bread: cream the butter and sugars together with an electric hand mixer, then add the vanilla and eggs and mix.
    • Combine 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a separate bowl.
    • Add half of the flour mixture to the batter and mix.
    • Then add half of buttermilk to the batter and mix again.
    • Add the remaining flour, mix. Add the other 1/4 cup of buttermilk and mix again.
      Steps to make Apple Fritter Bread: sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together, then add it to the batter with buttermilk and combine.
    • Dice up 2 Granny Smith apples and discard the cores.
    • Combine the diced apples, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and extra brown sugar if desired (optional) in a bowl.
      Steps to make Apple Fritter Bread: dice the apples and combine with lemon juice, cinnamon, and brown sugar with a spoon.
    • Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and coat it with nonstick spray. Pour half the batter into the pan. Add half the apples, then the remaining batter.
    • Top with the rest of the apple mixture and another 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean after inserting it in the middle of the loaf.
      Steps to make Apple Fritter Bread: place the batter in a loaf pan and top with apple mixture, then add the rest of the batter, bake, top with more apples and then bake again.
    • Meanwhile, make the glaze by combining 1 cup of powdered sugar with 1 tablespoon of milk.
    • Once the fritter bread has slightly cooled, transfer it to a wire cooling rack and let it cool completely before drizzling the glaze on top.
      Steps to make Apple Fritter Bread: make the icing for the bread by combining milk and powdered sugar with a whisk.

    Notes

    Storing Apple Fritter Bread

    This sweet bread can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container or wrapped tightly for a day or two. Longer than that and it should be refrigerated. It will stay fresh for about a week.

    You can make it ahead of time!

    Yes, this apple fritter bread freezes really well. Just wrap the loaf or individual slices tightly with foil and plastic wrap once it’s cool. Then freeze them for up to 6 months (flavor is best within the first month though). To defrost, just place them in the fridge overnight.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 441kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 323mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 456IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg

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