Cinnamon Swirl Apple Bread

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This cinnamon swirl apple bread is an easy and quick treat to whip up. It’s super moist, filled with pockets of apples and swirls of cinnamon and sugar. Then it’s topped with a simple glaze that reminds you of apple fritters (but a healthier version). 


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  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • a pinch of ground nutmeg (optional)


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons milk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Granny Smith apple


  • 1/3 cup icing sugar, sifted
  • 12 teaspoons hot water


  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Make your filling/topping. In a small bowl combine brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix to combine and set aside.
  3. Make your cake. In a large bowl combine sugar, melted butter, sour cream, eggs, milk and vanilla extract. Mix by hand (or use an electric mixer ) until ingredients are combined and smooth. Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix to combine.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and mix until just combined (don’t overmix the batter).
  6. Peel, core and chop apple into 1/2 inch cubes.
  7. Add all but a handful of the chopped apples and fold into the batter.
  8. Pour half the batter into your prepared loaf pan and smooth out into a single layer.
  9. Next add half of the cinnamon sugar filling and smooth out. Using a flat butter knife cut swirls through the batter.
  10. Top with the remaining batter and smooth out again into a single layer. Add the handful of reserved apples and top with the rest of the cinnamon sugar mixture. Again use the butter knife to cut swirls through the batter.
  11. Bake in the oven for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  12. Let cool on a wire rack for 10-20 minutes.
  13. Meanwhile, make your glaze. Add sifted icing sugar to a bowl. Whisk in hot water until you reach the desired consistency. Spoon or drizzle the glaze over the top of the loaf. Let the glaze set for 5-10 minutes before slicing.


Store leftover apple bread in an airtight container or tin for up to two days.


Keywords: Apple bread, Apple Fritter Bread, Quick Bread

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