This delicious Amish Apple Fritter Bread is like having Apple cake and Apple fritters in one delightful loaf of bread!
It is a soft, moist quick-bread layered with chunks of crisp, spiced apples swirled with cinnamon and brown sugar drizzled with a classic sweet glaze.
This amazing, foolproof apple bread recipe will make a delicious treat perfect to go with your morning or afternoon coffee or tea!
The Best Homemade Amish Apple Fritter Bread
Homemade bread is one of life’s wonders for me! Nothing beats the tantalizing aroma that fills every nook of the kitchen and then finally biting into a warm, freshly baked piece of bread.
With the apple season still in full swing and having successfully navigated my way around Caramel Apple Dump cake, Apple Crostata, and Apple Fritters, I decided to try my hand at making this super easy Amish bread recipe.
And it was absolutely delightful! The bread is fluffy, buttery, and sweet with pops of crispiness and tartness from the fresh apple chunks.
Infused with vanilla and cinnamon flavor, it is the perfect Christmas treat to enjoy at home or give to your loved ones this holiday season. I’m probably going to do a triple batch next time; they are that good!
Why you’ll Love This
- This easy Amish apple fritter bread recipe does not call for any fancy ingredients. Just your usual baking essentials and some sweet and tart granny smiths.
- You don’t need to be an expert baker to make this apple bread! All you need is 20 minutes to make the batter, apple mixture, and cinnamon sugar. Then simply layer them and swirl away!
- Since fresh apples are available year-round, you can make this easy autumn recipe to enjoy any time of the year!
- Salted butter
- Greek yogurt
- Baking powder
- Brown sugar
- Cream or milk
Kitchen Supplied You’ll Need
- 9X5 inch loaf pan
- Mixing bowls
- Stand mixer
How to Make the Perfect Apple Fritter Bread
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with non-stick spray.
STEP 1: Cream the Butter. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth.
STEP 2: Make the Batter. Add in the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla extract. Mix in the baking powder and all purpose flour until well blended. Gently add Greek yogurt and milk, then mix until smooth. Set aside.
STEP 3: Make Apple Coating. In a small mixing bowl, stir together brown sugar and cinnamon.
STEP 4: Prepare the Spiced Apples. Peel and dice apples before tossing them into the brown sugar and cinnamon coating.
STEP 5: Assemble. Pour half of the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Then layer on half of the apple mixture and sprinkle brown sugar-cinnamon mixture on top. Gently swirl through the layers. Repeat these steps to make another layer using the remaining batter.
STEP 6: Bake. Put it in the preheated oven and bake for an hour or until baked through.
STEP 7: Let it Cool. Allow the bread to cool for at least 30 minutes in a wire rack before adding the glaze.
STEP 8: Make the Glaze. While the bread is cooling, make your glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar, cream/milk, and vanilla until smooth.
STEP 9: Glaze, Slice, and Serve. Drizzle glaze over the cooled Apple fritter bread before cutting it into slices. Serve and enjoy!
Tips when making Apple Fritter Bread
- Make sure to properly grease your loaf pan to easily remove the bread. You can also line it with parchment paper and leave some overhang so you can pull it out quickly.
- Do not overmix your batter, or it will turn out too dense and tough. Mix until there are no dry spots and large lumps left. Small lumps are okay.
- If you don’t work quickly, the chopped apples coated with brown sugar and cinnamon will begin to sweat and release juices. If this happens, use a slotted spoon to drain some of the liquid before adding them on top of each layer of batter.
- The baking time depends on the oven and the size of the pan you will use. The best way to check for doneness is to insert a toothpick at the center of the loaf; if it comes out with no batter sticking to it, then it is baked enough.
- If the loaf starts getting dark on top before it is fully baked, put a piece of aluminum foil over the top to protect it from burning.
- Ensure that your loaf is completely cooled before glazing it; otherwise, it will melt and soak in the bread instead of coating it.
- If your powdered sugar glaze is too thin, add more confectioners’ sugar. On the other hand, you can add more cream or milk if it is too thick to achieve a smooth glaze consistency.
Substitutions and Variations
This delicious quick bread recipe is great on its own but can be spruced and modified to your liking.
- Add a cup of walnuts, other fresh fruits, or chocolate chips to your batter if you want variance in the flavor and more texture on your bread.
- To keep it simpler, you can just dust the confectioner’s sugar on top of the bread instead of making the glaze.
- You can add color or flavoring to your glaze by using fruit juice instead of cream or milk. You might need more confectioners sugar to thicken it, though.
- Use your preferred gluten-free flour brand to make this recipe acceptable for those with gluten intolerance.
- For vegans, you can use vegan yogurt, applesauce instead of eggs, vegan butter, and non-dairy milk and cream like almond or soy.
Storing Amish Apple Fritter Bread
You can store the cooled bread in an airtight container or plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 4 days.
You can make several loaves and freeze the rest for later. They can stay frozen for up to 2 months.
When reheating, thaw the bread first in the fridge overnight, then place it in the oven for a few minutes until warmed through.
Frequently Asked Questions
I would recommend Honeycrisp, Braeburn, pink lady, gala, or Fuji – these will all have a good flavor and nice texture in the bread.
Yes, you absolutely can! For a Bundt pan, you would prepare the recipe exactly the same way as written but may need to adjust the bake time. Check it after 45 minutes in the oven and add 5 minutes at a time more, if necessary. If you make this recipe into muffins, start checking them after 20 minutes.
I find that the glaze makes it taste more like apple fritters and is delicious. But, it is absolutely not necessary.
You could use milk instead. Just increase the milk from ¼ cup to ⅔ cup, and I would recommend adding a Tablespoon of vinegar to that. Let it sit for a couple of minutes before adding it to the batter. This will give the bread a little more lift.
The flavors are identical except that this is baked and apple fritters are fried.
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- ½ cup salted butter, softened
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- 2 medium eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 ½ cups flour
- ½ cup greek yogurt
- ¼ cup milk
- 2 medium granny smith apples, about 2 cups
- ½ cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Brown sugar – Cinnamon mixture
- ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
- ½ Tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 3 Tablespoon cream, or milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla, white or dark
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×5-inch loaf pan by spraying it with non-stick spray.
- In a large bowl, beat together ½ cup butter and ⅔ cup sugar until smooth.
- Then, one at a time, beat in the eggs. Mix in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
- Mix in baking powder and flour. Mix only until blended – do not overmix.
- Add greek yogurt and milk into batter and gently mix just until smooth. Set this aside.
- In a separate bowl, stir together the apple coating, ½ cup brown sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Set this aside.
- Peel and dice the 2 apples. Add these to the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture to coat.
- Pour half of the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Then layer on half the apple mixture. Sprinkle ½ of the brown sugar/cinnamon/sugar mixture on top of the apple layer. Gently swirl a knife through the layers.
- Then we’ll repeat the layers one more time: batter, then apple mixture, then end with the brown sugar-cinnamon mixture. Again, use a knife to swirl through the layers.
- Bake the loaf until it is fully cooked (an inserted toothpick comes out with no batter sticking to it). Check it after 50 minutes, then after each 5 minutes. If the loaf starts getting dark on top before the loaf is fully baked, put a piece of tin foil over the top to protect it from burning.
- When the loaf is removed from the oven it needs to cool for at least 30 minutes before you add the glaze (otherwise it will all soak in).
- While the loaf is cooling you could make the glaze. Whisk together confectioners sugar, cream, and vanilla until smooth. You can thicken it by using more confectioners sugar, or thin it by using more cream.
StorageYou can store the cooled bread in an airtight container or plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 4 days. You can make several loaves and freeze the rest for later. They can stay frozen for up to 2 months. When reheating, thaw the bread first in the fridge overnight, then place it in the oven for a few minutes until warmed through.
FAQs about Apple Fritter Bread
- Besides Granny Smith – what varieties of apples can I use? I would recommend Honeycrisp, Braeburn, pink lady, gala, or fuji – these will all have a good flavor and nice texture in the bread.
- Could I make this recipe as muffins or in a bundt pan? Yes, you absolutely can! For a bundt pan, you would prepare the recipe exactly the same way as written but may need to adjust the bake time. Check it after 45 minutes in the oven and add 5 minutes at a time more, if necessary. If you make this recipe into muffins, start checking them after 20 minutes.
- I think the bread is sweet enough – why is there a glaze? I find that the glaze makes it taste more like apple fritters and is delicious. But, it is absolutely not necessary.
- I don’t have any yogurt around – what else could I use? You could use milk instead. Just increase the milk from ¼ cup to ⅔ cup, and I would recommend adding a Tablespoon of vinegar to that. Let it sit for a couple of minutes before adding it to the batter. This will give the bread a little more lift.
- What is the difference from the classic apple fritters? The flavors are identical except that this is baked and apple fritters are fried.