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Apple Cinnamon Quick Bread

Fresh apples, plenty of cinnamon, and a simple glaze to top it all off. This quick bread is easy to make and makes your house smell amazing.

You’ll make this heavenly Apple Cinnamon Quick Bread every fall. Simple, delicious, and irresistibly good!

quick bread with apples on cutting board.

❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Unbeatable Flavor: The combination of fresh apples and aromatic cinnamon is a timeless classic.
  • Effortless to Make: Even if you’re a beginner in the kitchen, this recipe is a piece of cake (or, in this case, bread).
  • Perfect for Any Occasion: Whether it’s a weekend treat or a special occasion, this bread always hits the spot.
  • Makes the House Smell Divine: Enough said!

This is an overview of the ingredients. You’ll find the full measurements and instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of the page.

ingredients on marble counter.

You’ll need the following for this autumn quick bread:

  • Vegetable oil
  • Granulated sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • Large eggs
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Milk or buttermilk
  • Diced peeled apples
  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Loaf pan
  • Hand mixer or stand mixer (helpful, but not essential)


Step One: wet ingredients

mixing sugar and wet ingredients.

Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease your loaf pan or line it with parchment paper for easy removal later.

In a large bowl, combine the oil, sugars, and eggs until well mixed.

Step Two: finish the batter

adding. dry ingredients and milk alternately to batter.

Next, add the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Pour in half the milk and mix. Then add the remaining milk and mix until just combined.

Step three: add apples

batter before and after mixing in apples.

Stir in the diced apples, ensuring they’re distributed evenly in the batter.

Step Four: bake

loaf before and after baking.

Pour your batter into the prepared loaf pan. Place in the oven and bake for about 60 minutes. It’s done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Once baked, let the bread sit in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool.

Step Five: glaze

small bowl of glaze being mixed and drizzled on top.

For the glaze, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in a small bowl. Once the bread has cooled, drizzle the glaze over the top.

🥫 Storage instructions

  • Counter: Wrap the bread in plastic wrap or keep it in an airtight container. It’ll stay fresh for up to 4 days.
  • Freezing: If you want to save some for later, wrap it tightly in plastic and then foil. Pop it in the freezer, and it’ll be good for up to 3 months. To enjoy, thaw it overnight on the counter.

🔍 FAQs

Can I use different apples?

Absolutely! Feel free to pick your favorite variety.

I only have butter; can I use that?

Yes! While oil makes the cake moister, melted butter can be a delicious substitute.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • Make sure your apples are diced evenly to ensure they cook uniformly.
  • If you want to go a step further, add some chopped nuts for added crunch.
  • Always allow the bread to cool completely before adding the glaze to prevent it from melting away.

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finished loaf on parchmment.

📖 Here’s the recipe

sliced quick bread with diced apples and glaze.
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Apple Cinnamon Quick Bread

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Fresh apples, plenty of cinnamon, and a simple glaze to top it all off. This quick bread is easy to make and makes your house smell amazing.
Prep Time:20 minutes
Cook Time:1 hour
Total Time:1 hour 20 minutes
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  • 8.5. x 4.5 x 2.5 loaf pan


For the Bread

  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ cup milk or buttermilk
  • cups diced peeled apples about 2 medium apples

For the Glaze

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


Make the Bread

  • Prep. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan or line it with parchment paper.
  • Make the batter. In a large bowl, beat the oil, sugars, and egg until smooth and well blended. Add the dry ingredients and half of the milk. Beat for a few seconds. Add the remaining milk and beat a few seconds more. A few lumps are okay, but you don't want any dry spots.
  • Add the apples. Stir in the diced apples. Mix with a spatula to make sure everything is incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top.
  • Bake. Bake for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove the bread and transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.

Make the Glaze

  • Mix. While the bread is cooling, make the glaze. In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar, 1 tablespoons milk, and vanilla extract. If the glaze is too thick, add more milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Drizzle. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled bread. Allow the glaze to set for a few minutes before slicing and serving the bread.


Any type of apple is fine for this! 
You can substitute melted butter if you prefer, but oil is easier to work with a you’ll have a moister cake.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cinnammon bread, apple quick bread
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Katie Shaw
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