Apple Pie Yeast Bread Recipe

Your fall baking dreams are about to come true. This Apple Pie Yeast Bread brings together the best of both worlds: the softness of a freshly baked bread with sweet spiced apple pie filling.

swirled sandwich load with apple pie filling inside.

❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Fall Vibes: Every slice embodies the essence of fall.
  • Versatile: Perfect for breakfast, snack, or dessert.
  • Homey Aroma: Filling your home with the comforting scent of fresh bread and spiced apples.

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 counter

You’ll need the following for this fall yeast bread:

  • Water
  • Vegetable oil or butter
  • All-purpose flour
  • Brown sugar
  • Salt
  • Egg
  • Instant yeast
  • Apple pie filling (homemade or store-bought are both fine!)

🍴Instructions

Step One: knead the dough

ingredients for dough before and after kneading.

Combine and knead all those dough ingredients. If you’re using a stand mixer or bread machine, you’re looking for that soft, smooth texture. Kind of like a baby’s cheek but doughy.

Step Two: first rise

dough in bowl before and after rising.

Pop that dough into a lightly-oiled bowl. Cover it snugly with some greased plastic wrap. Let it rise for about an hour in a warm place.

Step three

dough stretched into rectangle and being rolled in loaf.

Once risen, gently spread it on your counter, aiming for a rectangle (about 9 x 24 inches). Evenly spread that yummy apple pie filling. Now roll it up and place it into your loaf pan. Think of it like giving it a cozy blanket.

Step Four

apple pie bread loaf shaped.

Step Five: second rise and bake


Rise Again:
Let the dough rest for another hour covered in plastic wrap. After it has risen, brush it lightly with a beaten egg for a nice finish.

Baking: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Bake the loaf for 40 minutes until it achieves a golden-brown hue. Allow it to cool completely before slicing.

🥫 Storage instructions

Be patient! It’s tempting to dive into your freshly baked bread, but waiting ensures the texture sets properly. Cutting into a hot loaf can cause it to become gummy or overly moist inside, so allow it to cool completely to get the best texture and flavor.

🔍 FAQs

How do I ensure my bread has a soft crust, not a crispy one?

If you prefer a softer crust, you can brush the loaf with melted butter immediately after it comes out of the oven. The butter not only gives the crust a delightful flavor but also softens it.

My bread didn’t rise as much as I expected. What went wrong?

There could be several reasons. Your yeast might be old or inactive, the dough might not have been kneaded enough, or the environment might have been too cold for rising. Ensure you use fresh yeast, knead properly, and let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free location.

Can I use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour?

Yes, but substituting whole wheat flour will give the bread a denser texture and a nuttier flavor. If you’re not keen on using entirely whole wheat, try a mix of both whole wheat and all-purpose flour to maintain some of the original texture while adding a wholesome touch. Adjustments in liquid might be needed as whole wheat flour absorbs more water.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • Consistent Temperature: Make sure your oven maintains a consistent temperature throughout baking. An oven thermometer can be a handy tool if you suspect your oven might run hotter or cooler than indicated.
  • Check for Doneness: Apart from the golden color, another way to check if the bread is done is to tap its bottom. It should sound hollow. If it doesn’t, give it a few more minutes in the oven.
  • Ingredient Temperature Matters: When the recipe calls for room temperature ingredients, it’s for a reason. For instance, room-temperature eggs incorporate more easily into the dough, resulting in a better texture.

📘 more fall apple Recipes

🍽 Serve it with

  • Enjoy with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
  • Perfect with a cup of chai or hot cocoa.
  • Makes a delicious base for French toast!

📖 Here’s the recipe

close up view of cut apple yeasted bread.

Apple Pie Yeast Bread

Pie filling rolled up into a sweet, soft bread dough. All the best flavors of fall in one slice.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Rising time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Serving Size 10 slices

Equipment

  • Stand mixer or bread machine optional
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Plastic Wrap

Ingredients 

For Bread Dough

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon veg oil or butter
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons instant yeast

For Assembly

  • ½ cup apple pie filling
  • 1 egg beaten

Instructions 

  • Combine and knead all ingredients. Add all the dough ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer or bread machine. for 5-7 minutes, until soft and smooth. The dough should be soft, smooth and elastic.
  • Allow dough to rise once. Place dough in a clean, lightly-oiled bowl and cover with greased plastic wrap. Allow to rise in a warm place for 1 hour, until nearly doubled in size.
  • Shape and rise again. Turn dough out onto a clean counter and stretch into a 9 x 24-inch rectangle. Spread the apple filling in a thin layer. Fold down the top corners of the dough, then roll into a log. Pinch all seams shut and place seam side down into a greased loaf pan.
  • Second rise. Cover the loaf with greased plastic wrap and place in a warm place to rise again for an hour, until the dough has risen 1-2 inches above the edge of the pan. Brush with a beaten egg for extra shine. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 375 degrees with a rack in the center.
  • Bake. Bake at 350℉ for 40 minutes until the loaf is deep golden brown. Turn out onto a cooling rack and allow to cool at least 2 hours before slicing. Refrigerate any leftovers after 1 day.

Notes

Don’t slice until the loaf is cool! Use a very sharp knife as well. 

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