Apple Cinnamon Bread

As a kid I didn’t love Fall. I didn’t love apples. How can you as a kid?

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Fall marked the end of summer which meant the sun clipped all the neighborhood games and playing by an hour. And worst, stone fruits gave away to apples.

I’m not talking about the sweet varieties like the honey crisps, the jonagolds and the ambrosia. All I can recall ever having were mealy, Red Delicious apples and eye-crossingly tart Granny Smiths.

Do you see why Fall was such a seasonal bust in my world view back then?

Fast forward a 20+ years, and I’m wearing boots in 90 degree weather, pulling out scarves and sweaters for when it dips just below 78 and making the unrelenting heat worse by turning the house into a sweat box while baking up Fall treats like this apple cinnamon bread.

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Yep, I’m officially old according to my son, “Apple bread is what old people like, not kids, Mom. Can I have a Fruit Roll-up instead?”

Well at least I used good apples like honey crisps.

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Apple Cinnamon Bread

Recipe adapted from Better, Homes and Gardens, here

Yield: Yields on 8x4x2 loaf pan, about 16 servings


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped, peeled tart apples






Preparation: Grease a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a stand mixer bowl fitted with a paddle attachment beat together granulated sugar, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla on low speed until combined. Increase speed to medium and  beat for 2 minutes.

Stir together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt; add to sour cream mixture, beating on low speed until combined; set aside. In a small bowl combine sugar and cinnamon.  Turn half of batter into prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon mixture and chopped apples; repeat with remaining ingredients. Give the batter a quick swirl with a knife to distribute the cinnamon mixture and apples through out the loaf.

Bake in a 350 degree F for 55 to 60 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.



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  1. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonTori says

    This looks wonderful! Oh and it’s so festive and perfect for Fall! I adore all things apple this time of year.

  2. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    If apple bread is what old people call, call me a fossil, because this bread looks perfect! I love fall, fall flavors and definitely boots and scarves so I’m pumped this season is here. Time to get my bake on! Pinned!

  3. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonCheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says

    HA! Well I guess I am an old fart too, because I would happily eat an entire loaf of this apple cinnamon bread! It looks super moist and ultra delicious! Pinned! Cheers to a fabulous week!

  4. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonJocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says

    Girl don’t worry. Being old is just fine when you make stuff like this. It looks sensational!

  5. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonLiz @ Floating Kitchen says

    Ha ha. Well, I’d happily be considered old if it meant I got to eat this gorgeous bread!

  6. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonCarol Abnett says

    I went to make this but you have not said what to do with the butter, it is in the ingredients list but not in the method.

  7. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonLaurel says

    At the top of the recipe it says it yields an 8 x 4 loaf, but your directions say to prepare a 9 x 5 loaf pan. Which size pan should we use? Thanks.

  8. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonBrian @ A Thought For Food says

    HA! And then you handed him a piece of that cake and he loved it and you were like, “Yeah, see? Apple cake isn’t just for old farts like me.” 😉

  9. Avatar for Naomi Robinsonwhatsgabycooking says

    I bet your son would change his mind if you added a big dollop of vanilla ice cream on top! which is totally how I want to eat this whole bread!!

  10. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonMary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says

    Gorgeous Naomi! Your son’s comment reminds me of my boys when they were kids! When I made homemade from scratch cinnamon rolls my oldest said, “Hey, Mom I like the ones in the can! You know, the dough boy one?!” UGH!

  11. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonBilly says

    I’ve been making a ton of bread myself the past few weeks.. Must be something in the water. HOWEVER yours looks fantastic Naomi!

  12. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonLisa G. says

    This looks quite delicious, and I want to make it, but – where does the butter come in? It’s in the ingredients list, but not mentioned in the instructions. Does it get creamed at the beginning?

  13. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonKaitlin says

    RED DELICIOUS APPLES WERE THE BANE OF MY CHILDHOOD. Why did our parents buy those?! Surely there were other, tastier, apples available then as there are now?! I have a vivid memory of being yelled at for crying about having to finish one. Why did they have to be so big and styrofoam–y? To this day, looking at them makes me sneer.

    Your son doesn’t know what he’s missing…. At least you buy good apples 😛

  14. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonClaudia | The Brick Kitchen says

    Gorgeous bread! Love the cinnamon swirl and studs of apple – perfect for autumn. And totally understand you encouraging it to hurry up and arrive a little sooner – we are in the southern hemisphere heading into summer and all this talk of pumpkins and apples has me almost wishing we could skip straight to the cooler weather :)

  15. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonEd Sedarbaum says

    The luscious sounding bread is now happily baking in my oven, but I never figured out what I was supposed to do with the butter. Did anyone ever get an answer to that question? I just left it out.

  16. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonMolly says

    I was wondering about the butter, too. In the recipe this one references, the butter is combined in a saucepan with the brown sugar. So when I made the apple cinnamon bread, I melted the butter in the microwave and stirred the brown sugar and cinnamon into it. This resulted in lovely cinnamon-y swirls throughout the bread, so I’m fairly confident that that’s what was meant for the butter.

  17. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonFufu hams says

    Hello, your recipe is great! Super delicious! But one thing I though I should let you know is that in the ingredients it asked for 1/4 cup butter and no where in the directions does it say to add the butter in. I went ahead and added it to the wet ingredients, but just thought you should know and fix it for the non-bakers who might have trouble with something like that.