Apple Fritter Bread

I’ve taken all the amazing flavors of apple fritters and turned them into this Apple Fritter Bread. This homemade quick bread is filled with cinnamon and tender apples, and it’s sweet but not too sweet. Perfect for dessert or an afternoon snack, it’s moist, flavorful, and oh-so-good!

Apple fritter bread in a loaf pan with fresh apples around it

If you love the smell and flavor of apples and cinnamon, then this easy homemade quickbread is for you! Packed with apples and topped with a sweet glaze, everyone loves this apple fritter loaf! 

I love making it for the family – the kids gobble it up right out of the oven (after it’s cooled a bit), but I also love to wrap up loaves of this apple bread in pretty paper as gifts. 

But the best part about this cinnamon-apple bread, other than the amazing smell of it baking in the oven, is how easy it is to make! My favorite part, hands-down, is the crunchy top!

Slice of apple fritter bread with a fork on a white plate

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. Thank you for your support to help keep this site running!

It’s really simple to make and the flavor is just amazing. My favorite part is the crunchy top, hands down!

If you bake this in a clear loaf pan, you can see the apple layer on the side and it’s kinda beautiful.

Sometimes I top this homemade bread with a simple 2 ingredient glaze, and sometimes I don’t add the glaze at all. Totally up to you!

Apple fritter bread in a loaf pan with fresh apples around it

What ingredients do I need to make this Apple Fritter Bread?

There is a video of Mrs Happy Homemaker making this recipe at the bottom of the post, right above the printable recipe!

You don’t need any fancy ingredients or special equipment to make this tasty apple bread recipe, just some measuring cups and a loaf pan! And, if you bake it in a clear loaf pan, you can see the apple layer on the side, and it’s kinda beautiful! Here’s your cast of  ingredients to make Apple Fritter Bread:

  • Brown sugar – Use light brown sugar instead of dark for this delicious quickbread recipe.
  • Cinnamon – Ground cinnamon, and if your jar has been lurking in your spice cupboard for more than a few years, it’s time to replace it with a new jar!
  • Butter – One stick will do the trick – let it soften on the counter first.
  • Eggs 
  • Vanilla extract – you can save the fancy stuff for another recipe. Artificial vanilla extract is fine for this recipe.
  • All-purpose flour – I haven’t tested this recipe with whole wheat flour, so I’d suggest sticking with AP flour.
  • Baking powder – We need the loaf to rise a bit.
  • Buttermilk – Use full-fat buttermilk. You could use ½ cup of milk if you don’t have buttermilk, but the buttermilk in this recipe is SO good!

For the apple filling:

  • Apples – I like a tarter apple for this recipe. Peel, core and chop the apples first.
  • Cinnamon – More cinnamon! I told you there was cinnamon in this recipe!
  • Sugar – Granulated white sugar.

For the glaze:

  • Powdered sugar – Also known as white confectioner’s sugar.
  • Milk
Apple fritter bread in a loaf pan with fresh apples around it

What’s the best Non Stick Cooking Spray for baking?

I love using Baker’s Joy nonstick cooking spray because it has flour right in the spray. This means that you can spray and flour your pans all at once. How clever is that?

How to make this recipe?

  • Preheat your oven to 350-F degrees and spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Whisk the brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon in a small bowl. Set this aside.
  • Cream the granulated sugar and butter until light and fluffy. An electric hand mixer is perfect for this! 
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating in between. Then add the vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Combine the flour and baking powder in a small bowl, then add the flour mixture to the batter and blend until combined.
  • Add the buttermilk and mix until smooth.
  • Pour half of the batter into your prepared loaf pan and spread it evenly.
Apple fritter bread in a loaf pan with a bowl of batter on the other

To make the filling:

  1. Mix the apples, cinnamon, and sugar in another bowl. Mix well.
  2. Top the batter with half of the apples.

To make the glaze:

  1. Whisk the milk into the powdered sugar until smooth.

To finish your easy Apple Fritter Bread recipe:

  1. Smooth the remaining batter over the top of the apples, then finish the top layer with the remaining apples. Press the apples down slightly.
  2. Sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture over the top of the apples.
  3. Bake the bread for about 70-75 minutes. Let it cool in the pan for about 30 minutes, then drizzle the glaze over the cooled bread.
  4. Enjoy!
Apple fritter bread in a loaf pan

Tips to Making the Best Apple Bread:

  • There’s plenty of sweetness in this recipe, so you don’t need to use sweet apples. If you want a loaf that’s not so sweet, use Granny Smith or another tart apple. I like using a good-eating apple, like Gala apples. They hold their texture when baked, too.
  • Buttermilk puts this recipe over the top! But it’s thick, so if you’re using regular milk, you won’t need to use quite as much.
  • Get everything measured out ahead of time, and this apple bread recipe comes together quickly!

How to Serve

I love serving this country Apple Fritter Bread with a scoop of ice cream for a decadent dessert, but I’ll tell y’all, this bread is so good on its own that it doesn’t need a thing! Except maybe a cup of coffee and a few minutes of peace and quiet away from the kids to enjoy it!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will Apple Bread last?

Covered tightly, this bread will stay fresh for a day or two on the counter. If you want to keep it longer than that, slice it and freeze it! I love freezing individual slices so I can thaw a slice whenever I’ve got a hankering for a bite of something sweet.

Is this Apple Bread healthy?

Well, apples are good for you, right? There’s a fair bit of butter in this apple loaf recipe, so no, it’s not really healthy. But, all things in moderation!  A slice or two can’t hurt!

Is Apple Fritter Bread the same as Apple Pie Bread?

Yes! The idea behind both is that they’ve got big chunks of delicious apples in them, oh, and lots of cinnamon!

Slice of apple fritter bread with a fork on a white plate

Apple Fritter Bread


  • 1/3 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Stick Unsalted butter softened
  • 2/3 Cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 Cups all purpose flour
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 Cup Buttermilk – full fat (or substitute for 1/2 milk)

For the apple filling

  • 2 Cups apples – peeled, cored, and chopper
  • 1 Tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar

For the optional glaze

  • 1/2 Cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp milk


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees & spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. I like to use Baker’s Joy because it has the added flour – great for baked goods. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream the 2/3 cup granulated sugar and butter until light and fluffy with an electric mixer. Beat in the eggs one at a time and then add the vanilla. Mix until just combined. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture; stir until combined. Add the milk and mix until smooth. Pour half of the batter into the prepared loaf pan and spread out evenly.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the apple filling ingredients. Pour half of the apples over the batter in the loaf pan, then spread on the remaining batter. Top with the rest of the apples and press the apples down slightly. Sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture over top of the bread.
  • Bake at 350F for 70-75 minutes. Mix the optional glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over the cooled bread, if desired.