Apple Pie Bread with Streusel Topping — If you like apple crumble pie, you’re going to love this EASY no-mixer apple pie bread!! Soft, tender, moist bread with the contrast of the slightly crunchy crumble topping is PERFECT! Great for breakfast, brunch, snacks, or dessert!!
This recipe for apple pie bread is super soft, tender, moist, and is impossible to resist! Since I am a fan of crumble topping like you wouldn’t believe, this bread was absolutely perfect for me.
Honestly, it’s so good that you could call it apple crumble coffee cake and no one would bat an eye.
I loved this bread for breakfast with a cup of coffee. It would also be great for brunch, as an afternoon snack, and definitely great as dessert, too. A very versatile bread indeed.
Apple Pie Bread Ingredients
I borrowed the streusel topping from this Cinnamon Sugar Streusel Banana Bread because I knew it would yield exactly the right amount.
For the crumble topping you will need:
- All-purpose flour
- Granulated sugar
- Brown sugar
I adapted the bread portion of this bread from my Carrot Apple Bread, which has been a total reader favorite for years. I simply omitted the carrots and in their place, used extra apples, and added a bit more flour.
For the apple pie quick bread you will need:
- Light brown sugar
- Vegetable, Canola, or Melted Coconut Oil
- Granulated sugar
- Sour cream or Greek yogurt
- Vanilla extract
- Ground ginger
- Ground nutmeg
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder and baking soda
- Grated apples
What Are the Best Apples to Use?
It’s likely that red apples such as Fuji, Gala, or Honey Crisp would work fine in this apple pie loaf bread. However, I used two large Granny Smith green apples.
Should I Peel the Apples?
Yes, I recommend peeling the apples before you grate them. You do not need to wring them out in paper towels before adding them to the batter as you would with zucchini, for example.
How to Make Apple Pie Bread
Making apple cinnamon pie bread is super easy, even if it doesn’t use store-bought apple pie filling. Detailed instructions can be found in the recipe card at the end of this post.
Here’s a look at how the apple pie filling bread is prepared:
- First you’re going to make the crumble topping by melting butter and very lighting ‘fluffing in’ flour, sugars, cinnamon, and salt.
- Set the crumble aside and to a large bowl simply whisk together the egg, sugars, oil, sour cream or Greek yogurt, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, then fold in the remaining ingredients.
- Turn the batter into a greased 9×5-inch loaf pan, sprinkle the crumble topping, and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- One the bread is out of the oven, let it rest in the pan for about 30 minutes before removing it to finish cooling on a wire rack.
Tip: In step 1, you’re actually very lightly fluffing the mixture with a fork to combine it until small marbles and pebbles form. You are not ‘stirring’, you are fluffing lightly and gently.
Can I Make This in a Smaller Loaf Pan?
I believe an 8×4-inch pan would be too small and it would overflow and I don’t recommend it.
Can I Make This Recipe as Muffins?
Muffins would be fine, although it’s much more work to add batter individually to about 18 muffin cavities, and then top each with the crumble topping.
If you do try it, I recommend baking for about 20 to 25 minutes, which is purely my educated guess. I am all about the least work possible which is why I baked this apple pie bread as one loaf!
Can I Use Whole Wheat Flour?
I’ve only ever made this apple pie bread recipe as written, so I can’t say for sure if whole wheat flour would work. My gut says no, but if you try it and it works for you please leave me a comment so I can try it myself.
Can I Use Gluten-Free Flour?
If you use a cup-for-cup style gluten-free flour replacement for all-purpose that’s intended for baking, it may work fine, but since I haven’t tested it personally, I cannot say for sure.
Tips for Making Apple Pie Quick Bread
Spices: I used a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to make the bread batter. If desired, you can replace the spices with apple pie spice or even pumpkin spice if you have some to use up.
Apples: You need to use a baking apple for this recipe, aka one that won’t turn to mush once baked Granny Smith are my top choice.
Streusel topping: Technically you can make the apple pie loaf bread without the streusel topping, but I don’t know why you’d want to omit it!
Bake time: When baking this easy apple bread, I recommend that you tent the pan with a sheet of foil draped loosely over it at the 30 to 35-minute mark to prevent the tops and sides from becoming too browned before center cooks through.
Baking times will vary based on the exact moisture content of your apples, climate, and oven variances.
You need to bake the apple bread until it’s done; watch your bread, not the clock and don’t worry if it takes longer to bake than the baking estimates provided.
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- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus 1 to 2 tablespoons more if needed
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/3 cup canola, vegetable, or liquid-state coconut oil
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup cup sour cream or Greek yogurt (use varieties with fat in them)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger, or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, or to taste
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1 1/2 cups grated apples, peeled first (I used 2 large Granny Smith green apples; Fuji, Gala, Honeycrisp or similar may be substituted)
- Preheat oven to 350F. Spray one 9x5-inch loaf pan very well with floured cooking spray or grease and flour the pans; set aside.
- Crumble Topping - To a medium bowl, add the melted butter, 1/3 cup flour, sugars, cinnamon salt, and fluff very lightly with a fork to combine until small marbles and pebbles form. Tip - You are not ‘stirring’, you are fluffing lightly and gently. If the topping is very wet and is not fluffing into small pebbles and marbles and is more like wet sand, add additional flour up to 1/2 cup total, or as necessary, to create a streusel; set aside.
- Bread - To a large bowl, add egg, brown sugar, oil, granulated sugar, sour cream or Greek yogurt, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and whisk to combine.
- Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and fold with spatula or stir gently with a spoon until just combined; don’t overmix.
- Add the grated apples (you don't need to wring them out like you would with zucchini), and fold gently to combine.
- Turn the batter out into the prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
- Evenly sprinkle with the reserved crumble topping.
- Bake for about 45 to 52 minutes (I baked 48 minutes) or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Tip - I recommend tenting the pan with a sheet of foil draped loosely over it at the 30 to 35-minute mark so the tops and sides don't become too browned before center cooks through.
- Allow bread to cool in pan for about 30 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving.*
*Baking times will vary based on moisture content of your apples, climate, and oven variances. Bake until done; watch your bread, not the clock and don’t worry if it takes longer to bake than the baking estimates provided.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 242Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 320mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 2gSugar: 23gProtein: 5g
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