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Apple Fritter Breads

Updated: Mar 31, 2022

This easy and quick bread is loaded with apples inside and on top, swirled with brown sugar and spices, and drizzled with a sweet vanilla glaze. Tasting like classic apple fritters, but without the grease from frying, this buttery, moist, and tender bread is more cake-like making it perfect for breakfast or dessert.

Apple Fritter Breads with Sweet Vanilla Glaze

Buttery Apple Fritter Breads

Chunky Apple Fritter Breads

Tender Apple Fritter Breads

Makes 1 full-sized or 6 mini loaves


Spiced Apples

  • 2 medium apples, peeled and chopped

  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar

  • 1 ¼ tsp ground cinnamon

  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg

  • ½ tsp cornstarch

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar, packed

  • 1 ¼ tsp ground cinnamon

  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg


  • ½ cup salted butter, softened

  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • ¼ tsp salt

  • ½ cup whole milk

Vanilla Glaze

  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted

  • 1 Tbsp whole milk

  • ⅛ tsp pure vanilla extract


Spiced Apples

  1. Mix the apples with the granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cornstarch; set aside.

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  1. Mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg for the topping; set aside.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray one 9x5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Or you can use 6 mini loaf pans like I did. (My pans are about 2.5" x 3.75" each.)

  2. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, then add in the vanilla and mix until incorporated. Use a rubber spatula to gently fold in the applesauce until combined.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

  4. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Then stir in the milk until incorporated. (The batter will be lumpy. Be careful not to overmix.)

  5. Spoon a layer of the batter evenly into the bottom of each well of the prepared pan. Add a layer of the apple mixture, and then sprinkle with a layer of the brown sugar topping. Spoon another layer of the batter on top of the apple layer, followed by another layer of the apples. Then evenly sprinkle the tops with the remaining brown sugar topping. Lightly press the apples into the batter using the back of a spoon.

  6. If using mini loaf pans, bake the breads for about 30-35 minutes. If using a standard loaf pan, bake the bread for about 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the breads cool in the pan(s) for about 10 minutes, and then turn out onto a wire rack. Allow the breads to cool completely before glazing.

Vanilla Glaze

  1. Whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled breads.

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