Glazed Apple Cinnamon Bread

Apple Cinnamon Bread

This glazed apple cinnamon bread is hard to resist!  It’s sweet enough to be considered dessert, but it’s shaped like a loaf of bread, which helps you justify eating multiple pieces throughout the day. (Confession: I tried to tell Mike it was cake and that we probably shouldn’t eat it for breakfast. He countered that it was just bread with a glaze and was therefore perfectly acceptable for breakfast or anytime. He won.)  The bread is dense and sweet and filled with fresh chopped apples and plenty of cinnamon. It was delicious on it’s own, but the glaze on top was just the icing on the cake bread. The house smelled amazing while the bread was baking, and the end result was so good that I’m embarrassed to tell you how quickly we ate it. Let’s just say it didn’t last long. I’m a big fan of pretty much anything with apples and cinnamon, but this bread is definitely one of my new favorite treats for Fall!

Apple Cinnamon Bread

Glazed Apple Cinnamon Bread

Yield: Makes 2 9x5 loaves of bread


For the bread:
1 1/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
2 1/2 c. dark brown sugar, packed
4 large eggs
3 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp. salt
2 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/4 c. Greek yogurt
2 tbsp. cinnamon, ground
1/2 tsp nutmeg, ground
1 1/2 c. pecans, whole
2 large apples, peeled and diced

For the glaze:
2 1/2 c. confectioners’ sugar
3/4 c. heavy cream


Preheat oven to 350°. Grease 2- 9″ x 5″ loaf pans and set aside.

Place the pecans on a baking sheet and toast for about 8 minutes, or until toasted, but not burnt. Remove and set aside to cool.

In a medium bowl, sift the flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking soda together. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and continue beating. Slowly add the sifted dry ingredients, beating until just incorporated. Beat in the Greek yogurt. Roughly chop the pecans and fold them into the batter. Fold in the apples Pour the batter into the prepared pans and lightly smooth the top of each unbaked loaf. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown on the top and a toothpick inserted in the center has only a few moist crumbs when removed. Cool for 10 minutes in pan, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Meanwhile, whisk the confectioners’ sugar and heavy cream together in a medium bowl. Continue whisking until the glaze is smooth with no lumps remaining. *Only add as much as heavy cream to get the glaze to the thickness you want. The glaze should be the consistency of very thick honey. Spread the glaze over the loaves.

adapted from Scarletta Bakes

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  1. Wow, Megan! Can I come by for a slice?! This looks wonderful — what a fun fall treat.

  2. i have been an avid fan of your site and this entry made me drool! nice entry!

  3. I’d have justified this for breakfast too! I even try justifying apple pie for breakfast 😉 Definitely loving this.

  4. Yummy…!!!!
    Thats just awesome…!!!!M so tempted…

  5. This bread looks amazing! I love all those huge apple chunks.

  6. That first picture is gorgeous Megan!

  7. Looks delicious! Loving the new look of the blog too!

  8. Perfect timing – we’re having an apple-themed pot-luck at work tomorrow and I have been unsure of what to make. (All of the obvious apple things were already taken!)

  9. Wow this bread looks amazing! I just went apple picking so def need to try this!

  10. Oh my gosh, this looks so perfect! That glaze is calling my name!!

  11. This bread looks amazing, Megan! Can’t wait to try it! I gave your site a little shout out on my blog today.

    • Abby, you are so sweet! Thanks for the shout out on your blog. I’ve been checking it recently (saw it on your facebook page a week or so ago!) to see how you guys are doing – it certainly sounds like an adventure! 🙂

  12. This looks delicious. I can’t wait to make it!

  13. That is gorgeous bread, Megan. Pass me a slice!

  14. This looks irresistibly yummy – a perfect fall treat!

  15. Stumbled upon your blog and made this recipe — it came out moist and sweet, perfect for fall! (And enough to share!) Can’t wait to try your buffalo chkn recipe… Thanks!

  16. This has Fall written all over it! A “must make”!

  17. I agree with Mike- this is completely acceptable for breakfast;-)

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  19. This looks so yummy! I’m certain this is the only time of year that I see a recipe like this one and can’t wait to try making it! Cool weather makes me want to bake. I love your justification to eat it throughout the day! Thanks!

  20. This is just perfect for this time of year. Love all the hearty chunks of apple inside.

  21. Candy made this recipe last week and we got some of the leftovers. (I initially thought it was an Amish bread she had purchased.) It was delicious (as anything she makes is). A perfect fall recipe! Thank you!

  22. I made this last night. Delicious! It’s a hit at my office today! Thank you again for another amazing idea

  23. This was delicious! I made one batch in mini loave pans for Christmas presents and then two the house and everyone has just raved over the bread! Thanks so much for sharing!

  24. Could I use plain yogurt instead of greek?

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