Preview: Although Grandma probably wouldn’t make this Sweet Apple Cinnamon Bread recipe with a bread machine, I’m pretty sure she would love to eat it. Spiced apples and raisins make this whole wheat loaf incredibly moist.
Are you lucky enough to live close to a good farmer’s market? There’s usually a fresh-bread booth or table where I see things I want to go home and bake myself. This Sweet Apple Cinnamon Bread recipe is my response to seeing yummy-looking apple yeast bread at these markets.
Pour yourself a cup of coffee and prepare to enjoy this sweet yeast bread you can mix and knead in your bread machine. The apples and raisins make an incredibly moist loaf I think you will enjoy. Move over cinnamon rolls!
Although this is a bread machine recipe, you can easily do it by hand or use a stand mixer. See the notes in the recipe.
If you ask Pinterest, one of the most popular posts on my website is entitled “Microwave Cinnamon Apples.” It’s super easy with only four ingredients and makes a healthy snack or dessert for 1-2 people.
Since I’m a bread-machine freak and love cooked apples, it was high time to create a bread recipe incorporating these easy-to-prepare apples.
Since I’m a yogurt maker, you probably won’t be surprised to hear that this Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Yeast Bread recipe also includes Greek yogurt (or use buttermilk if you prefer). Either way, the result will be a tender crumb, not unlike my favorite cinnamon rolls.
Top this apple-studded loaf with a streusel topping, or ice it with powdered sugar frosting. Frosting will make your loaf taste similar to a giant cinnamon roll. If you feel decadent, pour the frosting on top of a streusel-topped loaf.
KITCHEN TIP: Sweet Apple-Cinnamon bread stores better without icing. If you don’t have enough people to eat it the first day, you might want to skip the icing.
Ingredients and substitutions:
- BUTTERMILK: Yogurt thinned with milk to a buttermilk consistency is a good substitute. You could also use whey leftover from making Greek yogurt.
- EGG: I use large eggs in all my bread recipes. If you use larger or smaller eggs, compensate with more or less liquid accordingly.
- SALT: Use table salt or sea salt. If you use Kosher salt, add 1/4 teaspoon more.
- BUTTER: Be sure the butter is softened but not melted. I like to chop butter into relatively small junks so it will soften quickly.
- BROWN SUGAR: I used light brown sugar, but dark brown sugar is also acceptable.
- FLOUR: The mix of whole wheat and bread flour makes this bread so flavorful. However, 100% all-purpose flour is also good.
- YEAST: I use bread machine or instant yeast in all my bread recipes. You can substitute active dry yeast if that’s all you have.
- RAISINS: Golden raisins, standard dark raisins, currants, or other dried fruit like dried cranberries are delicious here. On the other hand, omit dried fruit and use toasted nuts or nothing if you prefer. Also, don’t miss the discussion below about the best time to add raisins to the dough.
- APPLES: Use any type of apple that will hold its shape when cooked like yellow delicious apples.
FAQ about Cinnamon-Apple Bread made with a bread maker:
Storing iced bread in a plastic bag can be a messy business. Consequently, I don’t recommend frosting this loaf if you don’t have enough mouths to eat it all in one sitting.
The best way to store most homemade bread is in a plastic bag at room temperature. Take a tip from King Arthur Flour: When keeping bread for a day or two at room temperature, plastic or foil (rather than cloth) are the best options.
Storing in the refrigerator can quickly cause your bread to get hard.
I prefer to add raisins close to the end of the kneading cycle. Doing this will distribute the raisins throughout the dough, not in the fruity swirl. In my experience, this keeps the raisins from falling out of the bread when you’re eating it. I use the same method with my Cinnamon-Raisin Bread, too.
Two other ways to add the raisins (or nuts if you prefer):
1. Knead them in by hand before you shape the dough.
2. Add them to the apples before you microwave them. Cooking them will plump them up if you like your raisins less chewy and more tender.
If the apples are sweet, you may not need more sugar. But, if you have a sweet tooth, more sugar is always better.
Certainly! Make it and bake it. This moist bread only gets better the next day or two or three. It also freezes well after baking. It’s perfect for baking in the days leading up to Christmas because it only gets better after hanging around for a day or two.
Yes. Be sure to chop the apples finely. The apples in commercial pie filling are usually too big.
How to make Sweet Apple-Cinnamon Dough with a bread maker:
This recipe may seem a bit complicated at first glance. Don’t let it scare you. Instead, I hope showing you every step will inspire confidence that you can do it.
MEANWHILE: Prepare the apple filling.
Shaping the bread after the DOUGH cycle is finished:
The bread dough needs double the size it was when the kneading finished. If the dough has not risen enough at the end of the DOUGH cycle, leave it sitting in the pan until it doubles in volume.
If your bread machine is sitting in a cold or drafty room, the time for rising will be longer. If you don’t wait on the bread to rise until doubled, it will be dense when baked. The decision to proceed is a crucial step.
If your bread machine is in a warm environment, the dough may rise faster than expected. Experienced bakers will anticipate this and check the dough before the DOUGH cycle finishes.
PREHEAT YOUR OVEN TO 425˚F (220˚C) ABOUT 15 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR BREAD IS READY TO BAKE.
Make the streusel (if you are using it) or icing while the bread bakes.
An alternate method for shaping the dough:
The method pictured below might be more straightforward if you are a novice baker.
- After rolling the dough into a long cylinder and sealing it (as seen in the pictures on the left side above), the same way you would for cinnamon rolls, slice the cylinder crosswise into six large slices and set on end in a loaf pan.
- Cover the pan loosely with a tea towel or freebie shower cap. As soon as the dough is almost double in size, remove the cover.
- Sprinkle with streusel if using, then bake as directed.
I hope the detailed directions will encourage you to give this bread recipe a chance. Give yourself plenty of time the first time you make it like you would any new recipe.
p.s. This bread makes a tasty toasted cheese sandwich with apple butter and melty white cheese. YUM!!
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