Streusel-Topped Milky Way Apple Butter Bread

by Erin

I finally had to bring my basil plants indoors last night. Here we are, mid-November, and it is only now getting into the freezing range of temperatures at night. Being on the third floor of an apartment building, my heat has barely kicked on this fall. Yay heat rising (although not fun for the summer months ). It also means that I can bake like crazy and enjoy the extra heat coming from the oven. Why not just bake all day and then your heater will be rendered completely useless! Someone should look into the price differential between oven-heating and central heating. I bet central wins for least expensive, but I’m going to ignore that fact and continue staying warm in front of the oven. Let’s bake!

Chopped Caramel Apple Milky Way candy bars were actually used in this recipe and not the regular candy bars, as implied in the title. Yea, I kind of lied to you about what you’re reading about today. But since that flavor candy bar is seasonal I left the description out for those of you who did not get your hands on a bag post-Halloween sale. I suppose you could use regular Milky Way candy bars, but I just had the Caramel Apple ones to use up after making cinnamon roll cupcakes with them, so I did!

Now that I have fully disclosed my deceitful ways, prepare yourself, because this is one sweet bread. I substituted apple butter for the pumpkin originally called for, but didn’t think to reduce the sugar. Thankfully, I have no problem with the sweetness of this bread. Besides, I added some whole wheat flour, which totally makes up for the sugar content O:-).


Makes 3 small loaves or one regular loaf



2-1/2 Tbsp packed light brown sugar

1/2 Tbsp all-purpose flour

1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Pinch salt


1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup 100% whole wheat

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 cup apple butter

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

Pinch ground cloves

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1/4 cup canola oil

2 oz cream cheese, cut into 12 pieces

2 eggs, at room temperature

2 Tbsp buttermilk

1/2 cup chopped Caramel Apple Milky Way candy bar minis (or regular Milky Ways, or chocolate chips)


  1. To make the topping: Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and mash together with a fork until the mixture resembles wet sand. Set aside while you make the bread batter.
  2. To make the bread: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 3 small loaf pans (or one 8-1/2 x 4-1/2-inch loaf pan) with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and baking soda together. Add the apple butter, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves to a large saucepan. Set over medium heat and cook, stirring almost constantly, until the mixture has reduced to about 3/4 cup. Remove the pot from the heat and add both sugars, the canola oil and cream cheese. Stir until combined (but not completely incorporated, there will still be clumps of cream cheese). Let stand for 5 minutes, then whisk until the mixture is completely homogeneous.
  4. Combine the eggs and buttermilk in a large measuring cup and whisk to incorporate. Add to the pumpkin mixture, whisking until combined. Add the dry ingredients to the pan and fold them in with a rubber spatula. Fold in the chopped candy bars.
  5. Divide the batter between the prepared loaf pans. Distribute the topping evenly over the loaves. Bake for 35-40 minutes (45-50 for one larger loaf), or until a thin knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer the pans to wire racks, and let the bread cool for 20 minutes before turning it out of the pans. Allow to cool for at least 1-1/2 hours before serving.

Source: Halved and adapted slightly from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures.

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Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake November 14, 2012 - 9:11 pm

What a great idea to use the candy bars in the bread! And I bet the caramel apple milky way bars made these even better!

Tracey November 14, 2012 - 6:57 pm

Oh I SO miss the days of apartment living where we didn’t have to turn our heat on much either thanks to the neighbors and living on the 5th floor. It’s routinely 10+ degrees colder in my house these days because I’m too cheap to crank up the heat. Brrr!! And I totally bake to heat things up occasionally :) Anyway, love your take on this bread – it sounds so amazingly decadent!

spiffycookie November 15, 2012 - 6:40 am

It’s still a little chilly in my apartment when it gets down to below freezing, because I set it at around 70, but it still doesn’t have to kick on much to stay there. Makes up for the killer electricity bills I have during the summer heat.

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust November 13, 2012 - 8:37 pm

I love chocolate and apples! Great bread Erin!

sally @ sallys bakingaddiction November 13, 2012 - 8:26 pm

I still haven’t tried those caramel apple milky ways Erin! You are tempting me to run out the door to the nearest target and buy a huge bag of them. I love the idea of candy bars in a quick bread! I want and would eat this for breakfast, snack, and dessert. no question!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers November 13, 2012 - 5:16 pm

I never heard of caramel apple milky ways, they sound amazing and your bread looks absolutely delish!!!

Jackie @ The Beeroness November 13, 2012 - 2:06 pm

This looks so perfect with a cup of coffee. Great breakfast bread.

Hope Cox November 13, 2012 - 12:53 pm

Haha, Erin, I think this is your best post yet. I definitely laughed about you tricking us to read your post! ;-P

I also smiled because I too use the same method of heating my house…using the oven. I need to put a curtain on the kitchen window, though because it doesn’t stay warm for long as the window is so drafty this time of year.

Aaand I also took my basil plant inside! It began wilting sadly and so I felt obliged to let it warm up in my very well insulated sunroom. I am peeking at it now through a window to the sunroom and it looks happy with the sun shining gracefully on it.

Before I sign off, I must ask: how do you have time to write so many posts? It sometimes takes me DAYS to write a post (I am also a newbie food blogger…). Plus, with school, housework, gardening, being a wife….and mostly because of bad lighting in my kitchen I don’t have the time or motivation to take pictures and document every single thing I do. Ah, and I experiment a lot which is sometimes hard to record….

Hope Cox

spiffycookie November 13, 2012 - 1:35 pm

Aww you are too kind! Funny thing is, I almost didn’t even post this bread recipe. And as for having the time to write so many posts, I do a lot of cooking and baking on the weekends. Especially the recipes that require more time than I have to spare on a weekday. Plus I honestly don’t have much of a life outside of graduate school. I work in the lab from about 7:30am-5pm, go to the gym right after for an hour, come home to cook (pictures), eat, and clean anything needing attention. Relax for an hour-ish, sleep and repeat.

Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection November 13, 2012 - 10:26 am

This bread looks so rich, moist, and delicious. I love that you used apple butter, so it has lots of apple flavor in it. And mixing in some Caramel Apple Milky Way candy is such a great idea! Might have to grab myself a bag so I can make this bread! :)

Hope Cox @ ohmyfoodness! November 13, 2012 - 1:03 pm

Yes, I agree, Elaine! Apple butter is a lovely addition to cakes, quick breads and muffins. I’ve made lots of apple butter this year and have used it to replace fat (butter or oil) in recipes. The moistness and flavor are much more delicious than fat sometimes. One of my favorite things my mom used to make when I was little was applesauce cakes because of the moistness. I haven’t tried to make it myself but I want to soon!

My recipe for apple butter is here @
It’s adapted from

Hope Cox

steph@stephsbitebybite November 13, 2012 - 6:32 am

Um, totally drooling!


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