Apple Fritter Bread

by Erin

I love apple fritters, but I don’t love the idea of the vat of hot oil required to make them myself. This apple fritter bread is the perfect solution!

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Today is the fall dishes themed Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day – the last of such events and the final unthemed Secret Recipe Club post is next week. It’s a sad time. In fact I’m not just sad about the ending of the Secret Recipe club, I’m also sad because yesterday my bicycle was stolen. Yup. I rode into work for a quick bit, locked it up as per usual, and 30 minutes later it was gone.

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My beloved purple bike that took me to work and went on long bike rides, including the 65 mile ride I did just over a month ago for cystic fibrosis. I only just bought it in April and it to suddenly was taken from me. I know I sound very dramatic right now, but dang it that was my birthday present to myself this year and a lot of money!

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First I stared at the empty bike rack in disbelief, trying to convince myself I must have tied it up elsewhere. Then I felt myself fill with dread followed by the realization that it must’ve been stolen which filled me with anger as the jerk who would do this to me. And then after filing a report I accepted that despite my hope that it’ll be found, it will likely not be found. Talk about a bummer way to end the weekend.

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While food isn’t going to find my stolen bike, it can at least provide a sad belly with comfort and fall is all about the comfort food. This month I perused Erin’s blog Making Memories with Your Kids for the perfect fall dish to share with you, whether you are also missing something from your life or just wanting to indulge in the glory that is the flavors of fall.

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Since today is Halloween I was tempted to recreate her Sloppy Joe Intestines, but I felt like sharing the recipe today would be too late. So then it came down to deciding between her Pumpkin Crumb Coffee Cake and her Apple Fritter Bread recipe. Obviously this one won out mostly because I had a drawer full of apples I picked that needed a purpose, and what a delicious purpose they were given.

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One year ago: Chocolate Covered Peanut Brittle

Two years ago: Caramel Apple Oreo Truffles

Five years ago: Root Beer Sloppy Joes


Makes 1 loaf



6 apples, peeled, cored, and diced

1 cup brown sugar

2 Tbsp unsalted butter

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 Tbsp cornstarch

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp ground cinnamon


3/4 cup milk

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

1/4 cup warm water

1 pkg. (2-1/4 tsp) active dry yeast

4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg, beaten


3/4 cup powdered sugar

1 Tbsp half and half (or milk)

1 Tbsp butter, melted and cooled to room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, add the apples, brown sugar, butter, lemon juice, cornstarch, vanilla, and cinnamon. Cook for 5-10 minutes or until thickened. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a small saucepan, heat the milk until it bubbles. Remove from heat and add butter. Stir until melted. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm and let sit for 5 minutes.
  5. In a mixing bowl whisk together the flour, brown sugar, and salt. Add milk mixture, yeast mixture, and egg and mix until it forms into a ball. Knead for an additional 5 minutes.
  6. On a generously floured surface, roll dough out into a 20-inch square. Evenly spread apple mixture over dough. Cut into 16 squares. Stack the squares into your pan (turning the pan on it’s end makes this easier).
  7. Bake for 1 hour, or until golden brown (I recommend placing a cookie sheet in the rack below to catch any drippings). Allow to cool in pan 10 minutes before removing.
  8. Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, cream, butter, and vanilla until smooth. Pour glaze over the bread and allow it to set for a few minutes. Serve warm.

Source: Adapted slightly from Making Memories With Your Kids.


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Shaylene August 27, 2022 - 6:43 pm

Just made this. It was very tedious to make but was very good! You definitely need to put a pan underneath the loaf pan to catch the drippings. The whole family loved it. Thanks for the recipe.

Erin August 27, 2022 - 7:09 pm

Glad it was worth the effort!

Julie November 5, 2016 - 4:20 pm

This looks so good, just like something from a bakery. Perfect fall reveal choice.

Traci November 2, 2016 - 9:01 am

These looks so good! I love apple fritters–bread looks amazing!!

Corina November 2, 2016 - 8:21 am

It looks incredible – I just love the cinnamon and apple flavours in here. I don’t think I’d be able to stop myself pulling just a little bit more off!

Stephanie November 2, 2016 - 1:24 am

So sad your bike was stolen. That super sucks. I know it’s not good to eat your feelings, but I think this bread looks super tasty and simple to make. Wonderful SRC post.

Amy (Savory Moments) November 1, 2016 - 7:56 am

This bread looks awesome! I’ve made apple fritters before, but need to try this. Nice SRC pick!

Sid October 31, 2016 - 5:09 pm

So sorry about your bike, that sucks rocks. But the bread looks fantastic. Apple Fritters are my go-to donut indulgence, and this bread would make all my pants shrink. But it would be worth it.

spiffycookie November 1, 2016 - 3:05 pm

Totally worth it.

Susan October 31, 2016 - 4:32 pm

“Purple is me” is another thing we have in common. Can’t blame you for not wanting to spend more money. I think that’s one reason I tend to go for functional rather than fancy. That said, you’re more likely to use something you really like. Hard choice sometimes.

spiffycookie November 1, 2016 - 3:08 pm

That’s the thing my bike wasn’t even all that fancy. Sure it wasn’t the cheapest bike but most of my friends own far superior bikes than mine that cost significantly more. I capped my price for a bike at $500 and after being on sale, adding a helmet and tax it was pennies under that cap. So not cheap but it didn’t have any fancy features (other than the clip-in pedals I added to it later).

Dad October 31, 2016 - 3:53 pm

Well I think eating that apple bread might ease the pain of the stolen bike a bit.

Rebekah @ Making Miracles October 31, 2016 - 1:48 pm

I am drooling…!

Wendy Klik October 31, 2016 - 12:16 pm

I am so sorry about your bike Erin. I get so angry when people steal things with no regard to what that item means to the owner and how hard they may have had to work to get it. This recipe does sound like the perfect comfort food.

spiffycookie October 31, 2016 - 2:51 pm

Thanks Wendy, that’s exactly how I feel because I did save up money and researched a lot before I bought my bike to make sure I was getting the best bang for my buck. And I LOVED riding that bike to work every day it was one of my favorite parts of the day and so convenient to use for other trips around my part of town. Ugh… I just don’t get it. And worst part is my boyfriend said he looked up stats and the thieves usually only get 10% of what the bike is actually worth. Are you kidding me!? I need more apple fritter bread…

Cookaholic Wife October 31, 2016 - 11:33 am

That really sucks about your bike. I hope you can get it back!

The bread looks delicious, especially in that pic where the goodness is oozing over the size of the dish.

spiffycookie October 31, 2016 - 2:52 pm

I hope so too but the odds are not in my favor.

That’s one of my favorite pictures too!

Susan October 31, 2016 - 10:45 am

I am so sorry about your bike being stolen – It has to be a very traumatic experience. I hope it does turn up, and that if it does it’s still in good shape. But your choice of comfort food couldn’t be better. When I saw the name an the photo I was reminded of a place on Hatteras Island (Outer Banks, NC) called the Orange Blossom Cafe, which makes the best apple fritters. Those fritters would probably be about ⅓ to ½ of your bread loaf, they are so huge. Probably more like ½, now that I think about it! Even though I can’t afford the calories, I am still saving the recipe because it sounds so good. It is also too bad about the secret recipe club, because that means less exposure to blogs and recipes I would not normally find.

spiffycookie October 31, 2016 - 11:10 am

Thanks Susan, so far the police haven’t been able to help as the cameras were not focused on that area at the time but I still hold on to hope. Mostly because I spent a lot of money on it and don’t want to spend more money. And it was purple it was so me! I’ve never had something valuable stolen from me before and I feel so violated. Anywho, as for the bread I hope you are able to make it sometime!

Mona October 31, 2016 - 9:45 am

I hope this helped your sad belly! It sounds amazing, and looks even better!!! I think I will make it this weekend for my family.

Tracy | Pale Yellow October 31, 2016 - 9:42 am

I’ve had not one, but two bikes stolen. One from inside my apartment building no less! It sucks. I hope this bread makes you feel better because it looks wonderful!

spiffycookie October 31, 2016 - 11:07 am

Bike theft is so high it’s crazy! Ugh so upsetting especially since it was not a cheap bike either.

sarah k @ the pajama chef October 31, 2016 - 9:09 am

ugh, what a bummer about your bike! it feels like such a violation to have something stolen, doesn’t it? i’m so sorry…i know it’s a long shot but i hope it turns up somehow! this bread looks and sounds delicious! it was fun to have your blog for SRC today–i made your apple cider pancakes…delish!!

spiffycookie October 31, 2016 - 11:03 am

Seriously total violation! I saved up my money to buy that bike and even used my tax return to buy it. I took good care of it and always made sure I locked it up and kept an eye on it when possible. Unfortunately the security cameras were pointed in the wrong direction at the time so that’s no help either at the moment. Sadness… but I’m happy you made my pancakes!

Erin @ Making Memories October 31, 2016 - 9:06 am

So sorry about your bike! Hopefully this bread made it a little better, even for just a little while. Yours turned out wonderful. Glad you liked it.

spiffycookie October 31, 2016 - 10:50 am

Thanks Erin, you bread did help a bit, I even had it with a scoop of ice cream on top!


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