This apple cider bread is loaded with apples, apple cider and plenty of fall flavor. It’s easy to make and tastes even better the next day.
This recipe was originally published August 2016. It was last updated October 2020.
I always start my fall baking off with recipes that use apples. They are the first in season and there are so many recipes that use them. I love a good quick bread recipe so I decided to make an apple cider bread with fresh apples and a cinnamon glaze.
Why this recipe works: There is a lot of apple flavor in this bread thanks to fresh apples and good apple cider. You can make this bread in minutes and add a simple glaze for additional sweetness.
Step by step instructions
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 9×5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
- Whisk together dry ingredients—flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt.
- Combine butter, brown sugar and sugar in a bowl using an electric mixer. Add eggs one at a time.
- Alternate adding dry ingredients and cider to the wet ingredients. Stir in chopped apples by hand.
- Bake at 350 F for 50 minutes.
- Whisk glaze ingredients together and drizzle over the cooled bread.
How to make cinnamon glaze
I love a good spiced glaze on fall desserts and cinnamon glaze is incredibly simple to make. All you need is confectioners’ sugar, cinnamon and whole milk. Whisk the 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon into 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar and add milk until desired consistency is reached (I usually use 2 to 4 teaspoons). Use a spoon to drizzle the glaze over the cooled loaf.
This glaze is very similar to the one I use on my pumpkin scones. If you’d like more spice, try adding a pinch of cloves, ginger and nutmeg to the icing.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the best apples for baking? Granny Smith, Honeycrisp or Braeburn are my go-to’s. However, my mom swears by Northern Spy and many people love Jonagold too.
How to store apple cider bread: Keep bread in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 or 3 days or in the refrigerator for 5 days.
Can you freeze apple cider bread? Yes, but without the icing. Once the loaf has completely cooled, securely wrap it in aluminum foil or plastic wrap and store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator before bringing to room temperature and icing.
Recipes that use fresh apples
Did you pick too many apples at the orchard? Or do you just love baking with apples? Either way I have a few recipes for you to try! My favorite way to bake apples is in an apple crisp. It simple, delicious and reheats well. However, my most popular fall recipe is apple crisp bars with a shortbread crust.
Apple cider bread is quick and easy. It’s the perfect recipe to try if you are a beginner baker, you need to bring something to a friend’s house or you picked too many apples at the orchard. What occasion are you making this apple bread for? Let me see on social media by tagging @ifyougiveablondeakitchen on Instagram and I’ll share my favorites!
Loaded Apple Cider Bread
Apple Cider Bread
- 2 cups (240 g) unbleached, all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick or 57 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup (112 g) granulated white sugar
- 1/2 cup (100 g) light brown sugar, packed
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) fresh apple cider
- 2 1/4 cups chopped apples about 3 small apples, peeled and cored**
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 cup (60 g) confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2-4 teaspoons whole milk
Apple Cider Bread
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients—flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves.
- In a separate large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternate adding flour mixture and apple cider, ending with flour. Mix just until combined (avoid over mixing).
- In a small bowl, toss chopped apples with lemon juice. Stir apples into the batter using a rubber spatula or large spoon.
- Transfer batter into the prepared pan. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for at least 20 minutes, then remove to a wire rack and let cool completely.
- In a bowl, whisk together confectioners' sugar and cinnamon. Add milk 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached (I usually use about 3 teaspoons). Use a spoon to drizzle icing over cool apple cider bread. Slice and enjoy!
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