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Apple Cider Bread

It’s been unusually hot here in San Diego the past few days. Like, stay-inside-and-turn-on-the-air-conditioner-because-it’s-like-a-sauna-outside kind of hot. I know I shouldn’t be complaining. Our weather is 75 and sunny most of the year. But this heat has been brutal. It makes me lazy, and it makes me crave fall. I cranked up the air and defiantly baked with apples… to make some Apple Cider Bread. That’ll show that weather.

Apple cider isn’t so obvious on the grocery store shelves just yet. I guess they’re waiting until the official release of fall on Sept. 23rd to get shoppers into the swing of things. I found some cider though, and we’ll drink it up cold until that first autumn chill hits the air (hopefully soon).

The apples in the store are looking good. We usually hit up our local mountains for a day of apple picking… but they’re not quite ready for us yet.

This is a breakfast loaf that is full of apple chunks. It’s slightly sweet with a hint of fall spices. It’s so simple to make… and bake… and eat.

Heated with a smear of butter (real butter) is the best way to serve this. And look at all that fruit tucked in there nice and perfect. It’s my celebratory, kick-start to fall… even though we are currently in the midst of the year’s hottest heat wave. Thank goodness for air-conditioning and swimming pools and ice cream.

Yield: 1 loaf (12 servings)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Apple Cider Bread

This quick loaf recipe... with its chunks of apple strewn throughout, will have you dreaming of fall.


  • 2 cups 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) butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 2 1/4 cups chopped apples (peeled and cored)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 8x5-inch loaf pan.
  2. Sift dry ingredients (flour through cloves) into a medium bowl.
  3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together butter and sugars. Beat in eggs. Add in flour mixture alternately with cider- about half at a time, and mix just until combined.
  4. In a small bowl, toss apples with lemon juice. Stir into the batter.
  5. Scoop batter into the prepared pan. Bake 50 to 60 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.


  • I like to use a combination of apples- for this recipe I used Granny Smith and Gala.
  • This bread is one of those that tastes much better the next day. It will keep for several days- just keep in a covered container or wrap well.

50 Responses to “Apple Cider Bread”

  1. postedSep 8, 2011 3:26 AM

    This sounds lovely. I like trying new apple recipes, so I’m glad you posted this one before the full swing of fall!

  2. postedSep 8, 2011 3:39 AM

    I am so excited for apple season. This looks heavenly!

  3. postedSep 8, 2011 4:05 AM
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    Quick loaf and chunks of apple and I love apple cider…perfect!

    And it’s been soooo hot in San Diego. Nothing like a little “fall” weather, eh?

  4. postedSep 8, 2011 4:23 AM
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I was JUST looking for an apple bread recipe, definitely saving yours!!

  5. postedSep 8, 2011 5:51 AM

    Perfect welcome to fall!

  6. postedSep 8, 2011 5:54 AM

    Yum! I just made Apple Cider Muffins myself. Nothing speaks fall more than a nice apple cider. This bread looks great, will need to try it next πŸ™‚

  7. postedSep 8, 2011 6:05 AM

    The majority of my cooking is quick breads- they are my favorite. So simple and sooooo good. This is the perfect way to say hello to fall!

  8. postedSep 8, 2011 6:13 AM

    This looks delicious! I love how jam-packed full of apples it is. Yum!

  9. postedSep 8, 2011 6:29 AM

    Has been added to my Fall to-bake list!

  10. postedSep 8, 2011 7:22 AM

    Delicious! Apples have always been my consolation that the summer is over. I wonder if this could be made with whole wheat flour. Any thoughts?

  11. postedSep 8, 2011 7:55 AM

    Yay for fall baking! The bread looks wonderful!

  12. postedSep 8, 2011 8:06 AM

    Why is it that they can have halloween candy out in prominence but not apple cider?
    This bread sounds delicious… I’ve made apple bread but not with cider. I’ve gotta try it.

  13. postedSep 8, 2011 8:31 AM

    Yum, this bread looks really delicious – I love apple bread! Gorgeous photos.

  14. postedSep 8, 2011 8:32 AM

    I love the little apple nuggets inside that loaf of bread. It must be so moist and moreish!

  15. postedSep 8, 2011 10:02 AM

    It looks wonderful, but I think you have a mistake with the instructions. It says to beat flour with sugars, I think you mean cream the butter and sugars.
    will try soon. Thanks agian for all the great recipes

  16. postedSep 8, 2011 10:21 AM

    Yummm, takes me back to growing up in Illinois and harvests time…
    So, do you think these would be good as muffins? would you tweak anything?

  17. postedSep 8, 2011 10:34 AM

    Will definitely be trying this when my local orchard starts up the pressing for the year. Can’t wait. Thanks for sharing!

  18. postedSep 8, 2011 11:01 AM

    I’m so excited for apple season, and I’m adding this to my list of apple recipes that I want to make!!

  19. postedSep 9, 2011 2:21 AM

    OH my gosh, look at those beautiful chunks of apple! I think I’m going apple picking this weekend – planning to make an apple cake, although I might have to whip this up as well!

    While I do *hate* NY’s weather in the winter, we are spoiled with a pretty darn good fall season. πŸ™‚ That’s probably the only time of year it comes close to being better than San Diego!

  20. postedSep 9, 2011 2:57 AM

    It’s been unusually hot here too; but helloooooo wonderful apple cider bread!! Perfect fall recipe πŸ™‚

  21. postedSep 9, 2011 4:02 AM

    Mouthwatering bread recipe! It look tasty. I will love to bake this bread. It must be perfect with hot apple cider, tea or that special morning coffee. Thanks for the recipe.

  22. postedSep 9, 2011 6:28 AM

    oh my gosh..the inside of that bread looks ahMAHzing!
    I agree, I am ready for fall too!!

  23. postedSep 9, 2011 8:24 AM

    love those big chunks of apples! i can’t wait for apple season

  24. postedSep 9, 2011 10:37 AM

    Sounds yummy and certainly looked delicious from your photo’s. Hope to try this out soon. We’re still in the mid 90’s here in Wally World (aka Walla Walla, WA) but with such a late start to summer I’m not quite ready for the cooler fall weather just yet.

  25. postedSep 11, 2011 8:13 AM

    That looks delicious. I love fresh bread, and the apple cider flavor sounds great!

  26. postedSep 11, 2011 11:15 AM

    This looks so great! I went apple picking last week and have a ton leftover. Need to try this!

  27. postedSep 12, 2011 8:38 AM

    We just went apple picking and used this recipe to help use up some of the apples (still have a ton). It was delicious, mildly spicy with definite apple flavor. This one will be written down.

  28. postedSep 13, 2011 2:37 PM

    I am waiting for the cooler weather too! Mother nature is a little off this year! My husband would love this! Bookmarking for later….hopefully October will be a little cooler!

  29. postedSep 15, 2011 8:47 AM

    Looks very rustic and a great accompaniment to hot coffee on an Autumn morning! Delicious!

  30. postedSep 19, 2011 8:41 AM

    Fall is in the air, can’t wait to try this!

  31. postedSep 19, 2011 12:39 PM
    Carol P.

    Tried it this weekend. Used 3 kinds of apples since that’s what I had on hand and it is wonderful. My family loved it.

  32. postedSep 21, 2011 8:04 AM

    Looks great! I love fall breads. Now I just need an apple peeler, corer, slicer gadget.

  33. postedSep 23, 2011 7:34 AM

    Made this recipe in the form of muffins this morning and I also replaced the butter with 4oz of plain applesauce. I used a variety of apple from our local orchard called “Molly”. They turned out very tasty! Thanks for the recipe πŸ™‚

  34. postedSep 25, 2011 2:09 PM

    can you use this recipe in a bread machine?

    • postedSep 25, 2011 2:22 PM

      I don’t think so– it’s not a yeast bread.

  35. postedSep 28, 2011 2:59 PM

    How many apples did you need? I would think that 3 would be enough but don’t want to under-purchase at the store.

    • postedSep 28, 2011 3:07 PM

      3 large apples should be plenty.

  36. postedOct 3, 2011 3:41 PM

    I was just complaining about peeling, coring, and slicing and here you go making this yummy looking loaf. Dang!

  37. postedOct 7, 2011 11:08 AM

    I’m the queen on quick breads – and this one looks amazing. I have about 20 lbs of apples in my fridge. What a great way to use them up.

  38. postedOct 8, 2011 4:31 PM

    I’ve made this twice in the last few weeks (there is a loaf in the oven right now). This recipe is really good – thank you for sharing it!

  39. postedOct 27, 2011 9:22 AM

    smells amazing… in the oven right now. Can’t wait! Great way to use up the apples I picked with my 2 year old son.

  40. postedNov 5, 2011 8:58 AM

    I’ll bet in mini loaf pans this recipe would be a lovely gift to many. I can’r wait to try it.

  41. postedOct 19, 2012 9:57 PM

    I didn’t care for this recipe. Followed it to a T. The cloves are much too strong for one loaf. Thanks, anyway.

  42. postedOct 23, 2012 9:51 AM

    I loved this recipe and included it in an apple cider round up on my blog. Thanks for making and sharing this, it sounds fabulous!

  43. postedMay 6, 2014 7:38 AM

    Ummmmmmmm!!!!!! So Good!!!! I love it!!!!

  44. postedSep 24, 2014 12:57 PM

    HI! I bought all the ingredients to make the apple cider bread, then noticed the amount of butter was left out of the recipe

    Please tell me how much butter to use

    Thanks in advance,

    • postedSep 24, 2014 1:05 PM

      The butter is there! Look again πŸ™‚

  45. postedOct 9, 2015 7:20 AM

    This looks delicious! If I’m using a 9 inch loaf pan does this recipe make one or two loaves?

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