Apple Cider Bread

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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.

Apple Cider Bread

This quick loaf recipe... with its chunks of apple strewn throughout, will have you dreaming of fall.
Yield: 1 loaf (12 servings)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

  • 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.
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  • Angela wrote:

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

  • jennie wrote:

    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.

  • Katie wrote:

    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!

  • Alysha @ She’s on the Run wrote:

    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.

  • Michelle wrote:

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

  • Jessica wrote:

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

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      3 large apples should be plenty.

  • Mandi wrote:

    can you use this recipe in a bread machine?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

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

  • IndianaAnna wrote:

    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 🙂

  • Skinny Fat Kid wrote:

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

  • Carol P. wrote:

    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.

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  • Katie @ BloomEveryday wrote:

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

  • Jacqueline wrote:

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

  • Lauren wrote:

    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!

  • Michele wrote:

    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.

  • Maris (In Good Taste) wrote:

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

  • Curt wrote:

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

  • Ida wrote:

    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.

  • brandi wrote:

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

  • shelly (cookies and cups) wrote:

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

  • Mari @ Mari’s Cakes wrote:

    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.