Apple Cinnamon Ribbon Bread

Sometimes, one of something is just not enough. When it comes to making apple bread during the late summer/early fall harvest season, one is definitely not enough.

Given all the recipes I have just waiting to be baked, the fact that I keep making my three favorite apple bread recipes every year says something about how good they are.

I’ll branch out eventually (trust me… I’ve got some ridiculously gorgeous apple recipes waiting in the wings), but friends and family have been enjoying these apple bread recipes for years now, so they really need to be shared first.

This Apple Cinnamon Ribbon Bread, for example, will make all of your rustic, cinnamon-y dreams come true. The bread itself is moist and “cakey,” and it offers up two generous layers of chunky apples with cinnamon and sugar. The top layer becomes the chunkiest, most delicious streusel.

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And in between the layers of cakey bread is a “ribbon” of apples, cinnamon and sugar that becomes ever-so slightly gooey during the baking process.

That gooey little ribbon layer is other-worldly. Totally, divinely delish. Worth it on every level. You’ve just got to taste it to believe it!

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Apple Cinnamon Ribbon Bread
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This delicate, rustic Apple Cinnamon Ribbon Bread has two generous layers of chunky apples with the perfect amount of cinnamon and sugar. Makes 1 standard loaf, or 3 mini loaves to share.
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Cuisine: Quick Breads, Sweets & Desserts
Serves: 1 - 3 loaves
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1½ teaspoon good quality ground cinnamon
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter, very soft
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 heaping cup peeled & finely chopped apple
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Coat a standard 9 x 5-inch loaf pan, or three mini loaf pans, with butter and flour, and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
  4. In a larger bowl, beat granulated sugar and butter until smooth and creamy. Then, add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Add the flour, baking powder and milk (in that order). Stir with a spatula to partially incorporate the ingredients, then beat just until combined.
  5. Pour half the batter into the prepared pan(s). Scatter half of the chopped apples over the batter, then sprinkle half of the cinnamon and brown sugar over the apples, and gently pat the ingredients into the batter with your spatula.
  6. Pour in the rest of the batter, and layer remaining apples, brown sugar and cinnamon on top.
  7. Bake for 45 - 50 minutes. Check after 30 minutes of baking, and gauge the remaining baking time from there. Test doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the loaves. When done, just a few fine crumbs will remain on the toothpick, but no batter.
  8. Serve warm from the oven. Or, allow bread to cool in the pan(s) for about 15 minutes, then remove from pan(s) and allow to cool completely on a baking rack. Store in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to day, or refrigerate for up to three days.
Cook's Notes:
*This recipe makes a single standard loaf, or three perfectly sharable mini loaves.
*If using mini loaf pans, measure out about ½ cup of batter per layer.
*Recipe slightly adapted from The Happier Homemaker.

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19 comments… add one
  • sippitysup November 29, 2016, 3:27 pm

    “Gooey little ribbon”, now that’s delicious writing because it’s everyone’s favorite part. GREG

    • Michele Phillips December 6, 2016, 8:37 pm

      AH! I’m so glad someone [else] gets that! It really IS everyone’s favorite part, and I felt it was worth more than “yummy” or “amazing” or any of the other oft-overused verbiage used to describe such mind-blowing deliciousness. So,”Gooey little ribbon” it is!

  • Christine @ Christine's Pantry July 19, 2017, 2:27 pm

    Would love a slice with cup of coffee.

  • Hadia July 20, 2017, 7:53 am

    Apples and cinnamon are a wonderful combo, and your bread sounds so good, Michele! Love the styling too!

  • Lynn Elliott Vining July 20, 2017, 9:58 am

    Beautiful! Sounds delicious! I bet it smells delicious too!

    • Michele Phillips July 28, 2017, 11:53 am

      Thanks, Lynn… It definitely makes the house smell amazing as it bakes! 🙂

  • Ann -- The Fountain Avenue Kitchen July 20, 2017, 10:33 am

    This looks like a delicious way to start the day!

  • Julie July 20, 2017, 12:05 pm

    One loaf of this bread definitely wouldn’t be enough in my house either. It looks amazing.

    • Michele Phillips July 28, 2017, 11:52 am

      Yep… Better make two while you’re at it, Julie. It’s a good one to share! 🙂

  • misbah July 23, 2017, 4:24 am

    I love cinnamon bread and what’s not to love about cinnamon and Apple. I love your food shot too, they are beautiful

  • Steve@theblackpeppercorn July 23, 2017, 9:35 am

    Wow – this loaf looks so delicious

  • ally July 23, 2017, 5:15 pm

    Oh, man, Michelle! I love the littl’ pockets of surprise cinnamon and crunch! This sounds soooooooo good and easy! Thank you, luv!


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