This Easy Amish Apple Fritter Bread is a sweet vanilla flavored cake that’s packed with tart apples, cinnamon and topped with a sweet brown sugar topping.
I love using fresh apples to make desserts like this bread and my Easy Apple Crisp, it makes for an amazing fall treat!
This easy apple fritter bread a favorite in this house. It’s just like the bread found in the Amish bakeries all over the Midwest.
While apple fritters are usually made with apples wrapped in dough and deep fried, this bread is made by baking apples into a delicious vanilla flavored dough. Best of all, there is no yeast and no rising time required for this bread!
Ingredients for Amish Apple Fritter Bread
Here’s a list of what you need to make this bread. Most of these are commonly found pantry items, and the full printable recipe is below as always.
- Flour – all purpose
- Buttermilk – try my homemade buttermilk substitute
- Salted Butter
- White granulated sugar
- Baking powder & soda
- Vanilla extract
- Brown sugar
- Lemon juice (fresh is best)
- Apples – Granny Smith, Pink lady, or McIntosh work the best for this recipe.
- Nuts – optional! Walnuts or pecans work well for this recipe.
- Powdered Sugar
- Whole milk or cream
PRO TIP: Don’t have buttermilk? Make your own! Add ½ teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar into ½ cup of milk and let sit 5 -10 minutes. The milk makes a few curds from mixing with the acid and can be used as buttermilk.
How to make Apple Fritter Bread
While there are a few steps and bowls required to make this bread, it really is simple a simple process. I love this handy apple peeler/corer/slicer to make this task even easier.
- PREP APPLES – Peel, core and chop 2-3 apples into small 1/4 inch pieces, to make 2.5 cups. Add lemon juice and cinnamon, stir, and let rest.
- MAKE BATTER – With a mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add in the eggs, vanilla, and salt. Add flour, baking powder, and baking soda, and buttermilk last. Mix until just combined, then add half of the apples. Pour into prepared 9×5 bread pan and spread remaining apples on top. Top with brown sugar/cinnamon.
- BAKE – 350ºF on the middle rack of the oven for 50-60 minutes until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove and cool for at least 15 minutes before putting glaze on.
- GLAZE – Mix together powdered sugar and whole milk or cream and drizzle over the apple fritter bread before slicing.
PRO TIP: Using different types of apples can give your bread more flavor! Use a combination of two or three different kinds to make the perfect blend.
What size of pan should I use?
A 9×5 inch loaf pan works best for this recipe, as the batter rises quite a bit during baking and may be too much for a 8×4 inch pan. Keep in mind that a glass or ceramic pan will take longer to bake than if using a dark metal pan.
PRO TIP: line your pan of choice with parchment paper for easy removal of the bread and easy cleanup after it’s done baking!
How should I store Apple Fritter Bread?
Here are the basics of storing and freezing apple fritter bread.
ROOM TEMPERATURE: 2-3 days in an airtight container.
REFRIGERATED: 3-5 days in an airtight container.
HOW TO FREEZE: Make sure your bread is completely cooled, wrap in plastic wrap and place in a freezer safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months.
To thaw: leave at room temperature for 3-4 hours until completely thawed, then make the glaze to drizzle over it before slicing and serving.
More Easy Apple Recipes to Try:
Craving more desserts that have apples in them? Here are a few fall favorites of ours that are all about those APPLES!
- Easy Apple Crisp Recipe
- Apple Maple Glazed Scones
- Instant Pot Baked Apples
- Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Sauce
Amish Apple Fritter Bread
- 2½ cups granny smith apples, chopped , (2-3 apples)
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup salted butter, softened
- ¾ cup white granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ cup buttermilk
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp whole milk or cream
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x5" bread pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- Prepare cinnamon apples by chopping into ¼ inch pieces, adding lemon juice and cinnamon, stirring and letting rest.
- Prepare bread batter by creaming together butter and white granulated sugar until fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Add in the eggs, vanilla, and salt, and mix well until creamy, 2-3 minutes, scraping sides of the bowl occasionally.
- Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and buttermilk last. Mix until just combined, then stir in half of the apples.
- Pour into prepared 9x5 bread pan and spread remaining apples on top. Mix together brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over apples.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove and cool for at least 15 minutes.
- For the glaze, combine powdered sugar and milk, mix well, and drizzle over bread before slicing and serving.
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