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How To Make Easy Spiced Apple Bread

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Simple Fall Favourite Quick Apple Bread Recipe Your Family Will Love

If you are looking for easy apple recipes you’ll want to add this spiced apple bread to the meal plan this week.

Apples are everywhere in September especially at the farmer’s markets where you can buy bushels for a reasonable price.

Also, with the Fall season around the corner apples are waiting to be picked from the trees so now is a good time to harvest them.

Now that the leaves are falling to the ground and seasons are changing this spiced apple bread is the perfect dessert.

Our kids love to pack mini spiced apple bread in their lunch for a snack at school or for a speedy breakfast in the morning.

Quick bread has long been a favorite in many households not only because they are easy on the budget but they are fast to make.

Apple Pie Filling Spiced Apple Bread

spiced apple bread

I’m a huge fan of apples and since I had a spare can of apple pie filling in my pantry I decided to create this spiced apple bread.

Typically I would make homemade apple pie filling or apple sauce which you can do or you can use this shortcut that I’m taking to use up a pantry item so it doesn’t go to waste.

You could call it an apple pie bread because it has all the makings of an apple pie apart from a buttery crust.

If you don’t have apple pie filling in your cupboard like me you can easily substitute with a homemade spiced apple sauce.

Mr. CBB has a homemade Rhubarb Cherry Apple Sauce that would be perfect for this recipe or a warm Spiced Pear Apple Sauce.

How To Make Homemade Apple Sauce

apples on a tree

Making a simple apple sauce is so easy when you have extra apples you need to use up.

The best apple sauce will always include a variety of apples instead of just one variety.

In Ontario, we have a myriad of apple varieties that grow during the Fall season that you can pick from local farms.

  • McIntosh, a deep red color with a green background.
  • Red Delicious, deep red, elongated shaped and five bumps on bottom.
  • Empire, dark red, blush with a splash of yellow or green.
  • Idared, bright red with greenish-yellow patches.
  • Crispin (or Mutsu), the greenish-yellow exterior with an orange blush.
  • Golden Delicious, yellow or greenish-yellow exterior, elongated shape, five bumps on the bottom.
  • Spartan, dark red skin.
  • Cortland, bright red with yellow cheek.
  • Northern Spy, red-striped skin with green color. Northern Spy is the number 1 baking apple.

How To Make Homemade Apple Sauce

If you are able to mix up your apples when making apple sauce you will find a significant taste and texture difference.

All you do is cut up 4 apples into chunks, add a bit of water to a saucepan, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons of spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg and let it reduce.

Once the apple sauce has reduced mash with a fork to make a chunky apple sauce or a processor to make smooth apple sauce.

It will happen fairly quickly and before you know it you will have about 2 cups of spiced apple sauce.

Now you can use your homemade apple sauce in place of the canned apple sauce that I used for this apple bread.

Harvesting Fall Bounty And Preserving

empty canning jars

Now that the bountiful gardens of Fall are upon us I’m busy pickling, freezing, and canning so we are stocked up for the winter months.

It’s also a time of year when I’m thankful to all of my friends with excess fruits and vegetables who pass them on to me.

We have already dug up potatoes and onions from our garden and are awaiting the turnips to get their first frost.

After the first frost turnips are at their sweetest and perfect to eat and harvest.

This week I received a huge box full of corn and cucumbers from my friend’s mother.

Related: How to make homemade cucumber relish

My hands will be full freezing and pickling but it’s worth it to keep grocery costs low but to get the taste of summer throughout the winter.

I have even started on harvesting the parsley and basil too just like Mr. CBB, nothing goes to waste.

How To Make Spiced Apple Bread

spiced apple bread 2

This spiced apple bread recipe is great for a snack or to be frozen for a later date when you get unexpected guests at the door on those cold winter evenings and they need warming up.

I like the apple bread for the kid’s breakfast along with a nice hot mug of hot chocolate or to pack in their lunch for school.

It’s a nice change for the family instead of having cereal or a cooked breakfast.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes for mini loaf pans
Or 1hr for 2 loaf pans
Oven temp: 177oC or 350oF
Spiced Apple Bread
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Nicola Don
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Cook time:
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Serves: 12
Apple Bread is very moist because of the apple pie filling and full of flavour because of all the amazing spices I use in this recipe. Best of all, it won’t cost you much to make it.
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 2/3 cup apple pie filling
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Topping Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup extra fine sugar (caster)
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  1. Beat egg, apple pie filling and mayonnaise in a large bowl with whisk until well blended.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients in a separate bowl. (except the toppings ingredients).
  3. Add to Apple filling mixture, stir until just moistened.
  4. Grease baking tins and pour the mixture in.
  5. Mix all of the topping ingredients together and lightly sprinkle on top.
  6. If you are using loaf tins bake for 1hr. If you are using the mini pans cook for 1/2 hour.
  7. When ready insert toothpick to ensure it comes out clean
  8. Let cool slightly for about 10mins then place on cooling racks.
  9. Once completely cooled these can be placed in freezer bags and frozen until needed.

The best part about making apple bread with all of these wonderful spices is the aroma that spreads throughout the house.

You won’t be disappointed and you’ll be drooling just waiting for a slice.


What other spices would you add to your apple bread recipe?

Nicky x

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