Dutch Apple Pie Bread

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It all started when I ended up with more apples than I knew what to do with. I made apple butter, apple sauce, apple pie filling and after spending countless hours in the kitchen I couldn’t seem to bake, cook or can myself out of apples. While pondering ways to make them disappear I thought “how about some apple bread?” I knew I could freeze the loaves and we could enjoy them all fall. I quickly set out to find a recipe searching Pinterest and Google only to be let down time and time and time again. Every recipe was too fattening with at least half a stick of butter or a whole cup of oil in each loaf. Others were too cake like, (I wanted a true sweet bread.) so I rolled up my sleeves and started baking

Dutch Apple Pie Bread

A delicious sweet bread with all my favorite dutch apple pie ingredients


Bread Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/3 cup heaping unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2.5 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups peeled and chopped apple approx 1/2″ pieces.
  • *Any baking apple works but I prefer the granny smith.

Topping Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4-1/3 cup rolled oats
  • Dash or two of cinnamon


  • Mix brown sugar, egg, oil, apple sauce, cinnamon and vanilla until blended.
  • Stir in buttermilk.
  • Combine flour, salt and baking soda and slowly pour into wet ingredients.
  • Fold in apples to mixture gently until combined.
  • Pour into greased loaf pan(s).
  • Combine crumb topping ingredients, cut together and sprinkle on top. The recipe makes plenty so feel free to use as much or as little as you like.
  • Bake at 350 until set in the middle and golden brown. A large loaf pan takes about 1 hour and muffins approx 12-15 minutes.


* This recipe makes one very full large pan (make sure you get the middle done) or you can do two smaller loaf pans instead. I like to do one large loaf pan and 5-6 muffins so I can make sure my loaf gets properly baked in the middle.

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