Sink your teeth into this Homemade Caramel Apple Bread, ever so decadently drizzled with rich caramel glaze. Bursting with pieces of fresh apples throughout, this bakery-style sweet bread is the perfect sweet morning treat or midnight snack.
Are you a first-time baker? No need to worry. This quick bread recipe is ideal for beginners, thanks to its basic ingredients and simple instructions. Whether diving into this apple bread or trying your hand at classic banana bread or zucchini bread, you've got this. Once you've mastered one quick bread, you can take on all of them.
This homemade bread is sure to become one of your favorite things in the world. Who doesn't love the smell of fresh bread baking?
What You Need to Make Caramel Apple Bread
A little flour, sugar, and warm spices are just the beginning of this deliciously moist apple bread.
- Apples - Granny Smith apples nicely complement the caramel.
- Brown Sugar
- Vegetable Oil
- Large Eggs - lightly beaten
- All-Purpose Flour
- Pecans - Chopped pecans are a perfect choice, here but feel free to use your favorite nut
- Baking Soda
- Ground Cinnamon
How to Make Homemade Apple Bread
When it comes to baking, having all your ingredients set up before starting is crucial. Have your mixing bowl, baking pans, parchment paper, and everything else ready to go too!
To Make The Bread
- In a large bowl, stir together chopped apples, brown sugar, buttermilk, oil, and eggs. Stir in remaining bread ingredients until dry ingredients are moistened.
- Pour into an 8x4 inch loaf pan.
- Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
- Cool for 10 minutes on a cooling rack. Loosen the sides of the loaves from pans using a bread knife; remove from the pan and place top side up on a wire rack.
- Let the bread cool completely! At least an hour.
To Make The Glaze
- In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat then stir in brown sugar. Heat the sugar mixture until boiling, stirring constantly; reduce heat to low.
- Boil and stir for 2 minutes before stirring in the milk. Heat to boiling; remove from heat.
- Cool until lukewarm for about 30 minutes.
- Once lukewarm, gradually stir powdered sugar into the glaze mixture. Place the saucepan of glaze in a bowl of cold water. Beat with a spoon until smooth and thin enough to drizzle.
- Drizzle glaze over loaves.
PRO TIP: If the glaze becomes too stiff, stir in additional milk, a half teaspoon at a time, or heat over low heat, stirring constantly.
Expert Recipe Tips
- Line the pan with parchment paper to easily lift the bread from the pan.
- Temperature can change everything! For the best results, let all your ingredients come to room temperature before baking.
- A dash of vanilla extract goes a long way!
What to Serve With Fresh Apple Bread
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert—this sweet bread satisfies any time of day. For a boozy, fruity brunch, sip on a toasted coconut and strawberry cocktail alongside a slice of apple. For a quick snack, spread creamy butter and sprinkle with sea salt. You can even dunk this into your morning cup of coffee!
Leftovers and Reheating
Bread is made to last! To enjoy this bread later, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap, and store at room temperature for up to 4 days, or refrigerate for up to 10 days. You can also freeze it in an airtight container for up to 3 months! Simply thaw on the countertop before grabbing that bread knife.
More Apple Recipes To Try
You know what they say! An apple dessert a day keeps the doctor away. If you are looking for more amazing quick bread recipes, try these! They're so so good.
If you've tried this decadent apple bread, please be sure to rate the recipe and leave a comment to help out the next reader.
Caramel-Glazed Apple Bread
- 1 ½ cups shredded peeled baking apples - 2 large
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup buttermilk
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 4 eggs - lightly beaten
- 3 cups AP flour
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- ½ cup powdered sugar - sifted
For The Bread
- Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottoms only of 2 (8×4-inch) loaf pans with cooking spray or shortening.
- In large bowl, stir together apples, 1 cup brown sugar, the buttermilk, oil and eggs. Stir in remaining bread ingredients just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour into pans.
- Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes on cooling rack. Loosen sides of loaves from pans; remove from pans and place top sides up on cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
For The Glaze
- In 1-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in ¼ cup brown sugar. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly; reduce heat to low. Boil and stir 2 minutes. Stir in milk. Heat to boiling; remove from heat. Cool to lukewarm, about 30 minutes.
- Gradually stir powdered sugar into glaze mixture. Place saucepan of glaze in bowl of cold water. Beat with spoon until smooth and thin enough to drizzle. If glaze becomes too stiff, stir in additional milk, ½ teaspoon at a time, or heat over low heat, stirring constantly. Drizzle glaze over loaves. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days.
Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.
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Leave the soft apples behind, baking calls for a hardy apple that can stand up to heat without turning into mush. For this recipe, the tartness of a Granny Smith apple balances the warm cinnamon and sugar. Try Golden Delicious or Honeycrisp apples if you're looking for chunks of sweet apples in every bite.
You can make this caramel apple bread in another dish, like a cast iron pan or even a muffin tin! (Caramel apple muffins, anyone?) The only thing is that the cooking time may change based on the dish. To avoid overbaked bread, check on it after 30 minutes. Remember, the bread is finished when an inserted toothpick comes out clean!
No worries! You can make your own buttermilk easily by adding ½ teaspoon white vinegar to ½ cup of regular or plant-based milk. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, then continue on with the recipe. You could also use yogurt or sour cream, by stirring in ¼ cup of either and ¼ cup of water into the recipe.