Apple Bread

Apple Bread – This quick and easy apple bread recipe is loaded with shredded apples, ensuring moist, delicious fresh apple flavor and texture in every bite!

two loaves of apple bread in pans on cooling rack

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Around here, we call this Grandma Barb’s Apple Bread. Because my mom has been making this Apple Bread for as long as our daughters can remember.

This apple bread recipe is an especially wonderful treat during the fall, when the trees of local apple orchards are hanging heavy with crisp, sweet fruit. And the bread’s even better when made with apples from your very own backyard trees (right?!).

Mom has always liked to bake with apples, and this is one recipe I can count on her making every single fall. I even placed an order for a loaf when I knew she was due for a visit!  

using a box grater to shred fresh apples

How to make apple bread

At the very core of this apple quick bread is a mess of shredded apples. I recommend using an apple variety that is firm and has some tartness, such as Granny Smith, Haralson, or the sweeter Honeycrisp.

If you’re wondering exactly how to shred apples, all you need is a box grater. Simply peel the apples and grate them using the largest holes on the grater. It’s super easy and doesn’t take much time at all.A few more awesome apple recipes!

A few more awesome apple recipes for you: my favorite apple crisp is an easy and super delicious treat, Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats is a great way to get your day started, and how about a cocktail? This Apple Sangria with Bourbon and Thyme is perfect for sitting around an autumn fire or entertaining for Thanksgiving!

apple bread batter in a clear bowl

The shredded apples get mixed with familiar baking ingredients, plus raisins (or Craisins or chopped dates) and optional nuts (I prefer pecans, but walnuts are also great).

There are very few recipes where I can get away with sneaking in raisins, as our daughters are not the biggest fans. And this apple bread is one of those exceptions.

apple bread batter in two loaf pans

There’s a good amount of cinnamon in the batter, which plays so fabulously with the apples and raisins.

This recipe works perfectly with two 8″ x 4″ loaf pans. Here’s my favorite pans – they’re heavy duty and always release breads perfectly. I like their slightly smaller size, just a touch smaller than a more common 1-pound loaf pan.

two loaves of apple bread in pans on cooling rack

The house smells so cozy while the bread is baking. It’s like a big apple-cinnamon hug.

loaf of sliced apple bread on cutting board

This apple bread is a loaf of fall, packed with shredded apples. I think it’s truly the best apple bread recipe, with a variety of flavor and texture in every single bite.

loaf of sliced apple bread on cutting board

The bread also freezes extremely well. So I like to stash one loaf away for later. This makes for an easy baked treat with only the minimal effort of taking it out to thaw.

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two loaves of apple bread in pans on cooling rack
Apple Bread

Apple Bread

This quick and easy apple bread recipe is loaded with shredded apples, ensuring moist, delicious fresh apple flavor and texture in every bite!

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 large Granny Smith, Haralson, or Honeycrisp apples (or your favorite firm, tart apple variety), peeled
  • 2 c. sugar
  • ½ c. vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 c. chopped roasted pecans or walnuts, optional
  • 1 c. raisins, Craisins, or chopped dates
  • 3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 T. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour two 8'' x 4'' loaf pans. Set aside.
  2. Using the large holes of a box grater, shred the apples (discard the cores).
  3. In a large bowl, fold together shredded apples and sugar, and let sit for 15 minutes until sugar dissolves. There will be alot of liquid.
  4. Add oil, eggs, vanilla extract, pecans, and raisins, and stir to incorporate.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir dry ingredients into the apple mixture, just until mixed. Pour into prepared loaf pans.
  6. Bake 55 minutes, or until golden and center tests done with a toothpick. Remove pans from oven to cooling rack and let cool for 10 minutes. Then turn breads out of pan onto rack to cool completely.

Notes

recipe from Mom’s recipe box, originally from Wanda's Country Home

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 330 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 23mg Sodium: 288mg Carbohydrates: 62g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 39g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g

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two loaves of apple bread in pans on cooling rack

Autumn on the farm is such a special time. To see the fruits of farm labor harvested is one of my favorite things. And I love to share the experience with our daughters, to show them how I grew up. The following photos were taken in 2010, when I had originally shared this apple bread recipe.

This post was originally published in 2010. I updated some of the photographs and text in September 2019.

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