Apple Cinnamon English Muffin Bread

Your favorite English muffin, turned into the perfect loaf of bread with a seasonal twist, featuring cinnamon and sweet apple pieces throughout!

Apple Cinnamon English Muffin Bread Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

You know what stinks? That moment you realize you need a specific ingredient and what you have isn’t suitable for your plans, yet you were just at the store. You went to the store, even brought a list, followed the list but then there’s that one item you didn’t think to add. Even though our store is only 5-10 minutes away, it’s still a hassle to pack back up and go out for one or two tiny things. So instead, I put whatever plans I have in mind on hold for another day. I couldn’t be bothered to venture back out most days.

I’m not wishing for my kids to grow up, but I do look forward to the times I can send one of them to on quick errands to the store. Or when they’re old enough and I can say ‘watch your brother and sister’ and run to the store myself. Someday!

But I’m really not wishing for that to be today. It’s just the convenience factor in it all.

Apple Cinnamon English Muffin Bread Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Until then, I’ll enjoy a slice of English muffin bread, specifically this apple cinnamon English muffin bread.

You had to know that was coming after I’ve shared a basic English muffin bread, a banana-blueberry English muffin bread and even a bacon and cheddar English muffin bread recipe. They’re all equally tasty depending on your preferences. The apple cinnamon variety very obviously has a special spot in my heart and belly. I love all things apple and cinnamon and this bread is no exception.

This is just like your favorite English muffin straight out of the package, including all of those precious nooks and crannies, but in a loaf form and with the taste of the season – apples!

Apple cinnamon English muffin bread, it’s easy to make and a delicious start to the day!

Apple Cinnamon English Muffin Bread Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Apple Cinnamon English Muffin Bread

Your favorite English muffin, turned into the perfect loaf of bread with a seasonal twist, featuring cinnamon and sweet apple pieces throughout!
Prep Time1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 50 minutes
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Breakfast
Servings: 8


  • Cornmeal for pan
  • 2 1/2 C bread flour
  • 1 pkg rapid rise yeast
  • 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 medium apple diced roughly 1/2C
  • 1 1/4 C apple cider heated to 115°F


  • Lightly grease an 8x4-inch loaf pan. Sprinkle well with cornmeal. Discard extra cornmeal.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine dry ingredients. Dice apple into 1/4-inch pieces. Add to dry ingredients, tossing well to coat. Heat cider to a temperature of 115-120°F. With mixer running on low, slowly add warm apple cider. Increase speed to medium, continuing to mix until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  • Lightly grease a rubber spatula or your hands. Transfer dough to prepared loaf pan. *Dough will be sticky. Spread dough into an even layer, pressing into corners. Sprinkle with cornmeal. Cover and allow to rise in a warm location until doubled in size, roughly 60-90 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake for 30 minutes. Allow bread to cool in pan for at least 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Toast slices and serve with bread, jam or apple butter. Store remaining bread in an airtight container.


Recipe serves roughly 8, yields 1: 8-inch loaf.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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50 Responses to “Apple Cinnamon English Muffin Bread”

  1. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — September 8, 2014 at 7:46 am

    my dreams come true – this loaf is perfect, Rachel. Toasted nooks + crannies + apples pieces + the beautiful tastes of apple and cinnamon. Total must try!

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      Rachel — September 8, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks Sally! And yes, you must! :)

  2. #
    Ashley | The Recipe Rebel — September 8, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I HAD to come pin this. I love apples, And cinnamon. And english muffins. And bread. Love it!

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      Rachel — September 8, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      Thanks Ashley! :)

  3. #
    Susan — September 8, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Rachel, I love the recipes for English Muffin Bread, and now must go to the market for rapid rise yeast! I envy that you are in New Hampshire, where you will have beautiful fall foliage before too long and crops of fabulous apples! A number of years ago, I went apple picking in an orchard somewhere near Keene, NH! Thanks for the great recipes!

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      Rachel — September 8, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      My absolute favorite time of year for those two reasons! I couldn’t imagine living somewhere else this time of year. And thank you! I hope you enjoy the bread :)

  4. #
    Deborah — September 8, 2014 at 9:42 am

    I love all of your English Muffin Bread recipes, and this one is no exception!

    • #
      Rachel — September 8, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      Thanks Deborah!

  5. #
    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — September 8, 2014 at 10:20 am

    english muffins in bread form?! I love this!!! and I too can’t wait for my oldest (now only 7) to get older so I can do those “forgot something and need to run to the store for 10 minutes”. . at what age can we start doing that?! :P love this and pinned!

    • #
      Rachel — September 8, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      I was hoping someone would tell me the perfect age too! And thank you :)

  6. #
    Cookin Canuck — September 8, 2014 at 10:31 am

    What a gorgeous bread! This would be such a hit at breakfast at my house.

    And yes, I often come back from the store and realize that I don’t have exactly what I need for a certain recipe. I’m trying to be better about adding to an ongoing list as I think of needed items.

    • #
      Rachel — September 8, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      I definitely start lists immediately after shopping too! If only they weren’t needed ;) And thank you!

  7. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — September 8, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Ahh I LOVE this flavor combo for english muffin bread!! So unique and perfect for September :)

    • #
      Rachel — September 8, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      Thanks Julie! :)

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    Luci {Luci's Morsels} — September 8, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I’ve been itching to make a loaf of English Bread recently, so this is a true sign that I need too. And that I need to add apples and cinnamon!!

    • #
      Rachel — September 8, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      You absolutely must try it :)

  9. #
    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health — September 8, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    i have been making a lot of bread lately – this one sounds delicious.. do you think replacing apple cider vinegar with warm water would be ok?

    • #
      Rachel — September 8, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      It’s actually apple cider, definitely not apple cider vinegar. While you could substitute water, that would lose some of the overall flavor. I’d recommend substituting with apple juice before water.

  10. #
    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — September 8, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Ugh I always get home from the store and realized I forgot something. Even with a list! WHY!!!! This bread looks great!

    • #
      Rachel — September 8, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      It’s the worst!! Glad I’m not alone though :) And thank you!

  11. #
    Medeja — September 9, 2014 at 5:47 am

    This bread would be really great for breakfast.. toasted..with butter..and cup of coffee.. I am already dreaming :D

    • #
      Rachel — September 9, 2014 at 7:41 am

      Thanks Medeja!

  12. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — September 9, 2014 at 8:06 am

    English muffin bread is one of my favorite! I am dying to try this apple cinnamon version! Looks amazing, Rachel!

    • #
      Rachel — September 9, 2014 at 8:55 am

      Thanks Anna! :)

  13. #
    Terri C — September 9, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    This looks so good, pinned it so I can make a list for the store!

    • #
      Rachel — September 10, 2014 at 7:11 am

      Thanks Terri! Enjoy :)

  14. #
    Amanda — September 9, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    I need to make this now! So amazing!

    • #
      Rachel — September 10, 2014 at 7:11 am

      You do! :)

  15. #
    Christy — September 12, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Any suggestion on what kind of apple to use?

    • #
      Rachel — September 12, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      I used early red apples for this, however any firm apple that you enjoy the flavor of will be fine.

  16. #
    chloema — September 12, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Could this recipe be made in an automatic bread machine?

    • #
      Rachel — September 13, 2014 at 7:28 am

      You could likely prep the dough in the bread maker, but I wouldn’t recommend baking it in there due to the cornmeal step.

  17. #
    Katie — September 16, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Totally trying this d spreading apple butter over it. Ps- you should link your apple butter recipe here.

    • #
      Rachel — September 17, 2014 at 7:55 am

      Enjoy! And I updated the recipe portion to include it as an optional topping :)

  18. #
    kimberly — September 29, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    This just came out of the oven and I can’t wait to try it. I made my dough in my bread machine and after I transferred it to the baking pan I let it rise for another 15 minutes because it lost some of its volume from the jostling. I greased my pan with crisco and it fell right out onto the cooling rack (I seem to always have a sticking issue). I made sure to scrape the side of my bread machine during the first mix about 5 minutes in and I tossed my apples with some of the flour before adding them. It looks and smells wonderful.

    • #
      Rachel — September 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! :)

  19. #
    marpy — November 3, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Can I use orange juice instead?

    • #
      Rachel — November 3, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      I can’t promise how it will turn out but you’re welcome to try.

  20. #
    Louise Thibault — February 14, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    I have a wonderful easy recipe for plain English muffin bread if anyone would like the recipe I would gladly post it I love it toasted with honey so very good :)

    • #
      Rachel — February 15, 2015 at 9:02 am

      Thanks for the offer Louise, but I’ve already shared a recipe for (plain) English muffin bread on my site. You can see it here: English muffin bread recipe.

  21. #
    Nicole — October 30, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Looks so good!
    Do you have to use bread flour? Or can all-purpose be used?

    • #
      Rachel — October 30, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      Bread flour would be best for this recipe, but you’re more than welcome to give all purpose a try.

  22. #
    Emilie — August 23, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Hi Rachel! I love your recipes and this one looks amazing! I’m wondering how essential the cornmeal is? I’m in Australia and it’s hard to find. If you think it’s important, could I substitute a handful of uncooked polenta (and tap out the excess)? That’s our closest approximation to be had without special ordering…

    • #
      Rachel — August 24, 2016 at 8:15 am

      Thanks, Emilie! The cornmeal is used for both texture on the outside of the bread and to prevent it from sticking to the pan. Polenta is made from cornmeal, so that should work just fine! Good luck! :)

  23. #
    Debbie — October 27, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    I bake most breads with fresh ground whole wheat flour. How would it turn out if I used it in this recipe?

    • #
      Rachel — October 29, 2018 at 7:02 am

      If you’re familiar with how to substitute one flour for another, I’m sure it would be just fine.

  24. #
    Stephanie Salyer — November 6, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Love this idea for fall. Pinned and added ingredients to my list lol. I have to start lists as soon as I shop too…. Ugh. Shopping alone sounds like a mini vacation. Shopping with little boys is a workout in patience and endurance.

    • #
      Rachel — November 17, 2019 at 1:04 pm

      Enjoy and happy baking! :)

  25. #
    Jeanette Schutz — March 25, 2023 at 5:54 pm

    Just took this out of the oven and snitch a slice with butter!! Delicious!! But I didn’t get many nooks and crannies. Any suggestions on how I could get those?? Thanks.

    • #
      Rachel — March 27, 2023 at 7:50 am

      So glad you enjoyed it. As far as your nooks and crannies go… make sure your leaveners are always fresh and to not overmix.

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