Apple Pie Bread {Guest Post}

Let’s talk cravings, k? Julia of Fat Girl Trapped In A Skinny Body always has me cracking up over her cravings. I think this is just one way we’ve bonded, peculiar and sometimes down right random cravings… even when not pregnant. Seriously. Most girls hoard shoes, bags or nail polish. I think she has a secret stash of peanut butter and cheese somewhere in her house. Her cravings lead to some incredible dishes, including this one! Apple pie meet bread…meet belly. 

These past couple of weeks I have had a serious craving for pie; apple pie and pumpkin pie in particular. The craving got so bad I almost bought one of the mini pies from Starbucks. Knowing it wouldn’t satisfy my craving, I refrained. But, that meant the craving was still there and I still had no desire to bake a pie. I was in quite the dilemma. I mean, that’s just pure laziness because it’s not that hard to make pie, I just kept finding 800 reasons why I shouldn’t make it. So instead, I made an apple pie bread. Sometimes I’m thankful for my laziness.

Good news, my craving is satisfied and I didn’t have to resort to mediocre coffee shop pastries.
The crumble on top is like an apple crumble pie, buttery, crunchy, sweet.
The shredded and diced apples lend to a little bit of apple flavor and apple texture in every bite.
The vanilla bean cream cheese swirl is my ‘a la mode.’

This is the perfect kind of bread for a brunch with the girls or for dessert (with an actual scoop of ice cream??!!). Um, or maybe even just for a normal Tuesday morning breakfast, because that’s when I ate it. And then I had it again for lunch and for dessert. I told you, I had a craving, and this bread may have satisfied it, but it’s so good it just begs me to keep eating it.

Apple Pie Bread

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time1 hour 35 minutes
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple
Servings: 8


  • 1 3/4 C all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp apple pie spice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 C vegetable oil
  • 1/3 C apple juice
  • 3/4 C light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 C shredded apples
  • 1 C chopped apples

Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Swirl

  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste vanilla extract


  • 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 4 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp apple pie spice
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter cold


  • Preheat the oven to 350F°. Grease an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 loaf pan.
  • To make the bread batter, using a wooden spoon mix the egg, vegetable oil, apple juice, and brown sugar in a large bowl. Add in the apples.
  • In a separate bowl sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and apple pie spice. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until combined. (Mixture will be thick). Set aside.
  • For the swirl, whisk all the ingredients in a small bowl, set aside.
  • For the crumble. Mix the flour, sugar and apple pie spice in a small bowl. Cut in the cold butter until the mixture resembles course crumbs.
  • To make the loaf, pour half the bread batter into the pan then pour in the cream cheese mixture. Pour the remaining bread batter over the cream cheese then pour all of the crumble mixture on top. Lightly press the crumbs into the batter.
  • Bake for 65-75 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool for 15 minutes in the pan, then finish cooling on a wire rack.

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Check out some other awesome recipes from Julia: Double Chocolate Double Guinness Bundt Cake, Funfetti Cookies and Iced Tea Margarita.

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19 Responses to “Apple Pie Bread {Guest Post}”

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — September 7, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Woah. This looks seriously good!

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    Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama — September 7, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Looks delicious! Bring on fall!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — September 7, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Such a better solution than the Starbucks pastry, this looks amazing!

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — September 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

    yum, this sounds delicious!

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    Erica @ In and Around Town — September 7, 2012 at 10:09 am

    This looks amazing, especially as I am looking for more fall recipes!

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — September 7, 2012 at 10:46 am

    This bread is perfect for every meal. Hooray!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — September 7, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    This one is going in the to-make pile! ;)

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — September 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I am too thankful for your laziness :) really… this looks so good!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Dessesrts — September 8, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I made apple pie bread this week too – this looks great with the crumb topping!

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    Paula — September 8, 2012 at 9:51 am

    At first (from the title) I was expecting to see pie crust baked into this bread! Seeing the apple pie spice in the ingredients made me realize no crust! This looks wonderful and has such a great combination of flavours.

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    Laura in ca — September 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    What type of apples did you use? I want to make it this weekend!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — September 8, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    this screams fall! i love this and i love that cheesecake swirl in the middle! great combo :)

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    Tracey — September 10, 2012 at 11:45 am

    I could totally justify this for breakfast every day! Love the vanilla bean cream cheese swirl.

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    marie hahn — September 30, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Could not print page 5 . ‘d love to make this. Cream cheese swirl looks deliciious

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      Rachel — September 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      I suggest trying to print it again or emailing it to yourself as a print issue such as that would be on your end.

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    Maria — October 7, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Now that’s a great idea for a bread…I imagine it in a sandwich with chocolate spread and apple butter triple yummy….by the way I firmly believe that the best way to stop cravings of any type is to give in to them hi hi :)

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    Jolene — October 19, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    My hubby is in Afghanistan and he loves apple pie. I clearly can’t send him one this fall and I was feeling really bad about it! Then I found this recipe… making it for him right now! Thanks for having an apple pie craving and not making pie! I really appreciate it and so will my soldier!

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    Katie — December 1, 2012 at 12:22 am

    I LOVE apple pie and all things apple so I cannot wait to try this! I’ll have to make it gfree but I’m up to the challenge!

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    Lilly White — December 24, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    This recipe needs to be split between two 8×4 pans. Didn’t find that out until I nearly burned my kitchen down.

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