This Cinnamon Apple Bread with Pecan Streusel is an easy to make, soft and moist quick bread. It’s packed with sweet cinnamon apples, crunchy pecans and topped with plenty of crumbs. Make it as a special breakfast treat, dessert or even for holiday hostess gifts. Believe me, it will surely become your new fall family favorite!
Apple Streusel Bread
Fall is almost over, just a few leaves still falling from the trees, but apples are still sweet, inexpensive and abundant in the stores. And what better use for apples than a touch of cinnamon sugar tucked inside a warm, moist quick bread. Add some Georgia pecans in a mixture of sweet crumbs and you’ve got the makings of a delicious dessert or a special treat for breakfast.
I love making quick breads because they’re so easy to whip up. Usually it’s my favorite Banana Bread or sometimes my Chocolate Zucchini Bread but this cinnamon apple bread is right up there with the best of them. Just mix it up, no rising time or kneading needed, pop it in a loaf pan and bake. That’s it! And this apple bread was especially popular with the family for a quick breakfast. I may even make some ahead of time and freeze for holiday hostess gifts or a treat in the dead of winter.
FAQs to Know About Quick Breads
What makes a quick bread a quick bread?
Quick breads do not require kneading or a rise time. In lieu of the yeast in most breads, they use baking powder or baking soda.
What is considered a quick bread?
Loaves such as banana or zucchini bread, muffins, coffee cakes, scones and biscuits, as well as pancakes and waffles.
Why did my quick bread fall in the middle?
It usually means there was too much liquid in the batter in relation to the dry ingredients. It could also be caused by the baking powder or baking soda being out of date or that the batter sat too long before baking.
Why is my quick bread doughy in the center?
Usually this means that the bread was undercooked or was left to long in the pan after baking. If this happens you can return the bread to a 350 oven and baked for another 10-20 minutes.
How to Make Cinnamon Apple Bread
In a small bowl, combine toasted pecans, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Stir.
Add diced cold butter and using a pastry cutter or fork, mash until it resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
- Place sugar and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until smooth and pale yellow, 3-4 minutes. (photo 1)
- Add eggs and vanilla extract and continue to beat until well mixed. (photo 2)
- Next add the flour and baking powder, continuing to mix. (photo 3)
- Lastly, pour in the milk and beat until combined. (photo 4)
HOW TO ASSEMBLE
- Pour half of the batter into prepared pan. (photo 5)
- Sprinkle on half of the apples and press lightly into the batter. (photo 6)
- Add ⅓ of the pecan streusel and press into apples. (photo 7)
- Pour remaining batter on top of apples and streusel, evening out so batter is level. (photo 8)
- Sprinkle with remaining apples, pressing into batter. (photo 9)
- Follow with the rest of the pecan streusel. Press gently into apples. (photo 10)
Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick in center comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes then turn out of pan and let it cool the rest of the way.
Bake up this easy, sweet cinnamon apple bread and enjoy the most delicious aromas floating through the house. Plus, I know, the flavors of cinnamon apples, crunchy pecans and sweet crumbs will have everyone smiling at your breakfast table. Make it today and, if you can actually not take a bite, freeze it for the busy Christmas holidays or save for a home-baked gift for your friends.
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- 1 ½ cups pecans toasted & chopped (see notes for toasting instructions)
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 Tablespoons cold butter diced
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup butter room temperature
- 2 eggs
- 2-3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ cup milk
- 1-2 large apples peeled and diced
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a loaf pan.
- In a small bowl, combine toasted pecans, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Stir.
- Add diced cold butter and using a pastry cutter or fork, mash until it resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
- Place sugar and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until smooth and pale yellow, 3-4 minutes.
- Add eggs and vanilla extract and continue to beat until well mixed.
- Add flour and baking powder, continuing to mix, then add milk and beat until combined.
- Pour half of the batter into prepared pan.
- Sprinkle on half of the apples and press lightly into the batter.
- Add ⅓ of the pecan streusel and press into apples.
- Pour remaining batter on top of apples and streusel, evening out so batter is level.
- Sprinkle with remaining apples, pressing into batter, and follow with the rest of the pecan streusel. Press gently into apples.
- Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick in center comes out clean.
- Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes then turn out of pan and let it cool the rest of the way.
- Store covered with plastic wrap.