Swirled Apple Cinnamon Bread

This recipe is a perfect blend of flavors. It tastes like fall, with apples and cinnamon coming together to make the most delicious apple bread you can imagine!

This is a recipe for Apple Cinnamon Bread with a swirl of cinnamon and sugar. It’s easy to make, smells amazing, and tastes fantastic!

So… this apple cinnamon bread is without a doubt the greatest I’ve ever baked. It tastes just like the cinnamon swirl loaves my mother used to buy for my sister and me when we were kids. Only difference is that I think it tastes better!

I’m finally back in Detroit after 25/30 days away. And, wow, does it feel wonderful. My mind is spinning and I can hardly keep it on straight since I’m very weary and have 5,001 tasks to get done in the next week.

BUT. It will be completed, everything will be wonderful, and wonderful recipes are on their way to you.


For the time being, I’ll leave you with this insanely delicious Swirled Apple Cinnamon Bread.

Imagine this baby toasted and slathered with butter. Thank you very much.


Apple Cinnamon Swirl Bread Recipe

If you’ve never baked homemade bread before, I’m sure I can anticipate the two reasons that make you hesitant to try this recipe at home.

  1. This apple cinnamon bread is completely handmade, and you must knead it from start to finish.
  2. It has a swirling filling, which must be difficult to create, right?

Was my assumption correct? If that’s the case, let me state unequivocally: HOMEMADE BREAD IS EASY TO MAKE. (Did everyone in the back hear what I just said?) And how about that apple cinnamon swirled filling? Making the bread appear like that takes less than 5 minutes.


You must first create the dough for this apple cinnamon bread. It’s an enriched dough, which means it contains butter and sugar. Simply put instant active yeast, brown sugar, salt, and water in the bowl of a standing mixer to produce the cinnamon swirl bread dough. Stir everything together, then add the flour, butter, and half a mashed potato. (Mashed potatoes are simply cooked, peeled potatoes mashed with a fork.) There’s no need to add anything more to the potato!).

To knead the bread dough, I used the dough hook attachment on my stand mixer, but you can alternatively do it by hand on a countertop. You want to knead the dough until it starts to pull away from the edges of the bowl, regardless of the technique you employ. Although the dough should still be somewhat sticky, it should not cling to your hands. It should also be able to be stretched without breaking or tearing.


Grease another basin and place the dough in it when you’ve finished kneading the bread. Cover the bowl with a cloth and put it in a warm, draft-free location to rise until the dough has doubled in size (this can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on the time of year).

Prepare the filling ingredients while the dough rises. In a mixing dish, combine flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon, then peel and finely chop one apple. Punch the dough down gently once it has done rising, and then roll it out into a long rectangle. Dot the dough with the cinnamon sugar mixture before adding the apple bits.

Now it’s time to have some fun! Begin rolling the dough into a log from the shorter side of the rectangle. Place the log in your prepared loaf pan, seam side down, and let it to rise again. After that, it’s only a matter of putting it in the oven to bake! When the apple cinnamon bread is done baking, it will have become a wonderful golden brown and will sound hollow when tapped.


Bread Freezing Instructions

This apple cinnamon swirl bread is perfect to keep on hand for unexpected visitors. Allow the loaf to cool to room temperature before wrapping it in 3 to 4 layers of plastic wrap to freeze. Then cover it in aluminum foil again and put it in the freezer. Allow the bread to defrost to room temperature in its wrappings on your counter when you’re ready to consume it.

You may also slice the bread ahead of time and keep the pieces frozen in a freezer-safe container. Although the bread may dry out a little as a result of this method, having the slices on hand for cinnamon swirl toast is convenient.


Leave a comment below if you have any questions on how to make this apple cinnamon bread! I’d be delighted to assist in any way I can.


This soft and chewy homemade Cinnamon Apple Swirl Bread is EVERYTHING for a delicious weekday breakfast!

  • Sarah wrote this article.
  • 15-minute prep time
  • Time to prepare: 55 minutes
  • 1 hour and 10 minutes total
  • 1 loaf 1x yield
  • Bread is a category of food.
  • Baked method
  • American cuisine
  • Sarah wrote this article.
  • 15-minute prep time
  • Time to prepare: 55 minutes
  • 1 hour and 10 minutes total
  • 1 loaf 1x yield
  • Bread is a category of food.
  • Baked method
  • American cuisine



  • Sarah wrote this article.
  • 15-minute prep time
  • Time to prepare: 55 minutes
  • 1 hour and 10 minutes total
  • 1 loaf 1x yield
  • Bread is a category of food.
  • Baked method
  • American cuisine


To make the bread:

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons active yeast (instant)
  • brown sugar (three tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons warm water plus 3/4 cup
  • 3 cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup potato mash

For the filling, combine:

  • a quarter cup of brown sugar
  • 3 tblsp flour (all-purpose)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 peeled apple, chopped into small cubes


  1. Combine yeast, brown sugar, salt, and water in a standing mixer equipped with a dough hook attachment. To blend, stir everything together.
  2. Combine the flour, butter, and mashed potatoes in a mixing bowl. Mix on low for 5 minutes, or until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and is lovely and stretchy.
  3. Grease a second bowl lightly. Area dough in a bowl, cover with a cloth or plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until doubled in size.
  4. In a small mixing dish, add brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Apple should be cut into small pieces.
  5. Using butter, grease an 8-inch bread pan. Remove everything from the equation.
  6. Using flour, cover a big work surface. Make an 8′′x18′′ rectangle out of the dough. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the dough, then equally distribute the apple pieces.
  7. Working from the shorter side, shape dough into a compact log and lay seam side down in prepared bread pan. Allow it rise for another hour, or until the dough rises past the top of the bread pan, covered with a towel or plastic wrap.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the bread for 50-55 minutes, tenting it after the first 15 minutes with aluminum foil. Remove the bread from the oven when it reaches an internal temperature of 190°F if you have a temperature thermometer. If you don’t have this, take the bread out when the top is light golden brown and hollow when tapped with your fist.
  9. Brush the top of the bread with a little butter to give it a lovely gloss. Allow at least 30 minutes for cooling before removing from bread pan and slicing!

Swirled, handmade, seasonal, and toasty are some of the adjectives that come to mind while thinking of this recipe.

More simple bread recipes may be found at:

Cherry Banana Bread Soaked in Bourbon

Hot Fudge Dipping Sauce with Giant Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

Rum Monkey Bread with Butter

Bread with Parmesan Pesto

Banana Nutella Bread

This is a healthy apple bread recipe that will make you want to eat it all day. The bread is made with whole wheat flour, cinnamon and honey.

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