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Caramel Apple Bread Recipe

Caramel Apple Bread is a moist, delicious quick bread  topped with a sugary caramel glaze and toasted pecans.

Caramel Apple Bread topped with apple slices and pecans.



There’s nothing like fall baking, whether it be apples, pumpkin, or sweet potatoes. And there’s no better smell than cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, and ginger emanating from the oven. Last year I was on a pumpkin kick, but this year I am really feeling partial to apples.


It may not feel like fall yet, but put a loaf of this dessert bread in your oven and it will smell like fall. We have had some of the hottest weather of summer this last week and I am ready for it to be gone. That thick, oppressive heat that immediately drains your energy and makes you feel like taking a nap is not only a good idea, but a necessity. I almost feel like I’m back in New Orleans again.

Apple Bread loaf with bowl of apples behind it.


I’ve been baking fall treat after fall treat in the hopes summer will exit faster and let fall make its grand entrance. It hasn’t worked yet.


But we have at least enjoyed the taste of fall. Caramel Apple Bread is moist and dense with tiny bits of apple throughout (I like to chop the apple really small so it blends in with the batter) and the wonderful fall flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice (via some apple pie spice).

Loaf of Caramel Apple Bread with bowl of apples.


There’s no butter or oil in the batter. Some sour cream gives the bread a rich, moist texture.


The caramel glaze is a different story. There’s a whole lot of butter in that. But you can add a little or a lot of glaze to the bread.


Caramel Apple Bread is great for snacking on or as dessert. You could even eat it for breakfast. I’m not one to judge.

Caramel Apple Bread loaf with several slices cut.

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Caramel Apple Bread topped with apple slices and pecans.

Caramel Apple Bread

Caramel Apple Bread is a moist, delicious quick bread topped with a sugary caramel glaze and toasted pecans.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 50 minutes
TOTAL: 1 hour


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped peeled Granny Smith apple
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9X5-inch loaf pan.
  • In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and apple pie spice.
  • In another bowl, whisk together both sugars, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla extract until well blended.
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir until there are no streaks of flour. Fold in apples.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in oven for 50-55 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • In a small saucepan, bring butter, brown sugar, and whipping cream to a boil, stirring frequently. Boil for 1 minute. Spoon over bread and sprinkle with pecans.


Calories: 273kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apples, dessert bread, fall, quick bread

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Originally published August 31, 2014


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24 thoughts on “Caramel Apple Bread Recipe”

  1. Annette Lain

    Can you freeze this bread without the topping?

    I will be baking for an event December 1 and would like to bake this ahead of time and add the topping later.

  2. Judy Riechmann

    Thanks for this recipe, I make many different breads and I will definitely add this one .zJudy

  3. Teresa Pendino

    I have your bread in my oven as we speak. My kitchen is smelling AMAZING! One quick question, though… does this need to go in the fridge after baking? Wasn’t sure with it having the sour cream in it. Thanks a million!!!

  4. Oh wow, this bread looks so moist and delicious! The caramel sauce looks absolutely addictive – I’ll be surprised if even half of it ends up on the bread, rather than just spooned directly into my mouth!

  5. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel

    Wow, this looks amazing! The caramel glaze is out of this world! It’s kind of naughty, but I would totally eat this for breakfast. 😉

  6. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter

    As much as I will miss summer fruits, I really love fall baking. This bread is the perfect welcome to fall, I love love love that caramel dripping down the bread. It looks absolutely delicious 🙂

  7. Easyfoodsmith

    Oooh..that caramel lazily dripping down that spiced apple bread is sooo amazing. Yum!!!

  8. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    YAY for Fall Baking!! I’ve waited what feels like ages for this season (no matter how hard I try I can’t seem to enjoy summer as much as Fall and Winter) and this bread is going to be in my kitchen soon for sure. 😀 I need to go buy an industrial bag of apples STAT! 😀

  9. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

    Girl that caramel drizzling down the side is seriously everything to me right now!

  10. Oh man!! This looks amazing!! Seriously!! YUM! perf for fall!! I love love LOVE apples in the fall (actually I love em all year… but they’re best this time of year!)

  11. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven

    Yep. I kinda want this entire loaf in my face STAT. Caramel apples in the form of BREAKFAST?! I’m down with that 110%. 😀

  12. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan(dot)com

    I so do love the smell of ” cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, and ginger emanating from the oven” – just saying it makes me think I am smelling it as I look at this gorgeous caramel apple loaf!!!

  13. There really is nothing like fall baking! I love it. This looks absolutely delicious – and baking with sour cream is sooo good. And that caramel over the top….

  14. Jessica @ Jessica in the Kitchen

    What a beautiful bread! YUM! The dripping sauce is my favourite part.

  15. Jessica @ Sweet Menu

    Wow what a lovely bread! I just love the dripping caramel over the sides, I know my family would love this!

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