Celebrating National Apple Day: Cinnamon Apple Bread with a Brown Butter Glaze

We are in the prime of apple season. What better time to celebrate National Apple Day? To celebrate, we have a delicious recipe that you'll want to make triple batches of: Cinnamon Apple Bread with a Brown Butter Glaze. This recipe is packed with fresh apples and plenty of cinnamon. Everyone will be asking for anonther piece before they're even done with their first.

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Using fresh apples gives this bread extra moisture so that it never dries out. I also subbed the oil for applesauce to cut calories which also enhances the sweetness of the apples. This bread is so good that it honestly doesn't need the brown butter glaze but it definitely doesn't hurt. 

This would also be good with pears. If, for some reason, apples aren't your thing, pears would be a good substitution, cranberries, or simply no fruit at all. You can just keep this a simple cinnamon bread recipe. This recipe gave me a loaf of bread and six jumbo muffins with enough glaze for the bread and two muffins. 

A tip for the glaze, it will take about 10-15 minutes for the butter to brown. You want to keep it moving so it doens't burn. There's a big difference between burnt butter and browned butter. The melted butter will deepen in color getting golden brown. It will give off a sweet, nutty scent as well which is a big clue to knowing it's almost ready.

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Cinnamon Apple Bread with a Brown Butter Glaze
Moist, delicious cinnamon apple bread perfect for fall and holiday get togethers. The brown butter glaze is 100% optional but phenomenal.
  • 1 2/3 cup Sugar
  • 2/3 cup Applesauce
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 4 large Eggs
  • 3 cups Apples, chopped (about 3 total)
  • 3 cups Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom of a loaf pan and 6 jumbo muffin cups.In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, applesauce, milk, vanilla and eggs till smooth. Add in the apples and mix well. Slowly add in your dry ingredients until the batter is well combined.Pour batter about 2/3 of the way in a greased loaf pan. Fill the muffin cups with the remaining batter. The muffins will bake for about 20 minutes and the bread will take about an hour. Test with a knife or toothpick to make sure the inside comes out clean. Let cool.While your bread is cooling, prepare your glaze. Brown one stick of butter in a small saucepan. It will take about 10 minutes or so but the end result should be a rich, golden brown color. Take off the heat and slowly incorporate the powdered sugar, vanilla and the milk one tablespoon at a time. If you find your desired consistency before 4 tablespoons of milk, that's fine. If you need a little extra, that's ok too. Just follow your gut.Pour the glaze over the bread and let cool for a few minutes until it because sticky. Serve!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 loaf + 6 jumbo muffins