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Thursday, October 7, 2021

Apple Fritter Donut Bread

Apples are in season so why not indulge?
This Apple Fritter Donut Bread is a fun, sweet treat.

Apple Fritter Donut Bread

Yay, it's October!

As Anne of Green Gables said, "I'm so happy to live in a world where there are Octobers". Me too Anne! I love the crisp, cool air, the Fall foods {ahem, apples}, the many football games, the sweatshirt weather and all the Fall events that don't leave me sweating to death outside.

Our wedding anniversary is in October and I distinctly remember the year prior watching the calendar to see when the leaves would be at their MOST peakness in Iowa for a Fall wedding the following year. 

I just love Fall!

Apple Fritter Donut Bread

A friend of mine gave me a big 'ol bag of apples last week {greatest gift ever?} and I've made a handful of yummy food items with them.

So far my Harvest Muffins {these are great for snacks and lunchboxes}, my Apple Peanut Butter Cookies and one batch of my Instant Pot Cinnamon Applesauce.

We are a bit on apple overload over here! But in a good way, I have not heard any complaining from my crew.

Apple Fritter Donut Bread

I got the idea for this fritter bread after stopping at the iconic Midwest gas station Casey's a few weeks back with my girls. I desperately needed coffee and they desperately needed a donut as we were on our way to a volleyball tournament.

Caffeine and sugar can fix early mornings.

Casey's has long been known for their fried apple fritters {as well as their famous cake donuts} and let me tell you they are GOOD. But I'm not really into frying things as it gets messy so I figured out another way to get that same taste in bread.

It worked!

Apple Fritter Donut Bread

This rich sweet bread tastes like the inside of a hot, fresh donut! It has the same fluffy texture, but without the hassle of making individual fried donuts.

What's even better are the diced apples studded with cinnamon and nutmeg weaved into the bread batter. Use whatever apples you have on hand! All work great.

And well, then the top of this bread is covered in brown sugar, more cinnamon and finished off with a sweet icing once it has cooled. Just like it's fritter cousin.

Apple Fritter Donut Bread

But again, without all the fuss of making donuts.

My kids loved on this bread for about three breakfasts in a row before school {I served scrambled eggs with it too - don't harp on me about a non-filling breakfast!} and they were a bit sad when it was gone. Frankly, I was too.

This bread is fall-a-part GOOD. I like to keep it in the fridge after cooling as it holds it up well for slicing.

Apple Fritter Donut Bread
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Apple Fritter Donut Bread

Apple Fritter Donut Bread
Yield: 10
Author: Ally
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 1 HourTotal time: 1 H & 15 M
Like an apple fritter donut, but baked into a sweet bread! Fluffy, soft and filled with seasoned apples and drizzled with a sweet icing.


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar + add'l 1/3 cup for topping
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
Apple Filling
  • 4 small to medium apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t nutmeg
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 T milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a stand mixer cream together the softened butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/3 cup white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until combined.
  3. In a small bowl combine the additional cinnamon, nutmeg and tablespoon of brown sugar.
  4. To the batter, gently add in the baking powder and flour, followed by the milk until a smooth batter forms.
  5. Pour half of the batter into the loaf pan and spread out evenly.
  6. Toss the diced apples with the small bowl of cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. Pour half of the seasoned apples over the batter in the pan, then spread on the remaining batter, spreading evenly over the apples. Finally, top with the remaining apples pressing them down slightly into the batter. 
  7. Top the bread with the 1/3 cup brown sugar and teaspoon of cinnamon.
  8. Bake the bread for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let it rest on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes.
  9. In a small bowl combine the powdered sugar and milk and drizzle over the cooled bread.
  10. Keep the bread stored in an airtight container in the fridge for easy slicing.

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