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apple spice bread with apple cider glaze

Well hey there! Boy, do I have a treat to share with you today.

Yesterday it rained here for the first time since May. And when I say “rained”, I mean FREEZING rain. It felt like mid-January, not the beginning of October.

I loved it.

I immediately put on all my winter clothes (yoga pants and a sweatshirt) and went out to buy groceries and a box of firewood. When I got home, I lit all my pumpkin spice candles, put on pot of tea, made a roaring fire and started baking. And while I don’t necessarily know if the weather constituted such a roaring fire, the Florida girl in me loved every second of it. Someone remind me of that in two months? Okay, thanks. Now onto bread.

I wanted (heaven forbid) a nice alternative to pumpkin bread. Not that there’s anything wrong with pumpkin bread but it just seems to be everywhere right now. What can I say? I like to color outside of the lines. And after an entire afternoon of mixing, testing and baking, this is what I came up with.

A rather old fashioned spice loaf, slightly sweet and full of fresh grated apple, applesauce, molasses, ginger and cinnamon. On top, I drizzled a simple icing made from confectioners sugar and apple cider. Eating it makes me think of chunky cable knit sweaters, striped wool socks and little house in the big woods.

Make it for someone you love! That means you!

Apple Spice Bread with Apple Cider Glaze

makes 1 loaf

Print this recipe!


2 1/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 cup butter, melted

2 eggs

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 tbsp molasses

1/2 large apple, grated and pressed with a paper towel

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

for glaze:

1 cup confectioners sugar

2 Tbsp apple cider


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Set aside.

In another large bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, molasses, butter, applesauce and grated apple. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until just combined.

Scrape batter into a greased loaf pan and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let loaf cool completely before glazing.

To make glaze, mix together the confectioners sugar and apple cider. Drizzle over completely cool loaf.


2 hours

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  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    October 4, 2011 at 4:33 am

    I would love to curl up with a huge slice of that in front of the fire in sweats:-) Now, if only I had a fireplace!

  • Lindsay
    October 4, 2011 at 4:36 am

    Oooooh that looks so delicious. I love how it photographs too, very lovely on the nice countertops. I might have to make this πŸ™‚ have a great week!

  • Heather
    October 4, 2011 at 4:39 am

    Wow. This looks incredible.

    A vegan bakery nearby, called Wildflour, makes a killer seasonal apple cider cupcake with a nutmeg-based frosting. Wish I could mail you one!

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    October 4, 2011 at 4:40 am

    I’m all about molasses lately!

    Please tell me that Dexter is scampering around in a cable knit sweater!

    • jenna
      October 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      If only I could knit…

  • Kate
    October 4, 2011 at 4:40 am

    yum this bread is so perfect for the weather we’re having right now too!

  • Kathryn
    October 4, 2011 at 4:41 am

    This post made me wish I had a fire to curl up in front of! This bread looks perfect for autumn – just the right combination of spices and textures to be absolutely delicious!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    October 4, 2011 at 4:47 am

    i know this sounds so creepy but i would have paid money to come to your house yesterday…it’s hot and sunny here and freezing rain, winter clothes, fires and spiced candles are pretty much the only thing that can fix that!

  • Lindsay @ biking before bed
    October 4, 2011 at 4:57 am

    I just came back from a visit to the family in PA with 20 lbs of apples. This will be perfect to use up 1/2 of one apple:)

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    October 4, 2011 at 4:58 am

    Beautiful! I have to admit, I jumped on the pumpkin cake/loaf train with the recipe I posted this morning, but I love apples just as much and this sounds wonderful – especially for the days I run out of pumpkin and can’t be bothered to layer up and go to the grocery store! Unfortunately I don’t think I love fall/winter clothes as much as you do!

  • Laura @ Laura Lite
    October 4, 2011 at 5:04 am

    OMG I need to make this. Preferably today!

  • Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas
    October 4, 2011 at 5:05 am

    You’re right–pumpkin bread is everywhere! This recipe is so refreshing!

  • katie @KatieDid
    October 4, 2011 at 5:07 am

    haha I love the image you create with the roaring fire and candles, it sounds so cozy and fun to bake on such a day! It’s been raining non stop here (but remind me in January when its snowing non stop that rain is a good thing) and I’ve been cooking a lot more because of that.

  • Katrina
    October 4, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Droooool! Love this!

  • Mai
    October 4, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Beautiful! It looks sooo good…

  • Caroline @ chocolate and carrots
    October 4, 2011 at 5:31 am

    Perfection in fall desserts. This looks like one I could eat while curling up with a good book. πŸ™‚

  • Joanna
    October 4, 2011 at 5:32 am

    2 words: ridiculously a-mazing!

  • Stephanie Murphy
    October 4, 2011 at 5:44 am

    WOW that looks amazing. I can’t wait to spend next week on a small break at home in the country. I’ll be making sure to go to the local fruit farm while i’m there to pick up some fresh apples and cider! I see baking this bread in my near future as well. Thanks!

  • Emily
    October 4, 2011 at 5:46 am

    Looks so seasonal and delicious! Perfect for the weather we are having in Scotland atm! Will have to try this one out πŸ™‚

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    October 4, 2011 at 5:47 am

    That sounds like my perfect day! With the perfect bread to go along with it πŸ™‚

  • Hilliary@HappilyEverHealthy
    October 4, 2011 at 5:51 am

    This is a great alternative to pumpkin bread! Looks delicious!

  • Bev Weidner
    October 4, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Uh yeah, is there a way I can sign up for 37 slices?

    Make that 47.

    • jenna
      October 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      Bev, your comments make me laugh hysterically day in and day out. Just so you know—I appreciate you!

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    October 4, 2011 at 5:59 am

    Hell yes for apple season! This is perfect! I lovee the glaze idea πŸ™‚

  • Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove
    October 4, 2011 at 6:00 am

    I think this is absolutely perfect and I love the idea of your simple icing by using apple cider! That’s so creative!!

  • Amy
    October 4, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Looks amazing! Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin everything. I mean, it’s okay, but it’s not why I love fall. I love fall because of the colors and apple-cidery or apple-caramel flavored things. And sweet potato cupcakes. And Thanksgiving.

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    October 4, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Half of me wants a cold rainy weekend like that to just bake my heart out and the other half wants sun + crisp temps to enjoy the outside before we hibernate for 6 months. It’s a tough call!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    October 4, 2011 at 6:23 am

    Oooh…that so hits my weak spot. Yumm-y πŸ˜‰

  • DessertForTwo
    October 4, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Yesss! My winter wardrobe consists of yoga pants and a sweatshirt too! Also: ridiculously fuzzy socks that are so thick you can’t put shoes on with them. Who needs shoes, anyway?
    I love this rain too!

  • Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter)
    October 4, 2011 at 6:40 am

    I need to save this recipe! It’s the kind that my dad would adore for the holidays or his birthday. πŸ™‚

    • jenna
      October 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      It’s the perfect loaf to give away as a gift!

  • Erica @ In and Around Town
    October 4, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Great photos – love the sifter in the background. Definitely going to bookmark this recipe!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    October 4, 2011 at 6:49 am

    I love apple spice bread! The glaze sounds like the perfect addition πŸ™‚

  • Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine
    October 4, 2011 at 6:54 am

    That looks wonderful. πŸ™‚

    How cold is it in Southern California? This weekend here (SoCal) it was still 100 degrees! Ack!

    • Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine
      October 4, 2011 at 6:54 am

      I meant how cold in *Northern* California πŸ™‚

    • jenna
      October 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm

      Haha it’s not really *that* cold although tomorrow we are supposed to have pouring rain and a high of only 60 degrees!

  • The Blue-Eyed Bakers
    October 4, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Oooh we LOVE this! So perfect for crisp fall days! Or rainy California ones…

  • brandi
    October 4, 2011 at 7:14 am

    sounds like we’re having the same weather here in VA! I saw freezing rain/snow outside my window yesterday. Not cool. The leaves haven’t even changed yet!

    But I do love a big fire, candles, and apple bread πŸ™‚ Love the glaze!

  • Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray
    October 4, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Looks delicious! Love the glaze!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb
    October 4, 2011 at 7:27 am

    love this pumpkin bread alternative!! as much as i love love love my pumpkin, you’re right, sometimes a change is nice! that glaze looks delicious πŸ™‚

  • Lindsey @ Stink and Hincks
    October 4, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Looks amazing! I was thinking of doing mini loaves and giving them out…what do you think the cook time would be?

    • jenna
      October 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm

      Hmmmmm for mini loaves, I would try 45 minutes then check to see if they’re done.

  • AllieNic @ Frisky Lemon
    October 4, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Apples make me think of fall. They’re probably my favorite thing about fall…LOVE the spices in this bread…It’s kind of like an apple cider donut loaf!

  • Mel @ Mel a la Via Paradiso
    October 4, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Yum…we just bought a bunch of gala apples and seeing how we just made your pumpkin muffins and a pumpkin roll, it might be time to switch things up!

  • Kiah
    October 4, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I currently live in MA, but am from NC. I seriously considered donning mittens this morning. Oh dear.

  • Cait's Plate
    October 4, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I JUST went apple picking and have a bushel of apples just begging to be made into this πŸ™‚

  • Carissa @ ChoiceSustenance
    October 4, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Looks yummy! We’ve been having freezing cold rain like that for the past week. I do love how it makes me want to curl up with a blanket & tea by the fire, I just wish it didn’t last forever.

  • Liz @ Southern Charm
    October 4, 2011 at 8:40 am

    How fall of you! And perfect for the weather y’all are having. Apple and spices together? One of my favorites!

    I love reading other spiced recipes too … each has their own combination of flavors. So fun!

  • Jacqueline
    October 4, 2011 at 8:52 am

    This looks great! Do you think you can substitute maple syrup or honey for brown sugar?

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  • Deva @ Deva by Definition
    October 4, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Mmmmmm… that is such a perfect-looking loaf of bread. I want. I am making a mental note to add cider to my shopping list next week.

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out
    October 4, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Oh man, I have been dreaming of apple cider donuts with a cider glaze, but this bread may be even better! This is such a perfect time of year to put some fresh-picked apples to good use in some baked goods – pumpkin can hold off for a few more weeks =)

  • Jenna
    October 4, 2011 at 9:48 am

    This looks delicious, and your talk of cable knit sweaters and firewood has me longing for a cozy evening inside!

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic
    October 4, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I cannot wait to wear some yoga pants and a hoodie and eat something delicious like this with a mug of hot tea (or hot chocolate!)

  • Jessalyn
    October 4, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Hi Jenna! This looks wonderful. What size loaf pan did you use for this recipe?

    • jenna
      October 4, 2011 at 9:59 am


  • Lora @cakeduchess
    October 4, 2011 at 10:06 am

    It cooled down here too…slightly;) I can’t wait for really cool weather around December. This bread looks fantastic. I’ve been putting molasses in every baking recipe recently. πŸ™‚

  • Mandi @ Blessings and Bruises
    October 4, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Just pinned it πŸ™‚ Always in the market for yummy comfort breads now that winter is on its way. Rain hit us yesterday and I LOVED it!

  • Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes
    October 4, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Hello, amazing! I just ate, but now I’m hungry again. πŸ™‚ Beautiful.

  • Alicia
    October 4, 2011 at 11:01 am

    This sounds really good, but I’m tempted to add more apple. Do you think 2 grated apples would work? Would I need to adjust the other ingredients?

    • jenna
      October 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      You could totally do that—just be sure to press all the liquid out of the grated apples with paper towels before adding them!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    October 4, 2011 at 11:25 am

    The bread looks great and yes, a nice change-up from pumpkin is good. Pumpkin IS everywhere right now.

    I love the glaze you used, too. Mmmm, good!

  • B n B
    October 4, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I think I’ll try that glaze on my next bread loaf.

    How did the Yoga Aid Challenge go over the weekend?

    • jenna
      October 4, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      super! as a community here, we raised 10k…so awesome!

      • B n B
        October 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm

        That is incredible. I find myself more and more wanting to do something in life with service.

  • Nicole @ Giraffelegs
    October 4, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    mhmmm carbs n’ icing

  • Alison @ Hospitality Haven
    October 4, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Now you’re making me want to light a fire in our living room…in the fireplace, of course. πŸ™‚

  • Kristen @ Chocolate Covered Kristen
    October 4, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    The rain made me crave soup… I made your creamy tomato soup. It was quick, easy, and delicious! Definitely will be repeating it about a million times during rainy season πŸ™‚

  • Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather
    October 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    The drizzled icing is so pretty! Great alternative to pumpkin bread for sure.

  • Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes
    October 4, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    This looks so good!

  • Rachael
    October 4, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    This. looks. heavenly.

    We just went to an orchard, and I’ve got a TON of apples that need to be put to use. How perfect!

    Your recipes are always amazing, and that glaze is [literally] the icing on the cake… ; )

    • jenna
      October 4, 2011 at 3:35 pm

      thank you so much!

  • Grishma
    October 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    OMG…this looks so heavenly! Glad to find you through Prerna’s πŸ™‚

    • jenna
      October 4, 2011 at 3:35 pm

      hi! thanks for visiting πŸ™‚

  • Chels
    October 4, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    The bread looks fabulous & easy to make! The thought of lighting a bunch of candles on a chilly day & baking is so up my alley πŸ™‚

  • Sonia
    October 4, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    This looks soooo good. I want to make it for my mom but she doesn’t eat eggs. How do I substitute the eggs in this recipe?

    • jenna
      October 4, 2011 at 3:35 pm

      You could try two tablespoons of chia seeds mixed with 6 tablespoons of warm water and let to sit for 10 minutes…I haven’t personally tried that but it’s worked in other vegan breads so you might consider giving it a shot!

      • Sonia
        October 21, 2011 at 11:55 am

        Thanks Jenna. Will try soon and let you know how it was.

  • Kristina LaRue
    October 4, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    AHH, I’m a FL girl too..I am longing for a rainy day and a roaring fire like yours! Jealous.

  • Carolyn@LivingOriental
    October 4, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Wow, apple cider bread sounds perfect with a warm cup of tea! Love that everyone is posting apple and pumpkin recipes!

    I am definitely making that to bring to thanksgiving or Christmas family gatherings!

    October 4, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    I love the focus on apple instead of pumpkin for the fall! I love pumpkin, but apple seems to be too often overlooked as a treasured fall flavor!

  • Lauren@LittleYellowKitchen
    October 4, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I love that you colored outside the lines. This looks fantastic and while I love pumpkin bread, there is A LOT of it on the web right now!

  • Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf
    October 4, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Um, your day sounds ideal. Baking should always accompany freezing rain, roaring fireplaces, and sweatshirts. And music. And wine.

    It was 90 degrees here today. Ugh.

  • Erin
    October 4, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I totally felt the same way about the weather! I picked up a large bag of fresh picked apples and was determined to make an apple crisp…. with a little drizzle of strawberry! Still haven’t determined a verdict on it yet… get back to you on that one! Oh and I want at least 4 slices of your bread… with the tea you brewed… thanks!

  • Kaila @healthyhelperblog!
    October 4, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    That title grabbed me! I looooove spice breads….and cakes….and muffins! Anything spiced…..and apples!?! LOOOOVE!

  • jenna k
    October 4, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    thankful to this post for reminding me that i still have a leftover piece of my grandma’s amazing apple cake in my fridge. i went home for fall break over the weekend, and she always makes it when i come home. there’s just something about apples in bread… yum!!

  • Health Bee
    October 5, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Great photo! The bread looks delicious. Do you have recommendation on a good substitute for flour in this recipe to make this gluten free?


    • jenna
      October 5, 2011 at 9:01 am

      I don’t do a lot of gluten-free baking so I’m not sure and I don’t want to tell you something and be wrong! I”m sorry!

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    I was looking for an apple cider glaze idea to spoon over banana sugar cookies. I just finished the project & the results are so delicious!

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    October 5, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Yum! I don’t love pumpkin like so many people (especially bloggers right now), but I do love apples–what a great recipe : )

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    While I enjoy pumpkin from time to time, I ALWAYS love apples! This is a great idea – why aren’t there more apple breads out there?

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    I was looking for a yummy apple bread to bring to my mom’s group that meets at church tues. mornings because I have tons of apples I need to use before they go bad! I looked online and all the recipes just seemed so-so. I stumbled across yours and it sounds SO yummy! Can’t wait to make it tonight! Thanks πŸ™‚

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      Oh MY gosh. Just tasted the bread and it is AMAZING! So happy πŸ™‚ Thank you for this great recipe and not only do I have good bread but my house smells so delicious!! Definitely will recommend this to friends!

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    hi Jenna! I just threw out my applesauce (ugh!) but I really badly want to make this bread. what could I substitute? canola oil and maye add and extra apple in there?

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    Can you make mini muffins with this recipe instead of a loaf?