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Cinnamon Apple Swirl Bread Recipe

An easy recipe for Cinnamon Apple Swirl Bread that will have your kitchen smelling like the best of Fall! Mini-loaves of this apple cinnamon bread are perfect for gift-giving

I am channeling ‘all things fall’ right now. I mean, college football is on, so it must be fall, right?

If I am truthful, his time of the year I find myself baking as much for the aroma that fills my kitchen as for the actual food. When I think about fall, I naturally begin thinking about my fall bread recipes, and when ‘cinnamon’ and ‘apple’ are ingredients, I know my house will soon smell divine. This apple cinnamon swirl bread fits the bill perfectly.

This easy Cinnamon Apple Swirl Bread recipe not only includes those critical ‘fall’ ingredients of cinnamon and apple but the brown sugar in the bread gives it that distinctive dark color, rich taste and moist texture that only brown sugar can.

And if you are looking to gift some mini loaves of this Cinnamon Apple Swirl Bread, the recipe includes some guidance for those smaller loaves as well.

How can I make Apple Cinnamon Swirl Bread mini-loaves?

Since ‘mini’ loaf pans do come in a variety of sizes, it’s hard to say definitively how long to bake, but I have had success reducing my oven temperature by 25° and checking my mini-loaves after 25 minutes. It typically takes between 25-32 minutes to bake these cinnamon apple bread mini-loaves.

Slice of Apple Cinnamon Swirl Bread on serving plate
Apple Cinnamon Swirl Bread

BTW…if you are in your kitchen as much as I am, you might find this Measuring Equivalents chart as handy as I do! I have it posted on the inside of one of my cabinet doors and find myself referring to it frequently.

Slice of apple cinnamon swirl bread on a plate

Cinnamon apple swirl bread on a cooling rack.

Cinnamon Apple Swirl Bread

Easy recipe combining brown sugar, cinnamon and apples to make this cinnamon apple swirl bread a taste of fall.
4.45 from 20 votes
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Baking Recipes + Tips
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Loaf
Calories 123 kcal


Bread Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Swirl Ingredients:

  • 1 apple cut into 1/3" pieces
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon


For the Bread:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F
  • Generously spray a 9 X 5 loaf pan with cooking spray. Cut a piece of parchment paper the width of the pan (9" wide) that will extend beyond the top of the pan. Place the paper in the pan and spray the paper with cooking spray. My favorite cooking spray is Bak-Klene ZT
  • Whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt tother and set aside.
  • In a larger bowl, combine egg, brown sugar, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir well until smooth.
  • Mix together swirl ingredients
  • Pour 2/3 of batter into prepared loaf pan. Distribute 1/2 of apple swirl mixture evenly over the batter, followed by the remaining batter and remaining swirl mixture.
  • Using a butter knife or skewer, gently swirl the batter and apple swirl mixture together.
  • Bake for 60 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.


For mini-loaves, reduce the oven temperature to 325° and check your loaves after 25 minutes. They should take between 25-35 minutes.


Serving: 1gCalories: 123kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 2gFat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 155mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15g
Keyword apple, bread, cinnamon, dessert, quick bread
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If you are looking for other apple recipes to celebrate the season’s harvest, check these out:

sliced apple cinnamon swirl bread loaf - side view showing cinnamon swirls

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