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Apple Bread with Crumb Topping

Apple Bread with Crumb Topping

This apple bread with a crumb topping is so easy to make and tastes fantastic. A cinnamon flavoured bread studded with apples, plus a crumb topping and a maple glaze makes the perfect treat!

This apple bread with a crumb topping just might be one of the best things I’ve baked this fall. Of course, I say that on a regular basis. But still. 

You should probably trust me on this and head to the kitchen immediately if not sooner to make this bread.

It’s so tasty.

Apple bread with crumb topping

We finished off this loaf in two days with no problem at all.

There are five of us here, but still, that’s pretty quick.

This light and fluffy cinnamon flavoured bread filled with chunks of soft, baked apple, and covered with a crumb topping and a maple glaze is just perfect.

I will definitely be making it over and over again!

Apple bread with crumb topping and maple glaze

What are the best apples for apple bread?

The best apples for apple bread are those that hold their shape well when cooked, such as Jonagold, Fuji, Granny Smith, Macintosh, Gala, or Honeycrisp.

I typically use Gala apples for my apple bread, since those are the kind I usually have on hand.

Can you freeze apple bread?

I freeze quick breads all the time.  

They freeze well for up to 3 months. Let the bread cool completely, then freeze it in a large ziplock freezer bag.

Defrost it at room temperature.

Easy Apple Bread

How do you make the best crumb topping?

This crumb topping is super easy to make and tastes amazing. Just a few ingredients and about thirty seconds to mix them together is all it takes.

This crumb topping uses brown and white sugar, flour, and melted butter.

Place all the ingredients in a small bowl, and stir until it starts to clump together.

If you squeeze the crumb topping mixture in your hands as you put it on the batter, it will clump together so you get those nice big crumbs on top.

Apple bread with easy crumb topping

How to make Apple Bread with Crumb Topping:

  • Make sure not to over mix the batter for your bread. This will result in a tougher texture to the bread. Mix just until your ingredients are combined.
  • Lightly press the crumb topping into the batter after sprinkling it over top. This will help it adhere to the bread as it bakes, rather than all falling off as soon as you slice it.
  • This apple bread is tasty without the maple glaze too if you would prefer to leave it off.

Here are a few more great apple recipes for you:

Apple Bread with crumb topping
Yield: one 9x5 inch loaf

Apple Bread with Crumb Topping

Apple Bread with maple glaze

This apple bread with a crumb topping is so easy to make and tastes fantastic. A cinnamon flavoured bread studded with apples, plus a crumb topping and a maple glaze makes the perfect treat!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


For the crumb topping:

  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the bread:

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup peeled, chopped apples

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Lightly spray a 9x5 inch loaf pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
  3. Make the crumb topping - in a small bowl, combine the sugar, brown sugar, and flour. 
  4. Drizzle the melted butter over everything and stir until it’s combined and clumping together. Set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. 
  6. In another bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs, and melted butter until well combined. 
  7. Add the milk and vanilla and whisk until combined. 
  8. Add this mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  9. Fold in the chopped apples.
  10. Scoop the batter into the prepared loaf pan, smoothing the top.
  11. Sprinkle the crumb topping on the batter, pressing it lightly into the batter.
  12. Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the loaf comes out clean. 
  13. Allow the bread to cool completely in the loaf pan.
  14. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and maple syrup until smooth to make the glaze. 
  15. Drizzle the glaze over top of the cooled bread. Let the glaze set, then carefully remove the loaf from the pan and slice.


Source: Adapted from my Apple Muffins with Crumb Topping.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 364Total Fat: 14.1gSaturated Fat: 8.5gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 306mgCarbohydrates: 55.9gFiber: 1.2gSugar: 30.7gProtein: 5.1g


Thursday 5th of October 2023

In your notes for the crumb topping you write: “ This crumb topping uses brown and white sugar, flour, cinnamon, and melted butter.” Yet there is no cinnamon in the crumb topping in the recipe. I’m reading this as my bread is in the oven so I’m hoping it’s still just as flavorful! Maybe that’s a tip to add if you want and not necessary? Either way exited to try it!


Tuesday 10th of October 2023

It totally does say that. So sorry, that's just a typo in the notes of the recipe, I don't put cinnamon in the crumb topping. I will correct that. Thanks for letting me know!

Meri Jo

Tuesday 23rd of May 2023

Love this recipe! Easy to assemble and so tasty. I made 4 small loaves - baked for about 35 minutes. Perfect size for us and to share with others. I’ll be making this again for us as well as the next bake sale at church.


Thursday 13th of October 2022

I made this bread today and cut a slice to try it. I liked the glaze i felt like it really pulled it together. Overall, really good. I do think next time I’d add a little bit more apple but no big deal if not.


Friday 26th of November 2021

Can I use olive oil instead of melted butter?


Wednesday 1st of December 2021


Thank you for replying. I tried to make it with canola oil and it turned out great! It was moist and fluffy. I followed 100% with your recipe for the crumb topping but it didn't turn crumbly enough and I had to add more flour.


Sunday 28th of November 2021

It would have a different flavour with olive oil. I think it would be fine in the bread itself, although I'd personally use an oil with a milder flavour like canola oil if I was going to substitute. I don't think I'd make that substitution for the crumb topping though, I don't think that would work very well, although I haven't tried it so I can't say for sure.


Saturday 30th of October 2021

What kind of apples are best for this??


Monday 1st of November 2021

Any kind is fine. I usually use Gala because that's what I buy most often, but any apple will be fine in this bread, so use a type that you like.

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