Dutch Apple Loaf Recipe
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Dutch Apple Loaf Recipe

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Being of Dutch descent, I knew I had to try this recipe for a moist, fruity quick bread. It freezes well, so I often have a loaf on hand for church bazaars. —Gladys Meyer, Ottumwa, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups diced peeled tart apples
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 243 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 252 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in buttermilk and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture. Fold in apples and walnuts. Pour into a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan.
  2. For topping, combine the sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over batter.
  3. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).
Originally published as Dutch Apple Loaf in Best of Country Breads 2000, p35

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 243 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 252 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

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Reviewed Jan. 11, 2014

very good! loved it

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

I prepared this bread 1/1/14. I made the following adjustments: I used 1/2 margarine (OR BUTTER) & 1/2 vegetable shortening so that I could conserve my supply or butter & margarine & added 1 Tbsp. ground Navel orange to the creamed mixture for added zest! I used 1/2 cup soured milk (1 Tbsp.. cider vinegar added to 1/2 cup 2% milk or evaporated milk) & I also added 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ground cloves, 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg & also used 1 tsp. salt instead of 1/2 tsp. of salt in the dry ingredients. I sifted the flour, baking soda & salt & spices together, rather than just combine them-it's much more evenly distributed that way! I used 2 cups UNPEELED chopped Granny Smith Apples & instead of nuts, I added 1/8 cup all-purpose flour & 1/2 cup candied fruit mix. I didn't use nuts! For topping, instead of 1/4 cup butter or margarine, I used 3 Tbsp. margarine OR butter & I used a fork to combine ingredients until crumbly. I baked the breads in two 8-1/2x4-1/2" greased and floured loaf pans for 60 to 65 minutes at 350o F. I use a standard cake tester to test my quick breads & cakes! This works well for me! I upgraded my review in case I'd reviewed it before as I'd used this recipe before working as one of the field editors! This is a really good recipe for an apple bread! I have it in my file folder of quick breads & when I want to use up any apples, I've used this recipe! thank you for sharing it! delowenstein

Reviewed Sep. 9, 2013

Best apple loaf I have ever made. Only gets better as it sits....if it lasts that long!

Reviewed Oct. 11, 2012

I'm new to baking but found this easy and delicious. Used 2 Granny Smith apples. Added a splash of lemon juice to 2% milk to get buttermilk. My wife gave it five stars!

Reviewed Sep. 24, 2012

This is a great recipe! I did exactly as the recipe says but I put it into 2 smaller bread pans and only cooked for 40 mins. could have probably done with 5 more mins but I think overcooking would ruin it! I served it for friend and they all said how nice it was!

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