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Dutch Apple Loaf Recipe

Dutch Apple Loaf Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 243 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 252mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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piktweet User ID: 8600850 239562
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2015

"Great recipe!! I made it to specs --no changes. We all love it and I'm making double batches to give as Christmas Gifts--Delicious!!!"

adamscook User ID: 7795459 235088
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2015

"Delicious! I made them into muffins, and they turned out perfect! Very moist!"

rondopat User ID: 7920442 216453
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2014

"This is very good. Made it last month and I am making it again today only I'm doubling it this time. I didn't change a thing. Everyone in my family loves it."

Ceege User ID: 730520 214051
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2014

"This is a wonderful moist apple bread. My family devoured it. I left out the nuts due to allergies. I plan on doubling the recipe and baking in mini loaf pans for Christmas gifts this year. Thank you for a good easy recipe."

LRP53 User ID: 2601079 89126
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2014

"Great bread"

cindiak User ID: 221828 31975
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2014

"Absolutely delicious. I made 2 loaves and have one in the freezer to enjoy later."

MrsOwens User ID: 7095603 47994
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2014

"Great recipe! I made a double batch one with Granny Smith apples and one with HoneyCrisp. This will be my new "go to" Apple bread recipe! My entire family loved it! I will be baking larger batches and freezing so I can have it when we want! It is so delicious warm with a smear of butter!"

SusieOFoodie User ID: 1380907 87384
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2014

"Delicious! My husband said he was going to buy another bag of apples just so I could make more of this bread. I used granny smith apples and the flavor was wonderful. It is also really good with a simple topping of cinnamon and brown sugar. (1/3 cup brown sugar & 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon)"

lizamagal User ID: 1223573 54786
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

"I agree with janeprimack. How can anyone rate a recipe if they change it completely? I made this exactly as directed and it gets a 5 star from me. Don't bother to rate a recipe if you change it becaue it isn't a true way of rating.AThanks Gladys, this is a real keeper...delicious!"

janeprimack User ID: 3681760 204314
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2014

"To delowenstein: You did not make this recipe. With 12 lines of your changes, you made your own recipe. Maybe next time, simply submit it to TOH and not post it on the review section. When I try a TOH recipe the first time. I follow it exactly. Then the next time, I make changes and make it my own."

tracymitch5 User ID: 4828465 120969
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2014

"very good! loved it"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 87224
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"

ballmari User ID: 7401556 120946
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2013

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

vermin User ID: 5322095 36137
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!"

2B JRH User ID: 5883138 87222
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!"

dinkum User ID: 616604 30768
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2012

"I made this loaf last night and took into work this morning to have for Morning Tea, the girls just loved it and thought the topping really made the Loaf taste yummy. Will make again for sure."

dphilly User ID: 5392235 79736
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2012


Hayo User ID: 1009891 54785
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"this apple quick bread is absolutely delicious. it's a real keeper"

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