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Apple Ladder Loaf Recipe

Apple Ladder Loaf Recipe

I first served my family this rich bread with its spicy apple filling years ago. From the very first bite, it was a hit with everyone. Now I bake it often for church groups, potluck dinners and parties with friends. It makes a nice breakfast pastry or—with a scoop of ice cream—a lovely dessert.—Norma Foster, Compton, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 70 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. YIELD:20 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4-1/2 to 4-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 4 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add the milk, butter, sugar, salt, eggs and 2 cups flour. Beat on low speed for 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • 2. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours; punch dough down. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • 3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each half into a 12-in. x 9-in. rectangle. Place each on a greased baking sheet. Spread with butter. For filling, combine the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice in a large bowl;
  • 4. add apples and toss to coat. Spread filling down center third of each rectangle.
  • 5. On each long side, cut 1-in. wide strips about 3 in. into center. Starting at one end, fold alternating strips at an angle across filling; seal ends.Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 45-60 minutes.
  • 6. Bake at 350° for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. Combine icing ingredients until smooth; drizzle over warm loaves. Serve warm or at room temperature. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 loaves (10 slices each).

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 250 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 205mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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wrenjen523 User ID: 7407554 77294
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2013

"little dense, overall ok. got a good rating from the coworker who likes everything."

crene3 User ID: 5903200 47532
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2011

"I made this and I loved it. The first one I didn't fill as much, so I had extra filling in the second. It was a lot of work but well worth it."

ninagephart User ID: 2147811 46540
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2011

"My granddaughter entered this recipe in local 4-h and won champion. She is now going to the state fair with it."

naydawn User ID: 5833703 50509
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2011

"I hav made this a few times and taken it as gifts and always very much enjoyed. And I am not a person who makes much with homemade breads. But seems to always worl out for me."

abbie2005 User ID: 5306017 202352
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2011

"I make this every summer when our apple orchard is bursting full of apples! It is by far the BEST apple sweetbread I have ever tried!"

abbie2005 User ID: 5306017 46538
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2010

"This is the best apple sweet bread I have ever made! I like to make it in the summer when our apple trees are loaded with the fresh, sweet fruit!"

chalyndria User ID: 3099825 50506
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2010

"Very very good. I must admitt though that I didn't follow the recipe to a "T". In the dough I added about a tablespoon of fresh orange peel, and for the glaze I added about a tsp of fresh orange peel to go with the fresh squeezed juice that goes into it. I also used the bread machine on the dough cycle and baked the same day with awesome results. This one is a winner!"

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