Old Fashioned Apple Bread Recipe Friends Drift Inn

Old Fashioned Apple Bread Recipe with Apple Butter

  • Author: joycep
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf - 12 slices 1x
  • Category: Quick Breads
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Rustic and simple, old fashioned apple bread can be dressed up or dressed down.  It’s your call.  Easy to make!  Freezes well.  Make a day ahead for best flavors.



  • ½ cup (1 stick) organic unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup of pure cane sugar
  • 2 eggs, organic room temperature, whisked
  • ¾ cup of buttermilk
  • 1 ¼ cup Friends Drift Inn Spiced Apple Butter
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour, whisked
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg


  1. Crank the oven to 350.  Line a 9 x 5 loaf pan with aluminum foil, leaving extra on the sides for “handles.”
  2. Grease the loaf pan.  Butter or baking spray will work, but a sparingly small smear of bacon fat adds a layer of flavor.
  3. In medium bowl, cream the butter and sugar together.
  4. Add apple butter and buttermilk. You can do this by hand or use a mixer, just make sure the ingredients are well mixed.
  5. Add eggs, give it a good stir.  Mixture should be smooth and creamy.
  6. In large bowl, whisk dry ingredients together.  Make a well.
  7. Add wet ingredients, stirring in just enough to moisten.  The batter should be just a smidge thicker than pancake batter. 
  8. Pour batter in prepared loaf pan.  Pick up pan a couple of inches off the table and drop gently to level batter. 
  9. Bake 25-35 minutes, rotating once through the cycle.  Bake until apple bread is browned.  A toothpick inserted will come out clean.  The bread will slightly pull away from sides. 
  10. Remove from oven.  I use the aluminum “handles” to remove bread from pan and let cool on a cutting board or cooling rack. 

Serving Suggestions

Apple bread is the perfect breakfast or snack to pair with coffee, pumpkin spiced tea, or mulled apple cider with a nip of bourbon.

Consider griddling slices of apple bread.  For savory dinners on the go, top with an egg, apple butter, and ham.  For a griddled dinner desert, smear with apple butter, sprinkle on black walnuts, and add a dollop of bourbon infused whipped cream.  

For an unusual treat, cube leftover slices and make a trifle layered with whipped cream, nuts and apple butter.


For best results, bake a day ahead.  This will increase flavors and moisture.

Apple bread freezes well. 

This recipe was developed with Friends Drift Inn Spiced Apple Butter.  We cannot venture a guess as to how other products will work. 

True confession, I never cool this apple bread on a rack.  Lift it out of the pan using the foil handles, and place on a cutting board. 

Do let this bread cool before slicing.

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