Sunken Apple Pie Bread


This recipe was kind of an experiment one day when I was craving an apple dessert. I didn’t have time to make a pie and didn’t have any apples, but I did have a can of apple pie filling. So I tried making this apple bread. I peeked at it while it was baking, and it was rising very nicely. After it was done, looking like a beautifully risen loaf, I let it cool on top of the stove in the loaf pan and went off to do something else for the next 10 to 15 minutes. When I came back, much to my dismay and shock, the loaf had sunken! Really sunken. After staring at it for a few minutes, I decided that it wasn’t quite so bad-looking after all…the sunkeness gave the loaf a somewhat rustic look . I decided to dust it with some powdered sugar and thought that was a nice touch. The more I looked at it, the more I liked it! This imperfect-looking sunken loaf was very appealing to me for some reason.

I still hadn’t tasted it, so that was the next step. Well, I thought it was great–it was very dense and moist…a cross between apple bread and bread pudding. If you’re craving something with an apple pie taste but want something easy and quick, you just may want to try this out. There’s really no way you can mess it up, because it’s going to be sunken…but I just think that adds to the charm of it. And it’s yummy, so who cares if it’s sunken? 🙂 Here’s the recipe if you want to try it out…


Makes one 9×5″ loaf

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick butter, softened)
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (I used unbleached flour)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 (21-oz.) can apple pie filling
  • powdered sugar for dusting on top of the loaf

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9×5″ loaf pan.

Open the can of apple pie filling and spoon entire contents into a small bowl. Cut apple wedges into small chunks (thirds or fourths) with a knife; set aside.

In large bowl, cream softened butter and brown sugar until well-blended. Add eggs and blend well.

In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and cinnamon, blending well. Add these dry ingredients to the butter-sugar-egg mixture, and blend everything well. Then add in the apple pie filling (with your cut-up wedges) and stir mixture until well blended, but don’t over mix.

Pour mixture into your greased and floured 9×5″ loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes, or until top of loaf is set and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (it may not come out totally clean because of the denseness of the bread). If your oven tends to run hot, start checking it at 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 10-15 minutes…it will start sinking into it’s sunken form as it cools.

Remove from pan and dust with powdered sugar while it’s still slightly warm. You can eat it then, or let it completely cool before eating it…the loaf will be easier to slice when it’s completely cool.

Have you done any experimenting in the kitchen lately and been happy with the results?

Linked to Sweets for a Saturday.


33 thoughts on “Sunken Apple Pie Bread

  1. Simply Tia

    Well on Saturday I tried to make a grilled cheese sandwich for the first time. HA!!!! Fail. I know you’re thinking “How can you fail at making a grilled cheese sandwich?” – Just leave it to Tia. I had one side down too long and when I turned to “grill” the other side, the first side was TAR BLACK. Yep. *shakes head*

    But this apple pie bread looks fantastic. I like moist dense breads so this is perfect for me!!!


    1. nancyc Post author

      I love grilled cheese sandwiches! Sorry yours didn’t turn out on the first try, but don’t give up! I bet that happens to more people than you think! 🙂


  2. Choc Chip Uru

    I certainly would not have guessed it was sunken or cracked or anything! I thought that was the actual look of this beautiful bread 😀
    It is mouthwatering!

    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Lemon Polenta Raisin Cookies + Mini Berry Citrus Yoghurt Bundts


  3. Lisa Inouye

    How super that your experiment turned out. I love it when that happens. It looks like a super moist dense cake that I’m going to have to try. Thanks for linking up. You made the Top 5 with this one.


  4. Connie

    Made this last night, only I used Carmel apple pie filling, yum. It came out great! Thanks for the recipe!!!


  5. Sara

    I made it tonight. My loaf pan was really full, so it had to bake a little longer. I think next time I will up the cinnamon and add a little salt. It is very yummy!!!


    1. nancyc Post author

      Glad you liked the loaf, Sara! Your pan may have been fuller if it was an 8×4″ size; I used a 9×5″ pan. But yes, it still works, you just need to bake it a little longer. I bet adding more cinnamon would be great–I’ll have to try that myself! 🙂


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  7. Kasha

    I’ve been wanting to make this for a while now and finally got the stuff and got home and no loaf pan :(. 40 minutes in a medium muffin tin and it turns out wonderful though and makes a dozen and a half delish apple pie muffins!!!


  8. katie

    has anyone tried to make this with fresh apple pie filling? we have SO many apples and i am trying to find some alternatives to apple sauce!


  9. Jennifer

    I just finished baking this. I didn’t have the patience to wait for it to cook in a loaf pan *pregnancy craving* So I made them as muffins. They are wonderful. Just what I wanted! Great recipe!! 😀


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  11. Arleen Stuart

    Delicious!!! I made this and brought it to an event with women from our church. They loved it! Everyone asked where I got the recipe. One of my friends asked if I would give her the recipe so she would be able to make for bible study group! I gave her your site thanks for sharing! I’m going to try your pumpkin cream cheese bread. Love cream cheese!!!


    1. nancyc Post author

      So glad you liked this recipe, Arleen, and thanks so much for sharing my site with your friend! Hope you enjoy the pumpkin cream cheese bread too! 🙂



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