German Apple Bread (with Recipe Video)

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This bread is a treat my mother and grandmother would make when I was a kid.

Delicious German Apple Bread - and old fashioned favorite.

When I was in high school, there was an exchange student from Germany named Anna.

One day during my senior year, we had a multi-cultural day. There was a festival of sorts in the gymnasium and both teachers and students set up tables representing the respective land of their heritage. Exchange students were encouraged to bring foods that were traditional to their respective homelands.

Anna made this same bread.

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Now, I know my mother had this recipe in her kitchen…she had gotten it from her mother and I wrote it in my recipe book before I left home. But somewhere along the way, I lost the recipe. I basically remembered what was in it, but not the measurements. I asked my mother for the recipe again a couple years ago and she didn’t remember ever having such a recipe.

What?! Mom, you should remember EVERYTHING you ever made me. I’ve only been gone two decades. That is practically like yesterday!

So…I spent some time experimenting and I think I about have it right.

To Make This Recipe You Will Need:

  • bread dough
  • all-purpose flour
  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • allspice
  • butter
  • milk
  • baking pan (9×13)
Delicious German Apple Bread - and old fashioned favorite.

Watch me make this recipe in the video below:

My mother would always buy the pre-made frozen bread dough at the store, but I do it from scratch.

You can make this recipe with any of your favorite standard bread doughs – white, wheat, or sourdough. I have included my bread dough recipe that I use for just about anything you can think of.

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"Delicious German Apple Bread - and old fashioned favorite.

German Apple Bread

Constance Smith – Cosmopolitan Cornbread
A traditional German treat that I grew up eating, made by both my mother and grandmother.
4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rising Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Course Breads
Cuisine German
Servings 12
Calories 208 kcal


  • 1 egg
  • 1 c + 1 Tb lukewarm water
  • 2 Tb honey
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 3 1/2 c bread flour, divided
  • 1 1/2 Tb extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tb milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 apple
  • 2 Tb granulated sugar
  • 2 Tb brown sugar
  • 1 Tb flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 Tb cold butter


  • To begin, preheat your oven to 400°(F).
  • In the bowl of a mixer that is fitted with a dough hook, combine the egg, water, honey, and yeast.
  • Then, the 3 cups of bread flour, oil (I use extra virgin olive oil), and salt.
  • Turn on the mixer and let it begin mixing. Add a little flour at a time, up to an additional half cup, until a nice soft dough begins to form. You will mix this a total of about 12 minutes.
  • Let the dough rise in a warm location until doubled in size.
  • Grease and flour a 9×13 baking pan.
  • Spread the dough in the bottom of the pan.
  • Cover this with a light towel and place it in a warm place to rise. A great place would be your oven with the oven light on. It creates just enough warmth for the dough to rise without being too warm.
  • After the dough has doubled in size (about an hour) combine the milk and nutmeg (fresh is ideal).
  • Set that aside for just a moment.
  • Core and slice up the apple. Use whatever kind of apple you like to bake with or have handy. I used a Red Delicious.
  • Lay the slices along the top of the dough.
  • Take a brush and brush the milk mixture all over the top.
  • In a small dish, combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and allspice.
  • Mix it well.
  • Sprinkle this all over the top of the apples.
  • Finally, take the tablespoon of cold butter and cut it up into as many little pieces as you can.
  • Place them all over the top.
  • Bake for 15 minutes and then reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake it for 15 more minutes, or until the edges of the bread are golden. This will not be dry on top, so don’t wait for it to be dry or you will overcook it.
  • Then, enjoy this ooey-gooey delicious treat!


Serving: 1cCalories: 208kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 6gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 308mgPotassium: 94mgFiber: 2gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 64IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is auto-generated and the accuracy is not guaranteed.

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4 thoughts on “German Apple Bread (with Recipe Video)”

  1. It’s not an apple bread!, It’s a Apfel Kuchen, (Apple Cake), albeit not many apples were used. I don’t get why Americans seem to call everything a bread, especially when what they call bread is not even bread, in the UK and Australia it is not allowed to be sold as bread only as a Bun like hamburger buns.

    • What an ignorant comment! American English is different from British English and Australian English, not to mention the three countries have totally different cultures which have affect the terms our languages use. For example, the thing you are struggling to find a word for( and called a “bun”) we call a “roll” and is served as a “bread” appetizer in most restaurants. In American English if it has yest in it and/or is more savory than sweet, its going to be called bread. People here would be confused if this recipe were called cake because “cake”, in American English, means something significantly sweeter than this. “Bread” IS the correct American English term for this recipe.

  2. OMG! I am so glad that I found your recipe! I have yet to try it, but I definitely am going to. Both my grandparents were from Germany and came over in 1914. The same as you, my grandmother used to make this all the time. As well as strudel, cinnamon rolls, and egg noodles, and bierochs! I have several of grandma’s recipes, and I could have sworn that she did this one as well, but I can’t find it. I’ve searched for the same type of recipe, and then finally this morning decided to search for a “German” recipe and found yours! Thank you so much! I can’t wait to try it!


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