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AppleButter Pull apart bread

MarkB's picture

AppleButter Pull apart bread

I made this recipe based on a few different ideas. Comments and suggestions welcome !

Any apple butter should be fine. I like no-Sugar added. I will also include recipe for homemade apple butter. 


Cinnamon Apple Butter (No Sugar Added)

This recipe is made without any added sugars to highlight the natural sweetness of the apples and juice. You can use any apples you'd like, but try to pick a sweeter variety such as Macintosh or Jonathan; Granny Smith apples don't work quite as well in this recipe due to their acidity


  • 8 Macintosh Apples, cored & sliced but not peeled
  • 3 cups apple cider or apple juice (preferably no sugar added)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

To make:

In the base of your slow cooker, add the apples followed by the spices, lemon juice, and apple juice. The cider should just cover the apples, but they shouldn't be swimming in it. If you need a little more, add it. Set the slow cooker to "low" for 12-15 hours. (I find it's best to get it going at night just before you go to bed; when you wake up it'll be just about done.)

Once the apples have softened, darkened, and much of the liquid has reduced, use a standard or immersion blender (or a food mill) to process until smooth.

If it's to wet set in sauce pan and simmer down until nice and thick.



I started with the dough from  but added some cinnamon.

Apple butter mix

  • 1 - 2 Cups apple butter
  • 2 medium apples Finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Old fashion oats

mix together in bowl


  • 16 oz all-purpose flour
  • 10 oz warm milk
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon


  • Powdered sugar
  • Apple cider

  Mix to glaze consistency.


(Photos are of a Double batch)

Make the dough by combining all of the ingredients and kneading until smooth, 5 to 10 minutes. The dough should be tacky but not sticky. If it is too moist add a handful of extra flour. Place the dough in a bowl, cover the bowl, and set aside to rise until it has doubled in size (roughly an hour).

When the dough is risen, Degas on a flowered surface.

Start off by tearing off ping pong ball size chucks and rolling in hand then coat in each one with apple butter mix and align them in a bread pan.After about 2 - 2 1/2 layers Sprinkle top with Oats, chopped walnuts and some brown sugar then spray with spray bottle to moisten oats and brown sugar.

Cover and let rise until about to top of bread pan (1 - 2 hours)

Pre heat oven to 400 f and bake on center rack  about 20-30 minutes.

After removed from oven let cool and cover with light coating of the glaze.. Remove from pan and ENJOY!

And the Crumb

flourgirl51's picture

I can smell it from here! I love anything apple and make my own apple butter every year so I will be trying this one- Thanks for sharing!

KansasGirlStuckInMaryland's picture

I love Fall and all the really wonderful recipes that were just meant for this time of year.  That looks really delicious.  I think I will have to try making that this week.  I want to try making the apple butter with my favorite apple, Honey Crisp.  They are a great eating apple.  Nice and sweet with just a touch of tart.  They are only available in the Fall and I wait for them every year.

Things to add to my shopping list -

  • more apples
  • apple cider
  • oats

Thanks for the recipe


Marni's picture

Oh wow, that would be a wonderful breakfast... or tea bread...or bedtime snack or...


Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven

Ready or not, here I come! 


MarkB's picture

Edited. Hehe.... 

spsq's picture

bookmarked.... for tonight!!!!!!

summerbaker's picture

What a great idea.  Thanks so much for the delicious looking apple butter recipe!  So much of the apple butter that you find in the store is pasty and insipid.  I've been wanting to make my own for a while now.


flourgirl51's picture

As I sold the last of my apple butter recently I will have to make a new batch before I try this. But with our new apple supply I can make tons of apple butter and lots of this bread! Can't wait to try it!

MommaT's picture


Have you ever made this without a slow-cooker?

I'm wondering if I can put it in a casserole dish in the oven overhigh with the same results.  What temp is your slowcooker setting? 

After doing a fair amount of successful jam making this summer (and watching it disappear too rapidly!) I'm ready to put some of the beautiful seasonal apples to good use!



mary t's picture
mary t


Is there any way to copy these recipes without doing all the added comments?

MarkB's picture

At bottom of my recipe is a button that says "Printer friendly"  try that!

LindyD's picture

Just highlight the text you want, then press CTRL-C (control plus C key), then open up a new text document and press CTRL-V (control plus V key).  That will paste the text in your new document.  

You can then either print or save the recipe to your hard drive.

fortarcher's picture

This recipe looks and sounds great!  I have a friend with about 6 apple trees and he let me pick as many as i wanted.  I was going to make apple sauce but this bread sounds way more interesting.  Thanks for the recipe!

mary t's picture
mary t

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Not only are you teaching new baking tricks to this old baker but now I'm learning how to use this computer.  I really appreciate your help.  Mary

KansasGirlStuckInMaryland's picture

The aroma is killing me.  I started a batch of the apple butter this afternoon to make this bread tomorrow and I am about to dive into my crockpot face first.  Can't wait to smell the bread tomorrow.


clazar123's picture

Is the 16 oz of AP flour 16 oz by weight? You have a mix of volume and weight measurements.It sure is a yummy looking recipe!

MarkB's picture

The flour and milk is by weight. Sorry that was just a cut n past from the original posting. 

Has anyone made this? I am wondering how it has turned out for others. it was suggested to use a Bundt pan to help cook the inside faster to stop teh top from browning so much..   Making a new batch of apple butter now so i can try that.


spsq's picture

I made it. 


I have a slightly narrower and slightly longer pan which I used, plus I put some in a bundt pan - also doubled the recipe.  No burning. 

My "sauce" turned out a bit dry, but probably my apple butter was too thick, plus everytime I make cinnamon buns, everything turns out less saucy than other peoples, so it's probably my fault!


Anyway, It was SUPER delicious!

Paddyscake's picture

Your bread looks wonderful, thanks for sharing.

Does this make 1-2 cups of apple butter? How is it best stored?


MarkB's picture

This makes about 20 - 24oz depending...    It should keep for 2 or 3 weeks in the fridge unless you want to can it. 




flourgirl51's picture

I made this today with my son. We used half fresh stone ground organic whole wheat flour and substitued evaporated cane juice for the sugar.  I added an extra teaspoon of cinnamon, used a 9x5" loaf pan and baked the bread at 370 degrees for 30 minutes. It turned out very yummy. I forgot how to post pictures on here or I would post one.

Thanks for this great recipe!

MarkB's picture

So I made some applebutter last week and am making my first loaf of the season. I'm going to bump the thread becuase it's time for FALL!! 



ronhol's picture

Glad you bumped it, otherwise I might not have seen it.

MarkB's picture

Another bump to make sure new folks can enjoy.