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easy apple loaf

Apple Loaf

  • Author: joshisbaking
  • Prep Time: 30 Min.
  • Cook Time: 1 Hr. 20 Min.
  • Total Time: 1 Hr. 50 Min.
  • Yield: 1 Large Loaf 1x


This easy apple loaf is perfectly moist and spiced with cinnamon, finished off with sugary crushed pecans that get extra crunchy in the bake!


Units Scale
  • 2 medium evercrisp apples, peeled/shredded (150g, ~1 cup)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (270g)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (6g)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (6g)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (3g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (204g)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, tightly packed (107g)
  • 3 large eggs (160g)
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (250mL)
  • 1/4 cup finely crushed pecans
  • Extra granulated sugar to sprinkle overtop


  1. Grease/line a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment paper (to help release, I don’t use one as my loaf pan is very non-stick) and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350°F with a rack in the upper-thirds position.
  2. Pat and squeeze your shredded apples dry with paper towels/kitchen towel until a good amount of their moisture is released. Too much moisture will affect the consistency and bake time of the loaf. Set aside until needed.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together your flour, baking powder, salt, and spices. In a separate large bowl, whisk together your sugars (both) and eggs until fully incorporated, then the vegetable oil, then fold in your shredded apple until evenly distributed.
  4. Add your dry mixture into the bowl with the wet, folding together with a spatula until just combined (don’t over mix, just until no streaks/pockets of flour remain). Pour into your prepared loaf pan, sprinkle your crushed pecans in an even layer over the top, then sprinkle some granulated sugar over the pecans (I used roughly a teaspoon I’d say).
  5. Bake for 70-80 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean (start checking around 65 minutes and then check every 5 minutes or so, you may find you need even more time than is listed here). No need to tent the top to prevent from burning, you want the top with the pecans to get extra crispy.
  6. Let the loaf cool almost completely in the pan before trying to release and then placing on a separate rack to cool completely before slicing and serving.

This apple loaf is best enjoyed day-of, but will keep for up to 2 days wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and/or stored in an airtight container at room temperature.


  • Make sure to pat the shredded apples dry and squeeze out some of that excess moisture! If you don’t, your mixture might be overly wet and take much longer to bake.
  • Some loaf recipes might have you protect the top of the loaf with foil if it starts to burn, but you shouldn’t have that issue here—the middle takes quite a bit to cook, but you also want those pecan on top to get extra toasty and crunchy!
  • Be sure to let it cool completely before slicing and serving, otherwise it’ll fall apart when trying to cut while still warm.