Crock Pot Apple Fritter Bread

Heyo! It’s time for a wholesome loaf of crock pot apple fritter bread!

Apple Fritter Bread sliced on white parchment

How to make crock pot apple fritter bread

It’s bread time.  And when I said bread, I mean the kind that is super moist {sorry} with plump and juicy chunks of apple and swirls of cinnamon-brownsugar-butter and crunchy, nutty walnuts that was ‘baked’ in a crock pot in less than two hours that didn’t need much kneading {ha}.  Say whaaaaaaaat?!?

Gosh, I’m out of breath just saying alla that and SO HUNGRY.  

Like, my mouth is watering right now because all I can think about it taking a bite of this amazing bread {that, um, tastes like a donut} and inhaling those smellz.  It smells like the holidays, kids.

And all of this talk about it and smelling it is just a big tease, to the point where I can barely stand it.  

And barely wait for it to be cooked before I devour it.

Apples in a crate

Wait, you can make this bread in the crock pot?!

Okay so let’s be serious for just a second, and take one step back.  

I wasn’t lying when I said you can make this bread in a crock pot.  Or any bread, for that matter.  

But this particular one just takes a little bit of time, and not a lot of effort to prep, then it just sits in a warm crock pot for an hour or so until it’s 190 degrees inside and, um, super tender.

And then all you have to do is pour a mixture of cinnamon, brown sugar and butter over the bread and swirl it in.  

Whatever doesn’t get swirled in will drip to the bottom and create a crust of goodness.  Pure goodness.

Oh, and you should also know that you don’t even have to wash the crock pot when you’re done because the parchment paper the bread bakes in is the only thing that gets dirty.  

Let’s hear it for a recipe that doesn’t require you to scrub a crock pot.  Oh heyyyyyy.

Apple Fritter Bread sliced on parchment

So what I’d do, if I were you, is use this simple recipe as your opportunity to make Christmas gift-giving simple, and uber-delicious!  

Your friends and fam will be forever grateful, especially if you share the recipe with them.  One of my good friends said she wanted this recipe so she could bake Apple Fritter Bread for all her peeps, plus she is giving them flavored butter to go along with it {can you say honey butter?}.

Isn’t my friend genius?   

And this is the point when I realize that I surround myself with insanely cool people.


Crock Pot Apple Fritter Bread

A simple yeast bread made with apples, cinnamon and walnuts made in the crock pot.

  • Author: Julie Andrews
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hrs
  • Total Time: 2 hrs 15 mins
  • Yield: Serves 12 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Slow Cooker, Crock Pot
  • Cuisine: American


  • 0.25-ounce package active dry yeast (about 2 ¼ teaspoons)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 ¼ cups warm water
  • 1 ½ teaspoons coarse salt
  • 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour + a few spoonfuls
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed (optional)
  • 3 medium sweet apples, diced
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar


  1. Place yeast, honey and warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk to combine. Allow to sit for 15-20 minutes, until mixture has puffed up.
  2. Fit mixer with dough hook. Stir in salt, then mix in flour, ½ cup at a time, with the mixer running on low. Mix in flax seed, if using. Allow dough to mix on low for 4-5 minutes, until a ball has formed. Dough should be slightly sticky. Mix in diced apple and walnuts until combined.
  3. Place a few spoonfuls of flour on a large piece of parchment paper. Transfer dough to the paper and form a ball. Place a damp cloth over the dough and allow to rise for about 1 hour or until dough has doubled in size. Transfer dough with the parchment paper into the crock pot. Set on low.
  4. Whisk together melted butter, cinnamon and brown sugar in a liquid measuring cup. Pour mixture over dough and swirl it into the dough with a butter knife. Place the lid on the crock pot and allow to cook for 1 to 2 hours, until internal temperature of bread reaches 190-200 degrees.


Storage Tip: Bread will last about 5 days in a sealed plastic bag or container. Bread can also be frozen for up to one month, in a sealed plastic bag or container.


  • Serving Size: 1/12 of recipe
  • Calories: 200
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Sodium: 161mg
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 5mg

Keywords: yeast, best, easy, from scratch, healthy, whole wheat, fall, seasonal, holiday

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