Easy Apple Fritter Bread ~ tart apples are swirled with brown sugar and spices in this classic loaf cake, topped with a sweet crackly glaze. This apple quick bread takes a cue from the down home deep fried apple fritters grandma made. Fall baking doesn't get any better than this!
Preheat oven to 350F. Butter the sides of a 9 inch loaf pan, and line with parchment paper.
Mix the chopped apples with the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and set aside.
In an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
Add the eggs, one at a time, letting them get fully incorporated. If the mixture starts to look a little separated and weird here, don't worry! That's fine.
Add the vanilla extract, and mix to combine.
Add the flour, salt, and baking powder to the mixer, and slowly mix to combine. While it's mixing, slowly add the milk or half-and-half, and continue to mix until everything is just evenly incorporated.
Spread about half the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Top with about half the apple mixture, spreading it out in an even layer.
Spread the rest of the cake batter on top of the apples. With a chopstick, or skewer, lightly swirl the apple mixture into the batter, if you'd like. Or you can leave it in an even layer.
Top with the rest of the apple mixture, spreading out in an even layer.
Bake for 75-85 minutes. Towards the end of the baking time, check on your cake and tent loosely with tinfoil if the top is starting to get too brown.
Allow the cake to mostly cool, and remove it from the loaf pan, before adding the glaze.
To make the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar and water. Drizzle over the cooled loaf cake and allow to set before slicing.