Small Batch Cinnamon Sugar Apple Bread

It’s apple season! It’s also the time of year when it’s traditional to eat apples and honey (for a sweet Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year).  I brought a full batch of this cinnamon sugar apple bread to my brother’s house for the holiday. They gobbled it up! Pretty good, considering it was competing with mom’s New York cheesecake.

I originally planned to post the entire recipe, which I adapted from Cookies and Cups.  Then I remembered (duh), that this is the “single serving chef” blog, and the portions should be smaller!

I have reduced the sugar and the vanilla, because the original recipe was far too sweet for me. The result is a delicious, and easy to make quick bread (think banana bread, but with apples rather than bananas), that’s full of apple flavor and topped with a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar.

If you can get them, use a Canville Blanc D’Hiver apple (which is a French tart apple). If not, Granny Smith, Mutsu, or GingerGold will work well. You want an apple that’s firm, crisp, and not too sweet.

I once accidentally made this with cayenne (!) instead of cinnamon. I mention it because it was much better than I would have expected.  I’m not sure I’d do it again deliberately, but it did give me an idea (see the substitutions section).

Small Batch Cinnamon Sugar Apple Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Category: dessert

Cuisine: American

three to four servings

Small Batch Cinnamon Sugar Apple Bread

A rich, delicious cake full of apples and dusted with cinnamon sugar. Serve it warm or cold. It's great topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or gelato.


  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 C flour
  • 1/4 C butter (half a stick), at room temperature
  • 6 T light brown sugar
  • 4T granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 C milk
  • 1 tart apple, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat the toaster oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter and flour a small baking dish.
  3. Mix the salt, baking powder, and flour in a small bowl.
  4. Beat the butter, sugars, and cinnamon in your mixer until the mixture is fluffy. If you have a KitchenAid, this should take about a minute, on speed 2. If not, mix on medium speed for two minutes, scraping down the sides.
  5. Add the egg and vanilla, and mix another few seconds (KitchenAid), or about a minute for standard mixers, scraping the sides.
  6. On low speed, alternately add the flour and the milk. Start with some flour, then some milk, then flour, then milk, then flour again. You should begin and end with flour.
  7. Add the chopped apple, and stir just enough to combine.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  9. Mix the remaining sugar and cinnamon together in a small ramekin and sprinkle over the batter.
  10. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
  11. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Substitutions and Variations for Cinnamon Sugar Apple Bread

  • Add 1/2 tsp ground ginger to make the cake a bit spicy
  • Give it a bit of a kick with some brandy or Calvados
  • If you’re brave, or like spicy sweets, go for the cayenne
  • Top the bread with bourbon sauce (2 T bourbon, 1/4 C sugar, 2 T butter, heated in a small pan) instead of the cinnamon/sugar.

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Roasted Cinnamon Nutmeg Butternut Squash

Fall has finally arrived, and the temperature is dropping. It’s time to start thinking about butternut squash, apple crisp, and soups.  I found this recipe for roasted cinnamon nutmeg butternut squash tucked into a cookbook. I’ve no idea where I got it from, but the combination of cinnamon, apple cider, nutmeg, butter, and squash is classic.

Cinnamon and nutmeg add both a bit of spice and sweetness, and the apple cider is both tart and sweet. It’s also apple cider season, so all the ingredients are at their peak now.

Butternut squash are notoriously hard to peel, unless you have an Oxo peeler, which makes this chore much easier.  Or, you can buy the pre-peeled squash.

The rest is just cutting up the squash (use a big, sharp knife), adding the spices, butter, and cider, and baking it in the toaster oven.

Roasted Cinnamon Nutmeg Butternut Squash

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Category: side dish

Cuisine: American

one serving

Roasted Cinnamon Nutmeg Butternut Squash

A classic squash recipe flavored with cinnamon and nutmeg. It's great as a side dish with a simple piece of roast chicken.


  • 1 C butternut squash
  • 1 tsp canola or neutral oil
  • 2T apple cider
  • 1T butter
  • 1/4 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • salt to taste


  1. Preheat the toaster oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Peel the squash, remove any seeds, and cut it into cubes.
  3. Grease a small baking pan with the oil (or use butter, if you prefer)
  4. Add the squash, cider, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt to taste.
  5. Toss it all together in the pan.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes.

Substitutions and Variations for Roasted Cinnamon Nutmeg Butternut Squash

  • Add some chopped pecans or walnuts after 15 minutes of baking
  • Make it savory: replace the butter with chicken stock, skip the cinnamon and nutmeg, and use curry instead.
  • Bump up the sweetness with honey or maple syrup

Tools and Ingredients for Roasted Butternut Squash

Oxo Swivel Peeler

This peeler cuts through butternut squash skin with virtually no effort. It’s no harder than peeling a cucumber. I’ve had mine for years and it still works flawlessly. There’s even a little scoop at the end for de-eyeing potatoes or removing bruised spots. The handle is comfy and easy to hold. It works on apples, squash, cucumber, carrots, and hasn’t needed any extra care or sharpening. I did add a dab of red nail polish at the end to make it easier to find in my utensil holder.

HIC Small Porcelain Baking Dish

Most baking dishes are far too large for one person or small batch cooking. This is perfect. I use it for the squash, to bake brownies or coffee cake, and reheat leftovers. It”s safe in the oven or microwave, looks great as a serving dish, and can go in the dishwasher if you have one.

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