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Apple Cinnamon Babka

October 15, 2017 (Last Updated: August 4, 2019)

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Apple Cinnamon Babka – Impressive swirled bread filled with apples and cinnamon!

A slice of Apple Cinnamon Babka.

What is a babka?

I had never even heard of babka until a few days ago! I was watching The Great British Baking Show and the bakers had to make a babka. I was hooked!

I knew I had to make one of these impressive loafs of bread. Instead of a traditional babka, I made an Apple Cinnamon Babka!

A babka is a basic sweet dough rolled out as thin as possible and spread with a filling. It’s then rolled, cinnamon roll style and the whole long roll is layered into a bread pan. 

A loaf of bread sitting on a baking rack.

It’s pretty unassuming when it comes out of the oven. The elegance and beauty is revealed when you start to slice it open!

A slice of bread filled with apples and cinnamon.

Don’t you agree? Beautiful! And the taste is spectacular. There’s a bit of apple and cinnamon with every bite! I think I’m in heaven! I also have another bread recipe with apples and cinnamon, Apple Pull Apart Bread

A loaf of swirled bread sliced in half.

Babkas are traditionally made with chocolate and cinnamon. I did find a few recipes using dried fruit and nuts too. Fresh fruit is probably not traditional, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t amazing!

The key to using fresh apples is grating the apples and then squeezing out as much liquid as possible. Apples have a high content of water and if you don’t remove most of it, your bread will turn out soggy in the middle.

Slices of bread stacked together.


Tips for making an apple cinnamon babka

  • Roll out dough as thin as possible. You may need to stretch it a bit by hand too. You will want your dough to be about 24″ by 12″
  • If you get a tear in your dough, just pinch it back together.
  • Grate apple using a cheese grater. Squeeze grated apple together to remove all excess liquid.
  • Spread filling as evenly as possible.
  • Roll up, cinnamon roll style and pinch seam together.
  • Give a slight twist to your long roll.
  • Place dough in a greased pan. Lay the log along one side of the pan. Double back along the other side of the pan. Then lay the last of the dough in the center of the pan. Tuck the end into center.
  • After baking remove from pan and place on a baking rack to cool.
  • Allow bread to fully cool before slicing.

Cinnamon style loaf of bread filled with apples and cinnamon called a babka or a kulich.

Homemade Bread Recipes

Slices of babka on a wooden board.

If you make this recipe, Iā€™d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop


5 from 3 votes
Apple Cinnamon Babka is delicious toasted or just with a pat of butter.
Apple Cinnamon Babka
Prep Time
2 hrs 45 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 25 mins

Rolled sweet bread filled with bits of apples and cinnamon.

Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple babka, babka, Babka recipe, bread recipe, fruit filled bread
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 221 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 1/2 cup milk warmed
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tablespoons butter softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup grated apple
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Place milk, yeast and sugar in a bowl of a stand mixer.  Stir and let stand for 5 minutes until mixture is bubbly. 

  2. Add eggs, butter, salt and one cup of flour. Mix together. Gradually add remaining flour until dough forms a ball.

  3. Knead dough in mixer for 5 minutes.

  4. Remove dough and form into a ball. Place in a greased bowl. Cover and let sit until doubled in size, approximately one hour.

  5. When doubled, remove dough and place on a lightly floured surface.  Pat dough down and form into a rectangle.  Roll dough out into a large rectangle approximately 24" by 12" inches. 

  1. Grate apple and squeeze  excess water from apple. 

  2. Place apple, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and mix together.

Forming Loaf
  1. Distribute filling over surface of rolled dough. Using the back of a spoon or an off-set spatula, gently spread filling so it covers all area of the dough.

  2. Roll dough together forming a long log. Gently pinch seam together. Give the log a slight twist, twisting each end in the opposite direction. 

  3. Place dough into a greased loaf pan. Lay the log down on one side of the pan. Double back to cover the other side and then lay the remaining part of the log in the center of the pan. Tuck the end of the log into the middle. 

  4. Cover and let rise for approximately 45 minutes.

  5. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 40-45 minutes.

  6. Remove from oven. Let cool for 5 minutes and then remove bread from pan. Continue cooling on a baking rack.

  7. Once bread is fully cooled, slice and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Be certain to squeeze water from apples prior to using in filling.Ā 


Nutrition Facts
Apple Cinnamon Babka
Amount Per Serving
Calories 221 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 127mg6%
Potassium 105mg3%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 185IU4%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  • Reply
    Fred G
    February 22, 2019 at 6:10 am

    5 stars
    An interesting combination for a bread.

  • Reply
    December 12, 2018 at 6:17 am

    5 stars
    …And I can imagine its aroma as it bakes! My family would flip if I made this!! I need to try it! Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply
    September 9, 2018 at 9:57 am

    I have made cinnamon babkas before, and I prefer them to chocolate ones (which I’ve never made, only purchased). I want to make an almond one with a sweet almond paste. Thanks for this tempting recipe, Kathy!

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      September 10, 2018 at 5:32 am

      I love the idea of an almond filled one! So many possibilities! šŸ™‚

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    April 12, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Beautiful loaf.

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    heather (delicious not gorgeous)
    October 30, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    ahh those swirls! i’ve only had chocolate babka before, but i’m sure i’d love this version too (: i’m betting you don’t have any leftovers, but making french toast out of babka is awesome!

    • Reply
      October 31, 2017 at 5:05 am

      I need to give chocolate babka a try next!

  • Reply
    October 21, 2017 at 5:06 am

    Wow, what a beauty! I’m making the heart-eyed emoji face at this beautiful fall-flavored babka!

    • Reply
      October 22, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      Thanks! The hear-eyed emoji makes me happy! šŸ™‚

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    Amy (Savory Moments)
    October 20, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Wow! This bread looks so stunning and truly perfect for autumn. Pinning!

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    October 19, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Ahhhh this apple cinnamon babka is calling my name!!!! It looks SO GOOD!!

    • Reply
      October 22, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      It’s true…it is calling your name! I heard it! šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    October 19, 2017 at 5:54 am

    EEEEE! I LOVE babka! Like, I can’t be trusted around a loaf of it or I will eat the entire thing in .34 seconds! Needless to say, this babka is screaming my name! This is just perfect for fall! Cheers, Kathy!

    • Reply
      October 22, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      I’d trust you around a loaf any day of the week! šŸ™‚

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    Stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    October 18, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Impressive is right! This is one beautiful and deliciously flavored Babka! Perfect for the season. Take care.

    • Reply
      October 18, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks, Stacey! It was so fun to make and so delicious to eat!

  • Reply
    October 16, 2017 at 11:55 am

    True confession time, I didn’t know what babka was before reading your post. It looks and sounds absolutely delicious! My husband and I are getting cable for the first time in over 20 years. Sounds like I have some cooking shows to catch up on! Awesome job šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      October 17, 2017 at 5:31 am

      We are both babka newbies! šŸ™‚

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    October 16, 2017 at 5:20 am

    5 stars
    I’ve never made babka before, but now I know I need to ! This looks fabulous and bet tastes even better ! Love that Great British Baking show! So many talented people, isn’t there?

    • Reply
      October 16, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      I know! Now I want to bake all different kinds of babkas! So much to learn…

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    David @ Spiced
    October 16, 2017 at 5:14 am

    I didn’t know anything about babka until we moved up here to New York. Now the stores are filled with babkas around Easter. I happen to love cinnamon bread, so the ideas of an apple cinnamon bread in babka form sounds amazing to me right now! Also, if you’re a Seinfeld fan, then you might remember the famous babka episode? šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      October 16, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      I love Seinfeld and didn’t even realize that bread was a babka! Too funny!

  • Reply
    October 15, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    WOW! That is just gorgeous, Kathy! The Great British Baking Show is one of my favorite shows on TV. I’ve been inspired to try some of the things they make, but haven’t yet. I’m super impressed that you tackled this challenge, and it turned out so beautifully!! Kudos to you, and THANKS for the great recipe and instructions!

    • Reply
      October 16, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      I love watching that show! There are so many great treats they bake!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    October 15, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    You always make the prettiest breads Kathy! This one is perfect for fall with a hot cup of tea! Bet your kitchen smelled heavenly while it was baking!

    • Reply
      October 16, 2017 at 5:00 pm

      There’s nothing better than the smell of bread baking!

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    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    October 15, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Kathy, I’ve made a babka before, but braided it into a twist. Your method of the ‘double-back loop’ sounds easier to manage- will have to keep this in mind next time. By the way, next month, I’m going to NYC to visit Uri Scheft’s ‘Breads Bakery in Union Square’. Uri is a Babka Master- he won the prize for the best Babka in New York a few years ago!

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      October 15, 2017 at 10:19 am

      I will need to give a braided babka a try! I can’t wait to hear about your trip to the bakery. I had no idea there was a Babka contest…maybe I’ll need to up my game a bit! šŸ™‚

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