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Apple Cinnamon Babka

October 15, 2017 (Last Updated: April 7, 2020)

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Apple Cinnamon Babka is a swirled bread filled with apples and cinnamon! This impressive looking bread looks impossible to make, but is simply a rolled and filled dough that is twisted before placed into the pan. 

A slice of bread swirled with layers of apples and cinnamon.

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 filled with swirled apples and cinnamon.


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.

Slices of bread overlapping each other on parchment paper.

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A slice of bread filled with apples and cinnamon.

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A loaf of apple babka sliced on a board.

Apple Cinnamon Babka

Rolled sweet bread filled with bits of apples and cinnamon.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 25 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 221 kcal



  • 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



  • Place milk, yeast and sugar in a bowl of a stand mixer.  Stir and let stand for 5 minutes until mixture is bubbly. 
  • Add eggs, butter, salt and one cup of flour. Mix together. Gradually add remaining flour until dough forms a ball.
  • Knead dough in mixer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove dough and form into a ball. Place in a greased bowl. Cover and let sit until doubled in size, approximately one hour.
  • 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. 


  • Grate apple and squeeze  excess water from apple. 
  • Place apple, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and mix together.

Forming Loaf

  • 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.
  • Roll dough together forming a long log. Gently pinch seam together. Give the log a slight twist, twisting each end in the opposite direction. 
  • 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. 
  • Cover and let rise for approximately 45 minutes.
  • Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 40-45 minutes.
  • Remove from oven. Let cool for 5 minutes and then remove bread from pan. Continue cooling on a baking rack.
  • Once bread is fully cooled, slice and enjoy!


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


Calories: 221kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 5gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 127mgPotassium: 105mgFiber: 2gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 185IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1.6mg
Keyword apple babka, babka, Babka recipe, bread recipe, fruit filled bread
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  • Reply
    Susan Gosby-Worley
    September 25, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Photographs of how you twisted the dough would be very helpful. It looks beautiful, though.

    • Reply
      September 25, 2020 at 6:00 pm

      Hi Susan,
      I agree! I’ve been wanting to remake this and capture photos of the whole process. Thanks for the suggestion and hopefully I will have this post updated soon! 🙂

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

    5 stars
    An interesting combination for a bread.

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    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!

    • Reply
      September 10, 2018 at 5:32 am

      I love the idea of an almond filled one! So many possibilities! 🙂

  • Reply
    April 12, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Beautiful loaf.

  • Reply
    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! 🙂

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