Chopped Caramel Apple Bread

By: Jennifer M November 5, 2012 Breads 24 Comments
Chopped Caramel Apple Bread
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This bread is a spin on one of my favourite apple yeast breads – Bernard Clayton’s Chopped Apple Bread. That bread introduced me to the technique of chopping up the bread dough into little (messy) pieces and dumping it all in a loaf pan. It’s a bit like a monkey bread, but not really, since this is a loaf you can slice after it’s cooked.

I had made some caramel sauce a few days ago that I hadn’t ended up using, so I decided to make a caramel apple version of the chopped apple bread. And this is the result. And it was good. (Honestly, how can apples, homemade caramel sauce and fresh bread be bad, really?)

The basic technique to make this bread is to allow the dough to rise, then it is rolled out, scattered with chopped apples and then the caramel sauce is drizzled over top. The dough is packaged up and then cut with a sharp knife into 1-inch pieces. Then you scoop it all up and dump it into a loaf pan. It rises again and then is baked up into ooey gooey goodness. Because the top is uneven, you do have watch it like a hawk to make sure the parts that stick up higher don’t scorch. A piece of tin foil over the top works perfectly, as long as you catch it at the right time.

Speaking of which, don’t be deceived by how the top of this bread looks. It may look “done” on the top, but the inside needs some time to cook. Make sure you keep the loaf in the oven for around 45 minutes.

Chopped Caramel Apple Bread

This bread is lovely sliced with a bit of butter, toasted or use it to make French Toast or Bread Pudding for a real treat!

(If you’re interested in the original Chopped Apple Bread recipe, here’s a link to a blog post with the recipe and some photos of the process of making this type of chopped bread.)

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  1. Liz November 5, 2012 at 10:16 am

    This looks like it would be delicious, especially warm and slathered with butter! :)

    • Jennifer November 5, 2012 at 11:28 am

      It was really good, Liz. I used the last few slices to make French Toast on Sunday morning and it was perfect!

  2. Jennifer @ Delicieux November 6, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Oh my, this looks amazing Jennifer!! Apple and caramel are always a winning combination in my books! I never make sweet yeasted breads. I definitely have to change that.

    • Jennifer November 6, 2012 at 6:50 am

      Thanks Jennifer. I have a weakness for sweet yeast breads, so I have the opposite problem :)

  3. Sophie November 7, 2012 at 9:37 am

    This sounds sooo good, you’re a genius! I love the technique of dough-chopping. I haven’t made french toast in ages, and I want caramel-apple french toast! I need to find time to make this…. this weekend, I hope! :)

    • Jennifer November 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Thanks Sophie, I couldn’t remember the last time I had French Toast, either, but it was so nice and a pleasant change from the savoury breakfast we often enjoy on the weekend. Hope you get a chance to try it.

  4. Needful Things December 27, 2012 at 11:26 am

    This looks so wholesome and delicious. I’m sure french toast made with this bread would be amazing.

  5. Courtney @ Neighborfood January 7, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Yowza! That looks fantastic! I found you via Huffington Post and am so happy I did. You have a beautiful website!

    • Jennifer M January 7, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      Thanks so much and happy to have found your site, as well!

  6. Mary February 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Amazing! I want some now with a great cup of coffee. I just found your site and love it! Thanks for sharing, looking forward to more~

    • Jennifer M February 21, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      Thanks Mary. It would be great with that coffee :)

  7. Lexi {Whisking It} March 18, 2013 at 4:29 am

    Oh my goodness!!! This looks beyond amazing! Definitely bookmarking it to my “must-tries”. Wowee.

    • Jennifer M March 18, 2013 at 6:46 am

      Thanks Lexi. Enjoy!

  8. Laura Dembowski April 1, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    My mouth is watering looking at this bread. Caramel and apple is such a wonderful flavor combo! This looks like an incredible treat!

    • Jennifer M April 1, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      Thanks Laura. It’s a delicious bread and makes the best French Toast, too.

  9. Vicki Bensinger April 12, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    OMG this looks amazing!

  10. Emma April 24, 2013 at 4:34 am

    This looks absolutely amazing! I’m hungry just thinking about it. I’ll definitely have to try it soon. x

  11. Mari October 10, 2013 at 6:00 am

    Do you think one could use the frozen yeast rolls instead of making the dough from scratch? I have some hand issues, and to do the kneading and such would be too much for me.

    I’ve used them for monkey bread, letting them rise overnight, and it works pretty good.


    • Jennifer M October 10, 2013 at 6:49 am

      You definitely could, Mari. Just chop the thawed dough, mix with apples and stuff and let rise in the pan.

  12. Crystal Heuft November 5, 2013 at 11:20 am

    This is making my mouth water. I love the flavor combination and the presentation is also amazing!

    • Jennifer M November 5, 2013 at 11:47 am

      Thanks so much, Crystal. Hard to beat the combination of apples and caramel!

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