A crusty, sugar-coated bread boule filled with sweet, cinnamon-y apples that’s baked and sliced just like a pie. Oh me! Oh my!
I’m so excited to share this recipe with y’all!
One, it’s delicious!
Two, it’s as easy as pie! ;);)
And three, it’s not your average apple pie…it’s different and so dang delicious!
We all love apple pie, don’t we?! Okay, good, we can be friends! ;))
Let’s get creative with it. Let’s take apple pie to another level. Let’s wow the crowd!
Join me in the deliciousness that is this apple pie in a bread bowl.
It all starts with a fresh baked boule of bread from your favorite bakery and lots of fresh apples. I love baking with Honeycrisp or Granny Smith, but feel free to use your favorite apples. As long as they have a good balance of sweet and tart, it should taste great. Tis the apple season!
You save time by not having to make a crust but certainly don’t skimp on taste. A boule of crusty bread is hollowed out to serve as the crust and all the apples are peeled and thinly sliced in preparation to be tossed in sugar and spice and all things nice…
Sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon give the apples that classic apple pie flavor while a little flour helps thicken the apple juices that are released as it bakes to create that sweet, thick glaze an awesome apple pie filling should have.
The apples are stuffed inside the bread bowl, dotted with a little butter and covered with the top of the boule…
Then the bread bowl is brushed with melted butter and sprinkled generously with sparkling sugar before being baked to crisp, sweet goldenness on the outside with soft, gooey apple deliciousness on the inside…
A beautiful bread bowl that you can slice and serve just like you would an apple pie…
Take your pick! Eat it as is, top it with whipped cream (see pics above) or with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and this dreamy “pie” will be the new apple of your eye!
So perfect for fall! Enjoy, y’all!
- 1 large round French or Italian bread boule (from your favorite bakery)
- 8 apples, peeled and thinly sliced (about 8 cups)
- zest and juice of a small lemon
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
- ¼ cup sparkling sugar, for sprinkling
- Heat oven to 375ºF.
- Cut the top off of the bread boule and remove as much of the soft inside as possible, leaving the sides intact and reserving the top to place back on once filled with the apples. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
- Place the peeled apple slices in a large mixing bowl. Toss with the zest and juice of a small lemon.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Pour mixture over apples and toss until apples are evenly coated.
- Scoop apples into hollowed out bread boule, pressing down so the inside of the bread boule is completely full of apples all the way to the top opening. Dot the apples with 1 tablespoon of butter before covering with the reserved bread boule top.
- Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Brush the melted butter all over the outside of the bread boule. Sprinkle generously with the sparkling sugar.
- Bake for 10 minutes uncovered and then cover loosely with foil. Continue to bake for 1 hour.
- Remove and let rest on pan for 10 minutes before slicing into. Top each slice with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, when serving, if desired.