Quick & Easy Recipes

Apple Bread – Back to School Teacher Gift


Follow this simple and delicious Apple Bread recipe and use the FREE printable gift tag and give your teacher an adorable and scrumptious welcome back to school gift!

This time of year always tugs at my heart strings… while I love the lazy days of Summer, the smell of Apple Bread beckons Fall! As summer wraps up, I am reminded just how fast time flies. Three months of traveling, hot days at the pool, crafting, creating and playing make believe, just like when they were in preschool (although one still is in preschool) are gone in a flash 🙂 However, on the other side of the coin, there are moments where I question my summer time sanity… having three kids at home ALL-THE-TIME can do that to a girl!

However, although my emotions may be on an never ending roller coaster as summer time ends, one thing remains constant…back to school shopping and meeting your teacher for the first time is SO exciting! For the last two school years, my girls’ teachers have opted out of the traditional school supply shopping list and instead asked for money, allowing the teachers to buy in bulk. While this might be easier on the parents, it certainly takes the fun out of “back to school” time (these were some of my best memories) and it makes getting the kiddos amped up for their return a wee bit harder.

Kids Love to Bake!

So, this year, I decided to do things a little bit  differently! Giving a nod to the old “bring your teach an apple,” we baked up a teacher’s gift that the girls can get excited about delivering on the first day of school! Use the simple Apple Bread recipe below (found on A Taste of Home) and get your kids involved in the process for an adorable teach gift that will get your kiddos off to a sweet start!

Apple Bread ingredients - apples and walnuts on a wood cutting board

Also, I have created these cute gift tags to dress up your packaging! Click the link for your FREE downloadable file BoxwoodAndSpruce.AppleBreadTag!


Apple Bread Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped peeled apples (about 2 medium)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Apple Bread Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350° Line two greased 8×4-in. loaf pans with parchment paper; grease paper.
  • Whisk together first six ingredients. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, oil and vanilla; add to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened (batter will be thick). Fold in apples and walnuts.
  • Transfer to prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 50-55 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool.Freeze option: Securely wrap cooled loaves in plastic and foil, then freeze. To use, thaw at room temperature.


peeling apples for Apple Bread recipe

Letting kids carefully peel the apples is a fun way to keep them busy during the baking process (and it gives you a few moments to gather and measure the remaining ingredients for them to pour).

peeling apples for apple bread recipe

Once your bread has cooled, it’s time for the fun part! Making it pretty! In my opinion, less is more. I prefer simple packaging that takes very little time, but looks timeless and beautiful.


• White Parchment Paper Sheets

• 3″ Kraft Paper Roll

• Baker’s Twine

• Gift Tags (download these Apple Bread Gift Tags for FREE here)

For the parchment paper, I find it easiest to either wrap the loaf like a present, or cut the paper to the exact length of the loaf. Fold one side over the bread. Then, take the second side, fold it into itself and then wrap it over the bread. For great ideas on how to wrap your quick bread, visit Food52

Next, cut a piece of brown kraft paper slightly shorter than your bread, wrap around the loaf, tape the bottom and tie with your baker’s twine and gift tag! {BoxwoodAndSpruce.AppleBreadTag}

If you want to spruce it up even further, add a fresh twig of greenery, dried lavender or even a #2 pencil in the tie. It’s the little things that mean the most!

back to school apple bread teacher gift

This recipe makes two loaves, so don’t forget to keep one for an after school snack! If your kids are anything like mine, they will come home exhausted and hungry! 🙂



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