Apple-Streudel Ladder Loaf


There’s always more to do with Grandmother Bread! Try Apple-Streudel Ladder Loaf–for dessert, for breakfast, or just a snack. Or lunch while the kids are at school eating hamburger casserole and peas. I won’t tell. Start with the Grandmother Bread.

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How to make Apple-Streudel Ladder Loaf:

Start with the one-loaf standard Grandmother Bread recipe

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 teaspoon yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
3 1/2 cups flour

In a large bowl, combine water, yeast, sugar, and salt. Let sit five minutes. Stir in flour with a heavy spoon until dough becomes too stiff to continue stirring easily. Add a little more flour and begin kneading. The amount of flour is approximate–your mileage may vary! Continue adding flour and kneading until the dough is smooth and elastic. Let dough rise in a greased, covered bowl until doubled. (Usually, 30-60 minutes.) Uncover bowl; sprinkle in a little more flour and knead again.


2 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup chopped, peeled apples

Roll dough into an 8×12-inch rectangle on a floured surface. Brush melted butter over dough. Combine brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and apples for filling. Spread filling down the middle of the dough. At the sides of the filling, cut the dough at 1-inch intervals.

Fold dough strips over the filling to wrap, alternating strips to make a braid. See how pretty that’s going to be?

Carefully move filled loaf to a greased baking sheet. Brush top with more melted butter; sprinkle with sugar. And more sugar. And some cinnamon-sugar. Let rise till doubled. If you start a two-loaf recipe of Grandmother Bread, you might be making a regular loaf of bread at the same time.

Bake at 350-degrees for 30 minutes. Serve warm slices with ice cream.

Try peaches or other fruits in this recipe. Add nuts and/or raisins–it’s all good! I bet you have some more ideas! (Let me hear ’em!)

You absolutely, positively cannot live another day without smelling this coming out of your oven. Trust me.

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  1. wkf says:

    GOOD Morning. Bet you could make a savory one too. Ham and cheese.stromboli with herbs and sausages. OI! I’m starving. :flying:

  2. Kim A. says:

    You could have a catering business! I’m drooling over the pics. Feel free to Fed Ex me a sample or two.

    Belated happy birthday to your son. I’m not sure I even remember 17. 😆


  3. Susan says:

    YUMMM!!Thank you for sharing. :heart:

  4. julie says:

    Wow, that looks divine!!! Just throw in a good cup of coffee and your set for the day!
    grace and peace,

  5. Karen H says:

    Pampered Chef had some braided recipes for their kitchen shows 5 or 6 years ago. The one similar to this used cream cheese with sugar and vanilla. To make the cuts easier, a pizza cutter works really well. I’m looking forward to trying this — sounds delicious!

  6. Becky says:

    I wish I had time to make all the delicious looking recipes you post. Since I went back to work full time I’m lucky to have time to make grilled cheese. :shocked:

  7. Christine says:

    Uh, I’m Princess’s long lost sister. I’m coming home to live with you!

  8. lintys says:

    Suzanne, yum, that bread looks fabulous.

  9. Kacey says:

    That looks so great! Grandmother bread is so versatile!

  10. angiecmt says:

    Oh my goodness, that looks so yummy – If I could just make the bread 🙂

  11. Mandie says:


    OoOOoo wow does that look scrumptious! Please send me a taste :p Looks beautiful too.

  12. annbb/TSannie says:

    Tell me this is on the South Beach diet…..pretty please????

    :thumbsup: o thank you!!! IT IS, IT IS!!!

  13. Kim W says:

    WOW!! What more can be said? Oh…I know…YUM!! :hungry:

    Blessings from Ohio…

  14. Susan says:

    That looks and sounds delicious, Suzanne! :hungry: I’m going to be begging my mom to make it. :yes:

  15. Amy Addison says:


    And Happy Birthday to 17! :birthday1:

  16. Jodie says:

    OMG, I wish you could teleport some to me in Texas. I’m not much of a baker, but this might motivate me to try it.

  17. Krista says:

    Can’t wait to try this! I’m stuck at work and my stomach is growling for struedel loaf! One prep hint for everyone – make this on parchment paper if you can. It makes moving baked goods around much easier.

    Thanks Suzanne – yum!

  18. Shimmy Mom says:

    That looks so delicious!! I can’t wait to try it. Thanks again. :shimmy:

  19. Brandy says:

    OMGosh! That looks delicious. Pardon my drool! *G*

  20. Tina says:

    Oh My Heavens!!! Already, Grandmother bread has become a total staple at our house. I think this might be one more thing we just won’t be able to live with out. Thank you for sharing! :hungry:

  21. Estella says:

    It looks delicious!

  22. LizB says:

    I haven’t checked in with you in a while, but wow, that looks gorgeous and delicious. I’m going to have to try it.

  23. Carolyn says:

    Yummy! Can I come over and have some too.

  24. Cama says:

    Geeezzzzzzzzzzz, I just gained 50 pounds looking at this…. I ‘m going to make this and eat the whole thing myself…….. Thanks Suzanne! :purr:

  25. Lisa Lucchese says:

    I just made this with pizza dough and added some chocolate chips – I’ll let you know how the kids like it! Thanks for sharing.

  26. Jocelyne says:

    Sounds so heart warming

  27. Josie Rivera says:

    Hi there. First time on your site and was looking at your apple-streudel ladder loaf. You mentioned the flour. What kind? All-purpose or bread flour. Can’t wait to make it.

  28. Kathleen says:

    :duck: I love your site, and ALL those wonderful recipes. It feels like I’ve sat down on your porch (If you have one) and we’re chatting with a cup of coffee and something fresh from your oven!

  29. Debnfla3 says:

    I just pulled this out of the oven and it is beautiful!!! I used raw sugar on the top after brushing butter all over it before the final rise. That sugar looks like crystals just sparkling all over with cinnamon sprinkled over it too.

    Jessica already pulled a lattice off of it…that spoiled gal! She said it is amazing. I’m so happy to find this and make it for my baby girl while she is home for Christmas
    Thanks Suzanne for putting this recipe up for me to find.

    Deb :happyfeet:

  30. Cathy L says:

    I am in the process of making this right now :-)It’s going through the 2nd rise as I type, made the double batch so have a loaf of Grandmother’s bread doing the same thing.
    Since a friend introduced me to this site, I have to admit that I have become a baking fiend LOL The family is loving it (so am I) but it isn’t doing the diet much good!
    So who needs to be skinny anyways, let the baking continue!

  31. Cathy L says:

    I know what I am going to be making folks for Christmas this year 🙂 This is so GOOD! And so easy! I was thinking, could be made like the hot pockets and frozen for snacking purposes…or make a small square, lay the filling in and then bring the edges up to make little pouches, or what do you think of mixing the filling into the dough itself and then baking, like you do with your pepperoni rolls? Do you think it would work?
    All I know is this was an instant hint (as were the hot pockets btw), I am now off to look at the cornmeal yeast bread recipe and the beans for this weekend.

  32. Sheila says:

    Can you use apple pie filling in this?

  33. Sheila says:

    I made this yesterday and used apple pie filling since I didn’t have any apples , the it spread out quiet a bit it still tastes pretty good (I had a piece for breakfast this morning), though I think the next time I make it I’ll try regular apples instead of the pie filling and see how that comes out. 🙂

  34. Rebel Homemaker says:

    Made this today using the sourdough version and it was so delicious! I love how easy that braiding technique is!

  35. jack says:

    I have been making homemade bread from your recipe about
    6 months now and I must say its so good
    So now im gonna try this strudel recipe to surprise my wife
    as she cooks all the pastrys and pies
    Im retired and need to stay busy so baking is gonna be my new
    Thank you so much for this site ,especially since im a newby to
    cooking and baking
    Thanks and happy trails from texas

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