Apple Cinnamon Streusel Ladder Loaves

Ohhh man! I remember in years past when the scent of cinnamon would fill our home, it always meant time with family. It could be cinnamon raisin toast on my grandmother’s farm, snickerdoodles straight from the oven, good old-fashioned Russian tea, or even apple pie. That spicy cinnamon scent meant something good was coming my way. Nowadays that spicy scent signals these warm streusel topped apple pastries, Apple Cinnamon Streusel Ladder Loaves.


Quick Apple Pastries

Because you start these quick apple pastries with pre-made puff pastry dough, these Warm Apple Cinnamon Streusel Ladder Loaves come together in a snap. Be sure to thaw the frozen puff pastry dough in the refrigerator beforehand so you’re ready to work! If you thaw the puff pastry at room temperature you risk melting out the butter before it ever gets a chance to cook. That will ruin any chance of a lovely puffy pastry. I am absolutely speaking from experience. They may be quick to prepare but, their lovely cinnamon apple scent brings memories of long past Christmases and the promise of new breakfast traditions at the same time.


cut equal strips on each side


and then fold over, alternating sides
Make Ahead Apple Pastries
You can make these the night before and let them cool their jets in the fridge overnight. They need to chill for at least 15 minutes before baking. If you plan to bake them the next day go ahead and cover them so they don’t dry out. Then when you’re ready to bake them simply pop them in the oven for a quick breakfast pastry. These make a wonderful addition to any family morning where lingering with coffee and chatting is a requirement. The smell of the cinnamon and apples makes me feel like I’m a child again.

Warm Apple Cinnamon Streusel Ladder Loaves

The spicy cinnamon scent of Apple Cinnamon Streusel Ladder Loaves baking is a comforting smell that means good things are coming your way.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Bread, Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 loaves


Apple Cinnamon Ladder Loaves

  • 1 box Frozen Puff Pastry Dough 2 sheets total--thawed
  • 2 TBSP softened butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 TBSP flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tart apples peeled, core removed and finely chopped-if you can swing use two different kinds of apples, the taste makes it worthwhile
  • 1/4 cup milk maybe more

Cinnamon Streusel Topping

  • 2 TBSP flour
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 TBSP cold butter


  • Unfold the puff pastry, roll each sheet to roughly 10x10 inch squares, lay on a baking sheet, you can put it on parchment paper for easier clean up
  • Combine the brown sugar, flour, spices and chopped apple
  • Spread 1 TBSP of the softened butter over each dough square
  • Lay half the apple mixture down the middle of the dough, if you look carefully you'll see the fold lines on the dough, use those as your guidelines and fill the middle rectangle
  • use a knife to cut flaps of dough down each side of the apple mixture, roughly 2 1/2 inches long and around 1 inch apart (cutting and folding guide below)
  • Repeat on the other side
  • Then beginning at the top over lap each side forming a woven top, fold and tuck each end under securely
  • Repeat with the second piece of dough
  • Mix the topping mixture together to form crumbs
  • Brush the top of each loaf with milk and then sprinkle on half of the streusel
  • Chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes, you can cover them and chill overnight if you like
  • And then bake for 25-30 minutes in a 350˚ oven