The recipe name leads you to expect a very sweet bread, which this is not...but that's OK! It's still great. Possible reasons for failure in other cooks' attempts at this bread could include the previously mentioned abundance of sugar in the recipe(pie filling, apple juice, additional white sugar), as well as the cinnamon. Cinnamon (like garlic) is a natural enemy of yeast! I've found the best way to work around this is to add the cinnamon later in the cycle - my machine has a beeper that tells you when to add ingredients such as raisins or nuts toward the end of the knead cycle, and that's when I sprinkle in the cinnamon. As for the sugar, I didn't have a problem but perhaps you could try reduced sugar pie filling?
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The recipe name leads you to expect a very sweet bread, which this is not...but that's OK! ...