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Applesauce Bread

We love this applesauce bread recipe because what results is delicious and wonderfully moist, but also because it’s easy to have all the ingredients on hand. These are perfect for breakfast bake sales as well as for those held later in the day.–Gretchen Holt-Witt

LC Applesauce Actuality Note

Comfort finds us in unexpected places. Like this simple, not-too-sweet, subtly apple-y quick bread that’s full of sugar and spice and all things nice. As such, it’s lovely warm out of the oven, natch, but also the next morning toasted with butter or with afternoon coffee or tea or…well, whenever you crave a little comfort.

Confession: We’ve become fond of first making applesauce from scratch–the kind with tender, sweetly tart chunks of caramelized apples–so as to lend the bread a little something unexpected in terms of texture. You can find our favorite recipe below, in the ingredients list, although you certainly won’t be disappointed if you make this recipe with store-bought unsweetened applesauce–a perfectly respectable choice.

Applesauce Bread Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • Makes 2 loaves or 2 dozen muffins

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 cups store-bought or homemade applesauce, at room temperature
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled, plus more for the pan
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups walnuts, lightly toasted and chopped (optional)

Directions

  • 1. To make the applesauce bread, preheat the oven to 350˚F (176°C). Lightly butter 2 standard-size loaf pans or place paper liners in 24 cupcake or muffin tins.
  • 2. Place the eggs and sugar in the bowl of a mixer fit with a paddle and beat until the mixture is lemon-colored and thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • 3. Add the applesauce and then the butter, beating well and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. (The mixture will break and appear curdled, and while you may think you’ve ruined it, just keep on going because everything is fine.)
  • 4. Place the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a separate bowl and mix well. Stir it into the applesauce mixture and beat to combine. Add the nuts, if desired, and mix well. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • 5. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pans or, if making muffins, use a 2-ounce ice cream scoop or heaping tablespoon to fill the prepared tins. Bake the applesauce bread until golden brown and firm in the center, about 1 hour for loaves and 20 to 25 minutes for cupcakes. Let the bread cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and set aside to cool.
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