This applesauce bread is quick and easy comfort food. Made with store-bought or homemade applesauce, flour, butter, sugar, eggs, cinnamon, and walnuts, it’s a perfect snack for kids and adults.
Comfort finds us in unexpected places. Like this simple, not-too-sweet, subtly flavored applesauce bread that boasts sugar and spice and all things nice. It’s lovely warm out of the oven, natch, but also toasted and slathered with butter the next morning or afternoon or at 2 am or, well, whenever you crave a little comfort. Originally published October 14, 2011.–Renee Schettler Rossi
How To Choose The Best Applesauce
We’ve become quite fond of making applesauce from scratch. You know, the kind of applesauce that’s not uniformly smooth but rather punctuated with tender, sweetly tart chunks of caramelized apple goodness. And we tend to make so much of it we don’t hesitate to use it in this applesauce quick read recipe to lend it a little something unexpected in terms of taste and texture. You can find our favorite applesauce recipe below, in the ingredients list, although you certainly won’t be disappointed if you make this recipe with store-bought unsweetened applesauce, which remains a perfectly respectable choice.
- Quick Glance
- 10 M
- 1 H, 30 M
- Makes 2 loaves or 2 dozen muffins
- 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 (8 oz), 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)
- 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C). Lightly butter 2 loaf pans or place paper liners in 24 cupcake or muffin tins.
- 2. Toss the eggs and sugar in the bowl of a mixer fit with a paddle and beat until the mixture thickens and turns the color of lemons, 2 to 3 minutes.
- 3. Add first the applesauce and then the butter and beat well, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. The mixture may appear curdled but fear not, you did not just ruin your quick bread batter. Everything is fine. Just keep on going with the recipe and keep calm.
- 4. Dump 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 bread until golden brown and firm in the center, about 1 hour for loaves and 20 to 25 minutes for muffins. Let the bread cool in the pans for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and set aside to cool.