I went apple picking last month and I somehow still have apples left in my cupboard. They're still perfectly edible, though I think after going through almost two pecks of apples in a matter of weeks has left us (my roommates and I) all appled-out. I've made apple crisp, apple pie, apple muffins, apple fritters and even apple chocolate chip bars. While they were all very delicious treats, it's safe to say we're tired of the baked apple scene.
That was true until I spotted this recipe on Pinterest the other day. It comes from Back to the Cutting Board and it inspired to make a different kind of apple treat. You see, all the recipes I made before used full chunks of apple, which gave a very specific texture to whatever I was making. An applesauce bread, on the other hand, has the delicious taste of apple without the bits and pieces of apple in the mix. I set to work on making this recipe my own and I am so pleased with the results.
This bread reminds me of banana bread because it has a very fluffy texture with a little sweetness. It's bursting with apple flavor thanks to the homemade applesauce and the crust is perfectly crispy. You've got to try it!
2 large apples, peeled and cored
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
- Cut peeled and cored apples into small wedges. Place in blender with 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. Blend until smooth. It should be a liquid applesauce when done. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
- Cream together butter and sugars until fluffy.
- Add eggs, one at a time, to butter mixture.
- Alternate adding flour mixture and applesauce, mixing well after each addition until all ingredients are fully incorporated.
- Pour into a greased 9" by 5" bread pan and bake at 350 for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean.
The best part about this recipe is the homemade applesauce. There's no preservatives or artificial sweeteners so you can feel good about what you're eating. I was tempted to make a second batch of the applesauce to snack on while the bread baked. It smelled so delicious!
I'm headed to Boston tonight with my friends to see one of favorite bands, Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, play a farewell show. It's going to be a fun night but I'm sure there will be a few tears shed over the band taking a hiatus. What are your plans this weekend?