August 7, 2022 • 2 Comments
Every autumn I turn the scruffier apples from my tree into applesauce. If I’m lucky, I can also scrounge extras from friends who have a bumper crop. Applesauce is great in baking, so I freeze as many pints as possible. It’s a moderate amount of work, but the payoff is worth it.
Here’s an easy applesauce loaf so moist it doesn’t need butter. The recipe makes two loaves, so I have one to freeze or give away.
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease 2 loaf pans.
Sift together dry ingredients:
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 5 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- ½ teaspoon mace (optional)
- ½ teaspoon salt.
- 2 ½ cups of applesauce
- ¾ cup sugar (could be more or less depending on preference)
- ¾ cup melted butter or vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup milk or kefir (I use coconut kefir)
Fold dry ingredients into the wet ingredients a little at a time until thoroughly mixed. Finally, mix in:
- 1 cup of nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecans are good)
Divide batter between the pans and bake for an hour or until a knife comes out clean. This may depend on the amount of water in your applesauce, so be sure to test it and bake a little longer if necessary.
I recommend this with sharp cheddar as a quick lunch on the run.