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Applesauce Spice Bread

A perfectly spiced applesauce bread made with homemade applesauce. This simple bread can be oven-ready in just a couple of minutes. Perfect with a steamy cup of coffee. 

Applesauce spice cake recipe

I can’t tell you how much I love and appreciate all of the support that you have given me on the new direction of Baked Bree. Honestly, I didn’t know how it was going to go over, but the emails, text messages, and kind comments have affirmed that I made the right decision. I’m excited about what’s to come and more inspired than I have been in a long time. I am so grateful for this community and the kindness and support that you have given me.

I recently made a Herb Pork with Roasted Applesauce for Go Bold with Butter that was this year’s annual fall dinner. Instead of my usual applesauce recipe, I tried roasting the apples first and it creates a deeper flavor because the sugar caramelizes a bit in the oven so it’s almost like caramel. I love it. I had some leftover and decided to make a bread with the rest. My grandmother loves a sweet bread and I knew that my aunt that was visiting this weekend could give it to her on her way home from my house. This bread keeps really well (and also freezes beautifully) so I knew that it would still be good when it made it to her.

I’ve made this a few times and it is so easy, that I’ve been able to get it in the oven while I’m in the middle of making dinner. Ava has even made this bread on her own. Serve with a little bit of butter (I like to toast mine) and a steamy cup of coffee.

grocery store flower arrangement

My mom used to work in a flower shop and can do incredible things with a grocery store bunch of flowers. I do not share her gift. I would lob off the ends, and jam them into a vase. Which is a waste, and honestly, I always have fresh flowers in my house. She was here last weekend and I paid attention to how she makes beautiful arrangements out of a $9.99 bunch of flowers. I am proud to say that I made this arrangement all. by. myself. I am ridiculously proud of how these turned out. I used one bunch of $12.99 flowers from my local grocery store. I wish that I took a before picture.

grocery store flower arrangements

What’s her trick?

When she takes the flowers out of the plastic, she separates them by like. She lines up everything on the counter and sorts by color. Start the arrangement with greens on the bottom. Add some of the bigger blooms and use them as the focal point. Then fill in with smaller flowers. Add some different heights and textures to keep it interesting. When all of the flowers are used fill in with some greens and move things around until it looks right on all sides. (This part is important, you look at flowers at 360°.)

(You can see some more of her grocery store arrangements here, she made 3 different ones that are great for Thanksgiving.)

applesauce spice bread recipe



I like my bread to be pretty spicy, so I am heavy handed with the cinnamon and warm spices. If you are using a jarred sauce, I would add more cinnamon or a high quality apple pie spice (King Arthur had a good one).


  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon (add more if using plain applesauce)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup roasted applesauce
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment letting the sides overhang and spray lightly with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together dry ingredients.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk eggs, applesauce, both sugars, butter, sour cream, and vanilla bean paste until well combined.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until just combined, being careful to not overmix.
  5. Pour the battered into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. (I like to underbake just a tad, so when the toothpick has some loose crumbs.
  7. Cool on a rack for 20 minutes and pull the bread out with the overhanging parchment.
  8. This bread keeps for a few days wrapped well. It also freezes beautifully. [url href=”undefined”]Applesauce spice cake recipe[/url]


Adapted from Averie Cooks.


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  1. Lisa Melnick

    November 10th, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Hi Bree,
    My name is Lisa Melnick. Our husbands know each other. A mutual friend told me about your sweet blog and I have been reading it lately and wanted to say hi. I loved your post about changing directions and I agree that the middle ground of parenting can be a bit of a mine field . I’m with you on the middle school challenges.
    I just wanted to say hi.
    Lisa Melnick

  2. bakedbree

    November 11th, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Hello! Thank them for me. 🙂 I’m glad that you liked it. This phase is so fun, but it can be a doozy. I’m glad that you found me.

  3. laurie axford

    November 11th, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    The roasted applesauce alone is amazing! If you use sweet enough apples, you can lessen the brown sugar. But this is a keeper! And the bread is wonderful!

  4. bakedbree

    November 11th, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Thanks Laurie, I’m glad that you like it so much.

  5. Becky

    November 12th, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    This was delicious! I just made a TON of homemade applesauce, so I’ll be making this bread a lot. I will try some with the roasted applesauce, too…that sounds awesome!

  6. bakedbree

    November 15th, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    I am so glad!

  7. Trina

    December 21st, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Wow looks fabulous! Can’t wait to try!

  8. bakedbree

    December 29th, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Thank you! Enjoy!

  9. Jackie

    March 25th, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Hi Bree

    The link for the roasted applesauce is no longer available.

  10. bakedbree

    March 28th, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Thank you for letting me know! I’ll fix it, but here it is. https://goboldwithbutter.com/roasted-applesauce/

  11. plasterer bristol

    February 20th, 2017 at 4:56 am

    Lovely recipe. Thanks for sharing. Simon

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  13. karen nelson

    February 3rd, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    I cannot see the light blue print; I am visually impaired . I need the black print.

  14. bakedbree

    February 4th, 2019 at 3:12 am

    I’m sorry, there isn’t any blue print. I’m not sure what you are referring to.

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