Applesauce Spice Bread

A perfectly spiced Applesauce Spice Bread made with homemade applesauce is supple and moist. This simple bread can be oven-ready in just a couple of minutes. Perfect with a steamy cup of coffee.

Applesauce Spice Bread on a rack with apples and coffee around it

I love anything apple and bread. Apple Cheddar Pecan Bread, Pumpkin Apple Sunflower Bread.

But for this recipe today, I had some leftover spiced vanilla applesauce and decided to make a fall-inspired quick bread.

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.

Plus, this bread keeps really well (and also freezes beautifully), so I knew that it would still be good when it made it to her.

Ready to get started? Let’s go!

Ingredients //

You probably have everything you need already in your pantry.

This is a simple wet into dry recipe, so I like to divide the ingredients into their respective categories.

For the dry ingredients, gather together all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and ginger.

For the wet ingredients, bring to room temperature eggs, applesauce, sugar, brown sugar, melted butter, sour cream and vanilla bean paste.

ingredients for applesauce spice bread in bowls

Cinnamon + Nutmeg + Cardamom + Ginger. These really put the spice in this apple spice cake. Keep the spices you like and omit the ones you don’t. Alternatively, use 1 ½ Tablespoons Apple Pie Spice. I like King Arthur brand.

Applesauce. I love the deep, nuanced flavor of my homemade applesauce. Instead of my usual recipe, I tried roasting the apples first and it created a deeper flavor because the sugar caramelized a bit in the oven. So it’s almost like caramel. I love it. But store-bought can also work. Add a touch more cinnamon and sugar if using plain, unsweetened applesauce.

Melted Butter + Sour Cream. Along with the applesauce, these two ingredients add moisture and flavor. Make sure to cool the butter before mixing.

How To Make // The Steps

This bread is super simple and can be in the oven in minutes. 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. Simply:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×5-inch loaf pan with parchment, letting the sides overhang and spray lightly with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
dry ingredients in a glass bowl with whisk
  • In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, applesauce, both sugars, butter, sour cream and vanilla bean paste until well combined.
wet ingredients in a bowl for applesauce spice bread
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until just combined.
pouring wet ingredients into dry ingredients in glass bowl
  • Be careful not to over mix.
well mixed bowl of batter for apple bread
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
apple batter in a loaf pan
  • Bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean (I like to underbake just a tad, or when the toothpick has some loose crumbs).
  • Cool on a rack for 20 minutes and pull the bread out with the overhanging parchment (See Baking Tip below to bake it the night before).
apple spice cake sliced on kitchen towel

Baking Tip: To get ahead and bake it the night before, simply let the apple bread cool a bit, then place a piece of fresh bread on the top. The bread will get stale, but your apple cake will not. It’s magic. In the morning, I toss the slice of bread and take the apple spice bread out of the pan. This trick works for cookies, cakes, anything that can go stale.

baked apple bread in a loaf pan with bread on top to keep from getting stale.

What Makes This Applesauce Spice Bread So Good?

Nothing beats the sweet smell of apples and spices baking away in the oven. I whip this quick bread together throughout the fall and winter seasons because:

  • Applesauce, melted butter and sour cream make it moist, dark and spongy.
  • It makes a quick breakfast, snack or dessert for family and friends.
  • Apples, cinnamon and sugar – enough said.

Serving Suggestions

I like to toast a slice of apple bread and serve it with a little bit of butter. Cream cheese or honey would be wonderful, too.

And don’t forget your steamy cup of coffee.

It’s so soft, moist and satisfying. Enjoy it as is on its own.

Variations //

For some variance in ingredients, you can try:

  • Replacing the sour cream with an equal amount of Greek yogurt
  • Using coconut oil instead of melted butter
  • Adding sanding sugar or streusel on top before baking (see Top Tips for streusel recipe).

Make-Ahead Quick Bread & Freezer Friendly

The applesauce spice cake will keep, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or an airtight container, on the kitchen counter for 3 days or in the fridge for one week.

To freeze, double wrap in plastic wrap, then place in a ziplock bag. Label, date and freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw for a few hours on the kitchen counter.

applesauce spice bread in slices

Top Tips for Applesauce Spice Bread:

  • Use homemade or store-bought applesauce. I like to use my homemade applesauce recipe for this bread, but you can use whatever applesauce you have on hand. If you use store-bought, make sure it is smooth (not chunky) and add a pinch more cinnamon and sugar.
  • Use all, some or an Apple Pie Spice blend. I go heavy-handed with the spices, but you can pick-and-choose which ones to use. King Arthur Apple Pie Spice is another great option. Use 1 ½ Tablespoons.
  • Add a sprinkle of sanding sugar or streusel top. A bit of extra sweetness never hurt. Sprinkle on sanding sugar for a glossy finish. Or, combine a ratio of ¾:½:¼ cup flour, sugar, melted butter and sprinkle over the surface before baking.
  • This recipe doubles well. Make two loaves. Eat one throughout the week and freeze the other for later. Or gift it to a friend.
  • It keeps well for a few days. Wrap well and keep for about 3 days on your kitchen counter or one week in the fridge.
  • The apple sauce bread freezes beautifully, too. Double wrap tightly in plastic wrap, then place in a plastic storage bag. Label, date and freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw for a few hours on your kitchen counter.

More Apple Recipes //

Originally published in November 2015, updated August 2020 with updated images and updated recipe card.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to know how it goes! Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, too!

apple spice cake sliced on kitchen towel

Applesauce Spice Bread

Yield: 1 (9 x 5-inch) loaf
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

A perfectly spiced Applesauce Spice Bread made with homemade applesauce is supple, moist and can be oven-ready in just a couple of minutes.

Ingredients

  • 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, room temperature
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter, cooled
  • 1/4 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x5-inch 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. Be careful not to over mix.
  5. Pour the batter 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 (see Notes below to bake it the night before).

Notes

Adapted from Averie Cooks.

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 an apple pie spice. (King Arthur has a good one).

To get ahead and bake it the night before, simply let the apple bread cool a bit, then place a piece of fresh bread on the top. The bread will get stale, but your apple cake will not. It’s magic. In the morning, I toss the slice of bread and take the apple spice bread out of the pan. This trick works for cookies, cakes, anything that can go stale.

This bread keeps well wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or an airtight container either on the kitchen counter for 3 days or in the fridge for one week.

To freeze, double wrap in plastic wrap, then place in a ziplock bag. Label, date and freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw for a few hours on the kitchen counter.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 335Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 368mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 5g

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Well, hello there! I’m Bree Hester, the Boston-based blogger and food photographer here at Baked Bree. Here you can get lots of weeknight meal inspiration, eat more plant-based meals, and still indulge in a decadent sweet treat. Baked Bree is a place where you will find great recipes and inspiration for your next family adventure.

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This Post Has 34 Comments

  1. Lisa Melnick

    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

    1. bakedbree

      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.

  2. laurie axford

    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!

    1. bakedbree

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

  3. Becky

    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!

    1. bakedbree

      I am so glad!

  4. Trina

    Wow looks fabulous! Can’t wait to try!

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you! Enjoy!

  5. Jackie

    Hi Bree

    The link for the roasted applesauce is no longer available.

  6. plasterer bristol

    Lovely recipe. Thanks for sharing. Simon

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  8. karen nelson

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

    1. bakedbree

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

      1. Valerie

        Am wondering if the light blue print referred to in the comment above is related to ‘links’ on the page.

  9. Reenie

    This looks so good and want to try soon. Can you tell me where you would find vanilla bean paste? Have never seen it-Thank you

    1. bakedbree

      You order it online, but sometimes they have it in the grocery store.

  10. Diane Clark

    What is roasted applesauce????

    1. bakedbree

      Applesauce made with roasted apples.

  11. Sherry

    Could you substitute Vanilla Extract for the Vanilla paste. If so , what amount?

    1. bakedbree

      The same amount.

  12. Bettye Cart

    I just have to mention, Bree, your backyard is almost exactly like ours. We live in Tennessee.
    Will try your applesauce bread this coming week.
    Thanks, Bettye

    1. Bree Hester

      I hope you love it!

  13. Glenda

    Hi Bree
    This bread looks delicious.
    One question…. can pecans or walnuts be added to the recipe?

    1. Bree Hester

      Sure thing! You can add any nut you like.

  14. Kristine

    this recipe looks wonderful , was wondering if you could add some stewed apples to the batter.

    1. Bree Hester

      I have never done that, give it a try and see what happens. I bet it will be delicious. It might need longer in the oven due to the added moisture.

  15. SANDY HAYS

    Could one use Apple Butter instead of Applesauce?

    1. Bree Hester

      One most certainly could give it a try.

  16. Kay

    Can anything be used for cardamon? Or just leave it out.

    1. Bree Hester

      You can just leave it out, no problem.

  17. Shirley

    Bree I am soooooo thankful for this recipe. I love it more than you voted understand. Every year at Christmas my mom used to make applesauce cake. We have a big family and we looked forward to this cake. She was known for this cake. Different family members tried to make it but it never tasted like mom’s. I found your recipe and have made it twice in a week.. It will remain in my family. You brought my mom home for a minute. Thank you for the perfect recipe. Its great and so easy. Heavy handed spices does it for me!💕

    1. Bree Hester

      Oh Shirley, this is why I keep sharing recipes. I am so honored to that one of my recipes will be served in your family. Much love to you and yours!

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