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.
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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.
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.
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.)
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment letting the sides overhang and spray lightly with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl whisk together dry ingredients.
- In a separate bowl whisk eggs, applesauce, both sugars, butter, sour cream, and vanilla bean paste until well combined.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until just combined, being careful to not overmix.
- Pour the battered into the prepared pan.
- 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.
- Cool on a rack for 20 minutes and pull the bread out with the overhanging parchment.
- This bread keeps for a few days wrapped well. It also freezes beautifully.
Adapted from Averie Cooks.