A perfectly spiced applesauce spice 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.
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.)
How to make Applesauce Spice Bread:
This bread is super simple and can be in the oven in minutes. You probably have everything you need to make it already in your pantry. Ready to get started? Let’s go!
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and ginger.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry.
Mix your batter until just combined. You will still have some lumps. If you overmix, your applesauce spice bread can get tough, like hockey puck.
Bake for 55 to 65 minutes. Let cool completely. I like to bake at night and don’t want to stay up for hours. I let it cool a bit, then place a piece of fresh bread on the top. The bread will get stale, but your bread will not. It’s magic. In the morning, I toss the bread and take the applesauce spice bread out of the pan.
This trick works for cookies, cakes, anything that can go stale.
Tips for making Applesauce Spice Bread //
I like to use my homemade applesauce recipe for this bread, but you can use whatever applesauce you have.
This bread keeps well for a few days. Wrap well and it keeps for about 3 days.
This recipe doubles well.
This bread freezes well wrapped in plastic wrap.
This bread would be delicious with a streusel top or a sprinkle of sanding sugar.