The same recipe works for Banana Bread: Simply substitute the applesauce for banana (you will need two medium sized ones), and omit the cinnamon from the dry ingredients.
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of apple sauce or mashed banana
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts, if desired. If omitting, add 1/4 cup more flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon (omit if making banana bread)
Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease BOTTOM ONLY of a 9×5″ or 8×4″ loaf pan.
In a large bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Beat in eggs; add applesauce (or banana), milk and vanilla. Blend.
In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, nuts if using, salt, baking soda, cinnamon) and mix well.
Add dry ingredient mixture to wet ingredient mixture and stir until just mixed.
Pour into greased pan and bake for 50 – 60 min. The bread is done if an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, then remove from pan and let cool completely.
For storage, wrap tightly and keep in the fridge.