Applesauce Bread

This cake-like bread tastes wonderful with butter!

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.

Applesauce Bread

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)

 

Directions

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.

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The texture and look of all breads is determined by the flour you use. For this bread as for most everything we bake, I used freshly ground wheat flour. If you use all purpose flour, your applesauce bread will look a lot lighter than ours.

No-Knead Whole-Wheat Bread

Easy to make and very tasty!

This is a recipe that children can make all by themselves, if you help them putting the bread in the oven and getting it out again.

No-Knead Whole-Wheat Bread

Ingredients

For 2 loaves

  • 6 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2 cups warm water, separated
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 tsp brown sugar

Directions

Grease 2 loaf pans.  Mix flour and salt and sieve into a bowl.

Pour 2/3 cup of warm water into a measuring jug.  Sprinkle in yeast and let stand for 1 minute.  Sprinkle in sugar, stir, and leave to stand for 10 minutes.

Pour yeast mix into the flour.  Pour another 2 3/4 cups of water into the flour.  Mix until all is well mixed.  Divide the dough between the two loaf pans, flattening it slightly with the back of a spoon.

Cover and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes, or until the dough has risen by one third.

Preheat the oven to 400ºF.  Bake the loaves for about 40 minutes.  Remove from the pans and check if the bread is done by knocking on the bottom with your knuckle: If it sounds hollow, the bread is done.

Place loaves on a wire rack to cool.

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