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.

Zucchini Bread

Now is the time when gardeners are beginning to wonder what to do with all those zucchini that keep coming. Here’s an idea.

We love this zucchini bread, and it is easy to make!

Zucchini Bread

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 1/4 cups of sugar
  • 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of grated zucchini
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts (optional)

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Directions

Grease and flour two 8 by 4 inch pans (bread pans).
Preheat oven to 325° F (165° C).
Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl.
Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well.
Stir in zucchini and nuts (if desired) until well combined.
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Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes.

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Remove bread from pan, and completely cool, if you have that kind of self-control.  Otherwise, try a piece hot with melting butter on it.

 

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