Let me begin this entry by saying, “I love quick bread!!”
It’s true, I do. Quick breads are some of the easiest, most satisfying baked goods to make and they not only make amazing gifts, but they’re also a GREAT way to use seasonal produce! You can make a quick bread out of pretty much any fruit and tons of different veggies too.
I’ll be posting recipes for some of my all time favorite quick breads soon, but I was in the mood for something new yesterday and came across this recipe on Brown Eyed Baker and immediately wanted to try it! She found it on Two Peas and Their Pod and now I’m spreading the spiced apple goodness.
Using applesauce to take the place of some of the fat in a recipe is a great technique and in my case, I dragged out my penultimate jar of homemade sauce and went for it. Don’t even bother getting out your stand mixer, this one can easily be whipped up by hand in just a few seconds. Might not be a bad idea to make a double batch of this recipe. In my house, both would be gone within a day or two…but you can freeze quick breads really well too.
Apple Cinnamon Bread
1½ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ cup canola oil
¼ cup applesauce
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups peeled and chopped apples (about 1½ to 2 apples)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prep an 8×4-inch loaf pan. I grease and sugar the pan, but grease and parchment or just greasing it would work fine too.
2. Sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, allspice and cloves. I do this onto a flexible cutting board so it’s easy to dump into the wet ingredients. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, beat the eggs on medium speed with a hand mixer or a whisk for about 30 seconds. Add in the oil, applesauce and vanilla and mix until smooth. Next, add the sugar and mix until well-combined.
4. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add in the flour mixture and mix until the flour is just barely combined. Gently fold in the apples with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
5. In a small bowl mix together the brown sugar, granulated sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over the batter in the loaf pan. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until the loaf is golden and a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
6. Cool the bread in the pan for 10 minutes, then run a dull knife around the sides of the loaf and turn it out on a cooling rack. Cool completely before slicing (yeah, right!). Wrap leftover loaf in plastic wrap and store at room temperature.