This easy Applesauce Bread is moist and delicious quick bread. Made with store bought or homemade applesauce, it has a tasty cinnamon crumb topping, it’s sure to become one of your sweet bread recipes!
Nothing like Fall to bring out all the best baking recipes. And of course all the best aromas in the kitchen. One of the best things I learned from Italians are, yes you can have cake for breakfast.
So why not a sweet bread too?! This Homemade Lemon Loaf or Streusel Topped Blueberry Loaf and even this Classic Banana Bread would be perfect to start the day!
- Flour – all purpose flour
- Baking soda
- Baking powder
- Cinnamon – ground cinnamon
- Allspice –
- Applesauce – store bought or homemade
- Brown sugar – lightly packed
- Sugar – granulated sugar
- Oil – vegetable oil I use use corn oil or sunflower oil
- Eggs – large room temperature
- Milk – I used either 2% or whole milk room temperature
- Nuts – I used chopped pecans but you could substitute with either almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts.
- Brown sugar
What is Allspice?
All spice is actually a berry from the Jamaican Bayberry Tree. It has a similar flavour to the combination of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. If you are out then you can make this Allspice substitute, not the real thing but close enough.
I made this bread with my own Homemade Applesauce, but a store bought one that has very little sugar added would work too.
I also added some nuts to batter. For this bread I used pecans, but you could also use either almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts.
How to make an Applesauce Bread Recipe
In a large bowl whisk together the applesauce, sugars, vegetable oil, eggs and milk until combined.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until smooth, don’t over mix, then fold in the nuts. In a small bowl prepare the crumb topping.
Pour the batter into prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the batter.
Bake in the pre-heated oven until a toothpick comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached. Let cool in the pan for about 15 minutes then move to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.
Yes you can use mini loaf pans, you will get approximately three loaves for this recipe. Be sure to bake for about 18-25 minutes, always check with a toothpick for doneness.
If you want you could add some raisins, be sure to soak them in boiling water for about 15 minutes before using, drain well. Or even some chocolate chips.
There are a few ways, you can lightly grease and flour, use cooking spray or even line the pan with parchment paper.
It is basically a sweet bread made without yeast but containing baking powder and or baking soda as the leavening agent to help it rise. They are quick and easy and made many different ways.
How to store the Applesauce Bread
Sweet breads or quick breads are best stored in an airtight bag and well sealed. They can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days. They can also be refrigerated for up to 5-6 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.
How to freeze it
To freeze sweet breads be sure to wrap the completely cooled loaf (or if you prefer individual slices), tightly in foil or plastic wrap, then place them in freezer bags or container. They can be frozen for up to 3 months. The loaf or slices can be thawed at room temperature.
So if you are looking for a sweet bread to try, then why not give this Applesauce Bread a go and let me know what you think. Enjoy!
- 9 x 5 inch loaf pan
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- 1 pinch salt
- 1½ cups applesauce (lightly sweetened & smooth)
- ½ cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup vegetable oil (I use corn or sunflower)
- 2 large eggs (room temperature)
- 3 tablespoons milk (room temperature)
- ½ cup chopped nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, pecans or walnuts)
- ½ cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon ground
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons butter (softened)
For room temperature ingredients, remove from the fridge 45-60 before using.
- Pre-heat oven to 350F (180C). Grease and flour or spray a 9 x 5 inch (22 x 12 cm) loaf pan.
- In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl whisk together the applesauce, sugars, vegetable oil, eggs and milk until combined. Add the flour mixture and stir just until smooth. Fold in the chopped nuts.
- Pour into the prepared loaf pan, sprinkle with the crumb mixture and bake for approximately 50-70 minutes. Let cool in loaf pan before removing. Slice and serve. Enjoy!
- In a medium bowl mix together the sugar, cinnamon and flour. Add the butter and mix either with a fork or your fingers until coarse crumbs appear.
Updated from November 9, 2019.
I just had my first piece and it is delicious! Next time I might pour half of the batter, then half of the crumb topping, and repeat. The topping seems to fall off and I don’t want to waste any of it. This recipe is a keeper and I will definitely make it again and again.
Hi Debbie, thanks so much, so glad you liked it. Take care and have a great weekend.
This was delicious! Perfect for fall.
Hi Maddie, thanks so much, glad you enjoyed it. Take care!
Outstanding recipe. Easy, delicious, and a perfect texture. I didn’t make the topping, but next time I plan to make a glaze using apple juice.
Hi Nancy, thanks so much, so glad you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful Sunday and Take care!