Thursday, February 23, 2012

Applesauce Bread more from scratch

I had some apples that were getting a little mealy and I was trying to figure out what to do with them since I have tried to make this a no waste house (at least on food).  Of course the longer you wait, the mealier they were getting so I figured that I better start cooking!  My husband doesn't like cooked apples so I knew that if I made anything that I would end up eating it all.  Tempting but not a great plan!  The whole family really likes applesauce bread so I decided that I would peel the apples and then do something to make them into applesauce.  Skip to me searching the internet for different ideas.... given up and called mom.  I decided to shove them in the blender and mash them all up and she approved.  I was confused because the applesauce recipes online said that I had to cook the apples and I didn't know if I had to do it if I was just using it to bake with.  Mom agreed that I didn't have to cook it first :)

Looks just like applesauce without the wonder of where it came from and how it was made (although there was a death of an unsuspecting Pampered Chef wooden spoon that was eaten by the blender).  Much to my surprise, It turned out to be enough for two loaves of bread.  I was tempted to freeze the second batch of applesauce because I was afraid that the bread wouldn't be any good.  I decided to make the second loaf because I didn't want to do all the dishes again and the oven was already on (I know that it isn't the best reason but it is a reason).  It made the BEST bread ever because I had one green apple mixed in with the red ones.  I guess what they say about using different apples to make a pie holds true for bread too!! Check out one of the loaves:
I cut the ends off the other loaf and ate them for my evening snack.  I think that the crusts are the best when they are hot out of the oven but usually end up in the trash if they aren't eaten on the first night :)  They were still yummy and moist with the nice crispy outside.  My husband also approved the bread with his taste test of another piece.  Hoping that this last through the weekend :)  I hope that you try the recipe with or without the homemade applesauce.  Enjoy a slice of your own bread (or come and try mine)!!

Applesauce Bread

1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 cups applesauce
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add the egg and applesauce; mix well. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cloves; gradually add to the creamed mixture just until combined. Pour into greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

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