Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Applesauce Nut Bread

Every Sunday morning hubby and I head off to our 8am Sunday school class. I know you must be thinking that 8am is way too bright and early for a Sunday but when you absolutely adore your friends who are in class with you it makes it much easier to wake up and go:) Each Sunday a different couple takes a turn to supply the class with breakfast. Now we all love to eat so this is quite the important task! Last Sunday was our turn to supply breakfast so of course I turn to Momou's recipe selection to hunt down the perfect breakfast dish to bring. Since the season of Autumn is approaching slowly but surely I decided on a recipe for an Applesauce Nut Bread. I loved the idea of this bread because I am not the world's biggest apple eater but applesauce I can do! Check below for the recipe and details:

Applesauce Nut Bread

1 3/4 cups sifted all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups wheat cereal crushed into 3/4 cup
(bite-size crispy wheat squares)
1/3 cups raisins, coarsely chopped
1/2 cups walnuts
1 egg, slightly beaten
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups applesauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x9 inch (1.5 quart)loaf pan. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, spices and sugar. Stir in cereal, raisins and nuts. Combine egg, oil and applesauce. Add to dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Spread into pan. Bake 70 minutes or until done. Let cool 15 minutes before removing pan. Makes 1 loaf.

I actually made 2 loaves of this bread for our class and there were only 4 pieces left. I told you our class likes to eat! I tried out 2 variations and both were a hit! I will be upfront in that I totally omitted the raisins because frankly neither hubby or I care for raisins. So one loaf had the walnuts as called for and the other loaf had no walnuts BUT I did add 1 cup of dark chocolate chips instead. The chocolate chip loaf was no doubt the most favored because there were not any pieces of that bread left on the plate at the end of class. This bread was very good and smelled of Autumn spices. It will be perfect to eat for breakfast right out of the oven on a chilly Autumn day. Each loaf can make about 10 pieces depending on how large you slice the pieces. I say go ahead and get creative with the extras you could add to this bread. It is the applesauce part that you will want to keep the same! Enjoy and Happy Autumn!!!

P.S. A perfect way to see if this bread is cooked and ready to come out of the oven is to stick a wooden grilling skewer (you can buy a large bag of these for cheap) and insert into the middle of the bread. If the stick comes out clean then that means the bread is done, done and done! These grilling skewers are also perfect for testing angel food cakes and bundt cakes.

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Jason said...

Wow, that was some good stuff. When you make this, you should definitely add the chocolate chips.

Allison said...

I'm sure the walnut version was delicious, but I cannot say no to chocolate. I LOVED it!!

PrissyPres said...

Yummy..I can picture pumpkins on the porch. I will make this one as soon as the weather is cooler. It makes me think of Fall. It can't be here soon enough. I will let you know how it comes out. I don't know which one. I love walnuts but the family loves chocolate. Maybe I should make both.=)

Derek D. Robertson said...

If you make the the chocolate chip version for SS your better bring extra cause Nickie will be all over that. Chocolate is her weakness.

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