Minnesota Applesauce Bread
by Marsha M
This is a great dessert type bread that is delicious for brunch or breakfast too! My family always asks me to make it because it is not only really flavorful but also really moist. And apples are easy to get all the time.
2 1/2 c. of sifted flour,
3/4 c. of sugar (or sweetener such as Splenda),
3 tsp. of baking powder,
1 1/2 tsp. of salt,
1/2 tsp. of cinnamon,
1/2 tsp. of nutmeg
1/2 c. of chopped walnuts.
2 eggs well beaten,
15 oz. jar of unsweetened applesauce,
1/4 c. of melted butter or margarine
Putting It Together
Sift together the first six ingredients and stir in walnuts. You can put in a little less salt if you want to. Next add in the well beaten eggs, the applesauce (I use the unsweetened kind, which is what I recommend especially for seniors and elderly) and butter, mixing them just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Pour it all into a greased 9x5x3 loaf pan. Smooth the top with a knife.
Bake it at 350 degrees for about 60 to 70 minutes until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes and turn out onto rack. Cool thoroughly before serving.
You can also substitute about 1/4 c. of toasted wheat germ instead of the walnuts. Spread the bread with peanut butter for a great breakfast treat full of protein. A pure fruit, sugarless jam is also very good. Round out the meal with your favorite beverage and a piece of fruit. This is really good (and especially healthy) for senior and elderly coffee groups and brunches too. Enjoy!