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This is an amazing recipe that smells and tastes just like apple pie. I like Banana Bread… but this bread I LOVE with all capital letters.
I use 1/2 applesauce and 1/2 butter in this recipe. If you don’t have applesauce, you can use all butter if you prefer. I like the texture the applesauce gives (slightly chewier texture) plus it’s a bit healthier! Any type of apple will work in this recipe, but a crisper variety (such as granny smith) holds up better!
NOTE: Readers have mentioned that this bread has taken a bit longer to bake than stated in the recipe. Mine took 37 minutes but some have taken as much as an additional 15 minutes. I would recommend checking the bread with a toothpick to make sure it comes out clean at about 35 minutes and adjust accordingly.
- ½ tablespoon ground cinnamon
- ⅓ cup white sugar
- ⅔ cup brown sugar, divided
- ¼ cup butter, softened
- ¼ cup applesauce (note: you can use ½ cup butter and skip the applesauce if you prefer)
- 2 eggs, well beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ⅓ cup milk
- 1 large or 2 small apples, peeled and chopped
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a loaf pan.
- Combine ⅓ cup of the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
- With mixer on medium, beat white sugar, remaining brown sugar and butter until fluffy. Mix in applesauce. Add well beaten eggs and vanilla.
- Stir together flour and baking powder. Add flour to egg mixture and stir just until combined. Do not overmix!! Add milk.
- Pour half of the batter into a greased and floured loaf pan. Sprinkle with ½ of the apples and ½ of the brown sugar mix.
- Stir the remaning apples into the remaining batter and pour into the pan. Top with remaining brown sugar mixture.
- Bake approx. 40 minutes. Remove from oven, brush topping with melted butter. Continue baking an additional 5-10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool 10 minutes and remove from pan.
Adapted from Allrecipes