When I was in High School (in Veradale, Washington) my dad wanted our family to go out Christmas caroling to all our friends and leave them a Christmas goodie. I don’t know where I found this recipe, but I set to work and baked a LOT of mini-loaves of Applesauce Bread. They were so pretty with the glazed top and smelled of apples and spices. PERFECTION.
Quick breads are such quick and easy way to bake something wonderful. Now. I know there are some objections to using shortening. I often use applesauce as a replacement for shortening or oil in recipes, but because this is APPLESAUCE bread, that is problematic. I must say, I haven’t tried any different options because I just really like this the way it is.
Start by mixing the shortening and sugar together with a mixer.
Add eggs and mix well with beaters.
Add in dry ingredients and mix lightly.
Now add applesauce.
Add walnuts if you want it to be really wonderful!
Spoon into the prepared pan and bake!
Whip up the glaze while the bread cools and pour over loaf.
SO GOOD! Wonderful for breakfast! For dessert! For a snack! For ANYTHING!
- ½ cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1¾ cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- 1 cup applesauce
- ½-1 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- dash of cloves
- Abt 2 Tbsp hot water
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Prepare loaf pan. Spray with cooking spray and cut parchment paper to fit bottom of loaf pan and place inside bottom of loaf pan.
- In medium bowl, mix shortening and sugar with beaters.
- Add eggs and whip until creamy.
- Add all dry ingredients and lightly mix.
- Stir in applesauce. Add nuts if desired.
- Spoon into prepared loaf pan and bake for 1 hour. Check with tooth pick in center of loaf to see if it is fully cooked.
- Remove from pan and cool on rack for about 15-20 minutes.
- Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl. Adjust hot water to get consistency of pancake batter.
- Spoon over cooled loaf allowing glaze to drip over the edges. Allow glaze to harden a bit. Slice and serve.