After baking two loaves yesterday that were not for me, I needed to get something going that I am able to enjoy. The thought of applesauce bread just makes me happy, so I am hoping the finished product will as well.
I have always loved apples, my Grandpa Ted and Grandma Helen used to keep bushels of apples on their porch and the smell of apples always brings me back there. We also had several apple trees while growing up and in addition to being great for climbing, we were able to enjoy the fruit as well. They weren’t the best eating apples, a little too sour for my taste, but the deer liked them, so we always got to watch the wildlife. My sister, Becky, and I even “invented” a game we called Appleball. One of us would pitch an apple at the other one, who would hit it with a baseball bat. It seems like such a waste now, but we had fun on those spring and summer days, beating apples into applesauce all over ourselves and the orchard.
Back to the recipe. Ingredients for this bread included: 1/4 cup apple juice, 1/2 cup unsweetened cinnamon applesauce, 1 large egg, 2 tablespoons of butter (cut into pieces), 3 cups of bread flour, 3 tablespoons of light brown sugar, 1 tablespoon gluten, 1 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/3 teaspoon baking soda and 2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine flour.
The brown sugar can be omitted for a more savory loaf and apple pie spice can be substituted for the cinnamon. The recipe itself just calls for unsweetened applesauce, but cinnamon applesauce is what I had on hand, so this will be a bread heavy on that spice. The author mentions also that you can add 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts to the dough, if desired, and that addition makes for very good toast. However, I want a bread I can eat, so no nuts. For this loaf, I am using the “Sweet” and “Light” cycles on my machine.
This one even smells good at the dough stage. At this point, I am smelling more cinnamon than apple. The scent reminds me a bit of cinnamon rolls.
The loaf came out a lovely golden brown, the apple smell is more prominent now that it has finished baking. The top, as you can see is smooth and nicely rounded.
This is a soft loaf, so I should have let it cool completely before slicing into it, but that wasn’t going to happen with this yummy smell in the house.
This is a slightly-sweet and tender bread with a chewy crust. The apple and cinnamon flavors are apparent, but not overwhelming. I am thinking it will make excellent toast at breakfast with a cup of tea, but I may also try making a grilled cheese sandwich with it. This one is a keeper.