Applesauce Bread

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
10 min
1 hr 5 min

1 loaf

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour an 8 by 4 by 3-inch loaf pan.

Cream the butter and brown sugar. Add the remaining ingredients except the raisins and nuts. Mix well until blended. Stir in the raisins and nuts. Pour into the loaf pan. Bake for 60 to 65 minutes.

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    The dough was tight so I drizzled buttermilk in with the mixer on until it looked right. I also subbed fresh ground nutmeg for the allspice and chopped apricots for the raisins. I made 5 mini loaves and sprinkled a liberal amount of turbinado sugar on the top of each before baking. They came out moist and amazing. These will definitely be going in Christmas baskets this year.
    I followed this recipe exactly but it came out dry in spite of the stick of butter and not very sweet at all
    I soaked dried cranberries in orange juice and added them to the batter. I was perfect. I took it out of the oven early. Had it for a brunch and it was a hit.
    Very tasty and smells great!!!! I would make this again for sure. I was looking on line for a recipe for applesauce bread and came across this one. Since it was a Paula Deen recipe I knew it would be worth making!! Love watching your cooking shows too!!
    This bread was flavor and dry ...yukky!
    I just put this bread in the oven. It seemed really...thick for lack of a better word. I thought for sure I missed a wet ingredient but after double checking all is well. I just read the reviews and am nervous it's not going to be sweet enough. I guess we will see in 40-50 mins.
    Yeah I'm a little bummed, I definitely overcooked it. Will try again tomorrow.
    I saw it on the show today, and I rushed to my cabinets to check for the ingredients. I was in luck, it is baking now, and the kitchen smells so delicious. I can't wait to taste it. Thank you Paula.
    Very moist, just sweet enough bread. The applesauce I used was sweetened, which may have helped out. I also used golden raisins and baked for only 50 min.
    I changed the recipe up by adding 1/2 cup of white sugar in addition to the 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Also, instead of 2 cups of plain flour I used 1 cup of whole wheat flour and 1 cup plain unbleached flour. The result - DELISH!
    this bread is delicious
    I made this bread tonight from PD's cookbook. The recipe in the cookbook calls for 1/2 tsp. nutmeg instead of allspice. And I didn't put in the raisins. Other than that, I followed the recipe to the T, cooking it just a little less time (45+mins). At first bite, I wondered if I did something wrong so went on the website to see what the reviews were. After reading the reviews and realizing I didn't make any mistakes, I took a few more started to REALLY grow on me. Then I decided to get out the thick apple butter from our last trip to the southern Apple Barn restaurant. Oh my..... I think I will be making another loaf tomorrow to share with my mom!! Watch that you don't overcook it - it really is moist and delicious. With a little apple butter it is transformed into something you almost can't stop eating!! This is definitely a keeper and I will be making it on holidays and company breakfasts... so simple to make..has the depth of a holiday dish.
    I made three loaves and my whole family loved this awesome bread I dont think it needs any more sugar. Love you Paula
    I love Paula and I'm really glad that a fellow Jerseyan (You can take the girl out of New Jersey, I now am retired and living in FL, but you can't the New Jersey out of the girl) took the time to enhance the recipe and not be so negative. Thanks Paula and You Go Melissa from Englewood Cliffs you have done NJ proud!
    I am a huge Paula Deen fan but this recipe was definitely not my favorite. The bread was extremely tasteless and I would NOT recommend baking it.
    This recipe is absolutely tasteless and bland! I received The Lady & Son cookbook for Xmas and decided to try this without reading the reviews before hand. BIG mistake! It went from the table to the garbage can and left me extremely disappointed. Sorry Paula, you missed the boat on this one!
    I thought this recipe was bland, dry and just plain awful.
    I really enjoyed this bread. The only changes I made were a) instead of 1/4 cup of dark brown sugar, I used 1/8 cup of dark brown sugar and 1/8 cup of light brown sugar and b) I only baked it for 45 minutes. I think 40-45 minutes would be a much more accurate bake time.

    Although the bread isn't as flavorful as other apple breads, you can definitely tweak the recipe to make it better for you. The apple butter and cream cheese spread is strongly recommended!
    I usually read the reviews before making any of these recipes but I just adore Paula and really wanted to try this bread and it was a last minute decision. Man o Man, is it aweful. I even doubled the recipe and my husband, who eats anything, told me to throw it away. I was pure aweful. It is definately lacking in sugar. I tried to fix it with a applebutter and creamcheese mixture but really there is no helping this bread unless I just start over and as others have suggested add more sugar. I will do it again however I will add more sugar and lesson learned,,,,,always read the reviews. Still a fan Paula xoxo
    I used this person insight and when I added the 1/2 C brown &1/2 C white sugars boy did this bread take on a life of it's own. I've already made 4 loaves since 11/7/09 (today's 11/12/09) and people are still bugging me to make them a loave.

    "I saw Paula fix this on TV, it looked amazing so I looked up the receipe and read the reviews. Thank heavens.. This is what I did to the receipe. Firt the receipe is missing SALT. I have never baked anything in my life without salt. I put about a 1/4 tsp of salt. I put in 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup of granulated sugar. I took out the allspice (I don't care for it) instead I used nutmeg. I also chopped up a large apple and added it. I used 3 Tbsps of milk. I mixed everything up and it was really dry so I added about 1/2 cup of water until the batter was really nice and moist. I turned the oven temp down to 325 and increased the cooking time to about 75 minutes. I just took it out of the oven. I just tried a slice and it is AMAZING, it is moist, sweet and wonderful. I think the salt totally brings it all togeter. I will definately make it again. I hope this helps everyone to figure out what was missing.
    I thought the recipe was great only instead of plain applesauce I used chunky so there were nice chunks of apples throught out the bread...Also after I baked it I drizzled a home-made caramel sauce over it...DELICIOUS! WE LOVE YOU PAULA!
    I am surprise that so many people complaint that need more sugar.
    Is just perfect, not too much sugar not too much grease.
    I soak the raisins with brandy and double the nuts.
    A tablespoon of black-strap some times and whole wheat.
    Cake with not guilt!
    I had to go back and check the reciepe after baking it. I had to have left out sugar......nope copied it down correctly. Went trough reviews and found someone else who also thought it needed a cup of sugar added. You can taste the spices it has potential.will bake again tomarrow with added sugar. Other person said the bread was great with added cup of sugar.
    I tried making this for a brunch work meeting, and everyone loved it! I did add extra sugar because I like things sweet. Everyone wanted more, so I made a few more loaves for the next meeting. This time, I added chopped apples to one, and kept the raisins with the other. I liked this bread a lot, and so did everyone at the meeting! I think it's not that this recipe needs added things, I think it just takes them very well. It's easy to tweak.
    I usually have great success with Paula's recipes. I had some leftover applesauce and this sounded perfect. It was dry and virtually tasteless.
    I think some sour cream and more seasonings might help, but I'm not going to the bother.
    very good and so easy to bake..
    This is one of the most delicious breads I've ever had. My teenaged daughter saw Paula make this and tried it herself. I brought it to work and it disappeared in minutes. Everyone wanted the recipe. My daughter makes this often and we love it! Don't overcook it though, or it will be dry. Does anyone remember Thomas' Date Nut Loaf? Well, this is the closest thing I've every tasted to it. It's delicious!
    It was really really easy to make and tastes yummy. It's nice to have another brekfast type bread other than bananna or raisin bread.
    When I saw Paula make this today I was really excited, but being an experienced baker when I took a look at the recipe I knew 1/4 cup of brown sugar was not enough sweetener! So I used 1 cup of granulated sugar along with the 1/4 cup brown sugar. I also used sweetened applesauce with cinnamon. Instead of butter I used butter flavor Crisco and left out the raisins. Doing all of this and it turned out perfect! This will be great on Christmas morning with coffee.
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