This easy Apple Bread is made from scratch with applesauce, warm spices, and plenty of fresh apples!
Servings 1 loaf (about 10-12 slices)
- ¼ cup salted butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 cup applesauce, at room temperature
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon cloves
- ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup peeled, finely-chopped apple
- Optional add-ins: ½ cup raisins; ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
For the Topping:
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 ½ x 4 ½ -inch loaf pan.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Beat in egg, vanilla extract, lemon juice and applesauce.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and salt.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing just until incorporated. Gently fold in apples, raisins and walnuts, if using.
Transfer batter to the prepared loaf pan.
In a small bowl, stir together the granulated sugar and cinnamon for the topping. Sprinkle on top of the batter. Bake for about 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Shredded Apple: I like to stir in finely-diced chunks of fresh apple, but you can also grate the apple into smaller pieces. The shredded apple will bake right into the bread and become almost undetectable, yielding a smoother texture.
- Mix-Ins: Feel free to stir in chopped nuts like walnuts or pecans; raisins, dried sweetened cranberries, currants; or even grated orange zest.
- Be careful not to over-mix the batter. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients just until they're combined. Too much mixing and the bread will come out tough, dense, or dry. The key to keeping a quick bread moist is NOT over-mixing.
- Healthy Apple Bread: To add healthy whole grains to the loaf, swap out half of the all-purpose flour and replace it with whole wheat pastry flour. You can also decrease the brown sugar to ¾ cup and omit the cinnamon-sugar topping for a less-sweet bread.
Serving: 1slice (about 1/12 of the loaf) | Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg