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We had a jar of applesauce in the fridge that was on the verge of going bad, so I used it up making applesauce bread for dinner that night. We modified the original recipe to include more whole wheat, and found a delightful cinnamon cream cheese frosting (though it’s YUMMY even without it) that’s not too sweet, but added the right amount of tang and somethin’ extra to the quick bread. Tastes like autumn!
For the Bread
2 cups flour (I used 1 cup all-purpose, and 1 cup whole wheat)
1 Tablespoon ground flax (optional)
2 Tablespoons wheat bran (optional)
2 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon allspice
½ cloves
2 large eggs
1⅓ cup applesauce
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
¼ cup butter melted

For the Frosting
4 oz cream cheese, softened
3 Tablespoons butter, softened
1½ cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together the flour, flax and wheat bran (if using), baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, applesauce, sugars, and butter. Incorporate the dry mixture in, and stir until combined. Grease a 9×5 inch bread pan, and pour in batter. Bake for 55 to 60 mins, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Meanwhile, make the frosting by whipping together the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Once bread is finished, remove from the oven, cool on a wire rack, then remove from the pan. Before serving, spread on frosting, then slice.


Thanks to Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons and Celebrating Sweets for the recipe inspiration!

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