We’ve all probably heard this before and I’d like to believe that it’s true. Everyone needs to eat more fruit, right? Yeah, yeah, yeah. Five servings a day and all that. Although I imagine the author of that proverb was referring to fresh, raw apples rather than this yummy applesauce walnut bread with it’s sweet and crunchy cinnamon-sugar topping. If you are going for strictly health then by all means eat yourself a Red Delicious or a Granny Smith. Knock yourself out! If it would make you feel a little less guilty, take two pieces of this bread and layer a few slices of apple between like a sandwich and chew away. Or heck, just eat the apples and pass me over the bread. Are you feeling guilty? Me neither.
Eat and enjoy!
Applesauce Walnut Bread
A moist, nutty loaf with a sweet and crunchy topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan and set aside. In a small bowl combine topping ingredients. Set aside.
In a large bowl stir together the applesauce, granulated sugar, oil, eggs and milk until thoroughly mixed.
In a separate bowl stir together all of the remaining ingredients except for the nuts. Add the dry ingredients to the applesauce mixture and stir until combined. Fold in the nuts and pour into your prepared pan. Sprinkle the sugar topping over the batter.
Bake until the top cracks open and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, checking after 60 minutes and adding additional time gradually. Do not over bake. Allow to cool 10 minutes in the pan then run a knife around the edges to loosen before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling.
This applesauce bread tastes great as is but for something special, spread softened cream cheese over a slice. For a different texture use chunky applesauce. Cover tightly to store.