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Monday, October 5, 2009

Apple-Banana-Applesauce Bread

I had 2 overly ripe bananas and bunches of apples and wanted to make something sweet that wasn't too bad for us. A couple minutes of searching and I came across this quick bread recipe from Sara's blog, The Piggly-Wiggly.

I made a couple changes, subbing unsweetened applesauce for the majority of the butter and adding in an extra apple and pumpkin pie spice instead of nutmeg and cloves to match what I had on hand. I also baked the bread in 2 loaf pans and reduced the cooking time as necessary. Below is my recipe.
Apple-Banana-Applesauce Bread
(Makes 2 loaves, 8 slices each)

2 T unsalted butter
2 T dark brown sugar
3 apples, peeled, cored, and diced into small pieces
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 8" loaf pans. Melt butter in a skillet with brown sugar over medium-high heat. Add apples, vanilla and cinnamon and cook for about 5 minutes, until apples are tender. Remove from heat.

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl.

1 cup sugar
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 mashed very ripe bananas
1/4 cup orange juice
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine sugar and applesauce in bowl and mix until creamy. Add in eggs, orange juice, and vanilla. Add bananas and mix until smooth. Slowly add in dry ingredient mix, mixing on low until well-combined. Gently fold in apple mixture. Divide batter evenly between both pans. Bake for approx 50-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes and remove from pan, continue cooling on wire rack at least 15 more minutes before slicing.

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