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Applesauce Mini Loaves

Applesauce Mini Loaves

Applesauce Mini Loaves

I am still working on edible gifts for friends and family and as usual I am behind. Most of these will be hand delivered but some will be getting theirs after Christmas. These loaves are a variation of the banana bread recipe that I love so much, the only substitution is that I used homemade applesauce instead of banana’s. I also added some spice and finished with a cream cheese drizzle and some toasted walnuts.

Makes one regular sized loaf or 3 mini loaves

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs at room temperature

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 heaping cup applesauce (homemade or commercially prepared-unsweetened)

1/2 cup sour cream (full fat)

1 tsp vanilla extract

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter or spray the bottoms of loaf pans or pan.

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy, add eggs and mix using either stand or hand held mixer until the eggs are completely incorporated and its smooth and creamy.

Mix flour, baking soda, salt and spices in a bowl and add to the butter mixture. Mix just until its combined. Add the applesauce, sour cream and vanilla and mix until completely combined.

Divide evenly into loaf pans if making the mini loaves or scrape into loaf pan. For mini loaves bake 35-40 minutes or until toothpick or tester inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean. If making a large loaf bake 60-70 minutes.

Allow to cool in pans for 10 minutes then invert onto rack and let cool completely, Drizzle with icing and sprinkle walnuts on top. Refrigerate until drizzle becomes hard (it’s important if you are going to package the loaves) Put approx 1/4 cup walnuts in food processor, pulse a couple of times, place on piece of parchment into the 350 degree oven for 5 minutes or until you can smell the walnuts. Remove and let cool.

Icing

2 tbs softened cream cheese

1 tbs butter at room temperature

1/3 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix until smooth, add a few drops of water it its too thick. Drizzle onto loaves and sprinkle with the walnuts.

17 Comments Post a comment
  1. These are so beautiful Suzanne! I’m dying looking at the topping and want to eat it right now. I bet all your friends just love receiving all your baked goods for the holidays every year! I know I would 🙂

    December 22, 2012
    • Thanks much Brandi, I think everyone enjoys. I am so critical of everything I make and it feels good when someone say’s something nice about it. I would love to exchange baked goods with you, I told Judy of petit4chocolatier that it would be fun to do. Maybe one day we all can.

      December 22, 2012
      • That would be awesome!! We can certainly plan for that 🙂
        I know how you feel…when I’m testing a recipe on others, even if they say it’s good, I will still feel it needs tweaking. I have to really love them or have them appeal to certain people that I know will love them, so that’s why I try to have such a variety. I have even taken off a couple recipes off my site, thinking I can improve them. Ugh…always our own worst critic huh?!

        December 22, 2012
      • Thats so true, I tweak things even years after I make them, always trying to improve. We really should do an exchange!!

        December 22, 2012
  2. Oh my gosh, I really only need to read your blog to get all my holiday baking ideas! Any kind of apple cake is just the best!!!

    December 22, 2012
    • Thanks Susan, I really love apple anything but apple spice cake is one of my all time favorites.

      December 22, 2012
  3. The loves look delectable! I always love giving homemade quick breads at the holidays & I love your thoughtful topping additions. An inspired way to make these special breads even more festive:-)

    December 23, 2012
    • Thank you so much Jeanette, you are so right, the toppings do make the loaves more festive. Happy Holidays!

      December 23, 2012
  4. petit4chocolatier #

    Suzanne, these are absolutely delectable! I love that you used full fat sour cream. I definitely want to try this recipe!! Merry Christmas my dear friend!!

    December 23, 2012
    • Happiest of Holidays to you Judy and thank you so much.I am a big fan of sour cream and especially the full fat kind!!

      December 23, 2012
  5. I love baking treats and give them away as Christmas presents, your mini loaves look really delicious. I got to try making some applesauce for the cake! Merry Christmas to you and your family and have a wonderful New Year!

    December 23, 2012
    • Thank you so much Jasline, wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas also and a wonderful 2013!

      December 23, 2012
  6. Cute mini loaves!

    December 24, 2012
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    to take a look when I get home. I’m amazed at how quick your blog loaded on my phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .
    . Anyhow, superb blog!

    May 23, 2013

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