Awesome Applesauce Loaf Recipe
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This particular recipe smells so fantastic and taste so good that the end result lasts less than two days in my house. If I make it in the afternoon, it's eaten after dinner, the next morning for breakfast, and then as an afternoon snack. My daughter is this treat's biggest fan, so I decided to turn it into a master mix, making things easier on the cook who has to make it so often!
Below you will find the original recipe for Applesauce Loaf, the master mix I created for those of us who appreciate such time savers, and an added bonus recipe for Cinnamon Butter that those with a sweet totooth will adore (the slice pictured here is smothered in Cinnamon Butter).
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour (not cooking spray) a loaf pan. In a large bowl with spoon, cream together the shortening and sugar. Add the eggs and mix well. Sift together dry ingredients and gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir until well mixed and add applesauce and nuts. Bake 50-60 minutes, top will crest and loaf will be dark golden brown.
Variation: To make a tasty "flat cake", reduce the amount of flour to 3/4 and make as directed. Delicious and moist, just flat!
Amanda's Applesauce Loaf Master Mix
In a very large bowl combine all dry ingredients and mix together well with a fork or whisk. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender, or use two butter knives, scissor style. A wire whisk also works well and is easier on the arm muscles than knives are. When shortening is completely cut in, mixture will have a crumbly texture. Be sure to turn the mixture so that entire batch is mixed completely. Store in a tightly covered container for up to 4 months. Makes enough for 4 loaves, approximately 13 1/2 cups. Feel free to double this recipe if your family enjoys it as much as mine, but you will need two large mixing bowls.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour (not cooking spray) a loaf pan. In a large bowl with spoon, mix together 3 1/3 cups of master mix with 2 eggs and 1 cup applesauce. Mix together thoroughly. Add 1/2 cup nuts if desired and mix thoroughly. Pour into loaf pan and bake for 40-50 minutes, or until top crests and loaf is a dark golden brown.
For muffins: Grease and flour muffin tins, or line with paper muffin cups. Fill tins 3/4 full and bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until light golden brown.
As a Gift
This mix makes a wonderful gift. Use an ordinary jelly jar, washed and dried, a dried apple, two short cinnamon sticks, some raffia, and a bit of twisted paper to decorate the lid. Untwist the twisted paper and hot glue to the lid, trim excess. Glue cinnamon sticks together, crossing each other slightly, and tie with a bit of raffia. Glue sticks to the apple and glue the apple to the lid.
Using a print program such as Print Artist or Print Shop Deluxe, create a fun label for your gift jar with instructions for the master mix. Put 1/2 cup of chopped pecans in a sandwich bag and tie with raffia. Print out the Applesauce Loaf recipe or the master mix recipe on an index card and attach a small raffia bow to the upper left hand corner.
These make wonderful gifts for neighbors, family and friends. The gift jar you see pictured here was for my neighbor who was kind enough to loan me her loaf pans until I could buy a new one!
Lastly, here is the sweet butter I promised. I absolutely adore this butter, but it may be too sweet for some. If you enjoy rich sweetness as I do, this is for you! This is also marvelous on white toast.
2 sticks butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator. Spread over warm or cooled slice of Applesauce Loaf.
Amanda Formaro is the entrepreneurial mother of four children. She and her husband live in southeastern Wisconsin. She is also the owner of FamilyCorner.com Magazine at http://familycorner.com from which she operates several free newsletters, including her favorite, In The Kitchen. To subscribe send any email message to
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