This Apple Walnut Bread is a simple, not too sweet, dessert or snack, perfect with a dab of Maple Butter!
Is it me, or does it seem like “pumpkin spice season” is getting earlier and earlier? Back in “the day”, anything pumpkin usually started appearing in magazines in the October issue, but these days it seems like September 1st is the new October! But I haven’t forgotten about apples! Apple spice should really be September’s flavor! (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience, at no additional cost to you.)
I’ve had this recipe for double Apple Walnut Bread in my recipe files for almost 7 years. I found it in a Family Fun magazine. Does that magazine still exist? It’s got applesauce and yogurt to keep it moist and a generous cup of diced apples for more flavor and texture. It’s easy enough that you don’t need to pull out your mixer, just a big bowl and a quick mix is all that’s needed. I like making something simple, without a glaze or extra frosting, for a quick breakfast, with a hard boiled egg or sausage, but you could certainly dress it up with caramel sauce and ice cream for an easy fall dessert.
A quick note about ovens and temperatures. If you’ve ever followed a recipe that didn’t turn out, purchase an oven thermometer. My oven is a full 30 degrees off. That’s quite a big difference. Over the last few years I’ve learned how to compensate, but a hanging oven thermometer is key for me. Most ovens vary a few degrees one way or another, but this is just a reminder to check your oven’s temp every once in a while.
Apple Walnut Bread
- 1 cup smooth unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup sugar plus 1 Tablespoon for sprinkling
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 cup peeled cored, and finely diced apple
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- For the Maple Butter:
- 8 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9" x 5" loaf pan and set aside.
- Combine the wet ingredients, applesauce through vanilla extract, in a large bowl. Whisk well to blend.
- In another large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Make a well in the dry ingredients with a spoon and pour in the applesauce mixture. Stir just enough to combine; do not over mix. Fold in the apples and walnuts.
- Pour into pan and smooth. Sprinkle 1 Tablespoon of sugar over top of bread and bake 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool about 15 minutes. Remove from loaf pan and finish cooling on a wire rack.
- For Maple Butter, whip softened butter with maple syrup. Chill.
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