Applesauce Date Bread is a moist quick bread with flavors reminiscent of autumn. I love the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, so, this bread is perfect for me.
Chopped dates give this bread a little sweetness. You could substitute raisins, cranberries or candied fruits. I like nuts in quick breads, so, I usually add pecans or walnuts. I used pecans when I made the bread for this post. You can use the type of nuts you prefer, or eliminate them.
In recent months, I've been using dates in quick breads. They have become a favorite add-in for me. If you like quick breads with dates, take a look at Chocolate Nut and Date Bread. It is a chocolate bread that has nuts, chocolate chips and, of course, dates!
If you like quick breads made with applesauce, check out Applesauce-Pumpkin Bread. It also has flavors reminiscent of autumn.
I store the bread in the refrigerator, wrapped in wax paper then foil. Because this recipe makes two loaves, I freeze one. The one I freeze is also wrapped in wax paper then foil. I write on the foil what type of bread it is and the date that it was baked.
I hope you enjoy the Spicy Applesauce Bread!
Applesauce Date Bread
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 jumbo eggs
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon orange peel, grated
- 1 cup dates, chopped
- 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Spray two 9x5-inch loaf pans with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Whisk the all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves and baking soda together in a large bowl.
- Stir the dates into the flour mixture until the dates are coated.
- In another large bowl, whisk the eggs, applesauce, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, melted butter and orange zest until blended.
- Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture. Stir to combine.
- Divide the batter between two prepared loaf pans.
- Bake for 30 minutes in a preheated oven or until a pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Let cool on a wire rack for about an hour.
- Remove from loaf pans to completely cool before serving.