Applesauce-Pumpkin Bread is a moist quick bread with flavors reminiscent of autumn. This bread is good served at your Halloween or Thanksgiving festivities.
My Mom gave me this recipe many years ago. I think she may have gotten it from a neighbor. It's a recipe that I've been making for quite a few years. I altered the recipe slightly so that it is dairy-free. I use vegan butter instead of butter but you can use butter, if you prefer.
Let the cold ingredients, like the vegan butter and eggs come to room temperature before using. If the applesauce, apple juice and pumpkin puree are cold, let them come to room temperature before using, too.
The original recipe states to sift the dry ingredients together. I use a whisk instead of sifting. Both methods will incorporate air into the dry ingredients. Sifting can be messy. Whisking is easier and faster.
Mace is an ingredient in the original recipe. It isn't a spice that I keep on hand. Mace is made from the red waxy covering on nutmeg seeds and tastes similar to a peppery nutmeg. I substitute nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice for the mace. So, you can use mace, or use one of the substitutes. I used allspice when I made the bread for this posting.
This recipe will make two loaves of Applesauce-Pumpkin Bread. Two loaves are a lot for Jeff and I to eat, so I freeze one for later.
I hope you enjoy the Applesauce-Pumpkin Bread!
- 2/3 cup vegan butter
- 2 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 4 jumbo eggs
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon mace If you don't have mace, you can use nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2/3 cup apple juice
- 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Grease two loaf pans and set aside.
- Sift or whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, mace and nutmeg. Set aside.
- Cream vegan butter and sugar.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Stir in applesauce and pumpkin.
- Alternate adding dry ingredients and apple juice to the pumpkin mixture.
- Stir only until ingredients are moistened.
- Stir in nuts.
- Pour into two greased loaf pans.
- Bake for one hour or until a pick inserted in the center comes out clean.