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Double Apple-Walnut Bread Recipe

Double Apple-Walnut Bread

This snack-time staple has applesauce for moisture, and diced apples because, well, they taste great. Note the trick of sprinkling sugar over the top to give the crust a crunchy finish. For a sweet dessert, serve slices warm with vanilla ice cream and butterscotch sauce. Makes 10 servings.


  • 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 canola or 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


  1. Line a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan with waxed or parchment paper (or grease and flour it), then set it aside. Heat the oven to 350ยบ.
  2. Combine the applesauce, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, oil, yogurt, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Whisk well to blend.
  3. In another large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Make a well in the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon and pour in the applesauce mixture. Stir just enough to combine; do not overmix. Fold in the apples and walnuts.
  4. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spoon. Evenly sprinkle one tablespoon of sugar over the top. Bake on the center oven rack until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean, about 50 to 55 minutes.
  5. Remove the pan from the oven and put it on a cooling rack for about 15 minutes, then remove the loaf from the pan and place it on the rack to finish cooling. Makes 10 servings.