Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr
A fragrant, spicy bread.
- 1⁄2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1⁄4 cup dark molasses
- 1 cup raisins (optional) or 1 cup craisins (optional)
- 1⁄2 cup nuts, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Coat a 9-inch x 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and spices; set aside.
- Combine applesauce and molasses.
- Add dry ingredients alternately with applesauce mixture to egg mixture. Fold in raisins and nuts.
- Pour into loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Cool 10 minutes, remove from pan and continue cooling on a wire rack.
After reading all the other reviews & the problem with getting this loaf done inside before the outside got black, I decided (as a temporary fix) to make this in an 8-inch loaf pan & use the rest of the batter for a couple of small loaves, baked accordingly! I included raisins & nuts here & all those great spices as listed! Had a great tasting loaf &, as with others, look to making this again during the fall/winter holidays! Thanks for a great bread! [Tagged, made & reviewed in Every Day Is a Holiday cooking game]
Like another reviewer, had to bake longer than suggested, which produced hard, brown edges, but a done center. The bread itself was tasty though.
Well I LOVED this bread! I am a huge fan of anything with all those wonderful spices so I added a bit more nutmeg and cinnamon to the recipe since they are favorites but followed the recipe exactly with the dried cranberries and chopped almonds added to the bread. Now I just need to find a candle that smells just like this bread until I make it again so my house will smell so nice all the time! Thanks for posting! Tagged in Went to Market Game and boy I'm glad I did!!