My kids ask for different things in the morning for breakfast. Usually it used to be cereal or pancakes/waffles. But sometimes they eat nutella sandwich with a cup of warm milk. But sometimes they ask what else is there until I run out of answers. I had a jar of opened applesauce in the refrigerator. I decided to make the bread so that it covers breakfast and the snack tomorrow.
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All purpose flour - 1 1/2 cups
Packed brown sugar - 1/2 cup (Use 3/4 cup if using unsweetened applesauce)
Sweetened or unsweetened applesauce - 1 cup
Baking powder - 1/4 tsp
Baking Soda - 3/4 tsp
Oil - 1/4 cup
Egg - 1 large
Five spice - 1 tsp - 1 1/2 tsp (Or you could use a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, all spice, ginger) I used 1 tsp since I felt the spice mixture was very strong
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 8" square pan with vegetable oil spray. Set aside. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, spice powders, salt. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk together oil, applesauce, brown sugar. Add the egg and beat till all the ingredients combine well. Add the dry mixture and stir making sure not to over mix. Pour into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on the wire rack for 15 minutes and then turn on to the wire rack to cool completely. Serve with powdered sugar sprinkled or some honey or maple syrup. I served with maple syrup.
The original recipe had 1/2 cup of toasted, chopped walnuts along with 1/2 cup raisins. I didn't add any since my kids don't like nuts in the baked goods. But if you add it, it definitely will make a better bread. I used sweetened applesauce since that is what I had on hand. Make sure you increase the sugar if you use unsweetened one.
I usually buy sweetened applesauce and reduce sugar so that I can use the applesauce over a good duration of time. Unsweetened applesauce has to be used up within a week after opening. They cost the same and you are saving on sugar.