Our apple tree was especially prolific this year, and after sharing a couple of boxes full with my mom, I've had plenty left for canning, freezing, and baking. Once I got tired of making apple crisp (hubby's favorite), I went searching for a good apple bread recipe. I found one here, but wanted to make it a little bit healthier, so I tweaked it a bit.
makes two loaves
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup applesauce
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, or cake spice
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 to 3 1/2 cups apples, chopped
1 cup chopped pecans (optional, but they are really good!)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease two 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch loaf pans.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the oil, applesauce, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in flour, spices, soda, and salt, mixing until just combined. Fold in apples and pecans.
Pour into prepared pans. Bake for 70 minutes at 325, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean. Let cool for 15 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a rack. Let cool completely before slicing or it will fall apart a bit.