Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Spiced Applesauce Bread

Last month, my friends at Zulka challenged me to create a non-GMO recipe featuring their sugar in the month of October - which also happens to be Non-GMO Month (and National Apple Month...who knew?!). I won't go into GMOs and why they suck, but I will tell you that Z and I have been trying to make a more conscious effort over the last 6 to 12 months to not consume GMOs. Of course, this can be impossible at restaurants and even with groceries, since food with GMOs are not labeled as such - but, we're trying. (In all honesty, I'm not even sure this recipe is 100 percent GMO-free...but I'm hopeful that it is).

The recipe I created came from a failed apple jam recipe. I was testing apple jams for a recent cooking event I did at Night Shift Brewery, and this was the first. It failed at becoming a jam, but it made a damn good applesauce. Chock full of apples from the Harvard Square farmers' market, the sauce also turned into one damn good bread.

Spiced Applesauce Bread | The Economical Eater

Spiced Applesauce Bread
Yields: 1 loaf
Adapted from

-4 Cortland apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch dice
-2 cups water
-1/2 cup Zulka sugar
-1/4 teaspoon garam masala
-2 teaspoons lemon juice

1.) Place apples and water in a large saucepan. Cover the pan with a lid and simmer until apples become tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.
2.) Add sugar and garam masala, then stir. Continue cooking for another 5 minutes.
3.) Add lemon juice. Continue stirring until the mixture begins to thicken.
4.) Allow applesauce to cool before placing in an airtight container. Let sit in the refrigerator overnight before serving/using.

-1 1/4 cups applesauce
-3/4 cup Zulka sugar
-1/2 cup vegetable oil
-2 eggs
-3 tablespoons unsweetened vanilla almond milk
-2 cups all-purpose flour
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
-1/4 teaspoon garam masala
-1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
-1/4 teaspoon salt

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan.
2.) In a large bowl, combine the applesauce, sugar, oil, eggs, and milk; beat well. Sift in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, garam masala, nutmeg, and salt; stir until smooth.
3.) Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.

Spiced Applesauce Bread | The Economical Eater

This bread was incredibly moist and full of apple, clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg flavors. See how there are only two slices in each of these photos? That's because we devoured the rest before I could even snap a picture.

Spiced Applesauce Bread | The Economical Eater

I <3 fall.

Do you try to purchase foods that are GMO-free? 

Disclosure: Zulka sent me a bag of their sugar in order to create this recipe. All opinions are my own.


  1. This sounds delicious! I wish I had a slice for breakfast :) Great seeing you last night!!

  2. ooh, i've got an apple jalapeno jam on tap for this weekend, hope it turns out! great idea to turn it into a quickbread :)

    1. The final jam I ended up making and serving was apple & jalapeno. Such a great combination!

  3. I love that you used homemade applesauce in the bread. Sounds wonderful!

  4. This is a great fall recipe! So fun seeing you last night :)