I continually find that the best baked goods happen when I weigh the ingredients. I am not saying you should go by a kitchen scale, but if you plan on baking a lot, it might be worth the investment. Or you can just keep reading and I might be able to help you out a little :)
Have you ever tried to bake with applesauce and your final product was dry? It totally makes you feel like a failure and a loser though if it happens. Or is that just me? As I was mixing the batter I realized it was already a little dry, so I added some extra applesauce. My measurements for quick breads always involve 4 ounces of the ‘fat,’ assuming it is for 1 loaf and I am using 8 ounces flour and liquid (or a puree). But when you are replacing the fat with applesauce, I almost double that amount of ‘fat.’ The hard thing about this, is we all use different flour, sugar, applesauce, oil, etc. So no 2 breads will be 100% the same. I used ALL Trader Joe’s ingredients. Flour, oil, eggs, applesauce, and even he brown sugar. Just in case you were wondering…
The final product was delicious. It had just enough spice, sugar and fat, It wasn’t overpowering like I should have had it for dessert topped with some ice cream. Next time I will add a touch more spice though, maybe even double the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Just cuz I can… I will keep the sugar and fat the same though, it was the perfect amount.
To un-healthify this, just use 1 stick of melted butter in place of the oil and applesauce. Or a 1/2 cup of oil. It is still better for you then any pastry you can buy at a coffee shop…So don’t worry about it too much. I did the math, a rough estimate, and this loaf has a little over 1500 calories. So after you slice it each piece has less then 200 calories.
1/4 cup olive oil (2 ounces)
1/2 cup applesauce (4 ounces)
1 cup AP flour (I actually used 5 ounces of each flour)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup mashed sweet potatoes-Roast them for about and hour then remove the skin and mash, (equal to about 8 ounces)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp all spice
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8 inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl sift the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt.
In another bowl whisk the eggs then add the mashed sweet potato, vanilla, oil and applesauce.
Add the liquid to the dry mixture. Mix just until incorporated, don’t over mix. I only used maybe less then 15-20 stirs. Pour/scoop the batter into the greased loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes, until it is browned on top and a fork inserted comes out clean. Cool for at least 15 minutes in the pan before cutting and serving.
Cut loaf into 8-10 slices and serve, warm, with a morning cup of coffee? YES PLEASE!