Spicy Applesauce Fruit Bread Recipe
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Spicy Applesauce Fruit Bread Recipe

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I've had this fruity loaf in my recipe collection since 1975. I tweak it with spices and candied fruit, depending on the season. —Dawn Lowenstein, Hatboro, PA
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped candied citron

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 126 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 194mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, whisk 2 cups flour, baking powder, salt, spices and baking soda. In another bowl, whisk eggs, applesauce, sugars, melted butter and orange peel until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. In a small bowl, toss cranberries and candied citron with remaining flour; fold into batter.
  2. Transfer to two greased 8x4-in. loaf pans. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).
Originally published as Spicy Applesauce Fruit Bread in Taste of Home November 2015, p84

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reldec03 User ID: 8646443 238646
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2015

"Good one"

Ilovematty User ID: 8607813 236902
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2015

"Terrific bread! I have already made this bread several times. Light and pleasingly spicy. Couldn't find the citron so I used dried pineapple. Yum!"

i_like_pie User ID: 1201160 236192
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2015

"I really liked the taste and texture of this bread! I used a fruitcake mix in place of the citron, and it worked great."

markntracie User ID: 6176502 236120
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"Oh my goodness! This bread was delicious. Moist, perfect texture / spice flavors. I didn't have citron but chopped and used dried cranberries, cherries, walnuts from a half bag of trail mix on hand. Thank you for submitting this."

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 235482
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2015

"These reviews are great to see! I appreciate your input about my bread! And your ideas are wonderful, too! I'm sure that I'll be putting your ideas to work if I make my bread again! Thank you for taking the time to let me know how your breads came out! delowenstein"

grandmascooking22 User ID: 5357761 235414
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2015

"My sister-in-law, JoAnn, made this bread yesterday and brought some to me warm from the oven. It is so light and has very nice flavors. Sometimes all those spices can be bitey and strong but not these. The bread also was not overly sweet. She added dried cranberries instead of raisins and did not add the citron. She also used fresh made applesauce from our nephew's apple orchard. Truly a keeper and added to my recipe box!!!"

cast_iron_king User ID: 1236761 234204
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2015

"I had a bag of craisins begging to be used, so I tried them in this recipe, eliminating the candied citron. The combination of spices went perfect with the cranberries, and the bread is nice and moist without being squishy. A very nice bread I will definitely make again! Thanks for sharing it, Dawn!"

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