This applesauce walnut bread is just the thing you’ll want on a cool Fall morning for breakfast. It’s fluffy and naturally sweetened with the applesauce and a little bit of crunch with the walnuts. You could even have it for dessert!
Flours to Use
If you’ve been here for a while, you know I’m a huge proponent of using freshly milled flour. I encourage you to try it. It’s loaded with vitamins and minerals and really not that difficult to make. I use hard white flour and it’s so yummy and really makes a great loaf of bread.
You can certainly use whole-wheat store-bought bread flour. Whatever you choose will work just fine.
Applesauce – Store Bought or Homemade
I’m an applesauce snob. There, I said it. I started making homemade applesauce about 10 years ago and I’ve never looked back! Nothing compares to the taste of hand-picked apples and raw apple cider. That’s all it takes to make applesauce. Oh, and patience and time, but it’s so worth all the labor. Trust me! Once you make homemade applesauce, you’ll never buy store-bought again. Try making my homemade applesauce HERE.
You can certainly buy store-bought but aim for a natural one with no sugar.
The Kneading Process
Kneading can either be therapeutic or the reason you aren’t making bread haha. You don’t have to knead by hand. I get it. It’s time-consuming as who has extra time. Fear not. You can make this yummy applesauce walnut bread using a stand-up mixer with a dough attachment. As simple as I like to live, I still enjoy my comfort creatures by using a mixer.
Applesauce Walnut Bread
- 2 tsp active dry yeast
- 1 cup warmwater
- 1 cup applesauce
- 6 cups whole wheat bread flour or freshly milled wheat flour
- 2 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt
- 2 1/4 cups luke warm water
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 2/3 cups chopped walnuts, toasted
- Dissolve the yeast in the 1 cup of warm water.
- Combine the honey and oil into the lukewarmwater. Stir and set aside.
- Add the flour to a mixing bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour and add thesalt.
- Pourthe honey liquid mixture and the yeast into the well of the flour.
- Add the applesauce and fold in all the ingredientsfrom the sides of the bowl.
- Next, add additional flour or water, as needed.
- Now, the dough needs to be kneaded. You can dothis by hand, which will take about 8-10 minutes or you can use a stand-upmixer with a dough hook attachment. If using the mixer, start with a lower settingand then increase it faster and watch the machine knead your dough. This maytake 5-6 minutes.
- Add the walnuts once the bread is kneaded andform the dough into a ball.
- Place the dough into a mixing bowl. Cover andlet rise. This usually takes 1 ½ – 2 hours.
- Go do laundry or work in the garden.
- Times up! Test to see if your dough has risen bymaking a small hole in the dough with your wet finger. If the hole doesn’t fillin, then the dough is ready. If it did fill in, just let it rise a bit longer.
- Deflate the dough with your hands, cover thebowl and let rise again for about an hour.
- Divide the dough into two halves. Grab your loafpans and butter them up.
- Shape each loaf into a rectangle with the seamon the bottom. Place in the pans, cover and let them rise for 45 minutes. Yourdough should have risen over the top of the pans but if they don’t, it happens,and your bread will be yummy either way.
- Bakeat 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour.
- Slice bread and enjoy!
Supplies You May Need
Try using my HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE RECIPE to make your Applesauce Walnut Bread.