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Whole Wheat Spiced Applesauce Bread


  • ¼ cup softened butter
  • ¼ cup peach or any fruit butter
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups chunky applesauce
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter one regular loaf pan or a muffin tin with a dozen cups.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter, peach butter and sugar (I do this in the bowl of my stand mixer, but you can also use human power). Add the eggs and applesauce and beat to combine.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, wheat germ, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt. Integrate the dry ingredients into the wet ones in several batches, until totally combined.
  • Scrape the batter into your buttered pan or tin and place them in a hot oven. Bake 45-50 for a loaf, 20-25 minutes for muffins, until a skewer comes out mostly clean.
  • Cool on the counter. If there’s anything left after 24 hours, store remainder in the fridge.