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Applesauce Carrot Bread with Pecan Streusel

November 13, 2013
1 Rating
Author Notes

I couldn't decide whether I wanted to make applesauce bread or carrot bread so...whammo! A mash-up of the two. It's basically just what you'd expect, a ridiculously moist, warmly spiced "bread" that's part apple cake and part carrot cake and all delicious —fiveandspice

  • Makes 1 loaf
  • Pecan streusel
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cold, salted butter, cut into small chunks
  • Applesauce carrot bread
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (using part or even all whole wheat also works)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup coarsely shredded carrot
In This Recipe
  1. To make the streusel, combine all the ingredients except the butter, then use your fingers to rub the butter in until pea-sized or smaller chunks remain. Refrigerate while you make the bread.
  2. Heat your oven to 350F. Grease a 9X5 inch loaf pan - or an 8-inch square pan for a more coffee cake like streusel ratio - and line it with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine the flour with the spices, salt, baking powder, and soda.
  3. In the bowl of a standing mixer, or in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer, cream together the softened butter with the granulated and brown sugar until fluffy, stopping to scrape down the sides as necessary.
  4. Beat in the eggs one at a time and the vanilla, stopping and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed, until fully blended together. Then beat in the applesauce - it'll look grainy.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low until just combined, then fold in the grated carrot until just combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the top of the batter.
  6. Bake the loaf until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45-60 minutes (less if using a square pan). Remove the loaf from the oven, allow to cool 10 minutes in the pan, then remove it from the pan (you can lift it out by the edges of the parchment) and allow it to cool completely before slicing and eating. You really do want it to be totally cooled before slicing, otherwise the texture will be off. Because this bread is so moist, it keeps, wrapped, for 5 days.

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I like to say I'm a lazy iron chef (I just cook with what I have around), renegade nutritionist, food policy wonk, and inveterate butter and cream enthusiast! My husband and I own a craft distillery in Northern Minnesota called Vikre Distillery (, where I claimed the title, "arbiter of taste." I also have a doctorate in food policy, for which I studied the changes in diet and health of new immigrants after they come to the United States. I myself am a Norwegian-American dual citizen. So I have a lot of Scandinavian pride, which especially shines through in my cooking on special holidays. Beyond loving all facets of food, I'm a Renaissance woman (translation: bad at focusing), dabbling in a variety of artistic and scientific endeavors.

9 Reviews

Salio November 6, 2015
Delicious. Instead of applesauce, I shredded fresh apples, but found this to be less moist than I would have liked, next time I'd acct for that. Also, I replaced butter with coconut oil, added some chia seeds, replaced 1/4c flour with steel oats and reduced sugar significantly but added 2 tbs molasses for the sweetness and iron. It's really lovely with a dollop of plain yogurt on top!
Double H. October 7, 2014
just made this! delicious. Thanks for the recipe!
Margie December 4, 2013
I made this to have around the house during Thanksgiving. I only made one loaf which turned out to be a BIG mistake, as it went very fast. Even my granddaughters (11 and 12) asked for the recipe, because they loved it so much. The texture, flavor - everything is delightful. A keeper. Thanks
Author Comment
fiveandspice December 4, 2013
Yay! So glad it went over well.
Chickenfog November 19, 2013
No idea what went wrong but this was a mess. The streusel was good but the cake was a solid mass, like rubber. I am an experienced baker and followed the recipe, the batter looked good (and tasted great!), but the texture of the final product was awful.
Author Comment
fiveandspice November 19, 2013
So so sorry!!! Major typo on my part. It should have just said 1/2 cup applesauce! I must have hit the 1 twice and I didn't doub;e check - I do most o my typing with one hand and a baby in the other these days. I'm afraid that's my only excuse!
Chickenfog November 19, 2013
Ha! That is so funny! No worries. I'll try it again. Odd that the batter seemed fine, not thin. Well, I have baked enough that maybe I ought to have picked up on it. Thank you so much for the correction. Off to try again!
Lisa R. November 15, 2013
Sounds delicious! I'm baking for my toddler, will cutting down the amount of sugar affect the recipe? And how many grams (roughly) is 8 tablespoons of butter? Thanks!!
Author Comment
fiveandspice November 17, 2013
Sorry for my slow response! You could certainly give cutting back on the sugar a try. It might somewhat change the texture, but I think it should work. 8 Tbs. of butter is 113 g.