Two apple recipes in one week, so I'm doing a double post!
Joy, of Hot Oven, Warm Heart chose Banana Apple Bread for Sweet Melissa Sundays; and Karen, of Something Sweet by Karen chose Applesauce Spice Bars for Tuesdays with Dorie.
Both recipes were delicious, but then I'm a huge apple lover. The spice bars were sweet but still full of apple flavor. And instead of raisins, I added dried cranberries. I did not add the topping to the bars since I thought that they were plenty sweet as is. Instead, I just used a bit of powdered sugar.
I had to make a major change to the bread. The original recipe calls for bananas, but at 3:30am Saturday night--when I was baking, I realized that we had no bananas in the house. In fact, the only fruit we had was apples. (Yes, I definitely need to do some grocery shopping.) So, I took a big chance and substituted cooked sweet potato for the banana. I'm so glad I did because the apple-sweet potato combination was amazing! The bread stayed nice and moist, and almost tasted like a sweet potato pie--which is one of my favorites. I love when an emergency substitution works out well. I followed the recipe exactly, but just used the same amount of mashed, cooked sweet potato in place of the banana.
Here is the recipe for the applesauce bars:
Here is the recipe for the banana apple bread: http://hotovenwarmheart.wordpress.com/2009/08/23/sms-moms-banana-apple-bread/#comment-233
You can find all the Sweet Melissa bakers here: http://sweetmelissasundays.wordpress.com/bakers/
And the Tuesdays with Dorie bakers here: http://tuesdayswithdorie.wordpress.com/