This supremely simple quick bread comes together in minutes and gets eaten almost as fast in my house!
This quick bread is a total happy accident. I bought a jar of applesauce that was much larger than I needed when I made my Applesauce Sheet Cake last week. I wanted to come up with a way to use the remaining applesauce. I was considering applesauce cookies, but then I remembered a really great oatmeal quick bread that I bought at a bake sale a couple of years ago.
I love a good quick bread, but they’re not as easy to come by as you might think. What I love most about this Applesauce Oatmeal Quick Bread recipe is the moist and robust texture thanks to… well.. the applesauce and oatmeal!
You can spice this bread however you like. I often use the spice listings in a recipe as a general guideline. I like spiced baked goods to have a lot of kick. If you’re missing one of the spices or you prefer a different profile, feel free to use whatever you like. You could even swap in a spice blend like pumpkin pie spice mix.
I have created a new obsession! This is new recipe is going to be added to my list of go-to snacks when I have a savory craving and want something QUICK and simple!
Now everyone and their brother has written about the Trader Joe’s “Everything But the Bagel” spice blend. It’s amazing! Sweet Paul even has a recipe to make your own at home! It really does taste exactly like the topping on an everything bagel. I love to experiment with the blend and add it to everything… I’ve even tried it on ice cream! Not gonna lie… wasn’t my best move ever. It’s really good on buttered popcorn, buttered toast, and sprinkled into stir fry.
So… yesterday I had a CRAVING… I had just gotten home from the gym and I wanted a salty snack. It’s been so cold in Brooklyn that we’ve not been keeping our pantry stocked quite like we usually do. I opened the freezer and I saw that I had a 2-pack of Trader Joe’s pie crust with one roll remaining. The use-by date was last week… I’m not one to waste food, so I decided to figure something out. But I didn’t want to wait to defrost, so I needed to get creative.
A quick scan of the cupboards and the fridge was leaving me at a loss. I was thinking maybe just baking it and putting strawberry jam on it? That woulda been delish, but I wanted something SALTY. Then it hit me! I grabbed the “Everything But the Bagel” blend… an egg… and cranked the oven to 450F! I decided to break the dough up into “rustic” shards and I left a few of the pieces really long. I sprinkled liberally with the seasoning too. Within 15 minutes I had the most gorgeous snack “crackers” sitting in front of me! The hardest part of the whole recipe was WAITING a few minutes for the crackers to cook so I wouldn’t burn my fingers or tongue when I grabbed one and scarfed it down!
From now on when I buy 2-packs of frozen pie crust I always know what I can do with any leftovers! I didn’t have any cream cheese in the house, but I’m SURE it would taste absolutely incredible on these crackers. I would also love to try them with cream cheese and LOX! Next time! Now I’m motivated to run down to Trader Joe’s and stock up on supplies!