Old Fashioned Applesauce Pecan Brownie Recipe

Old Fashioned Applesauce Pecan Brownie Recipe
This Old-Fashioned Applesauce Pecan Brownie Recipe may be the most delicious brownie recipe I have ever tasted. These pecan-studded beauties are light, seriously chocolatey, and dangerously more-ish. The recipe is adapted from an old Betty Crocker cookbook – my tried and true ‘Cooky Book’ (that’s really how they spelled it!) which I bought when I was 10 years old. And like my Old-Fashioned Spice Cake, this recipe is yet another example of how vintage recipes really can be the best recipes.

Vintage recipes are also often the easiest recipes. This Applesauce Pecan Brownie recipe can be made entirely in a saucepan, and takes just moments to stir together with a wooden spoon. As always, the best way to make a recipe like this is to assemble all your ingredients first, measure them, and do anything else that needs to be done, like chopping nuts or sifting dry ingredients together, before you start.

Old Fashioned Applesauce Pecan Brownie Recipe

You honestly can’t taste the applesauce in these brownies – but while I’d like to say it makes them healthy, that would be stretching the truth. The applesauce does, however, give a gorgeous texture and lightness. It also helps the brownies to keep really well. I kept a few in a sealed container for five days at cool room temperature and they still tasted delicious on day five.  Be sure to use very smooth applesauce for this recipe. If you make your own, I suggest puréeing it to get a really smooth texture. I’ve done that with leftover Crockpot Apple and Pear Sauce and it worked really well in this recipe.

It doesn’t sound like there is a lot of chocolate in these brownies, but they do taste unbelievably chocolatey. You want to use good dark chocolate and cocoa for this recipe because it absolutely makes a difference. I recommend Cadbury’s Bournville chocolate and their cocoa too, simply because we love the flavour. Occasional I’ll use a darker chocolate with 70% cocoa solids for an even deeper, darker chocolate hit. You may know this already, but when it comes to cocoa, you need to buy one that is specifically for baking or making hot drinks from scratch. In the UK, you can also buy cocoa labelled ‘drinking chocolate’. Do not use this for baking!! It contains a mix of cocoa powder, sugar and often powdered milk which doesn’t give a good flavour at all. For baking, you want pure cocoa with nothing else added.

Old Fashioned Applesauce Pecan Brownie Recipe

This was a challenging recipe to adapt. It wasn’t because of how it is made, but because while I have become a master of the three bite taste test (flavour, texture, and one for good measure), this Applesauce Pecan Brownie recipe was downright irresistible. It made following my healthy eating plan very tricky!

These are indescribably good served with a glass of Pinot Noir – again not really a part of my healthy eating plan, but lovely nonetheless. And not to your kids, of course. I’d stick with milk for them.

Applesauce Pecan Brownie Recipe Ingredients

½ cup unsalted butter
2 ounces (57 grams) dark chocolate
1 cup granulated or caster sugar
2 eggs, beaten
½ cup smooth applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
¾ cup all-purpose (plain) flour
¼ cup cocoa
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup pecans, roughly chopped

Applesauce Pecan Brownie Recipe Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C or 165° for fan ovens, gas mark 4).

Lightly grease a 9 x 9 x 1¾ inch (23 x 23 x 5 cm) square baking pan.

Heat the butter and chocolate together in a saucepan over very low heat, stirring constantly, until they melt together.

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the sugar, applesauce and vanilla. Then stir in the beaten eggs.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together and stir them into the mixture in the saucepan.

Beat with a wooden spoon until smooth, then stir in the chopped pecans.

Spread the batter in the pan, smoothing the top.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top springs back when touched lightly.

Cool completely (or for as long as you can resist) before cutting and serving. They do slice better when they are at room temperature!

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Old Fashioned Applesauce Pecan Brownie Recipe
 
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Serves: 16 brownies
Ingredients
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 ounces (57 grams) dark chocolate
  • 1 cup granulated or caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup smooth applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup all-purpose (plain) flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup pecans, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C or 165° for fan ovens, gas mark 4).
  2. Lightly grease a 9 x 9 x 1¾ inch (23 x 23 x 5 cm) square baking pan.
  3. Heat the butter and chocolate together in a saucepan over very low heat, stirring constantly, until the two ingredients melt together.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the sugar, applesauce and vanilla. Then stir in the beaten eggs.
  5. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together and stir into the mixture in the saucepan.
  6. Beat with a wooden spoon until smooth, then stir in the chopped pecans.
  7. Spread the batter in the pan, smoothing the top.
  8. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top springs back when touched lightly.
  9. Cool completely (or for as long as you can resist) before cutting and serving. The brownies do slice better when they are at room temperature!

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Comments

  1. Oh my! These brownies look and sound heavenly. Brownies and red wine! You are my kind of gal!

  2. Thank you for this homemade recipe for brownies using applesauce. I just made some packaged brownies & subbed applesauce for the oil. They turned out fine! Love the pecans in yours, too.

  3. These sound amazing and look super moist! I need to try these!

  4. I love pecans so much in desserts! And I love brownies, so two of my favorite flavors combined! YUM!

  5. Love recipes that can just be whipped up in a sauce pan! The addition of apple sauce and pecans here is amazing! Love it!

  6. Those brownies look so yummy! (Just popped over from Venture Camp.)

  7. Hello April, thanks a lot for dropping by. Glad, you’ ve liked my jam. The Albariño wine is from Galicia and is fantastic.
    Love your brownie with applesauce and pecans. I’ m also fond of vintage recipes.
    Cheers from València.

  8. Oh I loooooooooove how they look!
    Moist and rich and great combination of flavors.
    I’m planning to make them as dessert for our next weekend meals 🙂

  9. April, I haven’t used applesauce in my baking in sooo long. Thank you for the reminder! These brownies look delightful (with a nice cuppa tea)!

  10. I love brownies of every kind! These look delicious. Apple sauce is such a great way to moisten baked goods.

  11. You are singing my song! These look fabulous!

  12. These look perfect texture. I love the fact that it uses applesauce. Def will try these.

  13. Give me all the brownies!! I love applesauce in brownies and these sound perfect!

  14. These brownies look amazing! I know for a fact that they sure wouldn’t last 5 days in my house 🙂

  15. Oh dear Lord April…you are weakening my resolve to stay away from goodies after our Italy vacation…your brownies look incredible! <3

  16. Hi April,
    It is always so good to have you at the party. Your Brownies look so moist and delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with us today at Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

  17. Your brownies look utterly delicious, April!They look so moist and I love the idea that it can be whipped up in a saucepan! Pinning and tweeting!

  18. Delicious April my kids will love it.

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