By Larraine Roulston:
After penning the article on free range eggs, I discovered that applesauce is also a great egg replacement in cake recipes. In the past, I had used only the tablespoon of ground flax seed with water as an egg replacer, which works well in oatmeal cookies; however, once I tested applesauce, it was joyful to see my cake and a loaf both rise higher and taste great. Pancakes, as well, turned out much lighter by using 1/4 cup of applesauce to replace one egg.
My standard banana bread recipe uses 1/4 cup applesauce instead of 2 egg yolks, making it “Almost No Fat Banana Bread.” This is a good recipe for those with high cholesterol. To replace eggs entirely, I added 3 more tablespoons of applesauce to replace the two egg whites.
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup bananas, mashed
- 1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons of applesauce to replace 2 egg whites
Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Add applesauce and bananas; stir until it just combines. Pour batter into lightly greased 8×4 inch loaf pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Turn out onto wire rack and allow to cool before serving.
As I happened to have a half a tub of sour cream to use up, I tried a Johnny Cake Cornmeal recipe, using applesauce instead of two eggs. It, too, turned out better than ever.
Here is my recipe:
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 cup flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 eggs — which I replaced with 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1 cup sour cream
Mix the dry ingredients. Add the butter, applesauce and sour cream. Beat well with an electric mixer and pour into an 8×8-inch greased pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Serve warm with butter or jam.
Other Johnny Cake cornmeal recipes call for buttermilk or sour milk. Either way, replacing eggs with applesauce in any cake texture recipe seems to make it better. Applesauce can replace the vegetable oil in muffin recipes. Usually I opt for puddings, cookies and apple crisps for desserts; but after testing applesauce, I am inspired to bake more breads and muffins.
As I noted in my “Free Range Eggs” article, when baking, celebrate your compassion for all the factory farm hens by choosing an egg alternative in your recipes. When you do buy eggs, you can support better animal welfare on farms by purchasing products reared under certified animal welfare standards. Ask your grocer about carrying products with these labels or drop off this form: http://www.changeyourchickenchallenge.com/downloads/CYC-SupermarketRequest.pdf
Larraine authors children’s illustrated adventure books on composting at www.castlecompost.com