Anne Sawyer Recipes

Applesauce Honey Bread, from Episode 3 of “A Woman with a Very Large Knife.”

Honey Apple Sauce Bread

(Seriously edited version from podcast. For the full flavor of this recipe, listen to Episode 3 of “A Woman with a Very Large Knife,” which you can find in the podcast section of my website.)

This is a modified recipe from a book called Fruits of the Desert, by Sandal English.


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp each of cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp each of cloves and allspice
  • 1 cup apple sauce
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup of chopped dried fruit: apricots, raisins come to mind

So preheat that oven you keep planning to clean to 350. Grease a loaf pan with shortening.

Mix your dry ingredients (flour, spices, salt, soda) in one big bowl, and set aside. Cream the honey, eggs and shortening in a different bowl, and then slowly blend in the dry, alternating with the applesauce. Finally, toss in the nuts and dried fruit.

Bake for 60 minutes.