This recipe is also very forgiving. Today I completely forgot to put in the applesauce... until the bread had already been in the oven for 20 minutes. Dangit. It turned out great anyway, though! Adding in chocolate chips (first time I had done that) certainly didn't hurt the taste, either.
I make this with my big electric mixer, but it definitely is not necessary. A hand mixer is great for creaming the butter and sugar, though.
This recipe was adapted from The Shiksa in the Kitchen. Click over there for step by step photos.