Your kitchen will smell heavenly with 2 loaves of Spiced Apple Raisin Bread baking in the oven. It’s spiced with Fall favorites, such as cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Add to that tender apple, sweet raisins, and crunchy pecans, which gives it a wonderful texture and taste. Delicious.
This tasty treat goes great with breakfast, brunch, as a dessert or a snack. In other words, it’s awesome.
My favorite? Warm with a little butter. Oh yeah, now you’re talkin’.
Making Spiced Apple Raisin Bread
This recipe makes 2 – 9 x 5″ loaves, so get those pans greased and ready to be filled.
Also, preheat the oven to 325°.
Beginning with the dry ingredients, mix together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cloves, and cardamom.
Set the dry ingredients aside for now and we’ll move onto the wet ingredients.
In a large bowl, beat the sugar and oil together until well blended.
Next, add in the eggs and vanilla.
Add in the dry ingredients until everything is thoroughly mixed, but don’t over mix.
What happens when batter is over-mixed?
Bread structure is formed by adding liquids to flour. In other words, this starts the gluten development; activates the gluten proteins.
Over mixing batter can lead to tough, chewy, or gooey bread, and that’s just weird. Don’t go there.
Alright, commercial break is over, let’s get back to the Spiced Apple Raisin Bread.
Next in line is to fold in the apples, raisins, and pecans, but hold up…don’t pour the batter into the pans just yet.
First, in a small bowl, mix together 2 teaspoons of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon.
An alternative would be to buy some sugared cinnamon.
Sugared cinnamon is simply premixed sugar and cinnamon.
The work is done for you, and it comes in a shaker. I get mine from the dollar store.
Either way, sprinkle the bottoms of the 2 pans evenly.
Because the bottle of sugared cinnamon is so handy, I sprinkle the bottoms AND the sides. Yummy!
Now you can pour the batter evenly between the 2 pans and level out the tops. The batter will be thick.
Lastly, bake for 55 – 65 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Make sure you check the center of the bread with the toothpick, because the sides bake at a faster rate.
Let the loaves cool in the pans for about 10 minutes, then remove them to cool on wire racks.
That’s it, dig in. I highly recommend cutting yourself a slice and watching a little butter melting on top. So good!
Let me know what you think.
Further, this bread freezes well. Eat one now, save one for later. Awesome Sauce!
Attention Bread Lovers:
If you love bread, (yeah, I see you), check out these recipes:
- Dried Cranberry Banana Bread
- Zucchini Snickerdoodle Bread
- Glazed Lemon Bread
- Garlic French Bread Swirls
- Molasses Crinkle Scones
- Parmesan Garlic Toast
Spiced Apple Raisin Bread
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 4 large eggs, beaten
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 4 cups apple, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup pecans, chopped
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 325°. Grease 2 - 9 x 5" loaf pans.
- In a medium bowl, mix together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cloves, and cardamom. Set aside.
- In large bowl, beat sugar and oil until blended. Add eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients until well blended.
- Fold in apples, raisins, and pecans.
- In small bowl, mix together 2 tsp. granulated sugar with 1/4 tsp. cinnamon. Sprinkle half in bottom of each greased pan. Option 2: buy premixed Sugared Cinnamon and sprinkle bottoms and sides.
- Divide batter evenly between 2 pans. Level surfaces with spoon or spatula.
- Bake for 55 - 65 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool for 10 minutes, then release from pan and turn onto wire rack to finish cooling. Freezes well. Enjoy!
Spiced Apple Raisin Bread
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