Cinnamon Raisin Apple Bread

Cinnamon Raisin Apple Bread, http://variationsoncooking.com

Now what could be better on a cold rainy day then the smell of apples and cinnamon throughout the house, followed by a warm bread and a nice cup of coffee. This is another one of my quick breads, i do have a raised version which has a different texture but taste just the same, so why wait for the dough to rise. I use dried apples to reduce the amount of water released and to keep the bread from getting soggy.

Cinnamon Raisin Apple Bread

Ingredients

4 cups of unbleached flour, you can use wheat flour too

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

3/4 cups raw sugar plus an additional 1/4 cup

1 cup raisins

1 cup Dried apples, diced

3 eggs

3 teaspoons of baking powder

3 table spoons butter diced.

2 table spoons ground cinnamon

Optional

1 cup chopped pecans

Optional Glaze

2 cups powder sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

water

Directions

In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking powder and 3/4 cups of sugar. In another bowl whisk together the cream and 2 eggs. Next cut the butter into the flour. Now add the wet to the dry and mix well, at a point you will need to throw the dough out onto a board and knead it with your hands to combine. If the dough is still sticky, kneed some additional flour into it.

In another bowl stir together the cinnamon and the 1/4 cup of sugar.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

On a piece of floured wax paper roll out the dough to about an inch thick, enough to roll the dough up 1 1/2 times. Next sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on the dough, leaving enough sugar for the top of the loafs, followed by the apples, raisins and pecans (if using). Roll up the dough and place open side down in the parchment lined pan. I use a 9 x 12 baking dish, I found that using a cookie sheet the bread dries out on the sides, you can also use a loaf pan for more of a shaped bread.

Take the remaining egg and whisk then brush on the loafs and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Bake for about 45 to 50 minutes. Check at the 40-minute mark, if a tooth pick comes out clean its done. Sometimes this take 40 minutes to bake and sometime 55 minutes. You want a nice deep golden brown on the top. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan. The bread is great with butter and a cup of coffee or tea.

Optional Glaze

Place powder sugar in a small bowl and whisk in vanilla. Now adding a tablespoon at a time room temp water until the desired thickness of the glaze is achieved, drizzle over bread warm bread.

Enjoy Cooking

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