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Apple Raisin Bread

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.

Makes

3 loaves (16 pieces each)

I've been making this bread for many years. It smells so good in the oven and tastes even better. I make bread almost every Saturday, and it doesn't stay around long with our sons home from college in the summer. —Perlene Hoekema, Lynden, Washington
Apple Raisin Bread Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°), divided
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature, beaten
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 8 to 9 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups diced peeled apples
  • 1-1/2 cups raisins
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Sugar

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine yeast, 1/2 cup water and sugar; set aside. In a large bowl, combine eggs, applesauce, honey, oil, salt and remaining water; mix well. Stir in yeast mixture. Gradually add enough flour to form a soft dough. Knead on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  2. Punch down and turn over in bowl. Cover and let rise 30 minutes. In a small bowl, combine the apples, raisins and lemon juice. Divide dough into 3 parts; knead a third of the apple mixture into each part. Shape each into a round flat ball. Place each in a greased 8-in. round baking pan that has been sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Brush each loaf with egg and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until bread sounds hollow when tapped.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 135 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 105mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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