We’ve been doing a few recipes using apple butter lately. This season’s current run on recipes using the smooth and autumnal spread kicked into ultra high gear in the wake of our first batch of homemade apple butter. It’s the best I’ve ever tasted. This afternoon after one of those long and seemingly endless days at work, I came home and opted for a taste of our product. Just a dab, on a pita chip. When I opened the lid of the container, the aroma of the freshly made apple butter hit me with an unanticipated force. “I have to make something with this,” I said to myself. Enter, oven center: Raisin Apple Butter Bread.
This warm and comforting taste of fall started on our lone honey crisp tree and ended up on our cutting board. Stops in between included a day or so in our slow cooker followed by a few days of being stored in our kitchen refrigerator.
The bread is everything you love about fall. The warm aromas of apple, raisins, and cloves evoke an acute awareness of the season, like the falling leaves and sudden appearance of sweaters as they make their way out of cedar chests. Continuing down that same road, it’s a few weeks away but this bread has Thanksgiving written all over it, inside and out. Grab some apple butter, crank up the oven and get your flour and mixing bowl out. This is one bread you have to try. Happy fall. -Dan
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ⅓ cup butter, softened
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1¼ cups apple butter
- ½ cup raisins
- ⅛ cup hot tap water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Grease a 8x4x2-inch loaf pan.
- Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cloves in a bowl.
- Beat the butter and sugars with an electric mixer in a separate large bowl until smooth.
- Add the egg and continue beating until smooth.
- Using a small food processor, add raisins and hot tap water. Process until finely chopped
- Add apple butter to raisin mixture and process for an additional minute.
- Fold apple butter and raisin mixtutre into egg, butter, and sugars mixture.
- Mix in the flour mixture until just incorporated.
- Pour into prepared loaf pan.
- Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about an hour.
- Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.