Cardamom Apple Bread gets the spicy-sweet flavour from cardamom a member of the ginger family. It is one of the spices originally traded between the Far East and the Western World. It is by far one of my favorite spices because it is so versatile. This bread is very moist due to the addition of the shredded apples.
3/4 cup warm water
1/3 cup shredded apples
1/3 cup raisins
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon room temperature butter
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups bread flour approximately
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
3/4 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
3/4 teaspoons salt
Pre heat oven to 350 F
In a small bowl, combine warm water, honey, and yeast. Let rest for 5 min. or until yeast is bubbly.
In a large bowl mix together the salt, whole wheat flour, lemon zest, cardamom, and bread flour. Mix the yeast mixture into the dry ingredients. Add the shredded apples to the dough. Continue mixing until the dough starts to leave the sides of the bowl and form a ball. You may have to add more flour or water a little at a time. Dough should be soft but firm enough to knead.
Turn out the dough to a lightly greased surface. Lightly oil your hands, and knead it for 6 to 8 min., or until it begins to become smooth and supple. During the last minute of kneading add the raisins. Continue to knead the dough until full combined.
Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with a warm damp cloth. Allow the dough to rise about one hour. Dough should be close to double in size. I place bread dough on top of my stove where it will stay warm. This decreases the proofing time.
Punch down the dough and shape it into an 8" log. Place the dough into a lightly oiled 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf pan; cover the pan loosely with lightly oiled plastic wrap. Let the bread to rise for about 1 to 2 hours more. It will be ready to bake when it is about 1" above the rim of the pan.
Place the bread into the oven. Bake the Cardamom Apple Bread for 30 to 35 minutes. The bread will sound hollow when tapped when it is ready.
Remove the loaf of Cardamom Apple Bread from the oven, and turn it out of the pan onto a cooling rack or clean dry cloth. If you would like a softer crust rub the top of the loaf with unsalted butter while still hot.
Let cool completely before slicing.
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