Chunky Apple Bread is full of nut, raisins, and apples. This loaf makes beautiful French Toast dusted with powdered sugar. If you would like a tart taste to your bread use Granny Smith apples. If you would like a sweeter flavour use Golden Delicious Apples.
1 1/4 cup apple juice
2 tablespoons room temperature butter cut into small cubes
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 cup bread flour approximately
3/4 cup quick cooking rolled oats
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
3/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
3/4 cup finely chopped apples
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup raisins
Pre heat oven to 350 F
In a small bowl, combine the apple juice, sugar, and yeast. Let rest for 5 min. or until yeast is bubbly.
In a large bowl mix together the salt, whole wheat flour, quick cooking rolled oats, cinnamon, cardamom, and bread flour. Mix the yeast mixture into the dry ingredients. 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 time add the chopped apples, walnuts, and raisins. Continue to knead the dough until all of the fruit are fully incorporated.
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 9 inch x 5 inch 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 Chunky Apple Bread for 30 to 35 minutes. The bread will sound hollow when tapped when it is ready.
Remove the loaf of Chunky 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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