Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Apple Butter Bread

How could this not be good? I mean, come on! I made apple butter back in the fall and I had so much left. What to do? Bake bread of course! Dark, moist and spicy, hot from the oven and slathered with butter. Oliver had invited a friend over after school and I just happened to be baking this bread and making a chicken soup. The house smelled ridiculously good. Needless to say, I think his friends might be popping by more often. Want to stay close to your teens? Bake and provide space.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 8x4x2-inch loaf pan.
  2. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cloves in a bowl.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a separate large bowl until smooth. Add the egg and apple butter; continue beating until smooth. Mix in the flour mixture until just incorporated. Fold in the raisins and walnuts; mixing just enough to evenly combine. Pour into prepared loaf pan.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.