Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Apple Raisin Soda Bread


This is my new favorite autumn quick bread. I adapted this recipe a few weeks ago from one I found in The Apple Lover’s Cookbook by Amy Traverso for an article on quick breads that ran in the Topeka Capital-Journal. What I like about this bread is its yeast-bread-like quality, which differs from most quick bread recipes. I serve it cut into wedges, much like a scone. Be sure to use a tart apple when making this bread, such as a Granny Smith.

Apple Raisin Soda Bread
Adapted from The Apple Lover’s Cookbook by Amy Traverso
Makes 1 loaf

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar, plus additional for the top
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons melted butter
1 cup buttermilk (or whole milk with 1 tablespoon of vinegar added)
1 large Granny Smith apple, pealed and cut into small dice
1/2 cup raisins
1 teaspoon caraway seeds


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch cake pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside. If you haven’t already done so, melt the butter and set aside. Also, if you are substituting the milk-vinegar mixture for buttermilk, you will want to add the vinegar to the milk now and set aside. Before using, remove 1 tablespoon of the milk mixture to create the correct measurement.

In a large bowl, blend together with a whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Pour in the melted butter and mix with a spoon until the butter is well distributed throughout the flour mixture. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and pour in the buttermilk. Fold the milk into the flour mixture until it is just combined. Fold in the apples, raisins and caraway seeds.

The mixture will be very sticky. Flour your hands and shape the dough into a ball, and then place it in the prepared cake pan. Flatten it slightly, but not so much that it fills the pan. The dough should not reach the edge of the pan. Sprinkle the top with 2 teaspoons of sugar.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the top is browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the bread in the pan on a rack for 15 minutes, and then remove the bread onto the rack to cool for at least another 15 minutes.



6 comments:

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Linda!
I love quick breads like this. I haven't stocked up on apples yet but I sure do have an abundance of pears! I may just give this a go!

Thanks so much for sharing...

Susan Lindquist said...
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Susan Lindquist said...

Have you tried the cinnamon rolls recipe that is in that cookbook? They have yeast and baking powder in the recipe. They are the most wonderful sugary cinnamon rolls that I have ever had!

This bread looks wonderful ... our little church is having a soup and salad supper soon ... for Harvest Home. This would be a perfect bread to make for the bread baskets, yes?

PS ... Thanks dearie, for your kind words. I've been needing a bit of encouragement these days.

Emma | Fork and Good said...

This looks lush, love a good quick bread. Adding this to the long list of stuff you've made me hungry for!

Linda A. Thompson-Ditch said...

Susan, I think this would be lovely for your church supper. One thing, it makes a pretty small loaf, so you will need to make more than one depending on the size of your gathering. (I got 6 wedges out of the one I made.) I'll have to try the cinnamon rolls recipe! I've made the baked oatmeal one and love it. I know what you mean about needing encouragement. Happy to provide!

Kathy said...

Linda, Soda bread is one of my favorites…love the addition of apples in yours. A perfect treat with my tea!