Apples and cinnamon go together like peaches and cream. They are two flavours that are timeless. Add some apples and cinnamon to any baking and success is almost guaranteed. There’s something about the smell of apples and cinnamon baking in hot oven on a cold day. Both the aroma and the heat from the oven radiate homeliness and cosiness. And around this time of year, just as winter starts to bite down with its cold, there is nothing more homely than baking in the oven.
Apple cinnamon bread with raisins is an easy to make recipe that requires only a few minutes prep before delivering a spicy, sweet slice that is perfect with a pot of tea and a smear of jam. It also lends itself to the addition of other ingredients. Start with the apple and cinnamon and instead of sultans or raisins you can use walnuts or pecans.
Using the yeast gives the a more bread like consistency rather than a cake. But if you don’t like cooking with yeast, you can replace the yeast with a teaspoon of baking powder and half a teaspoon of baking soda. Or just use self raising flour. You’ll get the rise with more of a dense cake texture.
I’ve used a home made jam from a market stall, but store bought jam, or a homemade chia seed jam would work as well with this recipe.
The sweetness of the jam adds another dimension. If you don’t like it too sweet, spread it with some melted cinnamon butter.
Apple Cinnamon Bread
- Prep Time: 120 mins
- Cook Time: 35 mins
- Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
- Yield: 1 loaf 1x
- Category: Snack
- Cuisine: Australian
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 tsp yeast
- 3 cups flour (sifted)
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- ¼ cup coconut oil (melted)
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- ¼ cup almond milk (or rice milk for nut free)
- 2 apples (cored, peeled and chopped)
- ½ cup sultanas
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- Brush a loaf pan with coconut oil and set aside.
- Put the water in a bowl and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow to sit for 5 minutes. The yeast should foam up a little bit.
- Mix flour and salt together in a large.
- In a smaller bowl, combine the orange juice, coconut oil, maple syrup, almond milk, apples, sultanas, cinnamon and nutmeg together until all the apples are coated.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
- A dough hook in an electric mixer for 3 minutes will also work.
- Place the dough into the greased pan and cover with greased plastic wrap.
- Place in the cold oven with a large glass bowl of boiling water.
- Let rise for 90 minutes. Replace the water after 45 minutes if it has gone cold, or the bread does not seem to be rising.
- Turn the oven on and heat to 180 degrees, then bake 30 – 35 minutes.