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Practical Baker
No Knead Apple/Cinnamon/Raisin/Pecan Bread
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 • Posted December 5, 2012

As those of you who regularly read this column know, 95% of the recipes I share with you are recipes that I’ve collected (borrowed/stolen?) over the years from friends, relatives, cook books and the internet. I always try to give credit to the person or organization that supplied me with the recipe. Now this particular recipe is another Practical Baker Original. Using bits and pieces of things I’ve learned about baking breads, I assembled these ingredients, and experimented until I found the right combination. I hope you all enjoy the results of this quick and easy breakfast bread!

Ingredients:

3 cups, sifted all-purpose flour

3 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

¼ cup honey

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

3 tablespoons cinnamon-sugar, divided

1 Red Delicious Apple, chopped

½ cup raisins

½ cup finely chopped pecans

12 ounces warm 80-100 degree water

1 packet active dry yeast (2 ¼ teaspoons)

Process:

Generously grease a 9 X 5 inch glass baking dish

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Place the chopped apple in a small bowl, just cover with water, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the cinnamon-sugar mixture over apple and water

Cook in a micro wave, on high, until apple pieces are soft; stirring once during the cooking

Drain the apple pieces, saving the liquid

Add enough water to the apple cooking liquid to make up 12 ounces; be sure to allow liquid to cool to around 105-110 degrees

Stir packet of yeast into the warm water and set aside for at least 5 minutes

Combine all dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl

Add water/yeast mixture, and stir gently to completely combine all ingredients

Pour mixture into prepared baking dish and level the dough

Sprinkle the top of the dough generously with remaining 2 tablespoons of the cinnamon/sugar mixture

Bake for 1 hour or until a temperature probe reads 190 degrees

When done, remove baking dish from oven and the loaf from the dish immediately

Allow bread to cool on a wire rack

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