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.