spiced apple raisin walnut bread

Here is a delicious bread that is good for breakfast, as dessert, or for tea, which is how we will be enjoying it now that my new order from Stash Tea has arrived. I was nearly out of Lady Londonderry so when I placed my order, I decided to try a couple other new types. At the recommendation of my British friend, Sophie, we have brewed PG Tips and I also thought it would be fun to experiment with an apple flavored variety, which my mom really likes.

Spiced Apple Raisin Walnut Bread

2 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. ground cloves
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
½ cup milk warmed and with 1 tsp. lemon juice added afterward (can use buttermilk but I never have it on hand)
1 TBS. vanilla
1 cup softened butter
1 ½ cup white sugar
3 large eggs
2 cups peeled and chopped apple
1 cup raisins
1 cup broken walnuts
1 TBS powdered sugar if desired

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bottom, sidesw, and center tube of a tube pan. Lightly dust pan with additional flour, shaking out the excess. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. In mixture, cream butter with sugar and add eggs one at a time. Mix in dry ingredients and soured milk. Stir in apples, raisins, and walnuts. With spatula, pour into prepared pan , smoothing until even. Bake for about 80 minutes, covering with foil if your oven runs hot. Test with chop stick or knife and remove when done. Allow to cool on rack for 20 minutes before removing from pan. Allow to cool completely; dust with powdered sugar. Can also drizzle with powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla icing. Makes 12-15 slices. Freezes well.

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