- Hands-on time:
- 15 mins. to 20 mins.
- Baking time:
- 30 mins. to 35 mins.
- Total time:
- 3 hrs 45 mins. to 4 hrs 55 mins.
- 1 loaf, about 12 to 16 servings
This soft sourdough loaf is studded with sweet raisins and tangy apple pieces. We like it served simply toasted with melting butter; or as a grilled cheese sandwich with apples and arugula.
- 2/3 cup sourdough starter, fed or unfed
- 2/3 to 3/4 cup lukewarm water*
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon to 4 tablespoons sugar, to taste
- 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 2 1/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 1/4 cup potato flour or 1/2 cup instant potato flakes
- 1/3 cup rolled oats, traditional or quick
- 2 teaspoons instant yeast
- 1 cup chopped Granny Smith apple (about 1 small apple), peeled or not
- 1 cup raisins, golden or dark
- *In summer, or during hot/humid weather, reduce the water by 1 tablespoon.
- 1) Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, the bowl of an electric mixer, or the pan of your bread machine, and mix and knead to form a smooth yet sticky dough. If you're kneading by hand, you'll want to keep your hands well greased.
- 2) Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover it, and allow it to rise for about 90 minutes. The dough will become puffy, though it may not double in bulk.
- 3) Lightly grease an 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf pan.
- 4) Gently deflate the risen dough, and shape it into a log. Place it in the pan, cover it lightly, and allow it to rise until it crests at least 1" over the rim of the pan, 60 to 90 minutes.
- 5) Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F.
- 6) Bake the bread for 40 to 45 minutes, tenting it with foil after 15 to 20 minutes; it will continue to brown slowly. When it's done, the bread will be golden brown, and will register 190°F on an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center.
- 7) Remove the bread from the oven, and after a couple of minutes turn it out of the pan onto a rack to cool.
- Yield: 1 loaf, about 12 to 16 servings.
Tips from our bakers
- This bread is a wonderful choice for grilled cheese. Try our recipe for Grilled Cheese with Apple and Arugula.