Spiced Raisin Bread with a hint of maple

Ingredients

1 cup water (110ºF)
1/4 cup Maple Sugar
1/2 tbsp yeast
5+ cups Organic Sprouted Spelt Flour
1 tsp salt
2/3 cup raisins
2 tsp Chinese 5 Spice

Preparation

1
In a mixing bowl, stir together warm water, maple sugar and yeast. Set aside for 5 to 10 minutes.
2
Stir to melt butter. When the yeast mixture is bubbly, add 3 cups flour, salt and raisins to the yeast mixture. Mix on low speed until incorporated.
3
Keep adding flour ½ cup at a time until the dough comes together and is only slightly tacky to the touch. The dough will be very soft and somewhat sticky.
4
Place dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm place to rise until double in size (about 40 to 60 minutes).
5
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead the Chinese 5 Spice in by sprinkling a little in top, kneading and turning dough, and repeating the process until all the Chinese 5 Spice is used.
6
Place the ball of dough into a heated pan that you can cover (cast iron is best) and place it in a warm place to rise.
7
When the dough has risen about 2” put it into a preheated 400ºF oven and bake, covered, for about 30 minutes.
8
The crust will be golden brown. If the internal temperature is 200ºF it is ready. If it is not return to the oven, uncovered for another 10+ minutes as needed.
9
Remove from pan and place on a cooling rack.

 



About

This recipe has evolved quite a bit over the years. I love the addition of our Chinese 5 Spice rather than simply using cinnamon. The subtle addition of a hint of pepper tantalizes and warms the heart on a cold and drizzly day.

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March 22, 2014

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