Oatmeal Applesauce Raisin Bread

I am so excited about a new bread that I will be making in my bread machine. In my efforts to become healthy I am experimenting more & more with homemade menu items. Bread became a quick favorite in my home. I found it amazing how quickly homemade bread begins to bold as opposed to store bought. It makes you wonder how many preservatives are added to bread that allows it to last so long. Fortunately my home is packed with healthy appetites & rarely does fresh baked bread mold (by rarely I mean it has only happened once). My bread machine has definitely paid for itself at a whopping $19 thrift store find. I am going to test this new recipe today & share the recipe & pics if it comes out as wonderful as it sounds.

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1/3 cup old fashion oats

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1/2 cup water

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1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

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1 3/4 cup bread flour

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1 tsp salt

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1 tablespoon butter or margarine (I used unsalted butter)

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1 tablespoon brown sugar

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1 tablespoon nonfat powder dry milk

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1/4 cup raisins (I used organic raisins & more like 1/2 cup so there will be raisins in every bite)

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1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

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1 1/2 teaspoon red star yeast for all bread machines

Then set to light crust & I used the sweet bread cycle. It automatically set for 3:30.

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1 hour left & it is looking & smelling delicious. I can’t believe I am up at 1 am, with my mouth watering, waiting for bread!!

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The finished product was delicious. It wasn’t as sweet as I thought it to be but a wonderful substitute for store bought raisin bread and much cheaper. I cut a piece this morning and shared it with the kids. It had a kind of bitter taste but not bad. It was extra moist i loved the texture. Although I added extra raisins they didn’t over power the bread and I won’t use the recommended amount of raisins. I would add apple butter to mine or a sweet topping like honey even an apple jelly. The breads flavor wouldn’t work to me with anything like a grape or strawberry jelly/jam. I am definitely making another loaf to eat with my oatmeal in the morning. I am definitely recommending this recipe and hope you try it.

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