Time for bread again, and trying yet another new recipe. I found this interesting sounding bread at a site devoted to bread machine recipes, and since I had a jar of real maple syrup (rather than the cheap pancake syrup that I normally buy), I figured this would be a great way to honor that expensive sap.
This bread smelled soooo good. Then again, have you ever smelled a baking loaf of bread that you didn't like? Well, I did make that uber-garlic bread a while back and it stunk up the place, but regardless, bread generally smells good. But this bread smelled goooooooood! This stuff tasted awesome too. I followed the recipe exactly, except I skipped the raisins to appease Thing One, and I eyeballed the amount of syrup I added. I admit it was probably a teensy bit more than called for, though not too much, just a little more. The bread had a great fall flavor with all of the requisite spices, and the maple flavor...wow! It wasn't overpowering, but you could definitely taste it in there, and it added such an amazing dimension of flavor that I never would have thought of. Sadly, the loaf is already long gone, and I thought after-the-fact that this bread would probably make some killer french toast! Especially if you are like me and prefer powdered sugar over syrup, but feel saddened by having to choose one or the other....this would be a great way to have both!
Maple Syrup Spice Bread
Yields 1 (1.5 pound) loaf
1/2 cup raisins
3/4 cup milk
1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
2 tablespoons butter
2 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons bread flour
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon grated dried orange peel
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon yeast
Add all ingredients according to manufacturer's directions. You may add raisins after the beep if you machine allows it.