Dark and delicious, this quick bread features the spices of Russian-Mennonite peppernuts, or spice cookies: star anise, cinnamon, nutmeg, and black pepper. Grind the star anise in a coffee or spice grinder.
Cooking Light DECEMBER 2004
Preheat oven to 325°.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 6 ingredients (through pepper) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add apple butter, sugar, honey, and eggs; stir with a whisk until well combined. Fold in raisins and 1 tablespoon almonds.
Spoon batter into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of almonds. Bake at 325° for 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Loosen bread from sides of pan using a narrow metal spatula; turn out onto a wire rack; cool.
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