1 loaf, 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 325°.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Ratings & Reviews

GayleR's Review

March 27, 2012
I really wanted to like this recipe because I have a surplus of pear butter, which I substituted for the apple butter. But I made it twice and people didn't like it. It was too dry.

smd1212's Review

March 05, 2012
Delicious! Didn't have star anise so I subbed Chinese Five-Spice Powder, which contains star anise, and subbed about 2 tablespoons melted butter for some of the apple butter so it wouldn't be too dry per another review. Next time, I might sub some buttermilk or light sour cream for richer flavor. Recipe says 35 minutes but mine took about 45 minutes. Definitely worth making again!