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Apple Harvest Bread - #TwelveLoaves


Apple Harvest Bread

I've been dreaming of apple desserts for weeks. What a treat to wake up on Sunday morning to our first autumn cool front (in most other places, it was an actual cold front) and to this gorgeous apple harvest bread. But it is  beautiful, nonetheless, and I will take this temperature drop any day.

This dessert maybe looks daunting and unapproachable, but really, it's not that bad to put together!!

If you could make the dough, you could put this gorgeous bread together.  I've been dreaming of baking this recipe for over 2 years. What stopped me from making it? I have no clue.

What is all this apple dreaming about? #TwelveLoaves October, of course! Our monthly baking group couldn't wait to bake with apples all month long!

#TwelveLoaves is a monthly bread baking party created by Lora from Cake Duchess and run with the help of Heather of girlichef, which runs smoothly with the help of our bakers.

Our host this month is Heather from girlichef, and our theme is Apples.

#TwelveLoaves: Apples
Apple Harvest Bread

Maybe I was afraid it wouldn't look as gorgeous as the one I saw on the King Arthur Flour blog and on this blog. It could be because I've been baking more and more yeast breads each year, I couldn't remember why I didn't bake this sooner.
Apple Harvest Bread


I did follow their challah bread recipe and didn't use the one I usually make. This is a challah dough with honey instead of sugar. Although I always add a little bit of sugar to my yeast when it's proofing. It's what my great-aunt used to do and it's a baking habit I can't break. I also decided to cook my apples a little bit in the cinnamon sugar. I wasn't too excited about baking with completely raw chunks of apples. I like my apple desserts with very soft pieces of apples. I was envisioning a bread almost like an apple pie.  A twist on all the apple cakes I bake. Like this one and this one.












Apple Harvest Bread
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  2. 1 Tablespoon instant yeast
  3. 4 cups flour
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 teaspoon sugar
  6. 6 tablespoons vegetable oil, safflower preferred
  7. 1/4 cup honey
  8. 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  9. filling-
  10. 2 medium-to-large apples, NOT peeled; cored and diced in ¾" chunks (I peeled some)
  11. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  12. ¼ cup granulated sugar
  13. egg wash-
  14. 1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water
Instructions
  1. In a mixer, with a dough hook attachment, add the warm water and yeast. Mix until blended. Add the sugar and mix about a minute. Slowly mix in 1 cup of the flour until combined. Mix in the eggs one at a time until they are combined. Add another 2 cups of the flour, oil, honey and salt. Mix together on medium-low speed stopping the machine to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Slowly add the rest of the flour (the remaining 4 cups) and mix until combined. Stop the machine as you add each cup of the flour to scrape the sides of the bowl and incorporate the flour. Mix on low speed for 12 minutes until dough is incorporated. Be sure to give your mixer a break, as you don’t want to burn it out. Add flour if needed 1 tablespoon at a time. The dough will be a little sticky but also firm.
  2. Take dough out of mixer bowl. Form the dough into a ball and place into an oiled bowl (when I put the dough in the bowl I swish the dough around the bottom of the bowl and then flip it over so all of the dough is covered in a light film of oil. I use vegetable oil). Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise at room temperature until doubled in size (about 1-1 1/2 hours).
  3. Lightly grease a 9" round cake pan that's at least 2" deep. Or grease a 9" or 10" springform pan.
  4. Gently deflate the dough, transfer it to a lightly greased work surface, and flatten it into a rough rectangle, about 8" x 10".
  5. Spread half the apple chunks in the center of the dough.
  6. Fold a short edge of the dough over the apple to cover it, patting firmly to seal the apples and spread the dough a bit.
  7. Spread the remaining apple atop the folded-over dough.
  8. Cover the apples with the other side of the dough, again patting firmly. Basically, you've folded the dough like a letter, enclosing the apples inside.
  9. Take a bench knife or a knife, or even a pair of scissors, and cut the apple-filled dough into 16 pieces. Cut in half, then each half in halves, etc. This could become messy because the apple pieces will start to fall out. (Not to worry if pieces do fall out while assembling. Simply place them on top. )
  10. Lay the dough chunks into the pan; crowd them so that they all fit in a single layer (apple pieces may fall out. Tuck them in between the dough pieces and place them on top. I had a few extra dough chunks leftover, and added them to a mini rectangular baking pan).
  11. Cover the bread gently with lightly greased plastic wrap or a proof cover, and allow it to rise for about 1 hour, until it's a generous 2" high. It should just crest the rim of a 9" round cake pan. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 325°F.
  12. Whisk together the egg and 1 tablespoon water. Brush the dough with the egg mixture
  13. Place the bread in the lower third of the oven. Bake it for 55 minutes, or until the top is at least light brown all over, with no white spots
  14. Remove the bread from the oven, and after 5 minutes loosen the edges and carefully transfer it to a serving plate.
  15. Best served warm but even great the next day.

43 comments

  1. Lora, this bread is stunning!!! hooray for apples! love love love and pinned!!

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  2. Oh, my! A apple filled, yeast bread dessert???? I am SO glad you finally made this spectacular bread!

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  3. Oh. Yum. This bread looks fantastic! I love all the apples.

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  4. GORGEOUS!! And I'm sure your home smelled amazing as this bread baked :)

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  5. This is so, SO beautiful, Lora. I think I've been eyeing one similar with a goal to make it this apple season. Now, I'll use your recipe, because I know it will be welcomed by my family - with gusto!

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  6. This is really such a beautiful loaf of bread. A true show stopper!

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  7. […] Apple Harvest Bread from Cake Duchess […]

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  8. Beautiful bread, Lora! So perfect for fall!

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  9. I pretty much adore anything baked with apples but this bread looks exceptionally good, Lora!

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  10. Looks gorgeous to me!! Bread baking is on my bucket list.

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  11. This bread is stunning! Annnnd I want to eat the entire loaf :)

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  12. This looks fantastic! Beautiful loaf and, I'm sure, delicious.

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  13. Nothing is going to stop me from making this apple bread!!!

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  14. That is one stunning apple bread, Lora! Sounds great for breakfast, snack, or dessert to me.

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  15. This apple bread looks fantastic, Lora. Your dough always looks so supple, it just like putty in your hands and responds o you so well. Haha. I would love a slice of this along with my cup of tea today.

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  16. Wow! what a stunning creation! to think that basic ingredients like flour,yeast and apples can come together to make such a beautiful bread is impressive!

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  17. Such a gorgeous bread! I declared Sunday the first day of fall (I'm in Florida too!) Pinning this for our next cold front!

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  18. You are the Cake Duchess and queen of baking so maybe I'll start adding sugar to yeast! Your apple bread looks gorgeous. I'm betting it rivals the one posted on King Arthur's site!

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  19. I think you're one of the best bread bakers I know, Lora! Your recipes always look and sound so prefect and inspired! This is a wonderful submission for apple month! Pinning :)

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  20. I've been absolutely obsessed with apples lately. This bread looks so good!

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  21. I love everything about tho bread! It looks amazing!

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  22. That is a gorgeous loaf of bread! Love apple bread!

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  23. Oh, wow - This bread is breathtaking!! I like to cook my apples too. Oh, man... I can't even imagine what this tastes like!!

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  24. Alice stole my line. This is stunning!!! I need to make this!!! All of these photos are incredible. I need to make this bread.

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  25. Your apple harvest bread turned out beautiful. This is something I would come home to after dropping Tay off at school. :-) Apples are neat!

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  26. Beautiful, Lora! I love that you can see the big chunks of apple just tempting you to tear right into it. This wouldn't last long at my house, that's for sure. Thanks for sharing it!

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  27. Gorgeous bread Lora! Simply beautiful! I want to make this for my husband's grandma's birthday this year! She would love this!

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  28. An apple filled yeast bread? Oh yes, please and thank you!

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  29. I love the big chunks of apple. I need a slice of this yesterday ;)

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  30. I looooove bread! This apple bread, those chunks of apples, OMG! I HAVE to make this. Like now. Have I mentioned I love bread! :-)

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  31. I need to go apple picking again to make this bread!

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  32. The Husband and I ADORE apple anything and this harvest bread is gorgeous, Lora. It's exactly what I want to be eating now that the weather is turning cooler, it's raining all the time, and I'm cozy at home in my pjs. I like apples to be soft in dessert too. We bought little apple tarts from a great bakery a few weeks ago but were disappointed to find that the apples were still crispy 'n crunchy. Ain't nobody got time for that!

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  33. I'm dying to make this bread, it looks stunning. Am I missing something, or where does it say how many eggs to use in the dough? Thanks!

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  34. Apple-filled fresh challah sounds and looks irresistible. I'm inspired to give this one a try... soon.

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  35. […] gorgeous apple harvest bread from Cake Duchess (whom I had the pleasure of finally meeting NYC last […]

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  36. I like the look of your apple bread, it looks light and soft but it's stuffed with lots of fruity seasonal goodness. Right now we are in apple season too in India, but I feel there are much less apples in the market right now. I feel it's because of the floods back in july in kashmir, so I am going to save this for another time when I can find more apples.

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