apple fritter bread

10 Oct

In honor of Peanut Butter Finger’s  Fall Recipe Roundup post yesterday, I decided to do a post on the best bread EVER. In fact, I found this recipe on her blog a year ago yesterday. This bread is out-of-this world! I think I consumed at least half of the loaf while it was still warm from the oven. This recipe was somewhat labor-intensive for me because I do not have a stand-up mixer with a dough hook, so I ended up kneading the flour by hand. You only need to knead the bread (say that five times fast) for about 5 minutes, so it’s really not that bad. In fact, I actually prefer it. Call me crazy but I really enjoy the process of literally making dough by hand. Anyways, this bread is great on a cool fall morning with a nice cup of hot coffee, maybe even a pumpkin spice latte if you really want to be festive. Make this bread and I promise you will not be sorry!

Apple Fritter Bread

Ingredients:

Dough:

3 cups flour

1 package yeast

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup water

1 egg, beaten

3/4 cup milk

1/4 cup butter

Filling:

6 small apples, peeled & diced

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1 cup brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2 tbsp. butter

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tbsp. cornstarch

Glaze:

1 tbsp. butter, softened

1 tsp. vanilla

3/4 cup powdered sugar

3 tsp. half & half (or milk)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9 x 5 bread pan.

In a skillet, cook apples, lemon juice, brown sugar, vanilla, butter, cinnamon & cornstarch until mixture is thickened.  Set aside to cool.

Heat the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles; remove from heat. Add the butter and stir until melted; set aside.

Put flour, yeast, brown sugar and salt in a bowl, mix well. Add the water, egg and milk/butter mixture. Mix until dough forms into a ball; knead for an additional five minutes.

On a well floured surface, roll dough into a rectangle. Evenly spread apple mixture over dough. Cut dough into even squares (I got 20 from my dough). Carefully stack pieces of dough onto each other forming four piles.

Place piles of dough into prepared pan. Bake 45-50 minutes; until golden brown.  Immediately remove from pan.

Mix butter, vanilla and powdered sugar into a bowl.  Add half & half; stir until you get a creamy consistency. Pour on glaze and allow to setup for a few minutes. Pull some apart and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Flour Me With Love

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Buon Appétito!

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