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Apple Bread

Apple Bread

I got some Jonathan apples so decided to try making an apple bread. It's really popular with the kids! I got the idea for the shape from a photo that my cooking teacher showed me of their work, I thought it was really cute so decided to try and imitate it.

Ingredients: 12 breads

☆ Apple (Jonathan apple is best)
1
☆Sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons
Strong bread flour
250 g
Cake flour
50 g
Sugar
30 g
Skim milk
15 g
Egg
1 (plus water until 200 g)
Dried yeast
6 g
Salt
6 g
Cinnamon
1 teaspoon
Shortening
30 g
Thin pretzel sticks
as desired

Steps

1. Slice the apple into 8 parts and then cut each part in half. Put these apple chunks on a plate and sprinkle with the sugar marked with ☆ on the ingredients list then heat in a 600w microwave for 4 minutes. The heating time may vary depending on the size of your apple chunks so adjust accordingly.
2. Add the bread flour, cake flour, sugar, skimmed milk powder, salt, yeast and cinnamon to a bread kneader (or bread maker) and add the beaten egg and water mixture a little at a time. Set for 15 minutes and when the dough clumps into a ball, add the shortening.
3. Leave to proof for 40 - 50 minutes.
4. Once proofed, split the dough into 12. Each piece should weigh around 50 g. Roll into balls and leave to rest for 15 minutes. Make sure they don't dry out.
5. Roll the dough out with a rolling pin and place a piece of apple on top. Stretch out and draw up the edges to enclose the apple and pinch the edges together firmly. Place seam-down and roll with your hands to get the ball shape.
6. Here I tried adding some cheese along with the apple.
7. Place the dough seam-down in aluminium cups or muffin cups.Rub on some bread flour on your index finger and make some dents in the middle of the dough until you can feel the apple. Leave to proof a second time for 30 minutes at 35°C. The photo shows the dough before proving.
8. Once proofed, stick a piece of pretzel stick in each dent to make an apple stem and glaze. Bake for 12 minutes in an oven preheated to 180°C. (Our oven is a gas oven, electric ovens tend to be a bit weaker so adjust the baking time as appropriate). The bread will come out more shiny if you use a glaze so I recommend using one.

Story Behind this Recipe

I fell in love with some cute apple bread that my cooking teacher showed me a picture of. I had a lot of apples and thought my kids would like it so made some apple shaped apple bread.