Fresh Apple Walnut Bread

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Linda Mericle

By
@bakermom2

This recipe won me a second place ribbon at the OC fair a few years ago. Its pretty ding-danged delicious. If you like anything apple or if you like cinnamon raisin bread, you're going to love this fresh apple walnut bread! The photos I used here are from when I was in Alabama visiting my aunt, who at that time was innkeeper at the Mistletoe Bough B&B in Alexander City. What fun I had there! Such a nice large kitchen to play in. And plenty of people to gladly eat up what we baked!

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Serves:
about 10-12 slices
Prep:
45 Min
Cook:
40 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp
    yeast
  • 1/4 c
    brown sugar
  • 1 c
    warm water
  • 6 c
    bread flour, possibly more
  • 2
    medium sized apples, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped. (about 2-3 cups)
  • 1/2 c
    walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • 2 Tbsp
    walnut oil (or substitute any oil)
  • 2 large
    eggs
  • 2 tsp
    cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp
    allspice, ground
  • 1 Tbsp
    salt

How to Make Fresh Apple Walnut Bread

Step-by-Step

  1. Make sure the apples are diced and set aside and the nuts are toasted and cooling.
  2. Heat the 1 cup of milk mixed with the 1 cup of water until just warm, not hot or it will kill the yeast. Add the brown sugar and yeast. Pour this into a large mixing bowl or a standing mixer bowl.
  3. Add the eggs, apples, nuts and 2 cups of flour. Blend together. Now add the salt. Don’t forget the salt! This goes for any breads you make.
  4. Now continue adding flour until it makes a soft dough. You can use the dough hook of your mixer to do the kneading for you, or you can do it by hand. Add flour if it is too sticky, but please keep in mind, the apples are moist. You could spend forever adding flour and the apples would keep adding moisture. So not too heavy on the flour. But you don’t want it too sticky. Just tacky.
  5. Cover it with plastic and let it rise. Depending on your weather this may take an hour to 2 hours to double in size.
  6. Cut the dough in half. Now cut each half into thirds. Roll each third out like a snake, but not too long. Just a garter snake. Then braid them together to make 2 loaves. Tuck the ends in and lay them in an oiled bread pan, 9 x 5. Cover again with plastic and let rise about an hour, until peeking over the edge of the pan. Before baking, remove any large apple bits sticking out on top. Gently pick them off or they will burn during baking.
  7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    Brush an egg wash over the loaf and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Make your own blend or use a store bought.
  8. Bake about 20 minutes, then lower the temperature to 350 and let it finish baking, about another 15-20 minutes.The loaves needs to reach 180-190 degrees inside. If they get too dark on the outside, just tent some aluminum foil over the top until it reaches proper temperature.
  9. Let cool for the most part before cutting. I like to freeze one loaf and eat one up now. It will be my morning toast. French toast. Bread pudding. Oh, and you can add raisins or cranberries too if you want.

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About Fresh Apple Walnut Bread

Course/Dish: Sweet Breads
Main Ingredient: Bread
Regional Style: American




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