Thursday, September 15, 2011

Apple Braid Bread

If you have already seen this post, pardon my repetitiveness, i am still in the process of adding old blogs from Wordpress and my Facebook page.
Since it is Autumn, and almost apple season, this is something that will warm the tummies of your chilren, neighbors, and friends. It makes 2 loaves and the dough is required to be refrigerated 24 hours before baking , so make sure the time is convienient for you. You won't regret it!

1 pkg. active dry yeast (or 2 1/4 teaspoons )
1/4 cup warm water
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour
1/2 cup milk
4 eggs
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
4 cups sliced apples
1/4 cup butter, softened
Milk, for brushing dough

~~~~~~~~~Strusel Topping~~~~~~~~~~~

3 Tablespoons flour
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 Tablespoons butter
Mix together strusel topping ingredients. Save.

In a small bowl combine yeast and warm water. in large one combine 1/2 cup butter, syrup , and salt. Add 1 cup of the flour, milk, eggs, and dissolved yeast. Mix well. Stir in remaining flour and beat till smooth. place dough in large greased bowl, cover and refrigerate 6-24 hours. Remove from fridge and let sit and rise for about 2 hours or till double. Punch down and divide in 1/2.

For filling, in med mixing bowl stir together apples, brown sugar, syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

Grease 2 baking sheets.

Roll dough into 2 12x9 inch rectangles on floured surface. Spread with 1/4 cup softened butter. Spread the filling in a 3 inch wide strip down the center of each rectangle to within 1 inch of the edges.
On the long ends make 3 inch cuts from the edges torward the center at 1 inch intervalsStarting at one end, alternatly fold opposite strips of dough, at an angle over filling. pressing lightly to seal. Cover and let rise about 1 hour, or till double.
Baste with milk and sprinke with strusel topping.
Bake 350 for about 25-30 min or until golden brown.

1 comment:

FamilySpice said...

That looks insanely good! I love the sweet smells of autumn!

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