Apple Fritter Bread

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Makes 1 loaf

Tip: Baking is typically a scientific process, but when I bake a recipe like this, it’s simply magic. If you find baking intimidating, take baby steps, but DO bake from scratch and DO build your way to this delicious yeast bread. I really believe you’ll be proud of your magical results.

Filling Ingredients
3 medium-large apples (Honey Crisp or any tart baking apple)
2 tsp lemon juice
½ cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp cornstarch

Prep & Directions
Wash, peel, core and dice apples.
In a skillet, combine diced apples, lemon juice, brown sugar, vanilla, butter, cinnamon and cornstarch. Cook, stirring regularly, over medium-low heat until apples are tender and mixture is slightly thickened (about 10 – 15 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Dough Ingredients
2½ cups all-purpose flour (plus up to ½ cup more for rolling)
1 package dry yeast (2 ¼ tsp)
¼ tsp salt
½ cup brown sugar, packed
¾ cup whole milk
¼ cup butter
¼ cup water
1 egg, beaten

Prep & Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease a bread pan, about 9”x5”x3”.
Combine flour, yeast, salt and brown sugar in a mixing bowl and stir well.
Heat the milk in a saucepan until bubbles begin to form and add butter. Stir to melt butter completely; remove from heat.

Add water, egg, and milk/butter mixture to flour mixture and stir to combine thoroughly until a soft dough is formed. At this point, I use the kneading hook on my stand mixer and knead the dough for 5 minutes. You can also hand-knead on a lightly floured surface. Dough will be sticky; don’t add more flour! Place back in bowl, cover, and let rise for an hour.

Scrape raised dough out of bowl onto a lightly floured surface; roll dough into a rectangle, approximately 12″x 18″, sprinkling lightly with flour to prevent sticking (as needed). Spread cooled apple mixture evenly over the dough. Cut dough into somewhat even squares. Using a spatula, stack squares on top of each other and make four or five piles (this part is super messy). Place stacks of dough sideways into bread pan.

Bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown and center of bread is 200 – 205 degrees F (use instant read thermometer). Let cool for 10 minutes and then remove from the bread pan to a serving plate.

Glaze Ingredients
1 Tbsp butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
¾ cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp milk

Stir together glaze ingredients and drizzle over warm loaf.

This bread is delicious served warm.

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    1. I think you could use pears, but they should be pretty firm, and then of course because they’re underripe when firm, they may not be as flavorful. There may be pear varieties that I’m not familiar with that are full-flavored when firm. It’s always worth a test! 😊


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