The best christmas apple-spice-bread

Now that the days already got much too short and advent season has nearly arrived I don’t mind eating christmas pastries every day. Christmas spice cake with my coffee break, spiced cookies here and there or this spiced roast apple bread – even already for breakfast 😀

The recipe

This recipe does for one really large loaf of bread. But the amount of dough would also be enough for two smaller ones, maybe with varying fillings.

You’ll need

500g flour
1 pinch of salt
80 g powdered sugar
25g fresh yeast
300ml milk
50g butter
3 Apples
50 g raisins
50g marzipan
cinnamon and sugar

How to prepare

Sieve the flour into a bowl and add the salt. Warm the milk until lukewarm and melt the butter. Crumble the yeast onto the powdered sugar and dissolve both in the warm milk. Add the yeast-milk and the melted butter to the flour and stir until well mixed then knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for a few minutes. When the dough get smooth and soft, place in a large, greased, mixing bowl, and turn to grease the surface of the dough. Cover with a damp cloth and put at a warm place. Allow to rise until doubled.

In the meantime wash and dice the apples, and mix with cinnamon, sugar and raisins. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface into a large rectangle, about 1/2 inch thick. Spread the diced apples on the dough leaving a narrow border free and roll up tightly from a short end. Place on a baking sheet and allow to rise again for about an hour.
Bake at 160°C for about one hour, until loaves are golden brown. Mix a little milk with a little sugar and brush the loaves 2-3 times during the baking.

Résumé

This recipe is just so super easy to do and doesn’t take to much time neither. And I just love the cinnamon-apple combination here. But I think here is still room for experimentation. A nuts-filling or a poppyseed-filling might come out great, too. Or even with chocolate and cherries. I surely will try these also, sooner or later 😀

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