Prep 25 mins
Cook 30 mins
I really enjoy making bread in the colder months. This loaf is one that I have played with a lot and it works no matter what I do to it. I have added nuts, vanilla, cinnamon/ginger, changed the apples to dried cherries( non sugared). I have used applebutter in place of applesauce and trimmed down the honey. Well, you get the idea. 8" cake pans are the perfect thing for baking this bread. It will make 3 loaves.
- 2 (1/4 ounce) packages active dry yeast
- 1 1⁄2 cups warm water, divided (110 degrees to 115 degrees)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon sugar
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1⁄2 cup honey
- 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 8 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 cups peeled diced apples
- 1 1⁄2 cups raisins
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons cornmeal
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- In a small bowl, combine yeast, 1/2 cup water and sugar; set aside. In a large bowl, combine eggs, applesauce, honey, oil, salt and remaining water; mix well.
- Stir in yeast mixture.
- Gradually add enough flour to form a soft dough. Knead on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
- Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch down and turn over in bowl.
- Cover and let rise 30 minutes. In a small bowl, combine apples, raisins and lemon juice. Divide dough into three parts; knead one-third of the apple mixture into each part.
- Shape each into round flat balls. Place each in a greased 8-in. round baking pan that has been sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Brush each loaf with egg and sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake at 350°F for 30 to 35 minutes or until brown sounds hollow when tapped.
Wonderful bread! And my 16 month grandson who has dairy allergies could eat this and gave it the MORE rating via signing. The toast is remarkable! I used my KA mixer to knead this-the entire flour amount (8 cups) and went just fine. For last rising, I put one third in an 8 inch pan, one third in regular size loaf pan, and remaining one third in two mini loaf pans-and they all fit into my oven at the SAME time and took almost 35 minutes to bake. I plan on using some leftovers for French toast and Apple Nut Bread Pudding. I can see after cutting it that I did need to mix in the fruit mixture better than I did. Today, am serving with a St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin wine, Almond 'feta Cheese' Spread With Herb Oil (Vegan), Awesome Baked Ham, squash, corn on the cob,and The Only Blueberry Pie Recipe You'll Ever Need. Thanks Annacia for a keeper. Made for Photo Tag.
This was good I made it with whole wheat flour and the rest as directed in the recipe. I am wondering why its not baked in Loaf pans? I think next time I would bake in loaf pans.
Wow! This really is a resilient recipe! I forgot to add the egg at first, so I added it after kneading, had to reknead and then add some more flour. It still turned out pretty tasty (luckily I only made 1/3 recipe)! I'll definitely make this again so I can do the recipe the right way!