Tuesday, April 3, 2012

BRAIDED APPLE BREAD



This braided  bread looks insanely good yet  really easy to make.  You can use any sweet dough  or dinner rolls recipe for making this braided bread.  It can be shaped according to your preference but most common shape is simply an oblong loaf.  They can also be knotted or twisted into complex shapes.

The dough used in braided breads vary. Some are rich with eggs or butter and they may be brushed with egg for a glossy finish.  They can also be mixed with raisin, nuts, dried fruit or spices for added flavor.

Feel free to choose your own  filling by substituting with your favorite jam or preserves. The stuffing can be made  either sweet or savory too. Before adding more brown sugar to the apples, have a bite to see whether you need extra dose of sweetness, it all depend on apple you'd use.


BRAIDED APPLE BREAD
Yield   :     2 loaves

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1.5 tsp instant yeast
2  tablespoon melted butter
2/3 cup warm milk

FILLING

3 medium apples peeled and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons brown sugar or to taste
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp ground cinnamon



METHOD

Place flour, sugar and  instant yeast  in a mixing bowl.

Combine milk, melted butter and salt, stir until well incorporated.

Gradually add milk mixture to the dry ingredients and forms into a soft dough.

Transfer onto floured board, knead by hand for 8 minutes until smooth.

Place dough into oiled and covered bowl, let rise until doubled for 1-1.5 hours.

While the dough is rising, prepare the filling. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Reserve the filling until ready to fill the braids.

Punch  down  dough, divide into 2 balls. On floured board, roll each ball into rectangle about  1 cm  thick , keep the the other half  covered.

Spread the filling in the center of the dough, leaving 1.5 in  free on all the sides of the dough. Using pizza cutter, cut 1 in strips along the sides , making sure both sides have same number of strips.

Beginning on the left, lift the strip across the filling diagonally. Repeat the same with other side of the dough so that  the 2 strips crisscross each other to form into a loaf.

Repeat the rolling, filling and braiding steps for the  second  piece. Rest the dough covered for 45 minutes.

Preheat oven @ 190C, bake the loaves for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Immediately brush them with melted butter after removing from the oven.

Leave to cool on the rack for 15 minutes before serving.

Linking to Iron Chef Mom 1 - Apples

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42 comments:

cookingvarieties said...

hi treat and tricks, this is a great post, you gave us many options on what other ingredients can be added or alternatives and that makes this recipe very versatile.. also on the shapes. i like this kind of post, bookmarked with thanks to you.
have a nice day

Priti said...

Looks delish ...yum

Gloria said...

Look beautiful!!!

jeyashrisuresh said...

Very nicely done and looking very well

Tiffany said...

This is absolutely stunning! You never cease to amaze! :D

Aarthi said...

these looks so perfect

Aarthi
YUMMY TUMMY

Lizzy said...

Beautifully done!!! I'd love to make this soon :)

Suja Manoj said...

They look so perfect,beautifully done.

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious looking bread wonderfully done

Shobha said...

I always have a fascination for the braided breads ..they look so decorative.I haven't made breads for a long time...
Nice filling too.

Rosita Vargas said...

Hermosos pan es una delicia muy bien hecho,es adorable,abrazos hugs,hugs.

Rosita Vargas said...

Hermosos pan es una delicia muy bien hecho,es adorable,abrazos hugs,hugs.

Swathi Iyer said...

Beautiful, love that filling. It has been long time I baked bread.

Nitha said...

Love this beautiful bread..

gobakeyourself said...

What a gorgeous bread - the braided equivalent of apple pie no? :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Steph said...

This is gorgeous!!!

Julie said...

Delicious bread with apple filling,yummy !!
Erivum Puliyum

Kalyani said...

looks delicious and nice clicks .....

cheapcraftymama said...

That looks awesome! I would love for you to share it (and any other creations) at my new linky party- "Pin It and Win It Wednesday" @ www.cheapcraftymama.com!

easyfoodsmith said...

Beautiful post! the filling sounds delicious. I wonder if I will ever be able to make something so beautiful!!

Angie's Recipes said...

This looks pretty and delicious indeed!

maha said...

perfectly baked..n pics r just fabulous......
Maha

SouthIndianHome said...

Wow.That looks amazing

Plateful said...

This looks like a beauty of art, and I can just imagine biting into the gorgeous apple filling. Awesome!

Plateful said...

This looks like a beauty of art, and I can just imagine biting into the gorgeous apple filling. Awesome!

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

looks so pretty!

Priya said...

Bread looks soo cute and stunning..

Missy ~Cooking For Two said...

WOW! Love it, tweeting it - your blog is great!

Katja said...

This looks great - as does your other breads! If you're interested in some quick bread recipes, check out my review of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.

Kayleigh said...

Looks yummy!

Joanne said...

Congratulations on the Top 9! So deserving. This one looks great.

mjskit said...

Oh my! What a gorgeous bread! You've out done yourself Darlin! I'm sure this is a delicious as it looks. Congratulations on the Top 9!

Corina said...

I love all the variations you've suggested for this. I've never made this type of bread but it looks great.

Chik Mimi said...

kak sangat cantik roti mu itu

Cathleen said...

This is all I need. It looks great!

Barbe @ Beez Rental Designs said...

Hi, I'm a new follower and just love this bread and your blog. Best cooking blog I've found so far; you've got such great variation. Congrats on making it to the Top 9, quite an honor! : )

Laura said...

This apple bread looks scrumptious and perfect paired with a cup of tea! Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe on Allergy-Free Wednesdays! In order to be featured, please provide a link back to one of the AFW hostesses. Be sure to check back next week for recipe highlights (including the top 3 reader choice submissions and hostess favorites).

Be Well!

Laura said...

This apple bread looks scrumptious and perfect paired with a cup of tea! Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe on Allergy-Free Wednesdays! In order to be featured, please provide a link back to one of the AFW hostesses. Be sure to check back next week for recipe highlights (including the top 3 reader choice submissions and hostess favorites).

Be Well!

Six Sisters said...

This looks so delicious! We hope you'll be back to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". We loved having you! -The Sisters

Mindie Hilton said...

Featuring on Thursday at Bacon Time!

Kara said...

Thanks for sharing another fabulous recipe. Featuring this today at Thursday's Top Ten!! Can't wait to see what you share next:)

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Too pretty to eat!! Thanks for linking at my Pin Me Party!