I came across this recipe when I was looking for what to do with all the apples that were picked with the last tree – it looked delicious, but required more time than I had at the moment. It has been in the back of my head and I was going to be home for most of the day today – so thought why not. This bread takes about 4 hours to make – so make sure that you have enough time. It is delicious and it touches a couple senses, smell, taste and sight – the bread is just beautiful to look at.
Ellijay Style Apple Bread (thanks to PickYourOwn.org)
½ cup warm water (to start the yeast)
2 packets of dry yeast
1 tablespoon of salt
2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
1/2 cup of sugar OR 1/2 cup of of honey (for sweetness AND the yeast needs it!)
1/3 cup of vegetable shortening (I used butter – had a suggestion to use coconut oil, but I did not have enough left in the jar)
1 and 2/3 cups of hot water
2 medium sweet apples (Red Delicious, Fuji, Gala, etc.), peeled, cored, sliced and diced
3/4 cup applesauce (I used my homemade)
1/2 cup finely sliced, chopped apples (about ⅛ inch thick, and 1/3 to 1/2 inch across; in other words, about the same size and thickness of a nickel)
2/3 cup of powdered milk (I use nonfat dry milk)
7 to 8 cups of all-purpose flour or bread flour (but NOT self-rising flour!)
1 cup powdered sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
1 – 2 Tbls milk
1/4 tsp vanilla
3. Add the applesauce and stir, add the powdered milk and the yeast mixture – mix well.
4. I placed the bowl on my Kitchen Aid and started adding the flour, 1 cup at a time. I used about 6 1/2 cups of flour.
5. Core, peel and cut up the apples.
6. I turned the dough out onto a floured board and worked the apples into the dough. This dough is very sticky and with the wetness of the apples – you need to keep your hands and board well floured!
7. Place the dough in a greased bowl and place in a warm place. I have a gas stove with a constant pilot – so I placed the bowl in there and covered with a cloth napkin. Let rise until double in size – about 45 minutes.
9. Grease and flour 2 standard loaf pans.
10. Take the dough out of the bowl and split in half, then shape into a loaves and place in pans.
12. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 – 35 minutes. The crust should be golden brown and if you have a thermometer, insert and it should read between 185 – 200 degrees.
13. Take the loaves out of the pans and let cool on a wire rack for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
14. Make the icing – put 1 cup of powdered sugar in a bowl, and the vanilla and then 1 tablespoon of milk – mix well. If it is too thick, add a teaspoon of milk at a time until the icing is a consistency of your liking.
15. Drizzle the icing over the top of the bread.
16. Slice with a serrated knife and enjoy. This bread is not very sweet, the icing bites add a nice sweetness to it. I left one loaf plain and I think it would be wonderful toasted with a little bit of butter!