This is my first attempt at an Italian style bread. I think I didn’t quit hit the mark on my first try. It’s looks and tastes good, but the crust was just a bit harder than I wanted. I’ll come back around to this type of bread again later and try a different recipe until I get it right.
I have decided to expand my bread baking, I am going to stay with a bread I make well and try out stuffing bread. I like the slight bit of sweetness of honey challah and only added the cinnamon and sugar to the apples. I used Granny Smith, I prefer a juicy tart apple.
I am using a very old hand written recipe, so I am not sure of it’s origin.
I am using a very old hand written recipe with minimal instruction, I am not sure of it’s origin.
1 package yeast
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 cup warm water
3 eggs at room temperature
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 cups bread flour
2 large apples, minced into fine chunks
3 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon water
Proof yeast in the warm water with 1/2 teaspoon sugar.
whisk in eggs, honey, oil, salt, add flour 1 cup at a time and kneed for 10 minutes until smooth and a bit sticky.
Coat the dough in oil and place into a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, allowing room to double and place it in a warm spot to rise for 90 minutes or until doubled.
Peel and chop the apples, mix with sugar and cinnamon.
Divide the dough into 4 parts. Place them back into the bowl and keep covered with the plastic wrap while working.
Roll out one portion at a time, long and thin and then flatten to allow for filling. Roll tightly and pinch the dough sealed. Set filled dough ropes in a cross hatched or tic-tac-toe pattern across the center of your baking sheet and weave them around together, and tucking the ends under.
Cover with a damp cloth and let rise for another hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and brush bread with egg wash, sprinkle with raw sugar and bake for 35 minutes. Rotate at about 1/2 way through cooking. Place tin foil over bread if it is becoming too dark.
For me bread is not so much about the recipe, I can find great bread recipes all over the place, it’s more about having the time and patience to try and do it right. I sometimes fail terribly at the patience part.
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First time with this recipe and I hadn’t baked bread in a long while. In the end it was a great tasting bread it was a bit dense and had a great crust. I don’t care for dense bread so I cut the loaf into thick slices and let them dry out overnight. I made a coconut milk French toast with them the next morning.
I was about to enter my apartment when I heard a tiny defeated tweet from what looked like a scrap of dried leaf. Upon closer inspection it was an Anna’s Hummingbird that had gotten trapped in the stairwell and become exhausted. I offered it some sugar water and carried it to safety.
This morning I planted some ginger and put it next to my Aerogarden for light. Then trimmed back my lemon balm & chamomile and planted those this morning.
I started cilantro, dill and basil in the aerogarden.
Trimmings from the lemon balm and lemon slices are steeping in cold water for later. I baked some bread and some bran muffins.
I tried a new park I haven’t been to yet. It’s a bit of a walk to get to but worth it, at least up until spider season arrives.
I’ve been working on some soap recipes, I have a loofah I want to experiment with and also I was gifted a wire coat hanger for some experimentation with hanger swirls. I’m having some trouble deciding. I know scent wise it’s either going to be Vanilla with Espresso, Ginger Patchouli or Valencia Orange.
I don’t have a whole lot of confidence with bread, especially putting so much time into something that might fail. I don’t bake breads often.
But this day was different! So I broke out a bottle of sparkling wine, made drew open it while I stood in another room because those things scare me, and started measuring things out.
Many hours later and I’m gonna call it a success, for a few minutes there I wasn’t sure if it was gonna stop growing. Now I have delicious mega Amish bread. I used this recipe here. Amish White Bread