Here Is One Way To Make Fall Amazing.
Fall is almost here. It’s a season full of earthly colored leaves and brisk cozy days. However, for all it’s delightfully warm accessories, fall can make us feel a bit empty. It’s the shift from long, hot summer moments that leave us needing something warm, filling, and comfortable to usher in the new season.
With the desire for something more, we sometimes overdo the festive, fall spirit. We can find ourselves with 25 pounds of perfectly, just picked, orchard apples cooling in a box on our porch.
That’s when we have to use our creativity to celebrate our seasonal exuberance and make fall amazing.
And I have created one way to fill up the empty that fall delivers.
Last week Jen from Jen Reviews, gave us a great recipe for Chocolate Babka With Nuts. It was an easy and delicious sweet dough mixture that left us wanting more. You can find more here on this post “Here Is How To Bake Easy Happiness Into Your Weekend.”
With fall upon us and apples coming out of our ears; I spent last week creating a perfect recipe for you. With elbow grease, bread research, perseverance, and a whole bunch of freshly picked apples, I present you with Fried Apple Babka inspired by the Chocolate Babka With Nuts recipe from Jen Reviews.
Fried Apple Babka
1 cup milk
½ cube fresh yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1/3 cup butter softened and sliced in 1” slices
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup of organic granulated sugar
1 medium egg
pinch of salt
1 egg for brushing
Fried Apple Filling
6-8 medium sized Gravenstine apples cored and diced
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
Warm the milk and 1 tablespoon of sugar in a small saucepan. The milk should not be hot as the heat will kill the yeast. To test the temperature, place a drop of milk on the inside of the wrist. If it feels hot to the touch, let the milk cool to room temperature. Crumble in the yeast. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then stir until the yeast dissolves completely.
In the bowl of a stand mixer with a dough hook, add the butter, flour, 1/2 cup sugar, egg, and salt. Turn on slow to combine. Add the yeast mixture on slow until the ingredients come together to form a ball. With the mixer set to high, knead the dough for 10 minutes.
Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rise for 1 hour at room temperature.
In the meantime, prepare the apple filling. Core, peel, and chop the apples. Melt the butter in a large frying pan, add the apples and cook for 5-7 minutes until the apples are soft. Add the cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and sugar. Cook, frequently stirring, for 5 more minutes. Set aside.
Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it to remove the air. Preheat your oven to 350F* and grease a bread pan with non-stick spray and line it with parchment paper. Roll it out on a non-stick surface to a rectangle about 12 x 20 inches.
Spread the fried apple filling evenly onto the dough keeping the filling 1/2 away from one long side. From the long side with the filling, tightly roll the dough to create a long dough log.
Cut the dough lengthwise into two even pieces and braid them together with the cut facing upwards. Tuck the ends underneath.
Carefully place into a bread pan. Cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let it rise for 30 minutes.*
Brush with an egg and bake for 50 minutes. If the top starts to become too dark, cover it with aluminum foil.
Let the loaf cool for 15 minutes before attempting to remove it from the pan.
*This loaf can be baked the day after it rises. After placing the dough in the pan, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise slowly overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning preheat the oven to 350 degrees, remove the plastic wrap, and bake for 50 minutes.
This bread was and instant classic and a delicious, filling way to start any fall morning.
My family finished the loaf yesterday. This morning my little ones asked “Where is the twisty bread?” It was a sad sight when I told them the bread had been gobbled up yesterday.
Enjoy the recipe! I hope it makes your fall amazing and gets your creative juices flowing.
Until tomorrow friends.