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Apple Bread

This Artisan Apple Bread is a family favorite. Perfectly baked every time (it really is easy!) but tastes just like it was baked at a world-class French bakery. Have no fear, Artisan Bread is a fantastic way to show off your baking skills!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Proofing Time10 hrs
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Bread
Servings: 12
Author: Amanda Rettke

Ingredients

Apple Bread Dough (DO THIS THE NIGHT BEFORE)

  • 4 cups (512g) All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Instant yeast
  • 1 3/4 cups cool water

Chopped Apples (START THIS AFTER BREAD HAS PROOFED 8 HOURS)

  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups Granny Smith apple, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Maple Butter

  • 1 cup (2 sticks, 226g) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup (32g) Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup (85g) Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

Apple Bread Dough (DO THIS THE NIGHT BEFORE)

  • In a large bowl that is not metal, mix the flour, salt, yeast, and water. Stir, and then use your hands or a dough whisk to mix and form a sticky dough.
  • You will want to work the dough just enough to incorporate all the flour.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let it rest at room temperature for 8 hours or overnight. It'll become bubbly and rise quite a bit.

AFTER DOUGH HAS PROOFED 8 HOURS

  • Prepare your apples. Peel and dice 2-3 apples so that you have 2 1/2 cups of apple pieces. Place pieces in a medium bowl and add the granulated sugar and cinnamon. Stir and make sure each piece is coated.
  • Pour the apple pieces into the bowl with the bread dough and using your hand, knead the apple pieces into the dough. Some pieces will not incorporate and that's ok.
  • Pour the apple dough into the 5qt French Oven that has been lightly greased.
  • Place the lid on the French Oven and let the dough rise at room temperature for about 2 hours, until it's puffy. It should rise noticeably, but not as big as the first rise.

When You are Ready to Bake

  • With the lid on the 5qt French Oven, place the bread in a COLD oven. Now set the oven temperature to 425°F.
  • Bake the bread for 40 to 45 minutes, then remove the lid and continue to bake for another 10 to 15 minutes, until the top is deeper brown in color.
  • Carefully remove the bread from the oven, turn it out onto a rack.
  • When cool enough to touch, tear off a piece, add some Maple Butter, and enjoy!
  • Store airtight at room temperature for up to a week; freeze for up to 3 months. (Make sure it is completely cool before placing in the freezer.

Maple Butter

  • In the bowl of stand mixer, mix together the butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, and cinnamon until well blended, about 5 minutes on medium-high speed.
  • Remove from mixer bowl and drop onto a clean piece of plastic wrap. Wrap the butter tight and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  • For storage, cover with plastic wrap or waxed paper and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. You can also place in a sealable container or jar for storage.

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Notes

I used a 5qt French Oven for this recipe.