The softness of the bread, shows on the thin layer of it's crumb when tearing apart of each portion.
I thought I have ran out of ideas for bread making, before I came to this apple sweet bread. My intention of getting some apples was to join the last Aspiring Bakers for the month of August to make an apple pie, however, I was too busy with some cakes making and decided to give it a miss. What a pity! While I was searching through my 'Bibles' ( recipe books) , I found this apple bread which reminded me the apple bread I've tasted during bread challenge while I was in Paris, and been hoping to find a bread recipe uses apple.
Nothing too complex in the recipe, besides the cooking part, as the apple needs to be cooked slightly before wrapped into the dough. I added some cinnamon powder during the cooking process to get an extra flavor and it did well! I would say this is pretty much a girl's bread as I notice my son and hubby didn't quite interested with the apple filling, however not, everyone loved the ultra cottony soft crumb! The bread can just make without any filling and turn into an egg loaf like those selling at the Hong Kong style bakery.
Bread flour 200g
Instant yeast 4g
Red apple 200g, cut into bite size.
1. Cook apple, butter and sugar till apple turns soft, leave it to cool.
2. Mix all ingredients to form a rough and sticky dough, and knead by hand till the dough become smooth and springy. Cover the dough and let it rise in a warm place till it's reach double the volume.
3. Roll the dough to a rectangular shape, and fill in the cooked apple then carefully roll the dough up like a Swiss roll and seal the end. Cut the filled dough in to six equal rings and place them cut side up in a 18cm round cake tin that has line and greased with butter, Let the dough rest till it reaches double the size.
4. Brush the dough with some egg wash, bake in a preheated oven 180'c for 20-25 minutes. If the top of the bread starts to turn brown, use a parchment or foil to cover the bread to prevent it getting burnt. Cool the baked bread on wire rack.