Sunday, February 24, 2008

Apple-Pear Bread

Baked a sweet for my "sweetie food critic" this morning. Fruit filled, served warm with morning coffee/tea. Yummy !


1 apple, peeled and diced
1 pear, peeled and diced
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Chopped Nuts

Toss apples and pears with sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.

Dough Recipe

4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 pkg. yeast
1 cup milk
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs, slightly beaten

Combine flour, sugar salt and yeast. Set aside. Warm milk, butter and water in saucepan over medium heat. Add milk and eggs to flour mixture. Mix with dough hook for about 4 minutes. Place in container with tight lid and refrigerate overnight.

Divide dough in half, bring to room temperature. Roll out on lightly floured board into 12X9 rectangle. Cut 1-inch wide strips on each side of rectangle. Fill the center of dough with apple and pear mixture. Add raisins and chopped nuts over top of fruit.

Braid dough by folding strips of dough at an angle across filling. Cover with towel, let rise in a warm place till double in size. Brush top of bread with melted butter and sprinkle lightly with sugar.

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly oil baking sheet.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.


NellJean said...

Every step looks yummy. Much tastier than my efforts at a 'sweet' without sugar for my own sweetie.

Yesterday's effort was a cookie with peanut butter for part of the shortening, raisins and applesauce for sweet with just a spoonful of sugar so it wasn't a scone, spices -- forgot the vanilla -- and tons of oatmeal, little flour, walnuts for crunch.

It takes SUGAR and too much shortening to make a crispy cookie, but these will be okay. The dog LOVED them.

OhioMom said...

Hi Jean

The food critic loved this bread, I have half of the dough left to use today ... haven't decided what to do with it.

Any cookie with my two favorite ingredients ... peanut butter and oatmeal ... is okay in my book :)

Michelle said...

OMG....LINDA!!! The looks fabulous and so much fun. I've got to try making it. We're expecting more snow and then freezing rain and sleet. So I'm home for the week and this just might keep me happy.


OhioMom said...

LOL ... and there is very little left. I took the other half of the dough out this morning to make sticky buns ... will post them later.

That storm is headed out way ... yuck ... more snow.

I want warmth, I want fresh from the garden veggies ... hurry up Spring/Summer.