Pull apart or tear and share breads are perfect for casual gatherings or family meals. This wonderful bread filled with grated tart apples and walnuts . Serve it at tea time or for breakfast as a special treat.
Course Bread, Breakfast
Keyword Apple Walnut Bread, Breakfast loaf, Homemade bread, Tear and Share Bread
Prep Time 30minutes
Cook Time 40minutes
Total Time 2hours30minutes
For the dough
1 1/2 - 2CAll Purpose Flour Notes
1 1/2CWhole Wheat Flour
1/2 - 3/4CWater / Milk As Needed
2TspActive Dry Yeast
3/4TspFine Sea Salt
3TbspSugar Divided Use
1CApple Grated Notes
For Glaze (optional)
Make the dough:
Heat milk/water until it is just warm (100 - 100 F). Take 1/4 C water and dissolve 1 tbsp sugar in it. Sprinkle the yeast on top and set aside for 5 to 10 minutes until the yeast becomes bubbly.
Mix the 1 1/2 ap flour, ww flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Coarsely grate the apple. Make a well at the center of the flour mix, and add the yeast mixture, followed by the egg, grated apples, and the activated yeast mix. Knead to form a soft dough adding the remaining liquid, one tablespoon at a time.
If using a machine knead for up to 4 minutes using the dough hook. If the dough seems very tacky add the remaining flour.
Follow the same process if kneading by hand. Once the dough has come together it takes about 10 minutes of kneading by hand. Add the remaining flour if the dough sticks to the hand while kneading.
Oil a medium bowl and transfer the dough ball into it. Turn the dough so that all sides are evenly coated in oil. Cover with a wet kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place till doubled - about 1 hour.
Prepare the filling:
Chop the walnuts coarsely. Soften 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon well.
Coat the insides of a 9 X 5 loaf pan with butter. Punch down the dough. Lightly flour a kneading surface. Roll out the dough into a 10-inch X 12-inch rectangle. Spread the softened butter on the dough rectangle.
Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar and the chopped walnuts on top. Fold the dough along the short edge to create a 5X 12 rectangle. Cut into 8 equal pieces. Arrange the pieces side by side in the loaf pan with the ends facing up. If there is any leftover filling, sprinkle it on the top. Cover with a plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place till almost doubled about 30 to 45 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C) and bake for 30 to 40 minutes until done (Refer to notes). Cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
Whisk together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Drizzle over the cooled bread.
Use unbleached all-purpose flour preferably organic.
Use any firm kind of apples like Granny Smith
The amount of moisture that flour can absorb varies as well as the amount of moisture in the apple. Add more flour to the dough as needed.
The shaping instruction is for the pan size used. Tailor it to the number of sections wanted and the pan size used.