Sunday, 5 February 2012

A Winter Apple Loaf

I think it is safe to say I have gone bread baking mad.  I think that over the last month I have settled into baking bread more often than cakes or cookies or anything else sweet...I feel that this year (as opposed to last year's resolution) I have really embraced baking bread from scratch.  

On Saturday I had planned to make a cinnamon raisin loaf...something to toast in the mornings (I am a total bread warden when it comes to slicing the sandwich loaves) or to snack on with a cup of tea in the afternoons...but when I spied Dan Lepard's recipe for Winter Apple Loaf  I immediately wrote myself a shopping list and ran out to Sainsburys.

There is no picture of this loaf in Short & Sweet...Dan's description totally drew me in...log fires...real ale...pulled pork sandwiches.  Ok, ok, ok...not exactly the sweet raisin cinnamon bread I had in mind, but in my mind's eye I could just picture the roaring fire and me cuddled up on the couch with a hunk of this bread slathered in butter and cheese...or even honey.

This bread was interesting to make, you put all the wet ingredients into a large bowl and then add the flour on top.  The dough was wet...really wet and I ended up adding some extra flour when I kneaded it...for longer than the recommended 10 seconds.  I am totally on board with Lepard's gentle kneading routine, I just really didn't feel that this dough was right and seeing as there was no reference in the text to this being a wet dough I just went with my gut.  

In the end the bread turned out amazing...but I have to admit I did agonise over it for the hour and 45 min it took to proof.  If you do make this loaf I would suggest letting it cool completely before cutting into is a dense loaf and felt a bit too moist when still warm...but later on, when completely cooled it was AMAZING! 


  1. You really are on a roll! All your loaves look did I miss some of those, or haven't you posted them all? I especially like the looks of that deep dark one up top.

  2. Yikes, looks like your rolling in dough!!! LOL!!! Your bread looks amazing! I haven't had the courage to bake bread from scratch, maybe over February vacation . . . . have a great day!

    Go Patriots!

  3. Sounds like an interesting loaf. Good tip about leaving it to cool completely - I'll try and remember that :-)

  4. wow!!!,,,,how about a picture of the baguette your hubby made???