This month's ABC challenge was Cinnamon-Apple Twist Bread from the King Arthur Flour website, a recipe that made two breads. I made one as written, and one with a little twist of my own.
From the options available for the sweet yeast dough, I used
half each (by weight) of unbleached all-purpose flour and Cake &
Pastry flour (a blend that's available here), potato flour, and Princess Cake flavouring, omitting the optional lecithin. Once baked, the crumb was fine and quite dense, but soft and moist, and the bread was very flavourful.
I used only half the sugar (and flour)
in the apple filling, and Granny Smith apples which held their shape and
retained their sweet-tart flavour after baking. And for the chocoholics, a schmear of
Nutella (about 125ml) went into the second braid. In place of the glaze, I brushed a simple syrup
on the hot loaves to give them a little bit of a sheen.
These breads were just lovely, not just
because they looked and tasted so wonderful, but because the
apple-cinnamon flavour in particular reminded family of an Apple Roll my
grandmother-in-law, who has long since passed, used to make that no
one has been able to reproduce.
Definitely a recipe that will be made again.