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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Apple Cinnamon Walnut Bread - Recipe

Good morning,

Here is a recipe that will bring all the "comfort aromas" of "comfort food" of an old time kitchen into your home:  Apples, Cinnamon, and Walnuts.

You'll note I use sourdough culture in many of my recipes, but also use dry yeast.  The use of the sourdough culture provides an extra flavor that I like.  The use of the dry yeast is surely an affront to sourdough purists, but I do it because of the time involved to wait for the sourdough culture to deliver when I am in a hurry.  Also, by publishing the recipe this way, you can make the decision whether you want to use sourdough culture in your recipe or not.

So, regardless of how you make this one, it is a winner!


Apple Cinnamon Walnut Bread - Recipe


1 egg

2 cups sourdough culture - If you don't have sourdough culture, use an additional 1 flour and 1 cup water in addition to the ingredients listed below. The dry yeast will cause your bread to rise, but you won't have the sourdough flavor.

2 T butter - softened

1/3 cup applesauce

2 t salt

1/4 cup brown sugar

3 cups bread flour (or all purpose, but not self rising)

1 t cinnamon

2 t dry yeast

1/2 cup walnut pieces

Place all ingredients except walnuts in large capacity bread machine in order given. Set on dough cycle and turn on.

The first dough cycle on most machines is about 40 minutes. Watch the action to be sure a dough ball forms at least 1/3 way through the cycle. Add a little flour or water if necessary to get the correct consistency. When all but 5 minutes of the cycle is complete, add the walnuts.

When first dough cycle finished, remove from machine and place in a greased bowl for first rise. Place the bowl in a warm place such as the oven with the light, but no heat turned on. If you place it out on the counter in a warm place, cover with a damp cloth. This batch required about one hour for the first rise. Keep in mind that the temperature in your kitchen and the mood of the yeast can change the time required for the dough to rise.

If you are using crockery or glass pans/bowls for baking, set the empty bread pans in a warm place, too. I use my second oven with the light turned on.

For this batch I used 6 small loaf-shaped dishes. Grease bread pans/dishes.

After the first rise, gently knead the dough to remove bubbles.

Divide for number of baking dishes you are using, shape in loaf shapes, and place in bread pans.

When it is finished rising the second time, bake at 350 F for 35 mins.

Remove from oven, turn out to cooling racks immediately.

Toast and serve with apple butter or other jelly or jam. The jars of homemade jam pictured were brought home by my daughter from a road trip she took with a friend. There is nothing as good as home made. :)

Click here for more of my bread recipes.



Anonymous said...

Your family must stay in Heaven with all the yummy breads you bake! Do you freeze some of them, give them to friends or just eat them all? Too bad I'm not a relative. Bob would faint dead away if he came home and saw I made all those loaves of bread!! lol He would also be thrilled!...debbie

Wanda..... said...

The smell of homemade bread and freshly ground coffee are my most favorite aromas! We had rosemary flavored sourdough bread with our Easter meal. You have so many recipes I want to try, Lois!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Hi Lois, I'm so glad our blogs crossed. Yours is lovely. I really do love the smell of homemade bread! Nothing tastes better than homemade .... Off to read some of your past posts and your recipes, love recipes!

Have a wonderful day! xo

Lois Evensen said...

Hi Debbie, Yes, we eat a lot of it, but I give quite a bit away, too. You'd definitely get some if you were nearby. :)

Wanda, rosemary flavored sourdough! Wow, that sounds good! I'll have to try that one. When I do, I'll publish my version.

And, Saskia, it's so nice to have you here.

Thank you, ladies, for your very sweet comments,


Margarita said...

I have just only recently started to bake my own bread. I was looking for some new recipes to try and I came across your blog. You have got so many different breads here that I want to try: this one with apple, cinnamon and walnuts, the one with peanut butter, the one with garlic and cream cheese or the one with oatmeal. They all feel very original each recipe is so different. Thank you so much for writing this blog - it is a great reference for people like me.

Talking about rosemary bread, I made one batch with rosemary and olive oil for Easter too. I used fresh yeast, not sourdough (haven't really started using sourdough yet - but I may having read through your recipe about how to make it). It was really good! I found the recipe for that in here: http://www.turismo.intoscana.it/allthingstuscany/tuscanycious/pan-di-ramerino-tuscan-easter-recipe/

Sherry said...

I've got to try sourdough again. I tried it years ago and was a failure at making the sourdough. I do like the sourdough flavor. Can you give me your recipe for making it and any tips on making it work this time???

Lois Evensen said...

Hi Margarita and Welcome.

I'm glad you have found something useful here. Thanks for the URL, too.

Good evening, Sherry,

I've got the instructions and images for making sourdough culture here:


I'm sure you'll do very well making it!


Erin Wallace said...

This sounds so good! I've started making pizza dough; I guess the next step is bread! Thanks for your nice comments, they are really encouraging.

stringsofpurls said...

Thanks so much for rekindling my desire to make bread. I have never kept a sourdough starter going. A must do this spring I think. do you have a recipe you like? I have a wheat grinder and a Bosch and used to make volumes of bread, but then one of my kids couldn't eat gluten anymore and I got mad at bread. This kid is gone now, so I need to rekindle my love. I too live in Cincinnati! Come visit me at stringsofpurls.blogspot.com!

Lois Evensen said...

Hi Erin, Ah, yes pizza dough. I've made pizza dough with sourdough and it's pretty good - at least the family will eat it. What recipe do you use?

Hi Pearl, You have a great blog! Thank you for dropping by to introduce yourself. :)