Looking for a special fall treat for your family without tons of sugar? This beautiful spiced apple bread is a great “twist” on cinnamon raisin bread. And it tastes just as good as it looks! Other than taking time for rising, this bread is actually pretty simple despite its impressive appearance. Read on to learn how to make this delicious apple twist bread.
On these cool fall days I often feel like baking something a little special. Cue spiced apple twist bread, all swirled and beautiful. I love apples, and I love bread, so developing this recipe was really fun. I love a good apple quick bread, but I wanted to try something new. And I am so happy with the results.
Fair warning, this spiced apple twist bread does take a while because it rises twice – like most good yeast breads. Aside from requiring lots of time to rise, though, this bread is pretty simple. It definitely looks more complicated than it is (time to impress your kids!).
This bread makes two loaves, so feel free to cut it in half. But I figure, if you’re going to take the time to make bread you may as well have two loaves to enjoy! Freeze one or gift it to a friend or neighbor.
A healthy treat
Not only does this bread look impressive, it’s relatively healthful! We cut back on the sugar so that you have less than 1/4 cup per loaf! Plus, each loaf contains an apple, and a handful of nuts for a little protein. To top it off, the bread is made completely from white whole wheat flour!
With those great key ingredients, you can feel good about feeding your family this treat, even if you decide to top it with honey butter (which is delicious, by the way). I even enjoyed toasting a few slices of this bread for a special breakfast. It’s just a perfect lightly sweet, hearty kind of bread.
Making the apple twist bread
I love how simple mixing up this bread is! No special process for the yeast, no stovetop melting of butter. Simply stir together the dry ingredients (flour, yeast, and salt) and then add in the sugar, coconut oil (or butter works), and warm milk. Mix well, then set aside for ten minutes to let the ingredients meld for a little while – this makes the kneading easier.
Knead the dough for ten minutes (I always look at the clock while kneading and think – it’s only been 3 minutes??). Allow it to rise in an oiled bowl for 1 1/2 hours or so. Make sure it’s covered so it retains moisture.
While the dough is rising, make the apple filling. First you’ll mix everything by the apples so that it’s all evenly mixed and will coat the apples evenly. Then peel and coarsely grate or finely chop your two apples. I used Jonagold, but you could use Granny Smith, Braeburn, or really whatever you have on hand. And whether you chop or grate is up to you – grating is easier, but if you like to have more chunky apple pieces it’s nice to chop them. Mix the apples into the spice mixture until well coated and set the mixture aside.
After rising this first time, punch the dough down and split it in half. Put the first half on a floured surface to roll out with a rolling pin. Roll the dough into a rectangle, roughly 14 x 10 inches. Spread half the apple mix all over the rectangle, just leaving an inch clear on the two long edges.
Roll the dough into a log, starting on the long sides so the log is nice and long. With the seam side down, cut straight up the log lengthwise so that you get two long strips of dough. Stop cutting an inch before the end so that the two pieces stick together, and then carefully twist them together with the filling facing up. Pinch the end together and tuck it under so that it looks nice.
Repeat with the second half of the dough. Cover both loaves lightly with plastic wrap and allow to rise for another hour or so, until doubled. Finally, brush with egg wash and then bake at 350* F for about 40 minutes, or until golden brown and hollow sounding when tapped.
We hope you enjoy this spiced apple twist bread as much as we did!