This installment of the HB in 5 Bread Braid included recipes for Soft Honey Whole Wheat Bread, Hamburger Buns, and an apropos Apple Strudel Bread that included sultanas. I mean raisins. The base dough for these recipes is enriched with whole eggs, similar to challah and brioche. The fat from the eggs produces a super tender, fine crumb and a soft, smooth crust. To make the Apple Strudel loaf, the dough went through and initial rise, was rolled into a thin rectangle and covered with chopped apples and sultanas (sorry, raisins) and a bit of cinnamon. It's rolled into a thick log and rested again before egg washing, sprinkling with a little cinnamon sugar, and baking.
This loaf looked straight up perfect straight out of the pan. It had great shape and was perfectly browned on all sides. When I cut into it, I wasn't surprised to find that there were gaps of air between the bread and apple and
Even if it didn't look perfect, the bread tasted great. It's much less sweet than commercial brands I'm familiar with, and the cinnamon is faint. The tart apples and plump sultanas (Didja know sultanas are just raisins, mate?) add moisture and texture to the bread. It's perfect for brekkie or afternoon tea.
The HBin5 Challenge is hosted by Michelle at Big Black Dog. Michelle will be sharing the links to all the other participants in this week's challenge on February 1st.