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A real tree-to-table treat, this Maple Apple Pull Apart Bread features nature’s sweetest gifts. If you’re looking for something to do with all those orchard plucked apples, toss them in spices and throw them into a sweet bread! The ingredient list may look long, but it’s comprised of pantry staples and it results in a soft, brioche-like bread that falls apart and melts in your mouth.

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INGREDIENTS

FOR THE DOUGH:​

  • 2 tablespoons water​
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast​
  • 2 large eggs​
  • 1/2 cup milk​
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick), melted and cooled, plus more for greasing the pan​
  • 3 cups flour​
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt​
  • 1/4 cup maple sugar​

FOR THE FILLING:​

  • 4 medium to large tart cooking apples (Granny Smith, Mutsu), peeled, cored and cubed​
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice​
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter​
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup​
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar​
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon​
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger​
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom​
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves​
  • Pinch of salt​

FOR THE GLAZE:​

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar​
  • 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup​
  • 1 tablespoon milk​

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the water and yeast, allowing it to activate, about 2 minutes.
  2. Whisk in the eggs, milk and cooled butter until everything is combined.
  3. In a larger mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and sugar. Pour the wet ingredients into the flour, stirring together with a rubber spatula until a shaggy dough forms. Knead the dough with your hands until it’s smooth, but still slightly tacky, about 3-4 minutes. Cover with a tea towel and let the dough rise in a draft free place until it’s doubled in size, about 2 hours.
  4. With about an hour left of dough rising time, prepare the apple filling. Add all the ingredients to a pot and stir together. Place over medium-low heat and cook, stirring occasionally to avoid burning until the apples have softened and the liquid has boiled down into a caramel like consistency, about 20-25 minutes. Stir and set aside.
  5. turn out dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Roll it into a large rectangle, about 1/4″ thick. Spread the apple mixture across the surface. Now the fun part.
  6. With a pizza slicer or a sharp knife, cut the dough into six 2-inch strips crosswise. Stack three strips on top of each other, creating two piles. Cut each pile into four squares.
  7. In a greased 9×13-inch loaf pan, place each square into the pan. Make sure every appley bit is in the pan! Cover and let it rise for another 30-35 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F and make the glaze.
  9. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, maple syrup and milk until smooth.
  10. Bake the bread for 35 minutes until the top is golden. Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack.
  11. Pour the maple glaze over the bread, pull apart and enjoy!

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