This bread is a treat my mother and grandmother would make when I was a kid.
When I was in highschool, there was an exchange student from Germany name Anna.
One day, during my senior year, we had a multi-cultural day. There was a festival of sorts in the gymnasium and both teachers and students set up tables representing the respective land of their heritage. Exchange students were encouraged to bring foods that were traditional to their respective homelands.
Anna made this same bread.
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Now, I know my mother had this recipe in her kitchen…she had gotten it from her mother, and I wrote it in my recipe book before I left home. But somewhere along the way, I lost the recipe. I basically remembered what was in it, but not the measurements. I asked my mother for the recipe again a couple years ago, and she didn’t remember ever having such a recipe.
What?! Mom, you should remember EVERYTHING you ever made me. I’ve only been gone two decades. That is practically like yesterday!
So…I spent some time experimenting, and I think I about have it right.
To Make This Recipe You Will Need:
- bread dough
- all-purpose flour
- brown sugar
- baking pan (9×13)
Watch me make this recipe in the video below:
My mother would always buy the pre-made frozen bread dough at the store, I do it from scratch.
You can make this recipe with any of your favorite standard bread doughs – white, wheat or sourdough. I have included my bread dough recipe that I use for just about anything you can think of.
Did You Make This Recipe? I would love for you to rate it in the recipe card, and I’d love to hear your thoughts!
German Apple Bread
- 1 egg
- 1 cup + 1 Tb lukewarm water
- 2 Tb honey
- 2 1/2 tsp instant yeast
- 3 1/2 c bread flour, divided
- 1 1/2 Tb extra virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 Tb milk
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 apple
- 2 Tb granulated sugar
- 2 Tb brown sugar
- 1 Tb flour
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp allspice
- 1 Tb cold butter
- To begin, preheat your oven to 400°(F).
- In the bowl of a mixer that is fitted with a dough hook, combine the egg and water, honey and yeast.
- Then the 3 cups of bread flour, oil (I use extra virgin olive oil) and salt.
- Turn on the mixer and let it begin mixing. Add a little flour at a time, up to an additional half cup, until a nice, soft dough begins to form. You will mix this a total of about 12 minutes.
- Let the dough rise in a warm location until doubled in size.
- Grease and flour a 9×13 baking pan.
- Spread the dough in the bottom of the pan.
- Cover this with a light towel, and place it in a warm place to rise. A great place, would be your oven with the oven light on. It creates just enough warmth for the dough to rise, without being too warm.
- After the dough has doubled in size (about an hour) combine the milk and nutmeg (fresh is ideal.)
- Set that aside for just a moment.
- Core and slice up the apple. Use whatever kind of apple you like to bake with, or have handy. I used a Red Delicious.
- Lay the slices along the top of the dough.
- Take a brush, and brush the milk mixture all over the top.
- In a small dish, combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and allspice.
- Mix it well.
- Sprinkle this all over the top of the apples.
- Finally, take the tablespoon of cold butter, and cut it up into as many little pieces as you can.
- Place them all over the top.
- Bake for 15 minutes, and then reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake it for 15 more minutes, or until the edges of the bread are golden. This will not be dry on top, so don’t wait for it to be dry, or you will overcook it.
- Then enjoy this ooey-gooey delicious treat!
Nutritional information is auto-generated and the accuracy is not guaranteed.