In general, I have not had my life together lately. Nevertheless, I did manage to get this month’s King Arthur Flour #Bakealong challenge completed. I actually made it weeks ago, which was a good thing because once school resumed I ceased to accomplish much of anything.
This month’s Bakealong challenge is a Cinnamon-Apple Twist Bread and I’m beginning to wonder if KAF has a special affinity for braided and twisted breads. This is the third recipe I’ve made in the past year (the others were Pane Bianco and Chocolate Babka) and even if KAF isn’t doing it intentionally, I’m becoming a huge fan. These breads are fairly easy but look so incredibly impressive. Every time I make one, I dream of all the variations I could add and new fillings I could try.
The most interesting dough ingredient is instant mashed potatoes. A little strange, but not unheard of and they were easy enough to obtain. Everything else I already had on hand. The recipe follows the basic steps of any filled bread – make the dough, make the filling, roll out the dough, spread the filling across it and roll it up. The rolls are sliced down the middle and twisted together.
Though the dough has a couple of rising phases and the filling has to be cooked down and cooled before being added to the bread, I found these loaves easy to create in an afternoon. I also love that this recipe made 2 loaves with little additional work.
I froze the loaves to save for my parents’ visit last weekend. They defrosted beautifully. I glazed one of them, but found the result a little too sweet and very sticky. We enjoyed the second loaf without glaze and it was just as good.
Cinnamon-Apple Twist Bread will be an awesome addition to any fall breakfast, tea or dessert. I have aspirations of making several more and freezing them for special occasions, as well as trying out a raspberry filling for Christmas breakfast.
Each month, the folks at King Arthur Flour post a recipe and tips for the #Bakealong challenge. Anyone is invited to make the recipe and share their creations on social media. It’s a really fun way to try new things and be part of a community. If baking interests you at all, you should join in next month.
Just a reminder, by way of full disclosure: I have no affiliation with King Arthur Flour and received no compensation for writing about Bakealong. I’m just participating because I love to bake!