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Apple Oat Bread

limmitedbaking's picture

Apple Oat Bread

Having been inspired by the plentiful and varied apples available during my trip to the apple festival, I decided to make a bread reflecting the season and celebrating this special fruit.

I briefly followed the recipe here: which is supposedly from Bourke Street Bakery since I wanted to use whole apples in the dough. I modified it to use my standard 8 hour bulk ferment dough which means a much lower proportion of sourdough starter. I used one medium size spartan apple cut roughly into chunks.

And here's the result with a crumb shot featuring the lovely bits of baked apples poking out of the crumb.

Overall it was a nice bread with great oven spring (the lower hydration helped keep its shaped too). I am slightly disappointed that the apple flavour was not so pronounced. Maybe it was the type of apple used. Comparing it to a similar recipe, ie Nancy Silverton's Pear bread, I think this could do with a hint of spice or maybe a paste of mashed up apples to flavour the crumb. Texture was quite nice though, with the oats giving it a slightly softer texture.



Janetcook's picture

Hi Tim,

I have baked a lot of apple oat breads this fall too.  I used Dan Leopard's recipe from his book 'The Hand Made Loaf'.  I tweaked it with each bake.

To bring out a more pronounced apple flavor I added boiled cider (KA catalogue) to the cooked oats.  I also added dried cranberries and spices.  I used Penzey's baking spices which is a combo of cinnamon, anise, nutmeg and allspice.  Smelled heavenly as it baked and all who got loaves loved it.  I also used Granny Smith green apples as the apples which I grated and chopped so texture was varied.

I also found that due to the moisture content that the loaves needed to be baked in a loaf pan or else they spread hopelessly once in the oven.  People still loved them but the looked as though they had been dropped just prior to baking.  :O

Have Fun experimenting with your apples.


limmitedbaking's picture

Hi Janet, thanks for the suggestions. I was considering whether to go with Dan Lepard's recipe initially having seen quite a few good bakes, but opted to use this for the fresh apples instead. Next time round I will add some spices and grated apples as well. Did not really have a problem with the hydration though. Maybe its the the grated apples that are contributing quite a bit of extra water to the though. Will keep on experimenting!

Isand66's picture

Very nice baking Tim.  I just finished baking a hard cider loaf but didn't use any fresh apples in it.  Yours came out real nice.



dabrownman's picture

so combining them in a bread sounds delicious and yours turned out very nice.  Odd the apple flavor wasn't very pronounced.  I saw on America's Kitchen where the same thing happened and they tested everything to get more apple flavor to come through.  Their solution was using dried apples and re-hydrating them in apple cider.

Casey_Powers's picture

It sounds like a nice combo with apples and oats. The bread looks so simple and rustic.  

Warm Regards,


wassisname's picture

That is a great looking loaf, Tim, and it's making me hungry!  I imagine it would be hard not to get inspired at an apple festival.  I hope we'll see more tasty creations!