I am so pleased to now be co-hosting Bready, Steady, Go, the bread-making blogging challenge, with Michelle from Utterly Scrummy Food For Families – I find baking bread such fun! Taking part in this challenge over the past year with Michelle and Jen has spurred me on to try out some new bread recipes and techniques too. This month I am hosting the challenge, and the recipe I am sharing is my apricot and apple couronne.
Packed with soft apricots and fresh apple, and lightly spiced with cinnamon, this fruity loaf is delicious for a weekend breakfast or afternoon snack. This shape looks so effective and isn’t that tricky to achieve.
We enjoyed the apricot and apple couronne for a lazy late breakfast/brunch with glasses of OJ, and coffee of course. I’ve been asked to make it again soon, and perhaps next time I will make the dough in the evening and let it prove in the fridge overnight, which makes it so much easier. I love a shortcut!
- 225 g strong white bread flour
- 0.5 tsp salt
- 1 tsp easy bake yeast
- 30 g caster sugar
- 30 g unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 egg (you will only use half in the dough, the rest is for the egg wash)
- 60 ml water, just boiled
- 60 ml semi-skimmed milk
For the filling:
- 10-12 soft dried apricots, chopped
- 1 medium eating apple, chopped (I left the peel on)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp light brown sugar
Note: The method given below is for making the dough in a stand mixer.
- Place the flour in the bowl of your stand mixer, and add the salt on one side and the yeast on the other.
- Add the sugar, and the butter, cut into small cubes.
- Attach the dough hook to your mixer and begin to mix slowly.
- Add half the egg, and then the water and milk.
- Continue to mix slowly to form a sticky dough.
- Turn the speed on the mixer up to medium and continue to knead using the dough hook for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic.
- Cover the mixer bowl with clingfilm and leave the bowl in a warm place for about an hour, or until doubled in size.
- Remove the dough from the bowl once it has doubled, and roll it out on a floured surface to form a rectangle.
- Chop the apricots and apple into small pieces and place them on the dough.
- Sprinkle over the cinnamon and light brown sugar.
- Roll up the widest side to form a roll.
- Slice the roll in half using a sharp knife.
- Twist the two strands around each other and then form into a circle or coil.
- Place the couronne on a lined baking tray and allow the dough to rise again for about 30 minutes.
- Use a pastry brush to brush the remaining egg over the dough when you are ready to bake it.
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees, and fill a hot baking tray with boiling water from the kettle just as you place the couronne in the oven, to create steam.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Check the bottom of the couronne by tapping to ensure it is cooked through.
Bready, Steady, Go! Challenge Guidelines
- Bready Steady Go! will run from 1st until the 28th of each month and then a round up will be posted by the hosting blog at the end of the month.
- You can link up any yeasted bread or cake recipe. Only yeasted breads please, either natural yeasts (sour dough) or commercial yeasts. No yeast free quick breads or soda breads. If you really love baking bread then you can add multiple entries up to a maximum of 3 per blog each month.
- Please link back to Baking Queen 74 and Utterly Scrummy Food For Families and include the badge to help spread the word.
- We’d prefer to see entries from new blog posts where possible but you can also add old posts if you add the badge and link back to our blogs as well.
- You can tweet your entries to @BakingQueen74 and @UtterlyScrummy using the hashtag #breadysteadygo and we will retweet all that we see.
- All entries will also pinned to our new Pinterest board as they come in.
- If you make a recipe from a book/magazine/website etc please respect copyright and do not reproduce the recipe verbatim. Instead of copying out the recipe from the book, describe it in your own words and if it’s from an online source please link to the original content rather than copying the full recipe.
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