Sunday, December 23, 2012

BBB Buddy: Holiday Apple Kuchen

I am finally emerging from an extreme workload overload.  On Friday I sent off the last of three multi-year projects, and my brain is ready for some R&R (aka bread baking therapy).  I promised myself I would take off two days before the end of the year -- my birthday and Christmas.   One down, one to go.

Saturday, I tackled the bread project from the Bread Baking Babes, Holiday Apple Kuchen, this month hosted by Gretchen Noelle of Provecho Peru.  I've nearly forgotten what free time feels like, so this recipe was a great re-start recipe.  

I used a combination of Fuji and Granny Smith apples, and for the spice blend, I mixed cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and cardamom.  This spice combo is one of my favorites.  I make streusel toppings frequently, so this was an easy step.  

Overall, the bread turned out fine.  It was difficult to tell since the dough was buried under the apple and streusel mixtures.  

I omitted the topping, but only out of sheer laziness, since I just wanted to eat the end-product without a lot of extra fuss.

It still tastes delicious this morning, and because the sun is out briefly, I improved on the 'slice' photo.

To try your hand it this, head over to Gretchen Noelle's blog for the recipe and the links to the other Babes' blogs.


Gretchen Noelle @ Provecho Peru said...

This looks like it turned out deliciously. I too was suffering from work overload and needed the recipe to not be overwhelming. Glad you enjoyed it!

Elizabeth said...

Your Kuchen looks fabulous. I'm still amazed at how simple it was to make!

Anonymous said...

hope your getting some rest while enjoying your kutchen!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Free time ... sigh ... it is delicious when you can grab those moments and this was a good treat to go with it.
Yours looks wonderful with or without good light;-)

Kayte said...

Yum, this looks delicious! And Happy Birthday...wherever that fell along the line!

Anonymous said...

Hmm,I may have to make this for our long holiday weekend. It's gotten cold here in DC and what could be better than making a bread with apples and streusel topping?? Allison

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