Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 1/2 To 1 3/4 cups unsifted all-purpose

  2. Flour

  3. 1 pack Rapid-rising dry yeast

  4. teaspoon Salt

  5. cup Very warm water (120 degrees to

  6. 130 Degrees F)

  7. cup Olive oil

  8. 1 tablespoon Honey

  9. 1 tablespoon Butter

  10. 1 large Golden delicious or other

  11. Sweet firm apple, peeled, cored,

  12. And cut into 1/4-inch thick slices teaspoon Coarse (kosher) salt

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Sweet apples and salty bread provide an intriguing contrast in taste.

  2. To ensure that the hearth bread remains light and crisp, keep the dough soft: Don't work in too much flour and knead it gently.

  3. Makes 1 loaf (6 servings)

  4. In large bowl of heavy-duty electric mixer, combine 1½ cups flour, the yeast, and salt. Slowly beat in water, ¼ cup olive oil, and the honey; vigorously beat mixture 10 minutes. Cover bowl with clean cloth and let dough rise in warm place, away from drafts, 40 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt butter. Add apple slices and saute' until very lightly browned; set aside.

  6. After dough has risen 40 minutes, turn out onto floured surface.

  7. Gently knead in as much of remaining ¼ cup flour as necessary to form a very soft dough - about 1 minute. Gently work apple slices into the dough.

  8. Lightly oil large baking sheet. With floured fingers, shape dough into a 9 inch round on oiled sheet. Cover with clean cloth and let rise in warm place, away from drafts, until double in size - about 30 minutes.

  9. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. With pastry brush, coat top of dough round with 2 tablespoons olive oil; sprinkle with coarse salt, if desired. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until hearth bread is browned.

  10. Drizzle hearth bread with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and serve warm.

  11. Nutritional information per serving - protein: 4 grams; fat: 20 grams; carbohydrate: 34 grams; fiber: 2 grams; sodium: 195 milligrams; cholesterol: 5 milligrams; calories: 335.

  12. From: Country Living, September, 1992.


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