There’s nothing more comforting than the aroma of this Apple Oat Bread brimming with fresh apple chunks and a symphony of fall spices wafting through your kitchen. We souped up the familiar yeasted apple bread by adding a hefty dose of apple cider to the dough of our Apple Oat Bread for a crisp, tangy kick and a thick Oat Streusel topping for epic crunch.
1¼ cups (300 grams) warm apple cider (120°F/49°C to 130°F/54°C)
2 tablespoons (28 grams) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup (121 grams) chopped Honeycrisp apple (about 1 apple)
1 large egg (50 grams)
1 tablespoon (15 grams) water
Oat Streusel (recipe follows)
Softened butter or apple butter, to serve
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whisk together flour, oats, sugar, salt, yeast, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves by hand.
In a small bowl, whisk together warm apple cider and melted butter. Add cider mixture to flour mixture, and beat at medium speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Switch to the dough hook attachment. Beat at low speed until dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Add apple, and beat until most of apple pieces are picked up by dough, about 1 minute.
Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, and knead gently to completely incorporate apple, about 5 times. Lightly oil a large bowl. Shape dough into a smooth ball, and place in bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
Lightly pat dough into a 9-inch circle. Fold top third of dough to center, pressing to seal. Fold bottom third over folded portion, pressing to seal. Fold dough in half lengthwise so long edges meet. Using the heel of your hand, firmly press edges to seal. Place dough, seam side down, in prepared pan. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until doubled in size, 30 to 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
In a small bowl, whisk together egg and 1 tablespoon (15 grams) water. Brush top of loaf with egg wash, and sprinkle with Oat Streusel.
Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted in center registers 205°F (96°C), 50 to 55 minutes. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes. Remove from pan, and let cool completely on a wire rack. Serve with softened butter or apple butter.
We’re taking poached pears to a whole new level with these Champagne-Poached Pear Muffins. Studded with Bosc and Anjou pears, these tender muffins feature the luxurious pairing of crisp Champagne and rich Heilala Vanilla. Heilala’s premium vanilla beans heighten the Champagne-based poaching liquid with their complex notes, and the muffin batter itself is infused with Heilala’s vanilla bean paste and vanilla extract for a sweet and smooth flavor. Piled in a basket on the breakfast table or served with afternoon coffee, these Champagne-Poached Pear Muffins are sure to be a new fall favorite.
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Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Butter and flour a 12-cup muffin pan.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar at medium speed until fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla bean paste and vanilla extract.
In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cups (250 grams) flour, baking powder, and salt. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating just until combined after each addition.
Pat chopped Champagne-Poached Pears with paper towels to absorb any excess liquid. In a small bowl, toss together pears and remaining 1 tablespoon (8 grams) flour. Fold pears into batter. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle almonds onto batter.
Bake until golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes. Garnish with confectioners’ sugar, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped and reserved
1 cinnamon stick
1 (1-inch-wide) strip orange zest (4 grams)
2 (187-ml split) bottles Champagne
Peel pears, leaving stems intact. Using a melon baller, core pears from bottom.
In a medium saucepan, heat 1 cup (240 grams) water and sugar over medium-high heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture starts to boil. Add vanilla bean and reserved seeds, cinnamon stick, and zest. Add Champagne; return to a boil. Add pears; reduce heat to medium-low. If pears are not fully submerged, add more water until liquid covers pears and they start to float. Shape a small sheet of foil into a circle. Place on top of pears to keep them fully submerged in poaching liquid. Simmer until pears are fork-tender, 30 to 35 minutes.
Transfer pears to a bowl. Pour poaching liquid over pears, and let cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use, up to 1 week.
You will make more Champagne-Poached Pears than is required for the muffins. The leftovers make a nice topper for ice cream or yogurt
Our Double Gingerbread Scones earn their double gingerbread title from the twofold dose of ground and candied ginger in the dough. We also added old-fashioned oats to these Double Gingerbread Scones to make your winter morning breakfast a little heartier.
Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Using a pastry blender, cut in cold butter until mixture is crumbly. Add candied ginger, tossing to combine.
In a small bowl, combine ¼ cup (60 grams) cream, molasses, and egg. Add cream mixture to flour mixture, stirring until combined.
Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, and gently knead up to 10 times. Pat dough into a 7-inch circle, about 1 inch thick. Cut dough into 8 wedges, and place on prepared pan. Brush top of scones with remaining 2 tablespoons (30 grams) cream, and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
Bake until dough no longer looks wet around the edges, 13 to 14 minutes. Let cool completely. Drizzle with Scone Glaze.
This stir-together loaf can be made in a pinch with ingredients you probably have on hand, but don’t let that fool you–this isn’t your average quick bread. Beer’s natural leavening abilities give this a little extra lift, and gluten-inhibiting alcohol lends it an especially tender crumb. Amber ale deepens the bread’s flavor with complex, toasty notes of amber malt and bright citrus, which are complemented beautifully by the earthy tang of Cheddar cheese and oven-roasted sweet onion.
Clean and quarter onion Separate layers and place in a single layer on a small rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with oil, and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon (1.5 grams) salt.
Bake until tender and brown, about 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Let cool completely; dice.
Reduce oven temperature to 350°F (180°C). Spray an 8½×4½-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, pepper, and remaining 1½ teaspoons (4.5 grams) salt. Add beer, stirring just until combined. Fold in diced roasted onion and cheese. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Pour melted butter over batter.
Bake until golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan, and let cool slightly on a wire rack. Serve warm.
In a medium bowl, combine 1¼ cups (159 grams) flour, ½ cup
(120 grams) warm water, and ⅛ teaspoon yeast. Cover with plastic wrap, and let stand at room temperature for 16 hours.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, beat yeast mixture, 1¼ cups (300 grams) warm water, 4 teaspoons (12 grams) salt, sugar, remaining 3⅔ cups (466 grams) flour, and remaining 2 teaspoons (4 grams) yeast at medium-low speed for 6 minutes. Increase mixer speed to medium, and beat for 2 minutes. Add Roasted Chestnuts and cranberries, beating just until combined, about 1 minute. Shape dough into a ball.
Spray a large bowl with cooking spray. Place dough in bowl, turning to grease top. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Between 2 sheets of plastic wrap, shape butter into a 10×8-inch rectangle. Sprinkle with rosemary, and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes or up to 24 hours. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before using.
Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Position oven rack to lowest level, and place a large cast-iron skillet on rack. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Freeze dough for 10 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 16×10-inch rectangle. Unwrap butter block, and place in center of rectangle. Fold dough edges over to enclose butter block. Roll dough into a 24×8-inch rectangle. Fold one short side over 3 inches. Fold other short side over 9 inches, making ends meet. Fold dough in half, creating an 8×6-inch rectangle. Roll into an 18×8-inch rectangle. Fold dough into thirds, like a letter, creating an 8×6-inch rectangle. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rest for 10 minutes.
Roll dough into a 19×11-inch rectangle. Trim ½ inch off all sides of dough. Cut dough in half lengthwise, creating 2 (18×5-inch) rectangles. Starting at one long side, roll up 1 rectangle, pinching seam to seal. Transfer to prepared pan. Repeat with remaining dough.
Using kitchen scissors, make a 45-degree cut into dough 1 inch from end, leaving about ¼ inch of dough uncut. (Be careful not to cut all the way through dough.) Lay dough piece over to one side. Make another 1-inch cut, and lay to other side. Repeat process until you reach end of dough. Repeat with remaining loaf.
In a small bowl, whisk together egg and remaining 2 teaspoons (10 grams) warm water. Brush egg wash onto dough. Pour 2 cups (480 grams) ice water in cast-iron skillet, and place loaves in hot oven.
Bake until deep golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Brush with oil, and sprinkle with remaining 2 teaspoons (6 grams) salt. Let cool slightly on a wire rack. Serve warm. Store in airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Using a sharp paring knife, cut an “X” in rounded side of chestnuts. (This lets steam escape, and will prevent them from exploding.) Place on a rimmed baking sheet, cut side up.
Roast until shells curl away from nutmeats, 20 to 30 minutes.
Wrap hot chestnuts in a kitchen towel, and squeeze gently to further loosen shells. Let stand until cool enough to handle. Peel shells from nutmeats. Use immediately, or store in a resealable plastic bag at room temperature for up to 24 hours.
Every December 13, across the snowy towns of Scandinavia, families rise early in the dark to begin preparing for a centuries-old winter solstice celebration, a festival of lights. The eldest daughter of each household wakes first. Donning a white gown with a red sash and a candle-lit wreath crown, she carries a tray of brilliant golden St Lucia buns from room to room, singing carols and serving the sweet saffron-scented buns to family and friends in honor of St. Lucia. Soon they will take to the streets for a processional, where a girl—nominated by her town as “Lucia”—carries a basket of St. Lucia buns, handing them out to the merry masses. She is accompanied by girls in white dresses and boys with star-coned hats. They twirl and sing along the streets. This is St. Lucia Day.
You can’t talk about St Lucia buns without mentioning the shapes. The soft, supple dough allows for a variety of them—from a braided wreath to the wilder prästens hår (“priest’s hair”). The classic S shape, with each end of the dough rope curling up in an opposite direction, is the most common and easy to execute. The origin of the S shape and its connection with St. Lucia is fairly unknown, but there are several theories. The most prevalent is that the S is supposed to resemble curled-up cats, hence the name lussekatter. In his new cookbook, The Nordic Baking Book (Phaidon Press, 2018), Magnus Nilsson asserts that the real lussekatt shape has four curls, and the common S shape is actually called jugalt, which means “Christmas boar.”
No matter the shape, St Lucia buns are vibrant enough to bring warmth to even the coldest of Scandinavian winters. In the spirit of this season, do as the Swedes and take to the kitchen to bake out the dark. Rest assured, St Lucia buns will bring the light.
These Swedish ST Lucia Buns are made with sour cream and vodka. The traditional version requires the saffron to infuse in vodka overnight so it can develop an intense color, but our method is much faster.
⅓ cup (67 grams) plus 1 tablespoon (12 grams) granulated sugar, divided
½ teaspoon saffron, lightly crushed
1 tablespoon (15 grams) vodka
⅔ cup (160 grams) plus 1 tablespoon (15 grams) whole milk, divided
1 tablespoon (9 grams) active dry yeast
⅓ cup (80 grams) sour cream, room temperature
2 large eggs (100 grams), room temperature and divided
4 cups (480 grams) all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon (9 grams) kosher salt
½ cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, softened
Garnish: Swedish pearl sugar*
Using a mortar and pestle, grind together 1 tablespoon (12 grams) granulated sugar and saffron. Place in a small bowl, and add vodka. Let stand for at least 20 minutes.
In a small saucepan, heat ⅔ cup (160 grams) milk and remaining ⅓ cup (67 grams) granulated sugar over low heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture registers 110°F (43°C) on an instant-read thermometer. Remove from heat. Whisk in yeast; let stand until mixture is foamy, about 10 minutes. Whisk in sour cream and 1 egg (50 grams); whisk in saffron mixture.
In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, place yeast mixture. With mixer on low speed, gradually add half of flour mixture, beating until incorporated, 2 to 3 minutes. Add butter, 1 tablespoon (14 grams) at a time, letting each piece incorporate before adding the next, about 5 minutes total, stopping to scrape sides of bowl as needed. Gradually add remaining flour mixture, beating until incorporated. Continue beating until dough is smooth and elastic, about 16 minutes.
Spray a large bowl with cooking spray. Shape dough into a smooth round, and place in bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until doubled in size, about 1½ hours.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Punch down dough, and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into 19 (50-gram) pieces. (Keep dough covered while shaping so it does not dry out.) Roll each portion into a 12- to 13-inch rope, letting ends taper. Roll each end into a tight spiral in opposite directions, meeting in the middle to create an S shape. Place at least 3 inches apart on prepared pans. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) for 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
In a small bowl, whisk together remaining 1 egg (50 grams) and remaining 1 tablespoon (15 grams) milk. Brush top and sides of each bun with egg wash. Top with pearl sugar, if desired.
Bake until golden brown, 7 to 10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking. Let cool on a wire rack. Buns will keep for 3 to 4 days in an airtight container.