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Honey Apple Challah Recipe

Jayne Barnes

Today I bring you a recipe for a delicious style of bread featuring honey and apples:   Honey Apple Challah  (Holla!)

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	mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}       For the challah dough:    1/2 cup lukewarm water  6 tablespoons vegetable oil  1/4 cup honey  2 large eggs  4 cups flour  1 teaspoons salt  1 tablespoon instant yeast    For the apple filling:    2 large apples, cored and diced into chunks  1 teaspoon cinnamon  1/8 cup granulated sugar  1/8 cup honey    For the glaze:    1 large egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water  honey for drizzling (we recommend buckwheat!)     
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	mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}   1) To make the dough: Combine all of the dough ingredients and mix and knead them, by hand, mixer, or bread machine, until you have a soft, smooth dough.  You may need to gradually add a little more flour if the dough continues to stick to the bottom of the bowl.  2) With a floured hand, remove the dough from the mixing bowl and gently knead into a ball. Place in a large, greased bowl, and turn once to coat. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk. This will take approximately 2-2 1/2 hours.  3.) Lightly grease a 9-inch cake pan that has sides at least 2" tall.  4.) Combine all the filling ingredients in a bowl and mix to evenly coat the apples with the cinnamon, sugar, and honey.  5.) Gently deflate the dough and shape it into a 8" x 10" rectangle.  Spread half of the apple chunks down the center of the rectangle.  

For the challah dough:

1/2 cup lukewarm water

6 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/4 cup honey

2 large eggs

4 cups flour

1 teaspoons salt

1 tablespoon instant yeast

For the apple filling:

2 large apples, cored and diced into chunks

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 cup granulated sugar

1/8 cup honey

For the glaze:

1 large egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water

honey for drizzling (we recommend buckwheat!)

1) To make the dough: Combine all of the dough ingredients and mix and knead them, by hand, mixer, or bread machine, until you have a soft, smooth dough.  You may need to gradually add a little more flour if the dough continues to stick to the bottom of the bowl.

2) With a floured hand, remove the dough from the mixing bowl and gently knead into a ball. Place in a large, greased bowl, and turn once to coat. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk. This will take approximately 2-2 1/2 hours.

3.) Lightly grease a 9-inch cake pan that has sides at least 2" tall.

4.) Combine all the filling ingredients in a bowl and mix to evenly coat the apples with the cinnamon, sugar, and honey.

5.) Gently deflate the dough and shape it into a 8" x 10" rectangle.  Spread half of the apple chunks down the center of the rectangle.  

6.)  Fold the long side of the dough over the apples and seal the edges.  Spread the other half of the apple chunks over the folded over dough.   Cover the other side of the dough over the apples and pinch to seal the edges.  

Don't forget to pinch to seal the edges!

Don't forget to pinch to seal the edges!

7.  With a large, sharp knife, cut the dough into 16 uniform-size pieces.  The pieces will be messy, not uniform, and apples will spill out, which is okay.  Lay the dough chunks into the pan, doing your best to fit them in a single layer.

8.)  Cover and let rise in a warm place until the dough appears puffy and has risen a generous 2" high, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 325 degrees and set an oven rack in the lower third of the oven.

See how messy it is?!  That's alright... it will taste great after it bakes, and you will love those apple chunks spilling out.

See how messy it is?!  That's alright... it will taste great after it bakes, and you will love those apple chunks spilling out.

9.)  Whisk together the egg and water. When the dough has risen, brush the top with the glaze.

10.)  Bake at 325 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until the top is browned and the internal temperature of the bread reads 190 degrees. Remove from the oven and let the bread rest in the pan 5 minutes before loosening the sides. 

11.)  Drizzle with honey just before serving.  We love it with robust Buckwheat honey!

adapted from King Arthur Flour and A Beautiful Mess Blog

 

 

How to Make Your Own Butter and Honey Butter

Honeyrun Farm

-posted by Jayne

We are often asked if we make and sell honey butter.  The answer is no... we do not.  But we do make our own butter from time to time, and adding honey to create honey butter is very simple.  If you own a food processor- making butter is very easy.  The most important ingredient... well the only ingredient is a high quality whipping cream.  I feel very fortunate to live in an area where we can get minimally processed milk and cream from grass fed cows.  Growing up on a dairy farm- I have always had a love of dairy cows and dairy products.  My favorite foods are cheese and real freshly whipped cream (confession- It's not honey!).  I seriously feel sorry for those who think that the only forms of whipped cream are Cool Whip and Redi-Whip.  How sad!  

Now let's whip some real cream.
Two necessities for butter:  agitator (food processor) and whipping cream


 Step 1.  Fill your food processor about 1/3 to 1/2 full of whipping cream (no more).


Step 2.  Turn on your food processor (lid on, of course) until the mixture resembles a glossy, creamy state.  This, my friends, is freshly whipped cream.  If I'm not making butter I  usually like to stop right here, add a few Tablespoons of sugar, and enjoy a healthy spoonful of whipped cream.  I freeze it in dollops on a baking sheet and store it in containers in the freezer for use on hot chocolate or in homemade mocha drinks.  But today we'll move past this stage on to butter making.


Step 3.  Keep the food processor churning.  You will notice the glossy whipped cream state moving to a ricotta type texture (not quite as thick as ricotta-but the same look).  You can stop and admire the change for a bit... but you must keep churning if you want butter.


Step 4.  Keep it churning.  Here you see it starting to separate just a bit.  It's only been churning for 2-3 minutes at this point.


Step 5:  Wah-la!  Here it is starting to solidify.  The color is turning a creamy yellow color, and the buttermilk is starting to separate off from the butter.  Have you noticed we have done nothing more than click a button and observe the changes?  Food processors are amazing!


Step 6:  Here you can really see the buttermilk separating.  Now we actually get to do something.  Remove the blade from your food processor and pour off the buttermilk into a dish (NOT down the drain!  Save that good stuff!)  You will put the food processor back together and continue to pulse the mixture until more buttermilk separates.  Continue to pour it off, about 2-3 times.

Here is the buttermilk- ready to use in biscuits or baking.
 Step 7: Now you are almost done... but there is still a little bit of buttermilk left in the butter.  Remove your blade, and really wash your hands, because they are going to get dirty.  Remove your wedding ring or anything else you don't want to get slimy.  Squeeze the butter to remove excess buttermilk.


Step 7:  You still need to wash your butter.  Get your tap water running very cold.  Hold your butter under the running water and squeeze as the cold water washes through it.  You are washing out any excess buttermilk that is left.  I read somewhere that if you don't get it all out, it can cause your butter to spoil prematurely.  Just keep massaging and moving the butter under the water until you notice it is not releasing any moisture.  It will be soft and pliable, and not overly sticky.
Wash that butter.
 Step 8:  When there is no liquid left in the butter, you can shape it in to your desired shape, or.... you can add honey to make honey butter.


Step 7:  Simply squeeze a generous amount of honey over top your butter, and squeeze it until it is completely combined.  It really is that simple!  Re-shape your honey butter, and store it in a container in the refrigerator.  I have kept mine over two weeks... I imagine if you use good quality fresh cream, it will last much longer.

Please feel free to ask any questions if anything in the directions isn't clear.  The whole process is really quite simple and straightforward.  I know I am being redundant here... but using a local, high quality cream will make all the difference in the ease of your butter making, as well as the flavor quality.  Enjoy!