Fall is my favorite time of year. I even like that it ushers in winter. (I can handle being cold. You can always put more clothing on, but when it’s hot, well there is just so much you can take off before people ask you if you use the same stylist as Miley Cyrus.) Fall makes me want to bake yummy things full of pumpkin pie spice. Especially bread!
Now, if you have never tried making homemade bread without a bread machine or a mix, I am here to tell you it isn’t as hard or tedious as you think! Give this a try. I think you’ll like this. It pairs extremely well with crab apple jelly, apple butter, or any other fall flavors. 🙂
Tina’s Autumn Spice Bread
makes 2 loaves
6 C all purpose flour
1/2 c Old Fashioned Oats
2 tbsp Chia Seeds *
1/2 C Apple Sauce
4 tsp Yeast
2 C Warm Water
1/4 C Brown Sugar (packed) + 1 tbsp for swirl
1/2 C Oil
1 tsp Salt
2 tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice + 1 tsp for swirl
1/4 C raisins (if desired)
Some bread makers are very fussy about how they combine their ingredients. I am not one of those people. I throw everything in a bowl all at once and mix it together with my hands. I mix and knead the dough until it becomes springy. Usually about 5-10 minutes of kneading. If you are fancy and you have a mixer with a bread hook or you like to use a bread machine to do the heavy lifting, be my guest! (I would imagine you would want to use the white or fruit/nut setting on the bread machine but I am no expert.)
Place a damp tea towel over the bowl and let the dough rise for about an hour or until it doubles in size.
Separate the bread dough in to two balls. If no swirl is desired: Lightly knead and form in to loaf shape. Place each loaf in a lightly greased loaf pan. Cover with tea towel again and let double in size. Takes about an hour.
If you would like to put a swirl in the bread: Flatten the dough out gently on a hard, floured surface. Roll with a a rolling pin or use your hands to make the dough in to a rectangle. Sprinkle top of dough with spices, sugar, and raisins. Then, tightly roll the dough (jelly roll style) and place the dough in a greased loaf pan, seam side down.
Put loaves in preheated 350* oven and bake 35-40 minutes.
*If you can’t find chia seeds or you believe the firmly belong in pet form, that’s okay. You can make this bread without them. They add a little texture and protein to the bread, that’s all. If you don’t include them, be careful adding water to the dough. Chia sucks up a lot of water so if they are missing, your dough may end up too wet if you aren’t careful!