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This loaf of bread has been on my radar for the longest time but i never had the chance to go about baking it until Imp came over for lunch one fine day – otherwise, i think this bread will still be on my to-bake-list! Lol!

I am usually pretty gung-ho and will always attempt new bakes on the day guests arrive but for this bread, it wasn’t the case. From the look of the bread, it was a little intimidating. I wasn’t sure if my first attempt will nail it down so yes, i actually did a test bake prior to the lunch date. Heh! And boy, was i glad or what!

During my test bake, i coated the apples with sugar before i layered them up in the bread dough. Guess what happened after that?

My bread dough was unbelievably wet! The sugar coating became syrup-like. AIYO!

Thankfully, the loaf was still beautiful albeit a tad wet but the point is, it was harder to handle so i mentally noted to never coat apples with sugar again in the future for all my bread baking adventures.

Pull Apart Apple Cinnamon Bread

For the filling


1 green apple, skinned, cubed
85g sugar
1-2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
26g unsalted butter

For the dough


60g unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup lukewarm milk
1/4 cup lukewarm water
2 large eggs
385g plain flour
45g sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast

To make the dough

1. Whisk together the butter, milk, water, eggs, and vanilla extract.
2. In the bowl mixer, mix together the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast, then add the wet ingredients. Using the dough hook attachment mix and knead, until the dough is smooth. The dough will be quite soft. If it seems too dry add a little water, if it seems too sticky add just a little flour, up to a 1/4 cup.
3. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover, and allow to rest until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
4. Grease a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan.
5. Gently deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly greased surface.*  Roll the dough into a 12″ x 20″ rectangle.
6. Stir the vanilla into the melted butter. Spread the butter mixture over the entire top on the dough, Use a pastry brush to get the butter even spread over the surface of the dough. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the top, using your hand to spread it evenly over the butter. Sprinkle the cinnamon evenly over the dough. Add the apples, on top of the cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle on the nuts, if using.
7. Cut the dough crosswise into six 3 1/2″ x 12″ strips. Stack the strips on top of one another. Cut the stack into six pieces, about 2″ x 3 1/2″ each. This part is a little messy but it doesn’t have to be perfect.
8. Turn the pieces on edge, and place them in the loaf pan one in front of the other from one end of the pan to the other, squeezing them in tight. I sprinkled any nuts or apples that had fallen off over the top of the dough after I put it into the pan.
9. Cover the pan and allow the loaf to rise for 30 to 60 minutes, until it’s almost doubled in size. While the loaf is rising, preheat the oven to 350°F.
10. Bake the loaf for 45 to 55 minutes in the center of the oven, tenting it with foil after 30 minutes. Remove the loaf from the oven, and transfer it to a rack to cool for 15 to 20 minutes before turning it out of the pan to cool completely.
11. While still slightly warm, spoon the glaze over the top of the bread.

(adapted from here)
Note : do not coat apples with sugar. also, i managed to get 2 loaves out of 1 recipe. ;)

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The first time i baked it, i almost wiped out the entire loaf!!

It’s crazy. It’s friggin crazy good! If not for the little self-control left in me, i would have finished the whole loaf. AIYO!

This loaf of bread is truly irresistible. I mean, look at the little hand that couldn’t wait (above). Despite repetitive warnings to make Beep stay away, he bravely stole-pulled a piece as i clicked away knowing well the music he’d face there after. Lol!

Imp loved it! :)

After the pumpkin cheesecake, i still had quite abit of pumpkin mash leftover in the fridge.

So, i thought it was high time for me to hone my skills in bread making and ta-dahhhhh, 1 not so beautiful pumpkin loaf *heeeee* using the same recipe as my sweet potato loaf, because i left out a couple of ingredients and instructions in my hand-copied recipe!

Yeah, what’s the big deal.. we can always search the net for a complete recipe aye?

But.

The thing is, i only realized the missing ingredients and instructions halfway kneading the dough, noticing something was amiss somehow.

I abandoned the dough as quick as lightning and googled for the recipe immediately.

Alas, it was not meant to be.

For someone as famous as Rose Levy Berandum, i’m appalled to find out that the recipe was not available online somehow or another. Hmmm.. no one has posted this particular recipe before! *slaps forehead*

So i made a mental note to be the first to do it once when i get hold of the book, be it from the library or when i have decided to splurge and get myself a copy of this fantabulous book by Rose.

Because of my own carelessness, the bread didn’t turn out as nice as sweet potato loaf.. taste and look wise :(

To be honest, there was hardly any taste at all.

Not even a little bit of sweetness because there wasn’t any sugar.

Salty? What’s that???

Sigh.

The only thing that sets it apart from normal white bread that we consume daily is the heaviness, chewiness and its natural moistness that comes from the pumpkin, which i like. I also did not manage to detect even the tiniest hint of cinnamon too, which i added to spice it up :(

Though the bread wasn’t fantastic to be eaten just like that, all one needed to do was to slap a thick layer of cheese spread and one will be blown away, especially when it was freshly toasted – if you like this kind of bread texture that is ;)

helpful boy2 and his balancing act. not easy okieee, for someone as tiny as him :)

Grin.

I know!

Terrible looking bread slices aye?

I didn’t know how long to knead so i anyhow! The dough turned out to be sooooo sticky that i couldn’t shape it at all. I just dumped the whole lump of dough into the baking tin and that was it. Then i realized i actually under knead it. Oh well… then, to my surprise (pleasantly surprise), it actually managed to rise and look like a bread loaf in the oven!

I had never expected that.

I had expected 100% failure.

Hee.

Nevertheless, i’m so gonna try baking this again when i have the full recipe so if you are keen for the recipe, stay tuned!

For many Asians, the thought of having pumpkin as savoury dishes or sweet desserts doesn’t quite appeal, what more, pumpkin cheesecake!

Grosssssssss, or so i thought :P

When i first came across pumpkin cheesecake in cookbooks, my first thought waseewwww! nice meh?!?! pumpkin in cheesecake?!?!’

Never had i thought i’d actually baked one so soon! I guess the curiosity got the better of me especially when i have half pumpkin sitting in the fridge rotting away and at least 10 blocks of cream cheese screaming USE ME! whenever i open the fridge door.

But you know what?

I’m glad i baked it :)

pumpkin cheesecake

Because i love it!

I honestly do.

I didn’t anticipate it to be this delectable!

I must say, the cheesecake’s yummy-ness way surpasses my expectation. Never had i thought the combination of mashed pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and cream cheese could be this lethal! Heh.

The natural au sweetness from the pumpkin, hint of sweetness and woody-ness from the spices and last but not least, sourish after taste from the cream cheese. And oh! The grainy texture from the not-so-smooth pumpkin mash.. I tell you, it’s ooh la la!!

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Pumpkin Cheesecake

Ideal for 8″ cake

Crust

Digestive biscuits 140g

Butter, melted 70g

Finely ground the biscuit. Pour warm butter over biscuit. Toss well to coat mixture with butter. Press firmly into an even layer on the bottom of pan. Refrigerate for an hour.

Filling :

500g cream cheese

100g castor sugar

3 tbsp corn flour, sifted

2 1/2 eggs

150ml milk

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp rum

1 1/2 cup mashed pumpkin

Beat cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Beat in corn flour until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until just incorporated. Gradually add milk alternate with mashed pumpkin and lastly, add all other ingredients until well mixed.

Bake at 150 (depending on your oven) in water bath for 1 hour 30 minutes or till the edge of filling is set and centre is slightly wobbly. Cool on rack for 5 minutes.

Topping :

1 cup sour cream

2 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp rum

Whisk together sour cream, sugar, and liqueur (if using) in a bowl, then spread on top of cheesecake and bake 5 minutes.

Cool cheesecake completely in pan on rack, about 3 hours.

Chill, covered, until cold, at least 4 hours. Remove side of pan and bring to room temperature before serving.

Recipe source : my own, adapted from here and there :)

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Oh yes, if you are thinking to skip the topping just like what i initally planned to, don’t! I made the trip to NTUC just for the sour cream at the very last minute – actually, the husband went, not me! :P

The sour cream topping totally rocks! Definitely the icing of the cake. I love love love the sourish taste that goes hand in hand with the sweet, woody, musky and a little sourish filling.

So yupyup, don’t skip the topping!

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