Apples and Pumpkins. Two tastes and ingredients that have made autumn what we know today. I mean, can you really imagine fall time without one of these amazing, harvest-time treats?
Whether it’s pies, pastries, cookies, or cupcakes, every time the leaves turn orange and the air begins to cool, we see a mad rush for apple or pumpkin flavored everything! So with such well known icons of autumn, why are there so few recipes combining the two? Can’t we have both tastes, textures, and aroma’s baked-up in a delicious treat? Yes, we can!
With the help of another fall time tradition, bread baking, we’ve come up with a mouth watering, soul warming snack that will fill your kitchen will all the rich aromas of fall-time baking! Grab your apple cider and pumpkin purée, it’s time to bake some Apple Pumpkin Knots!
3 cups Apple Cider, warmed
1 cup Pumpkin Purée
1/4 cup Butter, melted
2/3 cup Brown Sugar
2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Salt
1 cup Honeyville Freeze Dried Apples
8-10 cups Honeyville Alta Artisan Bread Flour
4 Tbsp SAF Yeast
First, combine your cider and pumpkin.
Using your BOSCH Universal Mixer, mix your pumpkin and apple cider together with the dough hook until combined.
Add the following ingredients to your mixer in this order: butter, egg, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, salt, apples, 4 cups of flour, and yeast. Turn mixer to #2 setting and begin kneading your dough. As dough is kneading, slowly add 1 cup of flour at a time until dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Once it does, knead in the machine an additional 3-4 minutes.
Remove dough from machine and place on a hard surface.
Divide dough into 4 pieces.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Divide each piece into two, roll each piece out into long strips of dough, then braid the dough together.
Beginning at the top, roll braid up around itself so that it looks similar to a knot of dough, then place on a greased baking sheet. You don’t actually have to tie any of the dough in knots, but the end product looks similar to a knot. Repeat this process for each group of dough. The recipe should give you 4-6 very large knots.
After all knots are complete, brush with melted butter before placing in the oven.
Place in the preheated 400 degree oven, knock the temperature down to 350 degrees, and bake for 30 minutes. Remove and allow to cool before serving.
Get ready for a fall-time, taste buds explosion! The sweet and amazing combination of delicious apples, rich pumpkin flavor, and cinnamon, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice, will fill your palate with all the flavors you’ve come to love in the fall! The rich aroma of fresh-baked bread will fill your kitchen and your home, and bring family members rushing for a taste from all corners. Serve these bad boys up for breakfast, after-school snacks, or autumn party treats.
Nothing is better than apples and pumpkins in the fall, and these knots are the perfect way to enjoy both!