Friday, 26 October 2012

First Christmas post for the year - Apfelbrot/Apple Bread

I remember my Mama preparing this in buckets instead of bowls and she even had a special over sized wooden spoon to mix the mixture. Our kitchen was filled with apples, nuts and spices.

The next day the smells that came out of her kitchen were the first sign that Christmas was not far away.....

They look great as a gift wrapped individually in cellophane and decorated with ribbons and pine tree twigs.

1kg Apples
300g Sugar
300g Figs
300g Sultanas
200g whole Hazelnuts
50ml dark Rum
1tbsp Cinnamon
3-4tbsp All Spice
750g Flour
2tsp Baking Powder
2tbsp Cocoa Powder

Day 1: Core apples and grate them into a very large bowl. (There is no need to peel them)
Add Sugar, chopped Figs, Sultanas, Hazelnuts, Cinnamon, All Spice and Rum.
Stir to combine all ingredients. Wrap bowl with cling film and leave for 24 hours.

Day 2: Add Flour, Baking Powder and Cinnamon. Stir until well combined. (You might have to divide the mixture into 2 bowls as there is quite a lot of it and its easier to stir)

Preheat oven to 180C.

Line a baking tray with baking paper and cut out small pieces of baking paper which will go in between the loafs, so they need to be slightly longer than the loaves.

Divide the dough into 6-8 parts (depending on the size of the loaves you wish to make).
The dough will be very sticky so it’s best to form the loaves with wet hands. Place them on the baking tray with the prepared baking paper in between. The loaves can be placed closely together, it helps to keep their shape and rise upwards.

Bake for approx. 90 minutes (more or less-depending on their size) and until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
Place on a wire rack, leave to cool slightly and remove paper. They are best if left for 2 weeks so the flavours can develop. They also become softer over time.

One loaf must be enjoyed straight away!



I was featured on Practically Functional


  1. These look awesome. I haven't made a rum bread before, but I've been thinking about making one this year. I would love to invite you to link up to Fall Into the Holidays-

    Katie @ Horrific Knits

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  2. The name of your blog is so cute! I love your photos here too :)

  3. The ingredients of figs, hazelnuts and rum make this bread irresistible! Beautiful pictures!

  4. stopping by from the create & inspire blog hop - i adore apple bread - thanks for sharing :)

  5. Hi! I am visiting from the Newbie Party at Debbie-Doo's. Love your blog and the pictures are terrific. I am your newest follower! Hope you get a chance to stop by Still Woods Farmhouse for a visit!

  6. That looks delicious and your pics are fabulous. Thanx for sharing at THT.

  7. Just to let you know I featured your wonderful project today.
    Stop by and grab a featured button and thank you so much for sharing your project.

  8. This bread looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at ‘Or so she says…’. I would love to have you back again to share even more of your great ideas. There’s a link party kicking off in the morning (every Sat. through Tues.) Hope to see you there!

  9. Wow, that bread looks fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe at The Fun In Functional!

    1. Just stopping by to let you know I featured this on my blog today! I'm excited to try this! You can check out the feature and grab a button here: The Fun In Functional #24

  10. This looks so delicious! I had to look up Sultanas -- my mom used to mention them and I was not quite sure what they were. I was delighted to find they are raisins or dried grapes. thanks so much for linking on Busy Monday! Hope to see you again soon!

  11. Thanks for linking up to my party! I wanted to let you know I picked your link to feature this week! See my post and grab my feature button here

  12. This bread looks delicious. I love that it uses hazelnuts and not walnuts like many do. Thanks so much for sharing it on Tout It Tuesday. Hope you come back again next week.

  13. Hi Elisa. This looks absolutely delicious. Your photos are spectacular. They look more like renaissance paintings. Just gorgeous. Thanks so much for linking up at Thriving on Thursday.

    Anne xx

  14. Wishing you and your family a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

  15. Hi there. The current Food on Friday is all about Christmas! It would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Have a good week.

  16. Thanks for linking in to Food on Friday: Christmas. We are now getting a great collection of Christmas ideas.

    Ps If you would like email reminders of future Food on Fridays, just pop by and comment and include your email - I won't publish it - and the reminder will be by bcc so it will remain private

  17. Oh wow, yum! Looks delicious and your pictures are gorgeous!

  18. Once you have left these little loaves for two weeks how long do they keep for please?

    ReplyDelete nice to hear from you! Any comments are highly valued! If you leave your blog address I would love to see what you are creating....