I used this Christmas pin to close it at the neck. I think it may have belonged to my grandmother, isn't it cute? And, I did get my apple bread made on Friday. Two loaves were given away and the third didn't last long enough for pictures, but here is the recipe in case you're interested ~ I use my Kitchen Aid mixer, so if you're making it by hand you will have to modify the kneading instructions somewhat...
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 c. butter, softened
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 2 pkg. active dry yeast
- 1/2 c. warm water (105 - 115 degrees F)
- 7 - 8 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 eggs
- 2 medium apples, cored, peeled & chopped
- Cinnamon SugarFilling
Combine milk, butter, & sugar in small saucepan. Heat over low heat until butter melts & sugar dissolves. Cool to lukewarm. Dissolve yeast in warm water in mixer bowl; add lukewarm milk mixture, 5 cups flour, eggs, & apple. Using dough hook, mix 1 minute; continue adding remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough clings to hook and cleans sides of the bowl. Knead about 2 minutes longer, until dough is smooth & elastic. Place in a greased bowl, cover, & let rise in warm place until doubled ~ about 1 hour.
Cinnamon Sugar Filling
- 2/3 cup flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 tblsp butter, softened
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Mix all ingredients with fork until crumbly.
After dough has doubled, punch down and divide in two. Roll each amount to a 9 x 14 inch rectangle. Sprinkle with Cinnamon Sugar Filling and roll dough tightly and shape into a loaf. Place in  9x5x3 inch loaf pans. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled ~ about 1 hour. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
Yield: 2 loaves [You can also make this in 3 ~ 4x8 inch pans, which is what I did.]
I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend!