Apple, Spice & Everything Nice Pull-Apart Bread

It’s frrriiidddaaaayyy woooo hooooo!!
… every week I yap on and on about how I can’t wait for the weekend, it’s going to be delicious, it involves sleep … and coffee … and pancakes .. and PJS – yaddy-yadda-yadda.
This week is no different, boy am I glad it’s Friday and I feeeel gooooooood!
*cue james brown – dancing shoes and all.
I hope that song is in your head all day – you’re welcome :) .
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Does anyone else automatically think of the movie It takes Two when they hear that song?!? Remember when the Olsen twins were so little and cute?!? – who am I kidding, I still love those style mavens!!
It seems like pull-apart-bread is the new cool cat on the block. Everyone is doing it, and you should too. Because, even though it’s bread and I’m scared of anything requiring time to rise … this number is pretty easy and it smells like you walked into Bath and Body works … expect more delicious … and edible.
Funny story while perusing ( you think that says pursuing, don’t you – I seriously did spell check/ thesaurus check six times just to make sure I was spelling what I wanted to say … side note, inside of my note … I’m a terrible speller and I am so thankful for spell check – wooo, ggggoo computers and things). Back to my story while perusing out there on the line ( the internship, watch it .. SO FUNNY!!) I saw a million recipes for pull-apart-bread … and then I thought, I’m going to put apples between each layer and it will taste like apple pie.
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Turns out, a lot of other genius people had the same idea. I almost didn’t make this bread – but then I did… and I ate it … a lot of it … and it made my home smell all nice and fall and cinnamony.
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Apple, Spice & Everything Nice Pull-Apart Bread
Dough
2 3/4 cup + 2 additional TBSP
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tsp Cinnamon
½ Tsp fresh nutmeg
½ Tsp ground clove
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/2 tsp. Sea salt
4 Tbsp. butter
1/3 cup whole milk
1/4 cup water
2 eggs (at room temperature)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Filling
3 Large Apples ( I didn’t peel mine, because I wanted that rustic look
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ tsp sea salt
1 cup Tubino sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
4 Tbsp. butter, melted

Glaze
1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
2 Tablespoons milk

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Directions
In a large mixing bowl, mix 2 cups of flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, yeast and salt. Set aside.
Over low heat and in a small pan, melt the butter and milk. Once the butter is remove from heat and add the water and vanilla. Allow to cool.
Pour the milk mixture into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and mix well. Whisk together the eggs and add to the batter.
Add ¾ cups of flour and mix well.
Place the dough in a medium greased bowl. Allow to rise for 50 minutes. Once the dough has doubled its size, knead in 2 tablespoons of flour.
Cover the dough again for 5-10 minutes.
Great time, to work on the filling. In a medium bowl, combine sliced apples, lemon juice, granulated sugar and sea salt.
In a small bowl mix together the turbino sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 oc, and prepare your bread pan.
Once the dough has risen, roll it out on a floured surface. Brush the melted butter on the dough and add the sugar mixture.
Even spread your filling across the dough. Each slice of apple will act as a guide to the size of your square.
Using a shape knife, cut the dough into approximately equal sized strips — they don’t have to be the exact same – don’t worry. Then cut the strips into approximately equal sized squares.
Stack the squares on top of each other. Place them in a prepared bread pan.
Allow the dough to rise and additional 15 minuets in the bread pan.
Bake for 30-35 minutes until outside of bread is golden brown.

While the bread bakes, make your glaze.

Whisk the confectioners’ sugar and 2 Tablespoon of milk until smooth. Add more milk to thin, if desired.

Remove bread from oven, allow to cool 20 minutes and drizzle with prepared glaze.

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I feel like you should do this, then sit with it … pull it a part and have a Vince Vaughn movie marathon. If you invite me over, I’ll bring wine – promise.
And I’ll laugh obnoxiously at really immature jokes – promise.

Roasted Butternut Beer Nut Soup

SSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUPPPPP makes me want to slllllllllllllllllllllllllluuuuurrrrrp.

Sorry .. except, it’s true.

One of my pet peeves is loud eaters … there’s something about hearing someone chew like a cow that makes me want to ninja them in their head. I know sometimes it can’t be helped. It’s mostly those who chew with their mouths open that I can’t handle. Not that I would actually do anything to them, except shoot them evil laser beaming stink eye.

Here’s the fun part of this whole story … I’m a gulper.

My coffee … I gulp.

My Tea … I gulp.

And soup … I gulp.

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Not on purpose and I definitely want to throat punch myself when I realize I’m doing it… but this soup – it’s totally gulp/slurp worthy.

Slurp away home-fries …

Perfect for a cold fall day, sweet – spicy – nutty. I added beernuts as a thickening agent to this soup… and beer #WINNING.

Another little story before I get to the recipe … or you can ignore this jibber-jabber and just scroll down. I read tons of food blog, some I comment on – others I read and admire in a corner.. in true creeper form. There are two blogs though that I read no.matter.what. these two are by far my favourite bloggers in all of internet land and I would probably get heart palpitations if I were to ever meet them in person.

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Joy, from Joy the Baker and Jessica from How Sweet It Is. These wonder women and freaking geniuses … not to mention, cooler than this cat would ever be. The reason I mention this, is both these lovely ladies, have used funky things to thicken up their soups. Joy in her Vegan Carrot Jalapeno Soup used cashews .. cashews!!! ~ I don’t mean to be a snob, but TOLD YOU SHE WAS A GENIUS!!

And Jessica in her Smoked Gruyère butternut soup ( first, how freaking delicious does this sound?!?) added coconut milk.

I die. And also, because I want to be hip and happening like them when I grow up .. I used both soups as inspiration aka, I totally copied their ideas and then threw in some LTSL love.

Roasted Butternut Beer Nut Soup 

INGREDIENTS

1 large butternut squash, sliced in half lengthways

1 onion cut into chunks

4 Cloves of garlic

3 bay leaves

1/2 Cup Olive Oil

sea salt

pepper

2 cups of water

2 Cup of Beer Nuts

2 1/2 cups pumpkin ale

1 teaspoon Cinnamon Spice

1 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

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Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Toss squash, onion, garlic, bay leaves, olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread in single layer on rimmed baking sheet. Roast with skin size up for  60 minutes.

While roasting, combine water and beer nuts in blender. Blend for 1 minuet to create a smooth paste.

Remove bay leaf from roasted vegetable and allow to cool slightly ( 10 minutes)

Add cooled roasted vegetables and blend until desired consistency ( you may need to add some water if you prefer a thinner soup – I ended up adding about a cup of water).

Pour into large pot, and reheat over medium.

Add cinnamon, paprika, clove and pumpkin ale.

Heat thoroughly and serve.

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…. Welcome to a mish-mosh of thanksgiving and Sunday football!!