Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Blackberry and Apple Bread with Streusel Topping

Just as you think i might have mistyped the word' bread' instead of 'cake' , i did not. Ha! From the picture, i think it looks much like a cake but than a bread, not that kind of quick bread but yeasted type of bread. Quite a rich bread, the blackberries and the apples did not add much flavour to the bread, instead more flavour actually comes from the streusel topping.. the cinnamon. Just in case you're wondering what are those brown patches on top, those are the streusel toppings. From the recipe, it says sprinkle the streusels, that's quite impossible for me to do that as the streusel worked out to be like paste form so i just spooned them onto the dough. I baked this into 2 separate tins instead of one, 8"x6" and 8"x8". You can find the picture and the original recipe from Joy of Baking but i will still copy down the recipe here.

Ingredients for Bread Dough
1/2 cup( 120ml) of lukewarm milk
1/2 tsp granulated sugar
1/4 oz/7gms active dry yeast ( i used instant yeast)
2 1/2 cups (325 gm) all purpose flour ( i used bread flour)
1/4 cup (50gm) granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup ( 113gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces

Egg wash
1 tbsp cream
1 large egg
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

Streusel Topping
1/4 cup( 50gm) granulated sugar
1/3 cup (45gms) all purpose flour
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4cup (56gms) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Apples ( peeled and diced) ..i sliced that

1.In a mixer bowl, stir milk, 1/2 tsp sugar and yeast and let stand for about 5-10mins or until foamy.
2.Add flour, remaining 50gms sugar, salt and beat until combined. Add egg and beat for a few minutes.
3.Gradually add in the pieces of butter and continue kneading until dough is soft and shiny.
4.Remove to a slightly buttered bowl and leave to rise in warm place until double in size.
5. Once it has doubled its size, punch the dough down and on a lightly floured surface, roll or press to a 13" by 9" rectangle .Transfer to a prepared lining tin or baking sheet. Then in a small bowl, whisk the cream , egg and cinnamon for the egg wash and brush this on the surface of the dough.
6.Cover and let rise for 2nd time till double its size.
7.While dough is rising, make the streusel topping.. In a small bowl, combine sugar, flour and cinnamon powder. The cut in the butter till mixture is lumpy. Set aside.
8.Preheat oven to 325F/177C. When dough has doubled its volume, lightly brush the surface with egg wash again, place the balckberries and apples on the dough and sprinkle with the streusel topping. Bake for about 35minutes or until nicely browned . Remove from oven and place on a wire rack.

Will also be submitting this to Aspiring Bakers #5- Fruity March ( March 2011) hosted by Jess Bakericious


  1. lovely n delicious Lena...fab clicks again..
    Tasty Appetite

  2. This bread looks very yummy. Bookmarked the recipe! ;)

  3. Lena, this is a lovely treat.I'll wager it is delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  4. it looks really fluffy thought this bread! what alot of toppings as well!!!

    ps-thanks for the link u sent me!

  5. this looks really yummy! sweet bread topped with refreshing fruits. Breakfast will be awesome with this bread.

  6. Lena strikes again! Wow! This looks simply, sinfully delicious!
    The kind where you sit relaxed, very slowly put a piece near the nose to get the lovely scent, then very slowly put into the mouth, roll the eyes, and imitate a baby, "hmmmmmm". Ha ha ha.
    Lena, you are outstanding!

  7. this is really yummy! soft and fluffy!

  8. It sure does sound delicious and and from the streusel's recipe, yeah, I doubt it'll be sprinkable.
    Maybe chill it? Or reduce the butter. Or increase the flour?

  9. the bread look so soft and topping it with fruits definitely makes it soooo YUMMY! (: (:

  10. good to have this during tea time with a cup of hot tea....yum yum!

  11. light and fluffy!!!! I love all those fruits on top :)

  12. Lena, this looks so yummy. You sure can bake well!

  13. Lena...this bread with streusel topping is great from the look of it. Shall try this out when the Piggies comes home :) Thanks for sharing this :)

  14. I like this type of sweet dessert very much, in Germany I normally eat it plain without the fruit, but I can imagine that adding fruit would make it even tastier !

  15. Lena, this bread looks so good! And it totally does look like a cake... But cake, bread, what's in a name right? It all tastes just as delicious.

  16. Wah Lena, this looks soft and yummy. :) I bet the fruits and streusel sure gives it extra texture and flavor, yum yum. Ok bookmarked!

  17. Sounds great, a cake-like bread. I bet the texture was very wonder. :)

  18. Love the streusel toppping. I actually though it was a typo too, haha! Have a great day, Lena!

  19. Lena, love all your bread creation. This look very delicious. I'm going to bookmark this for my future bake.

  20. wow!delicately exotic :) yummy :p~

  21. Awesome! And if it's a bread and not a cake, you don't have to feel as guilty eating it, right?? It's beautiful!


  22. thanks everyone for dropping by, appreciate all your comments!

    wendy: yeah, i added extra flour to that since i couldnt reduce the butter already, i added about 2 tbsp but didnt make much difference, so i just left it as it be.

  23. this bread looks lovely! Just wonder if the apple is diced and cooked will it goes better with the bread?

  24. Incredible looking bread! Ideal for a nice breakfast for it also has fruit which completes the meal! Seconds allowed! I am sure this is fun to make with other fruits too. Cheers!

  25. Sounds great! I'll pass this on to my wife :-)

  26. Wow...your bread looks so airy, soft and moist. Love that you added fruits on top and streusel too. I made a loaf of bread the other day...definitely nothing compared to yours. Hope you have a wonderful day.

  27. Look great! Can't wait to try out this recipe, I'm a huge apple lover so will have to just add more :)

  28. That streusel topping looks awesome! Mmmm.... :)

  29. I have never tried this type of yeasted bread before. Most of my bread adventures involve shaping them in buns and rolls. I am sorry the fruitty flavour didnt really get thru, but i think the bread was rich enough to taste good even on its own! oh, of course, not forgetting the cinnammon streusel :)

  30. spectacular combination! I am sold!!!

  31. Lena, I left a comment at your simple bun post. Want to have a laugh looking at my blunder? Let me know your email address and will send you a funny pic for a laugh...LOL

  32. hi tze, the original recipe actually stated cube the apples and i think probably you can get to taste and eat the chunks too, i dont think it's necessary to cook the apples.

    hi arthur, yea, why not with other fruits..blueberries or pear, perhaps..

    hi ron, not bad **smile**

    marymoh: you'er always so kind, i would think your bread turned out beautiful and i still remember that blueberry banana streusel cake of yours, very lovely!

    rsa online, hi nice to see you here, try it out someday!

    cristina..yes, the streusel was delicious, otherwise the bread would be like just an ordinary rich bread.

    crustabakes, yes you are right, the streusel topping with that hint of cinnamon brings in the flavour so much, i think.

    gattina, thank you dear!

    zoe: thanks, got your mail!

  33. Lena look perfect and delicious! gloria