Twisted Apple Speculaas Bread

Twisted Apple Speculaas Bread

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Make this Twisted Apple Speculaas Bread when you want to impress your family or friends. It’s the perfect bread to serve during the holiday season, as it makes two delightful loaves that are so pretty with their twisted form. Flavored with Speculaas Spice, a fun mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, aniseed, cardamom, ginger, and white pepper, it’ll fill your house with the delightful scent of Christmas.

Serving Twisted Apple Speculaas Bread with Raisins

This recipe is a modified version of one I found on King Arthur Baking several years ago, and I thought the twisted version of bread was such a nice change from one that is braided or rolled. My husband loves raisins, so I added them to half of this recipe. And rather than cinnamon, I opted to use Speculaas Spice, as I find this spice mixture quite lovely, not only for cookies, but for baked goods, too.

See recipes that use Speculaas Spice Here.  And if you’d prefer to make your own spice, please see the homemade version below.

 

Ingredients for Twisted Apple Speculaas Bread

  • all-purpose flour
  • instant potato flakes
  • granulated sugar
  • instant yeast
  • salt
  • butter, softened
  • vanilla extract
  • large egg
  • whole milk

Filling

  • granulated sugar
  • all-purpose flour
  • Speculaas Spice (See Homemade Version Below or Order Some Here.)
  • Gala apple, peeled, cored, and grated
  • lemon juice
  • raisins (optional)

Glaze

  • powdered sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • whole milk

 

To Make Your Own Speculaas Spice

Ingredients

  • ground cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • cloves
  • aniseed
  • cardamom
  • ginger
  • ground white pepper

In a small bowl, combine ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, aniseed, cardamom, ginger, and ground white pepper. Mix well.

Store spice in a container in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months. Makes almost 4 tablespoons.

 

Instructions for Making this Recipe

Ingredients Needed to Make the Dough

Gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

 

Prepare the Dough

In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, potato flakes, granulated sugar, instant yeast, and salt, mixing well.

Add the softened butter, vanilla extract, large egg, and whole milk. Stir until dough holds it’s form.

Knead by hand or by kneading hook for 7-8 minutes until smooth.

Kneaded Dough

Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover and let rise until double, 1 1/2 – 2 hours.

 

Make the Filling

While the dough is rising, combine the filling ingredients.

Mixing the Filling for this Bread

In a small bowl, stir together the granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, and Speculaas spice.

Grate the Apple for this Filling

Peel, core, and coarsely grate the apple. Place in a medium bowl. Pour lemon juice over the grated the fruit and mix together.

Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the apples and mix well. Set aside.

 

Assemble the Twisted Bread

Turn out risen dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently punch down two-three times. Divide dough in half. Roll each into 10″x12″ rectangle.

Spread Filling over the Rolled Dough

Spread half of the apple filling over the dough, leaving a 1/2″ margin along the edges. If desired, sprinkle raisins over the fillings.

Rolling Half the Dough Like a Cinnamon Roll

Starting with the long side, roll the dough into a log, sealing the edge.

Cut the Rolled Dough in Half Lengthwise Lay both Halves Side by Side

Cut the log in half lengthwise. Place each half, filled side up, side-by-side on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat.

Twisted Bread Ready for the Oven

Twist the two logs together, keeping the filling side up, working from the center to the ends. Pinch the ends together. Repeat with the second piece of dough.

Cover the dough and allow to rise for one hour.

Baked Bread

Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool before glazing.

You may need to cover the bread with aluminum foil the last ten minutes to keep edges from getting too dark. 

 

Glaze the Bread

Drizzle Glaze over Baked Bread

In a small bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and whole milk until creamy. Drizzle over loaves.

This recipe will make 2 loaves.

 

See more Bread Recipes Here. Browse Breakfast Ideas Here. 

 

Recipe for Twisted Apple Speculaas Bread

Twisted Apple Speculaas Bread

Here's a delightful recipe to try when you're craving apples, raisins, and fall spices.
5 from 3 votes
Print Rate
Course: Breads, Dessert
Cuisine: German
Keyword: Apples, Raisins, Speculaas Spice, Sweet Breads, Yeast Breads
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Rising Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 4 hours
Servings: 16

Equipment

KitchenAid Mixer
Box Grater
Baking Sheet
Silicone Baking Mat

Ingredients

Dough

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup instant potato flakes
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup whole milk

Filling

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Speculaas spice
  • 1 cup Gala apple peeled, cored, and grated
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup raisins optional

Glaze

Instructions

  • Gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

Prepare the Dough

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, potato flakes, granulated sugar, instant yeast, and salt, mixing well.
  • Add the softened butter, vanilla extract, large egg, and whole milk. Stir until dough holds it's form.
  • Knead by hand or by kneading hook for 7-8 minutes until smooth.
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover and let rise until double, 1 1/2 - 2 hours.

Make the Filling

  • While the dough is rising, combine the filling ingredients.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, and Speculaas spice.
  • Peel, core, and coarsely grate the apple. Place in a medium bowl. Pour lemon juice over the grated the fruit and mix together.
  • Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the apples and mix well. Set aside.

Assemble the Twisted Bread

  • Turn out risen dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently punch down two-three times. Divide dough in half. Roll each into 10"x12" rectangle.
  • Spread half of the apple filling over the dough, leaving a 1/2" margin along the edges. If desired, sprinkle raisins over the filling.
  • Starting with the long side, roll the dough (cinnamon roll style) into a log, sealing the edge.
  • Cut the log in half lengthwise. Place the half-logs, filled side up, side-by-side on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat. Twist the two logs together, keeping the filling side up, working from the center to the ends. Pinch the ends together. Repeat with the second piece of dough.
    Cover the dough and allow to rise for one hour.
  • Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes until lightly browned. (May need to cover with aluminum foil the last ten minutes to keep edges from getting too dark.) Remove from oven and allow to cool before glazing.

Glaze the Bread

  • In a small bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and whole milk until creamy. Drizzle over loaves. Makes 2 loaves.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated, all butter used on this recipe site is salted.

Nutrition

Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 137IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
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4 thoughts on “Twisted Apple Speculaas Bread”

  • 5 stars
    This twisted bread looks lovely and very festive. I’ve never used speculuss spice in baking. I’ve heard of speculuss cookies from Belgium. I guess the spice originated from those. I doubt I can buy the ready mixed spice here in Italy but I guess I can make my own as you suggest!

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