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Emotional Baking
stormy crusty apple bread.
I'm feeling stormy; dark, tumultuous. To say I'm angry doesn’t quite cut it, I'm struggling with it too. I need to clear my head and calm down. I think I'll bake...
I'm feeling...
something that connects with my mood and can break me out of it,
something that takes a little bit of effort to make,
something that tastes slightly bitter with hints of sweet,
something that’s soft, crusty and comforting...
  • I’m stormy, tumultuous
  • I’ll bake
  • Crusty Apple Bread
  • Bitter, Sweet, Soft
  • Comforting
This bread is perfect for the way I'm feeling AND it tastes amazing!
crusty apple bread.
Print Recipe
Prep time: 35 minutes, Rest time: 2 ½ hours, Bake time: 40-50 minutes
Makes 1 large loaf of bread
  • 2 medium (230 g) granny smith apples, peeled and cubed (or 3-4 small red green apples, weighing the same amount)
  • 2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp (28 g) salted butter, melted
  • 1 ½ cup warm water
  • ¾ cup (100 g) whole wheat flour
  • 2 ½ cup (400 g) all purpose flour
  • ½ tbsp coarse sea salt
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour
Roll up your sleeves. It's time to get to work!
Preheat the oven to 200 F.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and evenly spread the apples on it. Cook the apples for 20 minutes, or until they are browned and dried out a little. Set aside to cool.
The smell of baking apples is so comforting!!
In a large bowl stir the yeast, butter and warm water together.
Slowly mix in the flours, salt, and apples and knead until it becomes a rough mound. You can do this by hand or use a stand mixer.
What a way to work out of this mood!
Continue to knead the dough, on a floured surface, for 5 minutes, adding more flour as needed, until it appears smooth and well incorporated.
Place the loaf in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap and a towel. Allow to rise in a warm place for 2 hours.
Dust the baking sheet lightly with whole wheat flour. Shape the bread into a ball and place it on the baking sheet, then lightly dust the top of the bread with more flour.
Let the bread rise, uncovered, in a warm place for 30 minutes.
This is a nice break after a good amount of work.
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Fill a baking dish with hot water and place it under the rack where the bread will go. (This is what gives the bread it’s crusty exterior). Bake for 40-50 minutes until the crust is golden brown and has a hollow sound when you tap it.
Let the bread cool on the baking sheet for 15 minutes before moving it to a cooling rack. Let it cool until it reaches room temperature.
This is THE apple bread. Toast it, slather it with salted butter. Instantly, feel better!!
stormy crusty apple bread.
stormy crusty apple bread.
(Recipe and Photos courtesy of Emotional Baking©)
Feel. Bake. Better.
It’s not just about baking something to get you through the day.
It’s not about eating the whole tray to feel better.
It’s about getting lost in the process.
It’s about enjoying every moment.
It’s about sharing it with people that support and care about you.
Baking can be a lot of things – it can be distracting but simple, it can be movement with focus, it can be whatever you need when you need it. Choose a recipe to fit the mood and it becomes a useful tool as well – baking to quiet the mind, to connect with your emotions, or simply baking to feel emotional. Just think of the feelings you get and the emotions you experience when baking your favourite dessert…. excitement, relief, fulfillment, joy, accomplishment.
At Emotional Baking, our recipes can be the starting point to somewhere - it can lead you to a place of great comfort, one that feels like the beginning of something, something good...
A note for anyone who needs it:
Baking, while wonderful, can only help so much...
If you’re struggling in any way,
If you feel alone or you need help,
Contact your primary care physician or follow the links below to find help in your area. You are never alone!
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