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!!