One of these nights when I was about 16 I was out of sauce worthy bread, and somehow it was more logical to bake some than to go to the store. That was my first bread baking experience, and now that I have learned more about bread baking, I found it is a completely different art from most types of baking and cooking. I won't ever learn enough, but I can try!
The basic dough in this recipe stems from a recipe found in the Tassajara Bread Book. If you have ever used this book you may notice a lot of the recipes are flexible enough to alter for your own tastes, which is just what I did!
1 1/2 c warm water (85º - 105º F)
1 1/2 tbsp dry yeast (2 packets)
2 tbsp honey, molasses, brown sugar, or regular sugar
2 c flour
2 tsp salt
2 1/2 tbsp oil or butter
1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
-Dissolve the yeast in the water and let foam/dissolve
-Stir in the sweetening, add the 2 cups of flour and combine well, then let sit for 45 minutes
-Fold in the salt and oil/butter, then add the whole wheat flour and combine until a dough forms
-Bring the dough to a work surface and knead for 8-10 minutes until smooth while using extra flour as needed to prevent the dough from sticking
-Let the dough rise another hour, then punch the dough and roll it with a rolling pin to make a rectangular shape about 1/2 - 1 inch in thickness
-Place the rectangle in front of you so that its longest side is horizontal
--At this point let the dough rest like this for about 20 minutes on a greased baking sheet while you dice your cheese and apples. I used about 1 cup of diced cheese, about 1/2 an apple, and a small handful if spinach though you can use more or less to your liking. Preheat the oven to 400º F--
-Sprinkle your filling ingredients evenly up and down the center of the dough, then use a pizza cutter to cut inch wide strips in the remaining dough on either side of the filling
-Once you have all your strips cut begin at the top by crossing the first strip on the left over to the rights side, then cross the first strip on the right over to the left side
-Continue crossing the strips of dough in this left-right-left-right pattern
-Once you have finished, pinch or tuck the edges together so the bread seals itself at the ends while baking
-Before placing the dough in the oven you can either brush the top with an egg wash or spray it with water
-Bake for about 30 minutes, or until golden.
Your bread should look something like this: