Makes 2 loaves. Freeze the second or share with a friend! This is a fun recipe on a day when you want to do other things around the house. There are three wait times in which you are free to do other things: about 75 minutes during the first rise, 30 minutes during the second rise, and 30 minutes during baking.
Scald 2 cups nondairy or dairy milk for 2 minutes in the microwave on high (or bring to a simmer for 2 minutes in a saucepan over medium heat). Stir in 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey and 2 TB dry yeast.
In an extra-large mixing bowl, whisk together 3 cups bread flour, 4 cups all-purpose flour, 1/3 cup ground flaxseed meal, 1 1/2 TB ground cinnamon, and 2 tsp. salt.
Mix in 1/3 cup applesauce, 1/3 cup safflower oil or melted butter, and the yeast-milk mixture. Knead 5 minutes, until smooth and stretchy.
Cover with a towel and rest in a warm place to rise, about 90 minutes, until doubled in volume.
Meanwhile, wash, core, and dice (chop into small pieces about the size of 2 peas) 3 apples. In a medium frying pan, melt 1/4 cup dairy or non-dairy butter and sauté the apples over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Add 3 TB maple syrup or honey, 1 TB ground cinnamon, and 1 tsp. ground nutmeg. Sauté 2 more minutes. Set aside until bread dough has finished the first rise.
Grease 2 loaf pans.
After the dough has risen once, punch down. If sticky, add 2 TB flour and knead briefly. Divide the dough in half.
With a rolling pin, roll the dough to an 11x8” rectangle. Spoon half the apple mixture over the rectangle. Then roll the dough into a long cylinder. As you lift the dough to transfer it to a loaf pan, fold under the ends to tuck it into the pan. Repeat for second loaf, using the second half of the apple mixture.
Cover loaves and allow bread to rise in a warm place about 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 deg. F.
Melt 1 TB dairy or nondairy butter. Whisk in 1 TB maple syrup or honey. Brush over the top of the loaves.
Bake 30 minutes, or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
Allow bread to cool 10 minutes and remove from pan. Cool 5 more minutes on a rack. Slice and enjoy!