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Sage-Apple Cider Bread Recipe

Who knew sage and apple cider would create such a fantastic bread? This versatile loaf that has just a hint of sweetness makes wonderful sandwiches or stuffing. —Christine Wendland, Browns Mills, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/4 cups warm apple cider or juice (110° - 115°)
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup fresh sage, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 to 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons 2% milk

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm cider. Add the bread flour, butter, sugar, egg, sage and salt. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in enough all-purpose flour to form a firm dough.
  • 2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Shape into a loaf. Place in a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 40 minutes. Brush with milk.
  • 4. Bake at 375° for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 141 calories, 4 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 145 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.