Frugal Foodie Mama: Apple Cheddar Pull-Apart Bread

Friday, October 12, 2018

Apple Cheddar Pull-Apart Bread

Sweet apples, mild cheddar, warm spices, & a touch of maple sweetness come together perfectly in this easy to make Apple Cheddar Pull-Apart Bread...

Sweet apples, mild cheddar, warm spices, & a touch of maple sweetness come together perfectly in this easy to make Apple Cheddar Pull-Apart Bread.


I know that when most people think of their favorite fall flavors to pair with crisp apples that caramel and cinnamon & sugar probably come to mind first. But for me, I prefer the sweet & savory combination of apples with a good white cheddar cheese. In fact, fresh apple slices & creamy cheddar are a staple on my charcuterie boards during the fall months.

I decided to take this delicious combo and wrap it up into a warm & cozy pull-apart bread that would be perfect with a warm cup of chai tea on crisp fall afternoon or as part of a weekend brunch menu. Sweet apples, mild cheddar, & a touch of maple sweetness & warm spices come together perfectly in this easy to make treat...


Sweet apples, mild cheddar, warm spices, & a touch of maple sweetness come together perfectly in this easy to make Apple Cheddar Pull-Apart Bread.


While I was in the Finger Lakes region of New York last month for a travel conference, I picked up a jar of maple cream at a local farmers market. Maple syrup I am familiar with, but maple cream was something new to me. Maple cream is basically maple syrup that is made into a creamy, spreadable form. And let me tell you all, it is fantastic!

If you can't get your hands on some maple cream, feel free to swap in pure maple syrup instead. You will still get the same rich flavor & touch of sweetness.


Sweet apples, mild cheddar, warm spices, & a touch of maple sweetness come together perfectly in this easy to make Apple Cheddar Pull-Apart Bread.


I used Golden Delicious apples in this recipe, but you can feel free to use just about any apple variety in this. I think that Jonagold, Honeycrisp, or Granny Smith apples would pair well with the cheddar cheese in this amazing pull-apart bread. 

When it comes to which cheddar to use in this recipe, I would definitely stick with a more mild, white cheddar versus a sharper, yellow cheddar. My personal favorite is the Montamore Cheddar from Sartori (& I am not just saying that because I am a brand ambassador for Sartori ;) ). This creamy & mild cheddar has a hint of nuttiness similar to a Parmesan cheese, & it paired absolutely perfectly with the apples & maple cream in this bread. 


Sweet apples, mild cheddar, warm spices, & a touch of maple sweetness come together perfectly in this easy to make Apple Cheddar Pull-Apart Bread.



Yield: 1 loaf

Apple Cheddar Pull-Apart Bread

prep time: 20 minscook time: 45 minstotal time: 65 mins

ingredients:


  • 1 (16.3 oz) can of refrigerated canned biscuits (like Grands! Flaky Layers)
  • 3 medium apples ( I used Granny Smith), cored & thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp of maple cream or maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 1/2 oz of cheddar cheese (I used Sartori Montamore Cheddar), thinly sliced
  • 2-3 tbsp brown sugar

instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the sliced apples, maple cream or syrup, vanilla, spices & salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are soft the sauce has thickened, about 10 minutes.
  3. Carefully pull the canned biscuits apart horizontally (just like you would open a cooked biscuit) to form two circles. Flatten each biscuit half with the palm of your hand.
  4. Spoon about a tablespoon of the apple filling onto one biscuit round. Add 2-3 slices of the cheddar. Top with a second biscuit round and another tablespoon of filling & 2-3 slices of cheddar. Repeat until you have a stack of 3-4 biscuits with filling in between.
  5. Continue making stacks with the biscuits and filling until all the biscuit halves have been used.
  6. Carefully stand the stack on end in the loaf pan, arranging them so that there is no filling touching the two ends of the pan (you may have to put to sides with filling together). Pour any remaining apple filling over the dough in the pan. 
  7. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil & sprinkle the brown sugar over top of the loaf. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until bread is golden brown. Remove to a wire rack and cool for 5-10 minutes before removing loaf from pan.
  8. Serve warm. Enjoy!
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