Apple-Walnut Fondue Bread

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Yield: three 14" to 15" loaves.

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These crusty baguette-style loaves are more crust than interior, making them perfect for dipping. Dried apples and walnuts, kneaded right into the dough, pair beautifully with cheese fondue.

Follow our step-by-step photos for making this bread at our blog, Flourish.

Apple-Walnut Fondue Bread

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dairy free
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Total time: Overnight,
Yield: three 14" to 15" loaves.
Published: 02/11/2010



  • 1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup rye flour (white, medium, or pumpernickel); OR King Arthur white whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 cups cool water
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast


  • all of the starter
  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted and cooled
  • 3/4 cup dried apple pieces


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1) To make the starter: combine the flours, water, and yeast, stirring till fairly smooth; the mixture will be thin. Cover and let rest at room temperature overnight, 12 to 15 hours.

2) Combine the starter with the flour, salt, and yeast, mixing and kneading to make a smooth, soft dough.

3) Knead in the toasted, cooled walnuts and diced dried apples. Note: To toast walnuts, bake them in a preheated 350°F oven for 8 to 10 minutes, till they're very lightly colored.

4) Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl or 8-cup measure (which makes it easy to track its rise), cover, and let rise for 60 to 90 minutes, till it's nearly doubled in bulk.

5) Gently deflate the dough, and divide it into 3 pieces.

6) Working with one piece at a time, shape the dough into a log about 12" long. Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough.

7) Place the logs in a lightly greased triple baguette pan; or on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving a couple of inches breathing (rising) room between them

8) Cover, and let the loaves rise for about 1 hour, till they're quite puffy. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 425°F.

9) Make three long, diagonal slashes in each loaf. Spritz with water.

10) Bake the loaves for about 25 minutes, till they're a deep golden brown. Remove them from the oven, and cool on a rack.

Yield: three 14" loaves.


  • star rating 03/03/2010
  • Emily from Chicago
  • Really yummy on it's own right out of the oven, can't wait to try it with the fondue! I used pecans instead of walnuts since I'm not a huge walnut fan, it still tasted great!
  • star rating 02/21/2010
  • Alice R. from Shawnee, KS
  • I saw this recipe last weekend and purchased the items to make it. This was the first time I have attempted to make something with a starter. Surprisingly, it was pretty simple. It came out fantastic! I would definitelyl make this again. One question, can KAF provide the nutritional information?

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