I get it.

And by “it” I mean this whole Adam-and-Eve thing.

Why they gave up immortality and nudity and bliss. For an apple.
Let’s backtrack. Start from the beginning.

Once upon a time there was a God. 7 days. Plus 7 nights. Creationism. Intelligent Design. Evolution. Whatever else is being taught at the local elementary school these days (I’m almost afraid to ask. Sometimes all of this controversy cracks me up. Most American children are illiterate. They can’t read. And we are worried about which creation story to tell them about. Somehow. I think we’ve got bigger fish to fry.).

You get the picture.

So we’re in this garden. Eden.

We have an Adam. And an Eve.

Who are living together in this garden in what is essentially wedded bliss. (They are still in the honeymoon phase. Give them a few years. They’ll be fighting about how Adam spends all his time ruminating and communing with God and never once asks Eve whether or not she needs help trimming the really high branches on the banana tree. You’ll see.)

Enter a snake. And an apple tree.

Now. It would be all well and good to go with convention and say they did it because the snake told them to. He planted the idea in their head. Lured them with the promise of eternal knowledge. And all that jazz.

However. In case you didn’t know. I am a scientist. And as such I have been taught many many times that you should never just accept anything. (I.e. someone says, “The sky is blue.” You say, “Prove it.”) What you need to do is to make hypotheses. And then spend all of your time weighing pros and cons. Until you finally rule out all of them except one. This is what is commonly known as the “best answer”. It may be wrong. It may be right. But given all the evidence, it is what comes closest.
So let me describe to you what went through my head such that I now “get it”. And how I reached my final conclusion.

Hypothesis #1. The Bible is correct and Adam and Eve did it because they are weak and human and couldn’t resist the temptation of eternal knowledge.

This, I disregarded because it is the obvious answer. If med school (and House) has taught me anything it is that it is never the obvious answer (lupus). It is always some obscure thing that you would never think of and to which the evidence does not point at all.

Moving on.

Hypothesis #2. Brought to us by the author Chuck Palahniuk. Who said, “Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden maybe get so boring that eating the apple was justified?” In short, our protagonists wanted to spice things up.

Unfortunately, there are a few holes in this argument. Namely that being perpetually happy and bored are mutually exclusive. It’s really an either/or situation. And thus, out went hypothesis #2.

Last but not least.

Hypothesis #3. The whole story is wrong. They didn’t actually eat the apple as is. What really went down. Was that Adam and Even found out about this apple strudel bread. And knew that they really could not go the rest of eternity without eating it. (Neither can you, by the way. Unless you want to live a depraved existence.)

So they got some yeast. Spent five minutes (a day) mixing up all the ingredients for the dough. Let it rise for two hours. Picked the apple. Chopped it up. Mixed it with some raisins and sugar and cinnamon (left out the walnuts). Rolled out the dough. Spread the filling on top. Shaped the loaf. Let it rise for 40 minutes. Preheated the oven to 350. Then baked for 50 minutes.

Cut off a slice.

And bit into it.

Realizing, as they chewed, that God may have gotten it wrong. Eden was nice. But this bread? This bread was basically eternal bliss. In a bite. Especially when covered in peanut butter.
Moral of the story? Go out. Buy Healthy Bread In Five Minutes a Day. And make this bread. You won’t be sorry.

Check out Michelle’s blog on the first to see how everyone else’s turned out!

This has been yeastspotted!

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67 Responses to HBinFive – Apple Strudel Bread

  1. Karine says:

    How can you be so imaginative in every post? lolol ๐Ÿ™‚

    I bought Healthy Bread in 5 five one month ago and this recipe seems one to definitively try.

    As for science and proving, my math courses at university were not the most successful for me. Proving a theorem? I let my spouse do that :).

  2. Pam says:

    Okay the one week, I don’t manage to make what were supposed to, and this is what it was!!!!

  3. your posts crack me up… love them. and this bread looks phenominal!

  4. SE says:

    Eternal Bliss !!!!! bread sure looks great ! Awesome

  5. Mo Diva says:

    If you dont have a book deal, you need one.

    that was so nicely written and smart. you smart cookie you. please save some stories for tomorrow!
    cnat wait!!!!! and if you can bring some bread LOL

  6. your posts always make me laugh.

  7. Bob says:

    Oh man, I want that bread. I want it now.

  8. Michelle says:

    I really like the Apple Streudel Bread but I was the only one! But I didn’t think to suggest peanut butter which would have put it over the top.

    Looks delicious!

  9. Great post! & the streudel looked amazing!!

  10. Catherine says:

    This strudel looks amazing! I love the photos! And those apple blondies from the last post are also fabulous looking!
    Have a wonderful weekend Joanne!

  11. Andreas says:

    Nice one. Why not call it the Dawkins Strudel.

  12. When I was 9 years old, I was asked to not ask questions any more of the teacher (but go to my priest instead) when i asked…

    If God is all knowing…

    And God has always existed as God (and thus, all knowing from all time)

    And God created Man, knowing that man would eat the apple

    Didn’t God create Man TO eat the apple wasn’t that part of God’s plan?

    Isn’t it awful that Adam and Eve were punished for following what God created them to do?

    We had learned the omniscience of God the year before, but I just couldn’t understand why God would do that to that poor couple… Still have a little trouble with it.

  13. Quite the fertile brain you have ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t know you were serious about the peanut butter – LOL! I sliced mine and put it in the freezer. I bring out a piece in the morning for toast and make the kitchen smell good all over again!

  14. Kris says:

    I must have this bread. I need it!

    have a great weekend!

  15. ARLENE says:


  16. WOW! that bread looks amazing! i wish i could mail you out some tofu rolls. they’re frozen right now..so idk…thoughts?!

    and yeah, your comment means the WORLD to me. i’m trying not to stress, and it’s going okay. i know, i’m totally like crazy in terms of workout time! =)

  17. Shannon says:

    holy crap, this looks DELICIOUS. i’m glad i have this book, i’m totally looking up this recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. teresa says:

    now i’m regretting even that much more not making it! yours looks so good. and i love that you read chuck p. he’s such an entertaining author!

  19. Barbara says:

    I’m gonna have to get this book! If someone asked me what this looked like, I would say sticky bun bread with apples.
    If you haven’t eaten the entire loaf while it’s hot out of the oven, then toasted is the way to go. With butter.

  20. OH MY….How can anyone resist this?!

  21. I was asking myself the same question as your first commentator (Karen)
    For a scientist you have got a lot of imagination and right-brain cells working here!
    I am not sure what I enjoy more, your writing or your recipes!

  22. Karen says:

    Cute post ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the bread. I could probably eat a loaf. Now.

  23. How cute! The bread does look totally blissful, especially smothered in Peanut Butter!

  24. Pam says:

    Great post. It looks amazing – I need to go get that book.

  25. Hua says:

    This looks delicious!!

    Director of Bloggers

  26. rena says:

    Holy carp! This bread looks amazing! I’m so sad that I found you after I moved out of NY. I so would have bribed you with lots of jewels to be my best friend so I could come over for dinner all the time.

  27. Debbie says:

    Your post had me cracking up! Great looking bread…..yum!

  28. Yum! Another one for the must try list! Thanks Joanne, looks delicious!
    Stop by Our Krazy Kitchen tomorrow, I’m doing a little into for our extra special new host ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Julie says:

    i would do it for an apple…

    …just sayin…

  30. sophia says:

    Haha, I love how you introduced this post, Joanne. You are getting more and more creative each day! But Adam and Eve didn’t really eat an apple. It’s called the Fruit of Good and Evil, and it doesn’t exist anymore. But haha, that’s just the nerd in me injecting.

    Ok, that bread, is freaking amazing. Now, why can’t trees grow that bread pre-made?

  31. Faith says:

    Lol, great story…your posts are always fantastic, Joanne! And my oh my…this bread ABSOLUTELY looks like heaven on earth to me (especially slathered with pb!).

  32. Mom And Dana says:

    Loved your blog, hope your bringing us a piece of your cake today!

    Mom and Dana :]

  33. Erica says:

    That bread looks incredible…I love coming to your blog and reading your post…. Your writing is fantastic ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Gulmohar says:

    lol…You write so well Joanne !The bread looks wonderful..Great week end !!!

  35. Nicole, RD says:

    Adam and Eve had it right all along. That bread is sooo worth “sinning” for! : )

  36. PJ says:

    lol.. what a beautifully written post! I agree with you, hypothesis #3 sounds the most accurate.. who can ever resist this wonderfully delicious and moist bread forget the snake! Very nice post, Joanne, loved reading every bit of it.

  37. chrystad72 says:

    Stunning pics girl!! and really interesting post too. It was so fun to read and I just love how beautiful this bread is. I just want to eat some right now!!

  38. Nostalgia says:

    The bread looks wonderful.. love the way you have mentioned the Adam and Eve quite in context with the apple recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. That looks absolutely amazing! I always screw up bread though, so I’m usually too afraid to try it. Maybe you can make me some? ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. Julie says:

    I’ve never heard that spin on the Garden of Eden story…interesting! The bread does look a little sinful, so I can see the whole thing happening like that.

  41. Kim says:

    Laughing at the image of Adam and Eve making hbin5 bread! Do you think Adam helped her or do you think he just laid under a fig tree while she did all the work? LOL!

    The apple strudel bread sounds delicious and I would have ate mine with peanut butter too! I was glad to see that you made it, because I didn’t get around to it. Looks great!

  42. Chef Aimee says:

    LOL you are such a talented writer as well! I love it! Ha, I had a french style apple tart yesterday that would make me give up Eden in a second! This looks so amazing – bravo, Joanne!

  43. bread, good…apple strudel, good. Together is probably even bettter.

  44. oh your bread turned out great Joanne I loved this bread as well awesome for breakfast


  45. Danielle says:

    hahaha cute story!! My strudel is cooling as I type….and I just might have to add some peanut butter to it too!

  46. Kerstin says:

    Eternal bliss for sure – my mouth is watering!!

  47. Debinhawaii says:

    The bread looks well worth giving up immortality for. I bet it was just incredible with the PB on top. Yum!

  48. Sophie says:

    I so love this funny post. Your bread is truly a winner!

    MMMMMM,..very apart too!

  49. Jen says:

    oh my gosh. now I feel the need to go back & make the streudel!! this looks wonderful!

  50. Cristie says:

    Your bread looks wonderful. I actually read this a couple of nights ago and couldn’t get the pictures out of my mind. You did a great job!!

  51. RJ Flamingo says:

    Hysterical! How the hell do you have time to be a med student, blog, and bake?1? Jeebus!

  52. Petra says:

    No bliss in my house with this bread, maybe i should have added some peanut butter.

  53. Elwood says:

    I could be tempted with that apple strudel bread!

  54. Ezzie says:

    LOL. I really love your interpretation! And I agree whole heartedly…this is a great recipe!

  55. Old Pop says:

    Hit the nail on the head!

  56. Jenna says:

    HOly yum that bread looks sooo good!

  57. Beth says:

    Hands down the most entertaining blog I’ve read from this Bread Braid. You rock! Adding you to Google Reader now.

  58. Aparna says:

    I am in splits. Enjoyed your take on creation. LOL
    I’m happy to see you loved the bread. Ididn’t but thought the WW bread and buns were excellnt!

  59. I just wanted to reach thru my computer screen and eat that bread! It looks wonderful, and I love your photography. My mouth was watering looking at the dripping peanut butter. Actually, I thought it was caramel (OMG, maybe I really am becoming a Southerner!).

    Kudos on your story, it was fun!!!

  60. Shirley says:

    Hmm interesting reflections on the “fall” from a gastronomical scientist! I have a Freudian perspective- (not just a hypothesis), with evidence- wanna hear? let me know.

  61. Clarice says:

    I’m so glad you “yeastspotted”. I was always looking for ABinFive followers there, with no luck. I would stare at the beautiful photos, and lament that we didn’t follow the same bread baking method.

    Thank you for your post. I really enjoyed reading your “story”!

  62. Very funny and creative post, and such a lovely bread!

  63. Chris M. says:

    any way we can get the recipe for this amazing looking bread?

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