Apple Streusel Ladder Loaves
or margarine, softened
Divide bread dough in half.
On a lightly floured surface, roll each half into an 8 inch square.
(For easiest rolling. let dough rest a few minutes.)
Spread each square with 1 tablespoon of the softened butter. For Filling:
Combine brown sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and cinnamon. Add apples; toss to coat.
Spread half of the filling down the center of each square.
Cutting from the right edge toward the filling, make 2½ inch long cuts in dough at 1 inch intervals.
Repeat from left edge.
Fold strips alternately over filling. Fold ends under.
Place loaves on a greased 15x10x1-inch jelly-roll baking pan.
Brush with milk.
Combine flour and sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Sprinkle half of the crumbs over each loaf.
Top with almonds, if you desire.
Cover and let loaves rise until nearly doubled in size; about 45 to 60 minutes. Bake at 350℉ (180℃) for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.