Friday, September 16, 2011

Homemade Cinnamon Bread

Homemade Cinnamon Bread


  • 1 cup Milk
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 3-1/2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
  • Egg And Milk, Mixed Together, For Brushing 
  • Softened Butter, For Smearing And Greasing 

Melt butter with milk. Heat until very warm, but don't boil. Allow to cool until still warm to the touch, but not hot. Sprinkle yeast over the top, stir gently, and allow to sit for 10 minutes.

Combine flour and salt.

In a bowl, mix sugar and eggs until combined. Pour in milk/butter/yeast mixture and stir to combine. Add half the flour and mix (hands work best!)until combined. Add the other half and mix until combined.(Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty, it's the best way to make perfect bread! When you don't have an electric mixer of course).

Sprinkle flour on a flat surface, dust your hands as well. The dough will be very sticky right after it is mixed.

Knead dough for 8-10 minutes, until you have reached a smooth texture with no air bubbles.

Heat a metal or glass mixing bowl so it's warm. Drizzle in a little canola oil, then toss the dough in the oil to coat. Cover bowl in plastic wrap and set it in a warm, hospitable place for at least 2 hours. 

 It will double in size during this time, and unlike me you might want to use a larger bowl!

Turn dough out onto the work surface. Roll into a neat rectangle no wider than the loaf pan you're going to use, and about 18 to 24 inches long. Smear with 2 tablespoons melted butter. 

Mix cinnamon and sugar together!

Then sprinkle evenly over the butter-smeared dough.
Starting at the far end, roll dough toward you, keeping it tight and contained. Pinch seam to seal. 

Smear loaf pan with softened butter.
Place dough, seam down, in the pan. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 2 hours. 
Then preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix an egg with 1/3 cup of milk.
 Then brush over the dough.

Bake for 40 minutes on a middle/lower rack in the oven.
Remove from the pan and allow bread to cool.
Slice and serve, or make cinnamon toast or French toast with it.


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