Sunday, September 5, 2010

Cinnamon Bread

So, PW posted a recipe for cinnamon bread a couple of weeks ago, and I was dying to try it. BUT, my boss told me that I wasn't allowed to make it until I worked 12 days in a row. Slave driver!*

At any rate, this bread is excellent. Here's what you'll need:
One cup milk
Six tablespoons butter
Two and a half teaspoons active dry yeast
Two whole eggs
One-third cup sugar
Three and a half cups all-purpose flour
One teaspoon salt

Melt the butter and add the milk, then nuke it in the microwave for 30 seconds or so to warm it up. Add the yeast and let it sit for a few minutes.

In the bowl of a mixer, combine eggs and sugar. Add in the yeast mixture and stir till combined.

Add the salt and half the flour, and stir, then add the rest of the flour.

Switch to the dough hook and knead for 10 minutes or so. If the dough's still very sticky, add a little more flour.

Heat a bowl until it's warm, and then drizzle in a tiny bit of vegetable oil and toss in the dough to coat it. Cover it with plastic wrap and place it in a nice, warm place to rise for two hours.

When it's risen, dump it out on a clean surface and roll into a flat rectangle no wider than your loaf pan. Smear the dough with two tablespoons softened butter, sprinkle with a quarter cup of sugar, and douse liberally with cinnamon.

Smear your loaf pan with butter. Roll it up verrrrrry tightly, pinch to seal, and place it seam down in the pan. Let it rise another hour or two, and when you're ready, bake it for 40 minutes at 350F.


*Kidding. Stacie's totally lovely in every way, and I was the one who made the decision to work 12 days straight. It was a long road, but warm cinnamon bread at the end of it was a delicious reward!

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