Thursday, April 14, 2011

Cinnamon Bread - Bread Month Six

On this sixth month of our bread adventure, I tried Cinnamon Bread. I found this recipe at the King Arthur Flour site.
It was fairly easy and turned out quite nicely, with room for improvement. The recipe is at the bottom of this post with a few pictures showing various steps.

At this point I was pretty happy with how it was looking, then I cut another slice and YIKES a bread CAVE..big enough to hide jewelry in. I missed the step that says to brush the tops with butter upon exiting the oven, which may have made a difference in the cave, but I don't know for sure.

Over all I was pleased and will definitely try it again soon. On a side note, remember the Happy Hamburger Buns from Bread Month One? I was able to elongate them into Happy Hotdog Buns. You can see the other bread posts here.

So here is the recipe for the Cinnamon Bread

Mix 2 1/2 tsp. yeast and 9 ounces of warm water together, dissolve and let sit for 10 minutes.
Then add 3 T. sugar and stir.
Then add 1 1/4 tsp. salt
6 T. butter-room temperature
1/4 C. dry milk
1/2 C. potato flakes ( I didn't have those so I used 4 T. potato starch)
I added these to the mixer and let each blend really well, then I added
3 C. flour, a cup at a time or so.

Mix it together really well, then knead it on the counter top for a few minutes until it looks nice.
Shape it into a ball, place it in a greased bowl, cover it and let it rise for about 1 hour or until quite puffy. Mine took about 1 hr. 15 min.

Then it calls for you to press it out into a 6 x 20 inch rectangle. At this point I was skeptical that I could actually press it with my fingers into a shape of any kind. I thought I would surely have to use the rolling pin. But much to my surprise I pressed it right out in to the called for rectangular shape. You can see that I measured it as well.

Brush the dough with a mixture of 1 egg white and 1 T. water that has been mixed thoroughly.
Sprinkle the filling on that .
Filling consists of 1/4 C. sugar, 2 t. flour and 1 1/2 t. cinnamon.
Roll the dough into a burrito type log and seal all edges and place it into a 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 loaf pan.
Tent loosely with lightly greased plastic wrap. Let it rise in a warm place until 1 inch above the rim. Mine rose a little more than that. Gently remove the plastic wrap.
I baked it at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.
I put an aluminum tent on the last 15 minutes or so.
Then I should have brushed the tops with butter when they came out but I go ahead and do that.
Let it cool a bit before slicing.


  1. I thought the bread looked delicious! Wish I had a little time this weekend, I'd try it. Trying to make headway on a sweater, a painting, and mending instead!

  2. This bread looks really good! I wish I had some right now to go with my coffee.