Cinnamon Bread

Cinnamon Bread

Yep, I was beat. And I was craving really nice home made bread. After having guests for a few days I was too exhausted though to really want to make bread. So I thought I would try something that one of my favorite bloggers is always pitching.

Salad-in-a-jar blogger is one to use her bread machine……..quite frequently. If you know how I feel about my bread machine, well that surprised me. I am not a fan of mine, but she seemed to be crazy for hers. So I was going to give it one last try.

I found this cinnamon bread recipe on  browneyedbaker.com and decided to put the ingredients in order of how they recommend in the bread machine book and give it a whirl. Bada Boom!!

All I can say is, I was going to just let it do the kneading then pull out and place in two bread pans (Like S in A Jar), but I was so beat that I fell into my book, comPLETEly forgot about it and began smelling something incredible two hours later!!

Whew…….this was suppose to make two loaves (Hence had I come back from book land) but I love that fact. It will be great for French Toast later in the week!! Ahh such perfect mistakes!

Cinnamon Raisin Walnut Bread

Yield: 2 loaves

Mix Time: 20 minutes | Total Rise Time: 3½ hours | Bake Time: 50 minutes

3½ cups (16 ounces) unbleached bread flour
4 teaspoons granulated sugar
1¼ teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons instant yeast
1¼ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 large egg, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) shortening, melted or at room temperature
½ cup (4 ounces) buttermilk or whole milk, at room temperature
¾ cup (6 ounces) water, at room temperature
1½ cups (9 ounces) raisins, rinsed and drained
1 cup (4 ounces) chopped walnuts

For the topping:
2 tablespoons butter, melted
½ cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

1. Stir together the flour, sugar, salt, yeast, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl (or in the bowl of an electric mixer). Add the egg, shortening, buttermilk, and water. Stir together with a large spoon (or mix on low speed with the paddle attachment) until the ingredients come together and form a ball. Adjust with flour or water if the dough seems too sticky or too dry and stiff.

2. Sprinkle flour on a counter, transfer the dough to the counter, and begin kneading (or mixing on medium speed, switching to the dough hook). The dough should be soft and pliable, tacky but not sticky. Add flour as you knead (or mix), if necessary, to achieve this texture. Knead by hand for approximately 10 minutes (or by machine for 6 to 8 minutes). Sprinkle in the raisins and walnuts during the final 2 minutes of kneading (or mixing) to distribute them evenly and to avoid crushing them too much. (If you are mixing by machine, you may have to finish kneading by hand to distribute the raisins and walnuts evenly.) The dough should pass the windowpane test and register 77 to 81 degrees F. Lightly oil a large bowl and transfer the dough to the bowl, rolling it to coat it with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap.

3. Ferment at room temperature for approximately 2 hours, or until the dough doubles in size.

4. Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces and form them into loaves. Place each loaf in a lightly oiled 8½ by 4½-inch pan, mist the tops with spray oil, and cover loosely with plastic wrap.

5. Proof at room temperature for 60 to 90 minutes, or until the dough crests above the lips of the pans and is nearly doubled in size.

6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F with the oven rack on the middle shelf. Place the loaf pans on a sheet pan, making sure they are not touching each other.

7. Bake the loaves for 20 minutes. Rotate the pan 180 degrees for even baking and continue baking for another 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the oven. The finished breads should register 190 degrees F in the center and be golden brown on top and lightly golden on the sides and bottom. They should make a hollow sound when thumped on the bottom.

8. Immediately remove the breads from their pans. Mix together the granulated sugar and ground cinnamon for the topping in a shallow plate. Brush the tops of the loaves with melted butter as soon as they come out of the bread pans, and then roll them in the cinnamon sugar. Cool loaves on a rack for at least 1 hour, preferably 2 hours, before slicing or serving.

Cinnamon Bread

Cinnamon Bread

As you can see, I skipped a LOT of steps, but if you have the time this is an excellent recipe to follow these directions. (Mine-Dry ingredients on the bottom-yeast on top- then wet ingredients-close lid and start) Go read book, then wait for aroma!! Suh-weeeeet!

It was a rainy afternoon…….so what else to listen to but Simon and Garfunkle “The Essential S&G”!!

Wore my Napa Apron…..albeit briefly!!

Bon Appetit!

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