First Time Cinnamon Swirl Bread

For the longest time I didnt even want to deal with making breads, the rising time, the kneading, just didnt appeal to me. I stuck with quick breads like banana, pumpkin and soda loaves. But now that making bread is like 90% of my job, trying out new varieties is a lot more exciting. Speaking of my job, this is only part of what I made yesterday at work:

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I absolutely love my job.

Anyway, on to cinnamon swirl bread! This is like a giant wheaty cinnamon roll, I highly recommend slicing, toasting and buttering the bejeezus out of it. So delicious.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread
1/3 cup milk
2 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 egg
1/2 cup warm water
2 tsp (about 1 packet) active dry yeast
1/8 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins (always optional for those raisin haters)
Pinch salt
1 cup wheat flour
1 3/4 cup AP flour

filling
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp melted butter

Begin by heating the milk, butter and olive oil in a pan or in the microwave – do not boil. We’re just heating it a little because breads do a little better with some warmth!

Then combine yeast, water, sugar, cinnamon and raisins in your mixing bowl and let it do its thing for a couple minutes. Meanwhile, add the egg to the milk mixture, then pour into the yeast mixture.

If you’re using a dough hook attachment on your mixer, from here you would slowly begin to incorporate your flour and salt while mixing. If working by hand, use a spoon until you’ve incorporated all the flour, then start to work with your hands.

Knead the dough for 5-7 minutes until a smooth ball forms, add AP flour as needed to get to this point.

Set the ball in a greased and covered bowl and allow to rise 1.5-2 hours until it has doubled in size.

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From there, plop it onto a lightly floured surface and roll it out to about 1/4 inch thickness. What is most important is that on two parallel sides your rectangle-ish shape is about 9-10 inches long so that it will fit in your loaf pan. Then spread with melted butter….

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Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and roll up. Then tuck in the ends and place in a greased loaf pan. I like to brush a little oil on top to prevent cracking then cover and allow to rise another hour or hour and a half until doubled again.

When you have about 15 minutes to go, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Uncover your loaf and put it in the oven to bake for about 45 minutes until it sounds hollow when you knock on the top.

Cool, slice and enjoy.

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The kitties sure loved the cinnamony smell in the air!

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