December 21, 2011

The Cinnamon Bread Recipe


We enjoyed our milk bread, sliced and then dipped into an egg, milk, cinnamon mixture. Fried gently over the thinnest skim of butter on a Sunday morning.

We poured real maple syrup over the slices and found ourselves—our stomachs—growing full with each delicious bite.

With this knowledge it was realized that the cinnamon bread made some weeks earlier would have made an even more scrumptious toast, made french.


Cinnamon Bread


Step One

In a mixer bowl combine 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast and three tablespoons warm tap water.

In a small pot, melt five 5 tablespoons unsalted butter. Once the butter is melted add 1 cup whole milk.

Add the milk/butter mixture to the yeast/water mixture.

To that, add 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 large egg, and 1 teaspoon salt.

Mix until combined (about a minute, using elbow grease and a wooden spoon OR the paddle attachment of your stand mixer).


Step Two

Add 2 cups all-purpose flour and mix until just combined.

If you used the paddle attachment, remove it and replace with the dough hook.


Step Three

Add 2 cups more, all-purpose flour, and knead with dough hook for 10 minutes at low-medium speed.


Step Four

Oil a large bowl with olive oil.

Set dough to proof in oiled bowl, oiling the dough as well.

Allow dough to proof, covered with plastic wrap, for 1 1/2 hours in a warm place (bay windows with full sun are perfect for this).


Step Five

While dough is proofing, mix 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon together in a small bowl and melt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter.


Step Six

Roll out proofed dough to an 8" x 18" rectangle.

Brush with melted butter and dust with sugar/cinnamon mixture.

Roll up dough tightly, starting at 8" side of rectangle.

Pinch together all seems.

Place seam side down in oiled 9x5 loaf pan.


Step Seven

Cover and let rise for 1 1/2 hours more (preferably in same spot) until dough has blossomed up higher than rim of loaf pan (you'll know it when you see it).


Step Eight

Preheat oven to 375 degrees (I hope you have an oven thermometer).

Whisk together one egg and a pinch of salt.

Brush proofed loaf with egg wash.


Step Nine

Bake 40-45 minutes (centered on middle rack) until a glossy golden brown.


Step Ten

Allow to cool completely before slicing and eating.


  1. looks really good.
    i'll try it with my son :)

  2. I think you must of read my mind. There has been a serious hankering for cinnamon bread and french toast in our home. Thank you, thank you for the recipe.

  3. elisabelle - I hope you do. Let me know how it turns out :)

    alexandria - Something about this time of year that begs for hearty breads dripping with maple syrup :)


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