Sunday, February 26, 2012

Cinnamon Swirl Bread- How To

My new obsession---  cinnamon swirl bread!  And more specifically, cinnamon chips!  Wow.  Just wow.  Why has it taken me so long to get these.  Now I'm finding all sorts of things to put them into.  I just love cinnamon swirl bread, especially for french toast.  I tried a couple different ways to get the cinnamon chips into the bread dough and finally figured it out.  A big thank you to my friend Taryn for suggesting rolling it up like cinnamon rolls.  It works fantastic.  Here's a few tips I figured out:

First, pick your favorite bread recipe.  I use my Honey Whole Wheat recipe.  It's not 100% whole wheat, so it actually taste's fantastic with the cinnamon chips in it too.

After the bread has done it's first raising and you are ready to separate them into the different loaves and put in the pans, you need to add the cinnamon chips.  Take your portion of 1 loaf and put a greased counter top.  I just used my granite counter top with a  little pam sprayed on it.  I didn't want to add any additional flour at this point, so stick with pam.  Using your rolling pin, roll the dough into a rectangle.  It should only be the length a little shorter than your pan, and just roll until about an inch thick.

Now, here's the fun part.  Take your cinnamon chips and press them into your rectangle.  Make sure you cover the whole area and be generous!  I've gotten too much cinnamon once but we all loved it.  It was amazing.  I didn't do enough my first time and I was disappointed.  So play with it, but I liked erring on the side of too much :-)
Ok, once you have all of your cinnamon chips pushed slightly into the dough, start with one end and roll the dough very tightly just like cinnamon rolls.  Roll it really tight (it prevents air bubbles) all the way up.  I kind try to smooth the seam of the bread in at the end so the top looks pretty or you can just put this part on the bottom of the pan.  Put your roll into your pan and let raise until double in size.
 Bake at your normal temperature and time.  Then get ready to enjoy some amazing cinnamon bread!!!  Have fun. 
Mmmmm.  Toasted with a little butter it = delish!

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1 comment:

  1. Ok, I am making this tomorrow! I still have cinnamon chips from before. Last time I did not have enough chips either because I just kneaded them into the dough. I will try your way tomorrow! Sounds yummy! Thanks!


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