We're down to crunch time people!! 5 DAYS 'TIL CHRISTMAS!! I'm so excited! Anyway, I found this DELICIOUS cinnamon bread on Rae Gun Ramblings about a month ago. It claimed it was the same as Great Harvest's Cinnaburst bread. Since my family loves their cinnamon bread I decided this was the perfect thing for my family and to take to friends and neighbors. So I gave it a try and it was just as good as Great Harvest's! So I went crazy and made 12 loaves in one afternoon/evening and 4 more last night. I bagged them all up and put them in the freezer so they will be nice and fresh when we deliver this week.
1 cup warm milk
1/3 cup sugar
2 1/4 teaspoon yeast (1 pack)
1/3 cup oil (I used veggie oil)
1/2 T salt
4 1/2 to 5 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup cinnamon chips
- In mixer combine yeast, sugar, and warm water and milk; let bubble for about 5 minutes.
- Add in oil and egg.
- Slowly add 2 cups flour, mix and then add salt.
- Add 1/2 cup flour at a time until it comes away from side of bowl. Add the cinnamon chips when it gets close to the right consistency. The dough will be very sticky but the softer the dough the lighter the bread. So use the least amount of flour you can handle.
- Let rise in mixing bowl for about 30 minutes.
- Form into loaf (or whatever shape you want).
- Let rise and additional 30 minutes.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.
Tips I learned: This dough is really like making rolls, it's sticky. I used powdered milk instead of regular, worked great and cheaper. My loaf pans are a little smaller, but perfect size for nice, big, full loaves - 4 1/2" x 8 x 2 1/2" deep. I also used mini cinnamon chips which gave it more cinnamon swirl. If the bread browns up too fast, put a piece of tin foil over top for the last 10 min. or so.
This bread would make wonderful french toast on Christmas morning, too. Yum!
I found these really cute tags that I printed out and tied one with cute ribbon I found in the dollar section at Target. I love Target! TaDa! Cute, yummy neighbor gifts!
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