Easter always feels like the perfect time to break out the good ol’ bread recipes. I am not sure why it always seems that way to me, maybe it is the smell of fresh grass, the pristine spring air, or the fact that families are coming together once again. Either way, with the dawning of Spring I always find myself craving homemade bread.
This past Monday, with Easter spirits still looming in the atmosphere, I decided to make a loaf of bread for a dinner I was going to. I wasn’t sure what kind I wanted to make until I remembered a loaf of cinnamon bread that my roommate had boughten a few weeks ago. The sweet smell it produced every time she toasted another slice stuck in nose. I knew, after the first time she had a piece, this would be something I would have to try to recreate myself. This dinner posed the perfect instance for such an occasion. And, since it was Easter Monday I decided to add a little flare to my bread and bake it in the shape of a rabbit.
Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!
Cinnamon Swirl Bread
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 packet yeast
- 6 tbs butter
- 4 tbs sugar, divided
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 cups unbleached flour
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 tbs cinnamon
- 4 tbs butter softened, divided
- Melt butter and milk together, making sure they are just slightly warm to the touch. Stir in yeast and 2 tbs sugar. Allow to set for 10 minutes.
- In a small bowl stir together flours and salt.
- In a large bowl mix eggs and 2 tbs sugar. Stir in yeast mixture. Mix in half the flour. Once combined mix in the rest of the flour.
- Turn out on a lightly floured surface and kneed for about 10 minutes.
- Place dough in a bowl that has been lightly oiled with canola oil. Cover with a warm damp cloth and let it rise for about 2 hours, or until doubled.
- Once doubled punch the dough down, cover with a damp cloth, and let sit for about 3o minutes.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a rectangle making sure it is not wider than our loaf pan.
- This is where you can get creative like I did and make animals or just make a loaf. I will let you take control of the creative side.
- Spread 2 tbs softened butter on top of dough.
- In a small bowl mix together cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle generously over the top of dough.
- Tightly roll dough towards you, pinching the seem at the end.
- Transfer to a lightly greased loaf pan.
- Cover with plastic wrap and let it set for 1 to 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Spread softened butter on loaf and bake for about 40 minutes. (I baked mine for a little bit too long but it still turned out great!)
- Enjoy 🙂