Archive for ‘Sweet Breads’

March 28, 2011

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

This recipe starts off as a pretty standard white bread recipe with a bit of extra sugar and then you add the swirls of cinnamon. Adding the cinnamon swirls is pretty easy with you simply rolling the dough out, sprinkling on the cinnamon and then rolling it up to form a log. The hardest part about this recipe is all all of the waiting, especially when the bread is in the oven filling your place with the those amazing fresh baked bread aromas.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread, Buttered
Cinnamon Swirl Bread
A light, fluffy and moist bread with swirls of cinnamon.

Servings: makes 1 large loaf

Prep Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours
Printable Recipe

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter, salted
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3-3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins and/or walnuts, optional
  • 1 egg and milk
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  1. Heat the milk in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat, melt the butter into it without boiling, remove from heat and let cool until it is luke warm
  2. Mix in the yeast and let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Mix the eggs and sugar in a large bowl.
  4. Mix in the milk.
  5. Mix the flour and salt and beat half of it into the milk mixture until combined.
  6. Beat in the remaining flour until combined.
  7. Knead the dough until smooth, adding more flour if it is too sticky.
  8. Place the dough in a large greased bowl, cover and let it rise until it has doubled in size, about 2 hours. (Tip: Warm the bowl first by filling it with hot water and drying it out just before use.)
  9. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll it out so that it is as wide as your baking pan and about 18 to 24 inches long.
  10. Spread the butter over the dough.
  11. Mix the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle it over the dough.
  12. Roll the dough up into a log.
  13. Place the dough into a grease loaf pan, cover and let it rise until it has doubled in size, about 2 hours.
  14. Mix the egg and milk and brush it over the top of the loaf.
  15. Bake the loaf in a preheated 350F oven until golden brown on top, about 30-40 minutes.

I have never baked bread before, but this recipe definitely looks do-able and delicious. 
I can’t wait to try this one out!
December 2, 2010

Banana Nut Bread Recipe

Banana Nut Bread Recipe 

1 cup walnuts or pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped (optional)
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoonbaking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3 ripe large bananas, mashed well (about 1-1/2 cups)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions for Banana Bread:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place oven rack to middle position. 
Butter and flour (or spray with a non stick vegetable spray) the bottom and sides of a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan. Set aside.
Place the nuts on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Let cool and then chop coarsely. 
In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nuts. Set aside.
In a medium-sized bowl combine the mashed bananas, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla
With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, lightly fold the wet ingredients (banana mixture) into the dry ingredients just until combined and the batter is thick and chunky. (The important thing is not to over mix the batter. You do not want it smooth. Over mixing the batter will yield tough, rubbery bread.) Scrape batter into prepared pan

Streusel Topping:
ΒΌ cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled, cut into small pieces
1/3 cup walnuts or pecans, finely chopped, untoasted
In a small bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. With a pastry blender or two knives, cut butter into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in nuts. Sprinkle streusel topping evenly over the batter BEFORE baking. 

Place in oven set at 350 degrees. Bake for 55-60 mins until bread is golden brown and a  toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool and then remove the bread from the pan. 

Powdered Sugar Glazed topping: 
1 tbsp. butter
1 c. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 to 2 tbsp. milk
1/8 tsp. salt

Put butter in 2 cup glass measure cup. Cook on high for 30 seconds or until melted. Add all ingredients. Starting with 1 1/2 tablespoons milk, add more only if needed to get glaze consistency. Drizzle over cool cake. Yields: About 1/2 cup.

Serve warm or at room temperature. 
This bread can be frozen.
Makes 1 – 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf.