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Cinnamon Swirl Bread

By Lemon_sugar
Cinnamon Swirl Bread

There are few things more rewarding in the kitchen than a successfully made bread recipe. Whether it's your favorite pizza dough, cinnamon rolls, a buttery dinner roll or just a loaf of sandwich bread, there's something about fresh bread that makes you feel like a rock star in the kitchen. I don't know how many times I've made bread ( it's a lot) but even so, every time the yeast starts to do its thing, I do a little happy dance.

The thing about bread, though, is that it's a commitment. The kneading, the rising, the rising AGAIN, the perfect not-too-humid-not-too-dry conditions - it's kind of daunting and sometimes it's just not worth it.

Except that it's always worth it.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

When I was a kid, I remember my mom spreading butter, sugar and cinnamon on bread, popping it under the broiler in the oven, and baking it until the sugar and butter sizzled. When it cooled, the sugar would form a bit of a crust, and the butter would soak into the bread a little bit, helping it toast to a golden brown. The whole house would smell like cinnamon, and that little treat - the toasted cinnamon-sugar bread - it was a pretty awesome just-for-no-reason snack. The snap of the sugar, the warmth of the cinnamon and the memory of the buttered, toasted bread takes me immediately back to my childhood.

This is why I made cinnamon swirl bread. Because I was thinking about the broiled cinnamon sugar toast, and I thought - you know, that'd be AMAZING on a good cinnamon bread.

So, it happened.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Really, if you're comfortable making a yeast bread, this recipe will actually be a breeze for you. The dough is relatively easy - and once it rises it's a cinch to work with. Once you roll it out into a long rectangle, you sprinkle it with cinnamon sugar, roll it up and put it in a loaf pan. I think it's easier than cinnamon rolls myself - maybe not quite as quick as my one-hour cinnamon roll recipe, but still worth it.

It's always worth it, remember?

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

If you aren't super comfortable with yeast breads, I have a couple of quick tips for you. One - new yeast. Old yeast doesn't work. Also, drafts and cool temps are the enemy of rising dough. Try to find a warm place, and let your bread rise there. (I always heat my oven up to about 170 degrees, then turn it off, and let my dough rise in the warm oven with the door shut. Works every time.) Don't handle the dough more than you have to, and follow the directions, exactly. Yeast breads are not the time to improvise and try something new!

Hope you love it. Cut it thick and it makes a YUM french toast.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

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