Happy Thursday! We’ve almost made it to the weekend.
It’s actually officially the weekend around here. My kids have a 4-day for parent/teacher conferences – it’s nice to have them home but ugggghhhh, conferences. You guys know I cry every. single. time. that I have to go in there.
So for the first time in the history of me, I pointed at my husband and said, “I’m not going. You do it.”
And he is.
Basically, today is the best day of my life.
To make today even better, I’m going to make French toast with this amazing Cinnamon Chip Bread that I made yesterday.
Guys, I’m into the yeast again.
This is supposed to be like the Great Harvest cinnamon bread but I’ve never tried it so I can’t really confirm. But I just looked it up and we totally have a couple Great Harvests here so I should probably go compare theirs to mine while my husband deals with the conferences. Right?
I can tell you that it’s the lightest, fluffiest bread ever and I love those cinnamon chips so much. And I love that some of the cinnamon chips melted a little during kneading so it almost looks like there are cinnamon swirls in the bread.
For my afternoon snack yesterday, I smeared a pretty large piece of the bread with sunflower butter and then sprinkled more cinnamon chips on top… best snack ever.
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- 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 cup warm milk
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 1/2 - 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup cinnamon chips
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, stir together yeast, sugar and warm water and allow to sit for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, it should be bubbly. If not, throw it out and start again. Add the warm milk, oil egg, and salt. Add 3 cups of flour slowly and beat until incorporated. Switch to your dough hook and begin adding more flour 1/2 cup at a time until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Continue kneading for about 6 minutes on medium-high. It will still be quite sticky but that's how you want it. Add the cinnamon chips and beat until just incorporated. Don't overbeat it as the dough will be warm and you don't want the cinnamon chips to melt completely.
Transfer the dough to a greased mixing bowl and allow to rise until doubled in size, about an hour. Punch down dough and divide in half. Form each half into a loaf and place into two greased loaf pans. Allow to rise until doubled in size, another 30 - 45 minutes.
Bake at 350F for 30 - 35 minutes or until browned on top and hollow-sounding when you tap it. Cool before slicing.