I've been obsessed with all things bread lately and have been testing recipes like crazy because of it. Here we have some insanely tasty and well tested cinnamon swirl bread. It took me quite a few times to get this recipe how I wanted it. I'm used to that though, I always get a fail or two before I'm satisfied with the end product. At least you know my recipes are thoroughly tested, right?
I'm not sure why I decided I need to make a cinnamon swirl bread for you before I made a plain bread recipe. I'm telling you, I'm always after the sweets. I should have probably made the white bread recipe since I bought myself a pullman pan to use on it, but I haven't began writing said white bread recipe. I get ahead of myself from time to time if you haven't noticed.
Anyway, I have some things that I've learned from my fails that I wanted to share with you.
- Don't let the dough rise more than doubled. It will leave you with a dry and crumbly bread. 🙁
- When you punch down the dough after it has risen, be sure to knead it to get all of the air out of it before shaping it. Any air left in the dough will cause large holes in your dough.
- Shape the dough next to the pan you plan on using so you can make sure it will fit inside the pan.
- Use egg wash inside of the dough rather than butter to make things stick. The butter tends to run out and make a delicious syrupy bottom to the bread making it soggy and not great for toasting.
- Roll the dough up as tight as you possibly can. Once the dough is rolled up, pinch the end piece into the roll and roll it a few times back and forth to remove any air bubbles.
- Tuck in both open ends of the bread by pushing the dough inside the bread and then pinching the dough together on the outside. This will seal the ends in leaving a nice butt of the bread and keeping all the brown sugar inside of the bread.
- While the bread is still hot, I like to rub a tablespoon or two of stick butter onto the bread. The butter leaves it shiny and gives it a final bit of flavor.
I don't think my mom made homemade bread much as I was growing up, but I think I remember most of the times that she did. I was seriously amazed by how the bread would rise underneath the tea towel. Then there was the taste of homemade bread which is superior. Call me weird, but I also still love to see that perfectly domed bread top. If you've been around for a bit you know that odd things satisfy me. haha
Homemade Cinnamon Swirl Bread
- 1 large egg
- 1 T. water
- ½ cup light brown sugar packed
- 1 ½ T. ground cinnamon
- 1 T. butter optional
- In a small bowl, add in the yeast, warm water, and the 1 teaspoon of sugar. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes until it gets foamy.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, add in the butter and milk. Place into the microwave for 2 and ½ minutes. Stir.
- Add the yeast mixture into the large bowl with the butter and milk. Stir.
- Add the remaining sugar and whisk to combine.
- Add in 5 cups of bread flour and beat with a stand mixer and dough hook. When it comes together and forms a beautiful ball, it's done.
- Add the vegetable oil. Roll so the dough is coated with oil.
- Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Place a tea towel over top of the plastic wrap and place into a warm place to rise.
- Once the dough has doubled, punch it down.
- Flour the clean work surface with ¼ cup of flour and begin to roll out the dough. Knead the dough to remove all of the air. I worked mine for about 4 minutes to release any air.
- Press the dough into a nice rectangle form. Compare the width of the dough to your loaf pan to make sure it will fit. Try to roll the dough so it increases in length and not width.
- Prepare the filling.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a small dish, add in the egg and 1 tablespoon of water. Whisk using a fork until well combined. Set aside.
- In a small dish, add in the brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir to combine.
- Using a pastry brush, brush the egg wash onto the top of the rolled out dough.
- Sprinkle all of the brown sugar picked onto the egg wash. Spread out evenly.
- Roll the bread up as tight as you can. When it's all roll up, pinch along the seam to close the bread up. Give it a few rolls back and forth to help remove any additional air bubbles.
- Push the ends into the bread and pinch together to the on the outside. That will seal in the cinnamon and sugar.
- Place the bread into the loaf pan. Cover with the plastic wrap and tea towel you used earlier and let rise for 20 minutes.
- Brush the top of the bread with the egg wash.
- Place into a 350 degree preheated oven and let bake for 40 minutes or until done.
- Let the bread rest for about 20 minutes and remove from the loaf pan. Rub the loaf of bread with a tablespoon of butter.
- Wrap the bread in a bread bag or plastic wrap to stay fresh.