Maybe this isn’t the best post-Thanksgiving recipe — unless you still have guests at your house, waiting to be served something amazing for breakfast (something to refresh them after a long night/morning of Black Friday shopping).
This is a relatively simple yeasted bread, something much less labor-intensive than homemade cinnamon rolls, though very similar in taste. This is somewhat similar to monkey bread (for those who’ve tried that) because chunks of dough are thrown together with cinnamon-sugar filling in between.
Either way, this is a great brunch item, since it does take some time to wait for the dough to rise and, later, to bake.
As you can see in the step-by-step photos above, the bread is relatively simple: you start with a liquid base, whip in some extra flour, and bring it all together in a bread dish with cinnamon, sugar, and butter (those are the white chunks). Leave it to rise a couple time, then bake it. Top with some glaze. Simple as that.
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 envelope instant yeast (7g)
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1/3 cup milk, room temperature
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 ¼ cups flour, plus extra for dusting
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- extra oil or butter for greasing
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tbsp chilled butter, diced
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp milk
- Part one: Mix warm water, yeast, and sugar. In a medium bowl, whip egg and add milk. Add yeast mixture. Add flour. Beat until smooth, cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
- Part two: Fold in oil and salt. Add half the flour. On a well-floured counter, begin kneading the dough. Gradually add the rest of the flour, as well as the cinnamon. Dough will be very sticky. Continue kneading until the dough forms a loose ball.
- Grease a medium sized bowl with oil or butter. Place dough in this bowl and allow to rise for another half hour.
- Grease a 9x5 inch bread pan with oil or butter and set aside.
- Mix the cold diced butter with the flour.
- Once dough has risen, separate it into 6-8 small pieces. Slowly place the dough in the bread pan, adding brown sugar and butter chunks in between each piece of dough. Place extra sugar and butter on top. Cover again and let rise for another half hour.
- While the dough is rising, preheat oven to 350F. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes in the pan, then transfer onto a serving plate. Mix powdered sugar and milk together, then glaze the warm bread. Tastes best warm.
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