Thursday, January 10, 2013

Cinnamon Friendship Bread

It has been way too long since I have posted on here. The summer turned into fall with the blink of an eye.
Fall to Christmas is always a non-stop busy season. Between my work at In Grandma's Attic and the Christmas rush with my Etsy shop somehow it is already 2013. Yikes.

Here is a recipe given to me a few years ago by a good friend. It's perfect for baking and sharing on these cold winter days

Cinnamon Friendship Bread

1 tbsp. yeast
1/4 cup warm water
2 cups milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
5 cups flour, divided
1 tbsp. salt

 Dissolve 1 tbsp yeast in 1/4 cup warm water in mixing bowl.
Heat 2 cups of milk til very warm ( not boiling). Stir in 1 egg, 1/4 c sugar and 1/4 cup butter. Cool 2 minutes and add to the bowl with the yeast mixture.
Add 3 cups of the flour and beat on high until the mixture collects on the beaters, not the bowl.
Switch to dough hook, add 2 cups more flour and 1 Tbsp salt.
Knead until smooth. Less flour is better than too much. The dough should be quite sticky.
Place the dough into a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap.
Let rise until doubled.
Divide dough to three 8 by 12 inch rectangles.Spread each with 2 TBS butter and 1/4 cup cinnamon sugar. Roll up lengthwise and place seam side down o a very lightly greased baking sheet. Make shallow slashes in the top to give them crusty tops if you desire.
Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes.

Maple Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
3 tbsp cream
1 tsp Maple extract ( substitute any flavor you desire )