I just finished writing down the recipe for this post. I wasn't sure what I was going to write about in the introduction, so I decided to write the recipe first. As I wrote the recipe, I got progressively hungrier.
By now, I'm really hungry. This cinnamon bread tastes delicious!
CINNAMON PULL-APART BREAD
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 packet or 2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
- 4 1/2 to 5 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1 stick butter
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup whole milk
- 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. maple flavoring
- Dash of salt
- First, let's make the dough. Heat the milk, oil and sugar until very hot (but not boiling). Take it off of the heat and allow to cool until warm.
- Sprinkle the yeast and 4 cups of flour into the milk/oil/sugar mixture. Stir and then put a lid on the pot. Let it rise for 1 hour.
- Stir in 1/2 cup flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. If the dough is overly sticky, add up to a 1/2 cup more flour.
- Set the dough in the fridge for 1 hour.
- Butter two bread pans.
- Roll out dough on a floured work surface. Cover the top with melted butter (mmm!), mix together the sugar and cinnamon and then sprinkle on top. I'm getting hungry.
- Cut the dough into 8 strips. Stack 4 of the strips on top of each other. Cut the stack into 6 pieces.
- Lay the cut pieces in one of the pans.
- Repeat steps 7 and 8 with the last pan.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Cover the pan and let the dough rise for 20 minutes.
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until the center is no longer doughy. Check the dough after 20 minutes to make sure it's now too brown on top. If it looks too brown, cover the top with aluminium foil for the rest of the time.
- Take the pan out of the oven and run a knife around the edges of the pan. Take the bread out of the pan.
- Now it's time to make the frosting. Now I'm really getting hungry. Why does writing about food have to be so hard sometimes?!? Mix all of the icing ingredients together. (Wait for it.) Now pour the icing on the warm cinnamon bread and let it melt into the crevices.
- Serve it warm or room temperature.