Thursday, March 10, 2011

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread

but first, some ramblings..

I have decided that it is time to get back into baking more bread. It has been 6 months since I baked a yeasted bread, and I love making bread. Life with kids has dominated my days and I am ready to give myself a little something that I enjoy. I also really miss this blog. So, I have a new goal, to bake something new every week. just one thing. And, hopefully, I will have blog worthy results most days and will be posting more here. I love being a mom, but sometimes I just miss my old self too. and, I hope to get a little of that back. Jointly, I also hope to start running again. My goal is to train for a half marathon, but not quite sure of that reality just yet...but, I need to commit, as it it less than 4 months away and, I havent run in at least a year and a half.
holy cow, did I really just write that?

now, on to the bread..

It was good. past tense. We pretty much decimated the whole thing during the course of the day. I made a whole wheat dough, let it rise and then rolled it out flat. I then brushed it with melted butter, sprinkled cinnamon sugar on it and then folded it onto itself. I then cut it into slivers and lined them up horizontally in a bread pan, baked it and yum.

idea from Joy the Baker, adapted from Beth's Basic Bread Book.

My version, I cut back on the butter and sugar and used the whole wheat dough in place of a white dough. what you get is not a bread that is sticky gooey, but a bread scented with cinnamon and caramelized here and there.

1/2 cup warm water
1 Tabl dry yeast
1/2 cup warm milk (not hotter than 115!)
3 Tabl brown sugar
1 1/2 Tabl melted butter
1 1/2 teas salt
1 egg
1 1/4 cup wheat flour
2 cups white flour

2 Tabl melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 teas cinnamon

dissolve the yeast in the warm water, add the sugar, melted butter and milk. stir. whisk the egg and add to the yeast mixture. combine the flours and add to the liquid mixture. stir till the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. add the salt. knead dough on counter with just as little flour as you need. let dough rise 1 hours. punch down. let rise 1 hour more. punch down. roll out into a rectangle. brush with melted butter. sprinkle cinnamon over the top. fold the dough in half and cut into strips. depending on the length, and size of your pan, cut those strips in half. layer vertically in bread pan that is brushed with melted butter. let rise 45 minutes. bake 375, about 40 minutes, until fairly brown on top.

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