I came across this recipe the other day when I was looking through one of my favorite baking cookbooks, Something Warm From the Oven by Eileen Goudge. I have tried many of the recipes from this book and have yet to find one that I don’t like. Whenever I am in the mood to bake something new I always go to this book first. Once again, the recipe I tried was a success! The day I decided to bake also happened to be a dear friend’s birthday. Her daughter came over to play with Little Mouse for a while, and it turned out perfect to let the girls help with the bread, and have a surprise birthday gift waiting when my friend came to pick up her daughter.
- 2 cups milk
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 envelope (2 teaspoons) active dry yeast
- 1 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
Place milk and 2 tablespoons of butter in a medium saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until the butter is melted. Cool to lukewarm.
In a large bowl combine 1/4 cup warm water (120 degrees) and 1 teaspoon granulated sugar. Stir in the yeast and let it set until bubbly, about 10 minutes. Add the lukewarm milk mixture, salt, 1 cup of flour, and the remaining granulated sugar. Stir until well combined.
Stir in the remaining flour, a cup at a time (reserving 1/2 cup for kneading), until it forms a soft dough. On a floured surface, knead the dough working in the remaining flour as needed, until it is smooth and elastic, approximately 8-10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl and cover with a towel. Set in a warm place to rise until doubled in size, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
While the dough is rising, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon.
Grease two 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch loaf pans.
After the dough has risen, punch it down and divide in half. Shape each half into a smooth ball. With a rolling-pin dusted with flour, roll each ball into a large rectangle. Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and brush it onto the dough. Sprinkle with half of the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Roll it up tightly, starting at the shorter end, tucking the edges as you go along. Pinch seams together to seal.
Place into pans, seam side down. Cover with a towel and let them rise in a warm place until doubled again, about 45 minutes.
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until nicely browned. They should also sound hallow when you thump them with your finger.
Cool in pan for a few minutes before removing. Cool completely on a wire rack.
Once cooled, slice and enjoy!
Rather than making 2 large loaves, I made 4 mini-loaves. The girls loved rolling out the dough, brushing it with butter and then covering it in cinnamon sugar. This was a great recipe for them to help with. They were also very excited to taste what they made and then surprise her mother with some birthday bread! 🙂