Monday, March 1, 2010

Sunday Baking

I love to cook and bake and hope that my girls will enjoy it as well. I decided that every Sunday I would bake with the girls. I really want them to know how to cook and bake whether they enjoy or not is up to them:) Funny thing is usually Hanna is always asking me to make cookies so she can help but yesterday when I asked the girls if they wanted to help they both said no! They were actually playing good together and having too much fun so I didn't push it. Hopefully next week! So this week I decided to try and turn a cinnamon roll recipe into a cinnamon bread recipe. It was really yummy but it did not look pretty there was to much cinnamon filling and when I cut into the bread the filling just started oozing out. It was prettty tasty though. I am determined to perfect this recipe and have it turn out so I can make french toast out of it. Sorry I did not take pictures of the steps but next time I make it I will include them.

Cinnamon Rolls.....maybe bread
For the dough:
1 cup of milk
1/4 cup of sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 Tblsp unsalted butter
1 c whole wheat flour
1 c all purpose flour
1 1/2 c bread flour
1 package or 2 1/4 tsp instant yeast
1 large egg beaten

For the filling:
4 tbls unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 tbls cinnamon

For the icing:
1 c powdered sugar
2 Tblsp milk - add more if need to be thinner
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1. Combine the milk , sugar, salt and butter in a microwave safe dish and haet until hot about 1-2 mins. Set aside and allow the butter to melt and the mixture to cool until it is just warm.

2. In a large mixing bowl combine and mix flours and then stir in yeast. Stir in the beaten egg in to the milk mixture and then pour milk mixture into the flour mixture.Stir until the mixture forms a softy dough.

3. Transfer the dough onto a floured surface. Sprinkle with more flour and pat into an oval shape. Fold the dough in half and knead with your knuckles. Fold and kneed for about 10 min, add flour as necessary when kneeding. The dough should not be sticky , it should be smooth and elastic.

4.Oil a clean bowk and set dough inside. Cover with a damp cloth and place it in the oven at 100 degrees with the door cracked. This could be dangerous with kids running around around so you could also try and find a warm spot in the house. It needs to double in bulk about 45 min to an hour.

5. Meawhile make the filling . Combine the softened butter, brown sugar and cinnamon with a fork until well blended.

6. When dough is done transfer to a floured surface and roll out with a rolling pin. Roll to a 12x16 rectangle.

7.Sprinkle the filling over the rolled dough enough to cover the surface. Leave 1" uncovered on the short sides. Roll the dough up and pinch the ends and the seam closed with your fingers.

8. For cinnamon rolls cut the rolled dough into 12 pieces. For bread you can cut in half and make two loaves. Place in an oiled or butter baking pan, cover with a damp cloth and let it rise for another 45 min.

9. Heat oven to 375 bake until light brown usually 18-20 min and then cool for about 15 min.

10. For the icing whisk together sugar milk and vanilla.drizzle on top of rolls or bread......yum!

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