Easy Homemade Bread!
What’s better than a warm loaf of homemade bread? One with a cinnamon sugar swirl! Yum! We love this Cinnamon Swirl Bread still warm from the oven or toasted the next day! This simple recipe makes 1-loaf. You can easily mix and knead the dough by hand, with your food processor or in your stand mixer!
Don’t forget to spread on a little butter! Have 5 minutes – make your own butter! You won’t believe how amazing homemade butter tastes and how easy it is to make! Recipe here!
Has my Dough Risen Enough?
Most bread recipes tell you to let your dough “rise until double” – but how do you know when it’s doubled? – especially if it’s rising in a rounded bowl or a zip top bag? I’ve heard it’s best to let your dough rise in a straight sided container…
I don’t have many perfectly straight sided containers – but since I mixed my dough in my food processor – I figured I could use the food processor bowl for raising (rising?) my dough as it’s perfectly straight sided!
I removed the dough after mixing – wiped out any remaining dough bits, wipe with oil (or lightly spray), settle the dough to the bottom and cover with plastic wrap. Get down to eye level and place a piece of tape where the dough would rise to when doubled – now you’ll know (more) precisely when your dough has risen until double!
How to Form the Swirled Loaf:
Pat your dough (or use a rolling pin) into a 8″ by 12″ rectangle and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Roll up dough, then tuck / pinch ends and seam so all the cinnamon sugar stays inside.
Butter your pan, settle the dough in, butter the plastic wrap where the dough may touch while rising.
The Second Rise:
Let the dough rise in the pan until it pokes up about 3/4-inch above the top of the pan. It will rise up a little more during baking.