Sunday, January 6, 2013

Cinnamon Swirl and Color Block

Hello,
I have had a day of learning.

In my previous post, I mentioned I was going to make a Cinnamon Swirl Bread.   I did.  :0)

I used a recipe out of one of my vintage cookbooks.  It took a little longer than the modern recipes but it was worth it, because it helped me get over any apprehensions I had working with yeast breads.



It smelled like cinnamon toast while it was cooking and it is tasty.  




Here's the recipe for the Cinnamon Swirl Bread.

1 package of yeast
1/4 cup warm water
2 cups milk, scalded
1 1/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons soft butter
2 teaspoons salt
7 - 8 cups flour
2 eggs
1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
melted butter

Stir yeast into warm water.  In a large bowl, add 1/2 cup sugar and pour scalded milk over, add the softened butter and salt.  Stir to dissolve the sugar.  Cool to lukewarm.  Add 3 cups off flour; mix well.  Stir in yeast and eggs; beat well.  Add enough of remaining flour to make a soft dough.  Turn out on lightly floured surface. Cover and let rise 10 minutes.  Knead until smooth and elastic.  Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease surface.  Cover and let rise in warm place until double, 1 1/2 hour to 2 hours.  Punch down and let rise again until almost double, about 1 hour.  Punch down and divide dough in half.  cover and let rest 10 minutes.  Roll each half in 15 x 7 inch rectangle, about 1/2 inch thick.  Mix remaining sugar and cinnamon.  Reserve 2 tablespoons of sugar/cinnamon mixture; sprinkle remaining mixture over rectangles of dough.  Sprinkle about 2 teaspoons of water over each; smooth with a spatula.  Roll each as for jelly roll, beginning with narrow sides, seal long edges.  Place, sealed edges down, in 2 greased loaf pans.  Let rise until almost double, 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Just before baking, brush loaves with melted butter and sprinkle with remaining sugar/cinnamon mixture.  Bake at 375° for 35 - 40 minutes.  If crust browns too fast, cover with aluminum foil last 10 minutes of baking.  Turn out of pans and cool on rack.  Yield: 2 loaves.
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While I was waiting for the bread to rise, I crocheted this dishcloth.  I used left over cotton yarn, from previous dishcloths, giving it a color block look.

Here's the pattern.

Cotton yarn in two different colors
size H hook

Chain (ch) 31
Row 1: single crochet (sc) in first chain next to hook, and in each chain across (30 sc), ch 1, turn.
Row 2: sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn
Repeat row 2 for the next 16 rows, changing color in last chain.
With new color, repeat row 2 for the next 18 rows.
Finish off and weave end pieces into work.
Should have 18 rows of each color and 30 sc in each row.
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That's all I have for now.

Until next time...

God bless and keep you,
Sonia

2 comments:

  1. Sonia, I am so sorry to hear about you losing your job. But I love the looks of your bread. I bet your house smelled heavenly. I also want to thank you for your dishcloth pattern. I have been wanting to make some, but I don't knit. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete

I look forward to your comments. :)