Homemade Cinnamon Bread To Make With Your Kids
Cinnamon bread is one of my favorite comfort foods. My kitchen helper has followed in my footsteps by loving all things cinnamon, so it’s not surprising that homemade cinnamon bread would be on our list of baking adventures. True confession, while in graduate school I would reward myself for good grades with cinnamon bread, who does that? Anyways, it explains a lot for weight gain during that phase of my life, but it didn’t end my love for cinnamon bread.
Finding a recipe that I can create at home along with my kitchen helper is pretty exciting. Baking bread in general can be daunting and is a skill I’m still mastering. My recommendation for you is to get organized before you start the first step. Pre-measure all your ingredients, as I have done here in the first image. Your kitchen helper will love to pour and mix ingredients for each step and having ingredients pre-measure will streamline the overall process. I also had great success when I pre-heated my oven to 200 degrees and then turned off the heat. Once my dough was ready for the first proofing, the oven was the ideal dark and warm spot for the dough to double in size.
There are so many opportunities for your kitchen helper to get involved. If they are preschool age and older, the rolling of the bread dough might be something new and fun for them to try. Of course sprinkling cinnamon and sugar filling will be everyones favorite task. So all these years after graduate school I have finally found a recipe to continue a new family tradition, I might even add a little more cinnamon along the way.
What is your favorite bread to make? Leave a comment below
Recipe Source: Sally’s Baking Addiction
- 2 1/4 Teaspoon Active Dry or Instant Yeast (1 package)
- 1/2 Cup -Sugar (divided)
- 1/2 Cup - Water
- 1/2 Cup - Milk
- 4 Tablespoons - Unsalted Butter at room temperature (1 tablespoon melted to brush the top)
- 3 Cups - Bread Flour
- 1 Teaspoon - Salt
- 2 Teaspoon - Cinnamon
- In a small dish mix the cinnamon and 1/4 Cup Sugar. Set aside
- Preheat oven to 200° and turn off the oven once temperature is reached. Move the oven rack to the lower third.
- Step 1:
- In another small dish mix the yeast and 1/4 Cup Sugar. In a medium size bowl add the milk and water. Microwave at 10 second intervals until you reach 110° degrees. Once the milk/water mixture hits 110° add the sugar/yeast mixture. Mix then wrap the bowl with plastic wrap. After 5-10 minutes the mixture should be frothy. Note image above.
- Step 2:
- In large bowl add the 4 tablespoons of room temperature butter, pour the frothy yeast mixture and salt. Mix together.
- Add 2.5 cups flour and mix with a spoon, then add the remaining 1/2 cup of flour and mix until the dough comes together. Pour the dough and any little bits onto the a clean surface and knead until smooth. Note the pictures above.
- Clean the large bowl you use to mix the dough. Spray with cooking spray. Roll the dough ball around so the entire surface is covered. Cover in plastic wrap.
- Frist Rise:
- The oven should have reached temperature and is turned off. Place the large bowl with dough ball inside into the oven. The dough should double in 1 hour.
- After the dough has doubled remove the dough onto a floured surface. Roll to a 9x18 rectangle. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar, leaving a 1" border.
- Spray a 9x5 loaf pan
- Second Rise:
- Roll the dough and place it seam side down. Loosely cover and have it rise until dough is over the pan. (45-1 hour)
- Preheat oven to 350° degrees. Once the load proofs for a second time, brush the last tablespoon of butter over the top. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until golden brown. Allow it to rest in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring it to a cooling rack. Enjoy!
Nicole is a professional photographer, mother to an energetic child, and founder of Make and Taste. She has been a Commercial, Editorial and Lifestyle photographer for 10 years and has been published in various magazines and brand websites. Nicole is passionate about providing her child with meaningful experiences and documenting all of the fun along the way. You can always find her baking with her 7 year old and enjoying a good cup of coffee.