Monday, September 20, 2010

Cinnamon Bread Delight

Last weekend, I attempted to bake bread. My first try was terrible. My yeast never rose but I still attempted to bake it, which wasn’t my best idea. After just 45 minutes, the bread was burnt on the outside and completely raw in the middle. I can’t get that image out of my head. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

So then I attempted to bake bread again. Without yeast. Just a simple mix everything together, pour it in a bread pan, and bake it. This bread? Came out so much better! It was perfectly browned and perfectly yummy.

I had to share the recipe with you, because it was just so good. And this should be a Very Big Deal because I’m not one to share recipes, simply because I never attempt to bake anything harder than Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies or Duncan Hines box brownies.

Ingredients:

Cinnamon Bread, ingredients

All-purpose flour (3 cups)
Granulated sugar (1 cup)
Brown sugar (1 cup)
Instant vanilla pudding mix (1 package)
Baking soda (1/2 teaspoon)
Baking powder (1 1/2 teaspoon)
Salt (1/2 teaspoon)
Ground cinnamon (2 teaspoons)
Milk (1 1/2 cups)
Canola oil (1/2 cup)
Cinnamon applesauce (1/2 cup)
Eggs (2)
Vanilla extract (1 teaspoon)
Cinnamon sugar (2 tablespoons)

I got this recipe from All Recipes.com and tweaked it a little after looking at suggestions in the comments. For example, her recipe called for 2 cups of sugar but commenters said they substituted 1 cup of sugar for 1 cup of brown sugar to make the bread look darker and more authentic. They also said to use cinnamon applesauce, since it is cinnamon bread.

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease two 5x9 inch loaf pans.
2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, pudding mix, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
Cinnamon bread, mixed
3. In a separate bowl, mix the milk, oil, applesauce, eggs, and vanilla.
4. Stir the milk mixture into the flour mixture until smooth.
Cinnamon bread, mixed2
5. Sprinkle the bottoms of the loaf pans with cinnamon sugar, and divide the batter between the 2 pans.
Ready to go
6. Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a loaf comes out clean. About 15 minutes before the bread is finished cooking, sprinkle cinnamon sugar on the top of each loaf.
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Some comments:
1. These directions are taking word-for-word from her recipe, aside from my last sentence which was advice given by a commenter.
2. I found that the bread was pretty much done within 45 minutes, so I couldn’t complete the last step. It’s supposed to make the bread more crunchy.
3. The calories aren’t too friendly, so it’s definitely something to make every once in a while as a dessert.
4. I used a smaller package of vanilla pudding, even though the recipe calls for the bigger package. It didn’t seem to make that much of a difference.

Tell me, bloggers, have you ever tried to make bread? (The real stuff with rising yeast & everything!) How did it turn out?

15 comments:

  1. I've had a breadmaker since last Christmas and it's still sitting unopened in its box :(

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  2. I'll definitely be trying this! I've made bread once so far, and although I had no problems with the yeast, I put in a little too much flour and it was dry. Over this past weekend, my mom made bread, and I still can't get over how perfect hers comes out! Lately I've been buying Rhodes bread (from the freezer section at the grocery store); it's frozen dough that you thaw and then bake, and it tastes almost like homemade! It's sooo much easier when I'm busy!

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  3. Looks good! I've made Banana Bread and I'm "famous" well in my house, for making yeast rolls.

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  4. Your bread sounds delicious. Dessert breads are much easier to make and so less involved. I do like making yeast breads, but I usually use the bread machine for the difficult parts.

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  5. I've always been a bit scared to make bread. This looks good!

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  6. Mmmm, that looks delicous! I've never baked bread... but maybe I'll try! Thanks for the recipe. :)

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  7. Allrecipes is my go-to place! Looks yummy! Pampered Chef makes this yummy topping to put on breads and muffins. Great job girlie! No yeast for me!

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  8. Oh cool! I've had an artisan bread recipe for a little while, and I so want to try it! Bread is a really tricky thing, and this looks amazing :)

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  9. That looks SO delicious. I will definitely have to try it, but probably in a couple months when it's "holiday" season and I can justify stuffing my face with extra calories. :-P

    I've never been brave enough to try "real" bread with yeast and stuff, but I've made a pretty tasty pumpkin bread with great success, and I've got plans for a couple more breads to try, like cranberry apple, lemon, etc.

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  10. That recipe looks and sounds absolutely delicious! I might have to try it myself.

    The only time I baked bread was as a project in fifth grade, where we were given kits in school and they helped us along the way. We mixed everything up in school and then followed directions when we got home. But, for the life of me I can't remember how it turned out. I'm too scared to try it nowadays - I don't have the best luck with cooking and baking sometimes.

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  11. Can't say that I have ever baked a bread! It sounds really delicious though =)

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  12. oh gosh....i need to try this!

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  13. oh gosh....i need to try this!

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  14. I'll definitely be trying this! I've made bread once so far, and although I had no problems with the yeast, I put in a little too much flour and it was dry. Over this past weekend, my mom made bread, and I still can't get over how perfect hers comes out! Lately I've been buying Rhodes bread (from the freezer section at the grocery store); it's frozen dough that you thaw and then bake, and it tastes almost like homemade! It's sooo much easier when I'm busy!

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