Cinnamon & Honey Twist Bread

Sunday, December 2, 2012


Because it's the first week of December, I'm dedicating the next few posts while we're gone to some yummy seasonal recipes. It's Christmas time!! To be completely honest, the first time I made this, it totally crashed and burned. It was aw-ful. And yet, Cam still ate it. And liked it. He raved about it. Haha, he loves me!

I learned my lessons and now it's delicious. Oozing with honey and cinnamon & sugar, hot out of the oven. It's absolutely wonderful with a glass of milk or cup of coffee.

Christmas Cinnamon & Honey Twist Bread
{serves 4-5... or 1 Cam}

2 C organic all-purpose flour
1 egg
1/2 C raw sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 C warm water {not lukewarm!}
1 packet dry active yeast
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
about 2 tablespoons cinnamon & sugar, mixed
about 3 tablespoons honey + more for drizzling

I started with my basic bread recipe that I use for focaccia and added a few more simple ingredients. Dissolve the yeast packet in 1/4 C warm water. The temperature should be about 100-110 degrees. Pour in a tablespoon or two of sugar to help it activate. Let stand for about 10 minutes or until the yeast doubles. You'll know that it has when there is a volume of foam on the top of the water. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, and extracts with a fork. Mix well. Mix in the egg.  Add in the yeast water with a fork until all of the flour has been absorbed into a sticky ball. Add in about 1/4 C more water, mixing with the fork. You may need to add more if the flour isn't completely incorporated yet into the dough. Add a tablespoon at a time, stirring after each addition, until you don't need anymore. On a lightly floured surface, and your hands floured as well, knead the dough for about 5 minutes until it's in the form of a sticky ball. There are a lot of tutorials for kneading on youtube, but as long as you are vigorously pushing the dough with the palm of your hand and folding and turning it each time, it should knead. This is an important step; it's what incorporates the yeast into the whole dough. Set the ball of kneaded dough in a bowl rubbed in olive oil and let stand for about an hour.

Preheat the oven to 350. Roll out the dough to about 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick and smear honey and then the cinnamon sugar mixture all over it. Please feel free to add more than I did! Roll it up like a burrito and then slice it down the middle with a knife. Now you have two long doughs. With the cut side with layers facing up, twist the two doughs together to form one twist, and then bring the ends together to form a wreath. Carefully transfer the bread wreath to a parchment paper lined baking sheet or well oiled baking sheet. Bake for about twenty minutes -- but be sure to keep an eye on it so it doesn't brown too much. Every oven cooks differently. I have to watch mine very carefully. If you have a serious sweet tooth like me, drizzle more honey on the top while it's hot out of the oven and sprinkle on more sugar! This sounds more complicated than it is, but please email me if you have any issues. Merry Christmas!

26 comments:

  1. looks delicious! I'm going to be trying this recipe!

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  2. Mmm- looks amazing. I will be making this sometime this week.

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  3. WOW! this looks delicious! I am definitely going to try it :)

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  4. This looks so delicious! I am definitely pinning this for late use, thank you!

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  5. This looks delicious and beautiful! I'm not sure I get how to make it look all pretty and split showing all the layers - but I'm going to give it a shot. :) Either way I'm sure it'll be delicious :)

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  6. nom nom nom!!! I love making break :)

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  7. Oh goodness me... I meant *bread

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  8. Hi! Well i am actually in the middle of trying it. My dough turned out quite hard and had a hard time getting sticky. Couldn't figure it out so i looked at the recipe again. I realized that you wrote in the ingredients list an egg but in your directions there is no mention of an egg. Maybe thats what I messed up on? Anyways, I am going to keep going and see if I can salvage it. Thanks!

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  10. Haha! I tend to crash and burn with all things baking before getting it right as well, so don't feel bad! And the pictures you've posted here look absolutely and incredibly delicious! Should I dare to give this one a try, ha!

    xxx
    Jenna

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  11. looks amazing! cant wait to try! xox

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  12. I will have to add this to my holiday baking list! Looks delicious. -Heidi http://fabricandfrosting.blogspot.no/

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  13. Wow can't believe you made that from scratch. It looks delic! I am going to have to give it a try.

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  14. and now I'm going to spend the rest of my workday thinking about warm cinnamon bread. Thanks a lot AMANDA-SAN!
    :)
    love lanneybear

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  15. oh yum this sounds delicious! i definitely wanna give it a try (:

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  16. You're a master at this! I haven't made this yet but I think my first time will be similar to your first time baking this, haha. :)

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  17. this sounds so good! anything with cinnamon would obviously be delicious! :)

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  18. i need this in my life. Holy canoli, it looks amazing.

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  19. When you put the ball on dough in a bowl rubbed in olive oil and coat the ball, do you mean with flour or with olive oil as well?

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  20. Hi Sydney!
    Your email isn't attached to your comment, so I hope you see this!

    I only meant olive oil. Just lightly covered in it.

    Please feel free to email me directly if you have any more questions!

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  21. Hi,
    Where does the egg fit in with the recipe? It's not listed in the instructions and is on the ingredient list. Is it brushed on top or in the dough? Thanks!

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  22. Okay never mind! I missed the egg on the first read-through. I'm trying this tomorrow!

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  23. I tried to make this bread today and unfortunately it didn't go so well. It was SUPER salty. I think it would have tasted okay otherwise, but the salt flavor was overpowering. The ingredients call for a tablespoon of salt... was that meant to be a teaspoon?

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  24. This reminds me so much of the cinnamon roll I ordered from a hotel a couple of months ago. I hope I can achieve it's scrumptious taste by baking one of my own.

    -Mischna Ong

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