Since we had a savoury dish last week, it only seemed right to have a sweet one today. This is truly one of my favourite recipes and produces a delicious moist loaf every time. If you enjoy a touch of cinnamon in your baking, then this is definitely worth giving a go. It goes extremely well with a cup of tea on a Sunday afternoon and a good book. So, treat yourself, you won’t be disappointed.
Ingredients for one loaf:
Ingredients for the Bread:
1. Preheat your oven to gas mark 4 or 190 degrees centigrade.
2. To prepare your dough, combine the milk, oil and sugar in a saucepan. Heat it until it’s warm to touch and the sugar has dissolved.
3. Sprinkle in the yeast and add three-quarters of the flour, a bit at a time. Stir to combine, then cover with a tea towel and allow to rise for an hour.
4. Stir in the remaining flour, along with the baking powder, baking soda and salt. If your dough is too sticky to handle, stir in another tablespoon of flour.
5. Roll out your dough onto a floured surface, then brush melted butter all over the dough.
6. Mix together any remaining sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl, and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar all over the dough.
7. Using a pizza cutter (if you have one) or a small knife, cut the dough into 6 strips, then stack all the strips into one long stack. Cut the stack of strips into 6 slices. Place the stacks sideways into a greased loaf pan but be sure not to cram the loaf pan. Leave space for your bread to expand.
8. Cover the loaf pan with a tea towel and allow your bread to rise for another hour.
9. Bake your bread for 30 minutes. Cover the top of the bread with aluminium foil about halfway through if it is browning too quickly.
10. Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes on a wire rack. Run a knife alone the edges to release the bread from the pan.
11. Mix together the icing ingredients and drizzle over the top when the bread is still warm. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Have you done any baking this week? What is your favourite Cinnamon-based bake?