Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ashley Bakes

I had a day/night alone on Saturday so I decided to pretend to be the Pioneer Woman and to try my hand at her homemade Cinnamon Swirl Bread.

I have never made bread before, but it sounded like a cool idea.

Plus, it gave me an opportunity to use my cute stand mixer. Do you think the Faces (our actual nickname folks) like the color green?

Why yes, yes we do.


PS. Yes, my cat O'Snap is an attention whore (or the male version of an attention whore). Yes, my cats sit on our dining room table. Do you think that's gross? Sorry, we don't.

For a full set of directions, refer to the link above but I'll show you some yummy pictures.

First step, melt butter and milk. Oh, yum.


Yeast. It's whats for dinner. The Mrs. Face also loves purple.


Bread with sugar in it?!? Yes, please.


The dough ready to rise.


We needed to help warm the environment. We like our dough to rise with class- which is why we use Steelers towels.


After two hours of waiting, I finally rolled out my dough...


And I added cinnamon and sugar and rolled it up.


Then, it was time for more rising. This bread requires 4+ hours of rising. This is the redneck way to let bread rise. We keep our house at a toasty 67 degrees, so I had to help the bread along. I put the oven lamp on, which helped to heat that area up a bit. I used to red bowl as a ladder to bring the bread a little closer to the oven lamp. Worked like a charm.


This is what I took out of the oven a few hours later. YUM. YUM. YUM.


I didn't wait long enough to take it out of the pan, so my bread became a bit lopsided. But, I did get to enjoy that hot, dripping cinnamon and sugar.


Helpful tips for next time-- You can eat bread immediately after removing it from the oven, but return it to the loaf pan after you cut a slice. This will help it remain upright. I'm stuck with a lopsided loaf now. Oh, well. I'm still gonna eat it.

12 comments:

AG said...

looks so good! And my cats pretty much sit wherever they want in my house including tables. :)

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Look sooooo yummy!

And a tip- I've baked a lot of bread and you were correct not to put it back in the pan. That will actually make the bottom soggy. Instead, use a large bread knife. You can even buy one at the $1 store. It's much longer and has a serrated blade. They are the best for slicing bread and tomatoes.

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

OMG I just realized I keep commenting with tips and that is just so snotty of me. I swear I am only trying to be helpful. I hope that doesn't come across as know-it-all because I swear I am not. And I just found a new gluten free bread recipe and after reading this recipe have decided to combine the ideas. I learn so much from bloggers- just trying to give and take.

Kids, Canines, and Chaos said...

Yummmmmmy! Feel free to invite me over next time to taste-test it for you! :) Might just have to make that this weekend. Mmmm. I always love an excuse to use my mixer.

Shaina said...

Best bread ever!

Jenny G said...

Oh yummmmmmmmm

KiraAJ said...

LOVE ur mixer its so cute! :) u did a great job on the bread! And i dont think u guys r gross for letting the cat sit up on the table! It happens whether we like it or not when no ones home lol :)

Nicole said...

Looks yummy! And your mixer would go well in my kitchen... mine is John Deere (green & yellow). I actually have a yellow mixer so between the 2 of us we have JD colors... LOL :)

The bread looks yummy!

Dancy said...

I love your green mixer!! So cute! This looks yummy. This reminds me yet again that I want to make PW's cinnamon rolls - but I'm afraid if I do I'll eat them all (bad!).

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

OH MY GOSH! This looks and sounds so delicious!!! Lunch time was not the best time to check out this post...

Jackie said...

MmmMmm looks delish!

Bethany said...

Ohhhhh that looks so delicious!!!! Yum!