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.