There are many different smells I can call my favorite. I love smells that can make me melt or smells that can evoke memories. There are also smells that make me feel warm inside. I have always loved the smell of bread baking and also the smell of anything cinnamon in the oven- this bread combines both.
I got hooked on this bread thanks to my parents. My dad special orders a bread similar to this, usually buying two or three loaves at a time so that they can always have this bread around. My mom make’s a delicious french toast out of this bread (and this says a lot because I’m not really a french toast person.)
As for me, I simply enjoy this bread toasted with a little butter spread on top. There is just something about the combination of whole wheat bread, cinnamon, and butter that makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.
- 1½ cup warm water
- 1 package yeast
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tablespoon sunflower oil
- 2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1-2 cup unbleached all purpose flour
- ¼ cup butter
- ⅓ cup sucanat or brown sugar
- 2 tablespoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- Start by place water, yeast, and honey in the bowl of stand mixer. Stir with a wooden spoon to dissolve yeast and honey, let sit for 5-10 minutes or until mixtures begins to foam. (If this does not happen your yeast was either old or your water was too cold or hot.)
- Once yest is ready, add oil, salt, 2 cup of the whole wheat flour. Begin to knead with dough hook, adding the rest of the whole wheat flour and white flour as needed until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl (dough should still be kind of soft, just not sticky.) Continue to knead for 10 minutes.
- Once done kneading, spray lightly with oil and set in a warm spot and spritz with water. (I usually turn my oven on to 200? and then turn off to use as proofer) Let dough rise until doubled in size- usually about an hour.
- Turn dough out and with a rolling pin, roll into an 8 by 12 rectangle. Brush the dough with butter and sprinkle sucanat, cinnamon, and nutmeg over entire surface. Roll, starting with the edge closest to you, into a loaf and place in a lightly sprayed 9x5 loaf pan. Again, place in warm spot and let rise until dough in size-this is usually about 45 minutes.
- Heat oven to 375˚, spray loaf lightly with water, sprinkle sugar on top, and spray with water again. Bake for 45 minutes or until bread is golden on top and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Let cool and slice.