A couple of weeks ago, I was home sick with no voice.
My daughter rejoiced in my inability to mock her, impersonate her each time she took a quick selfie, and yell at her when she didn’t clean the bathroom properly.
I actually liked the idea of becoming a mime for a day. I’m very good at sign language.
Nevermind the fact that most of my words begin with a single-finger gesture.
I finally decided to tackle my yeast fears during my illness. I figured if I had to swear or shout over a failed attempt, I wouldn’t offend anyone.
Because who gets offended at a whispered “f” word?
My first attempt was pretty but not as tasty as I’d hoped. Texture and color were good. Just needed more oomph. Here’s where it’s fun to be a food blogger – you get to make more and more bread until you get it right, and you get to eat gads of it all in the name of experimentation.
It sure sucks to be a food blogger. Because I wouldn’t want to give you a bum recipe!
After a few attempts, I made this recipe for Cinnamon Brown Sugar Walnut Swirl Bread, which is actually like a ginormous cinnamon roll in a loaf form. Again, it totally sucks to be a food blogger.
So on top of my bread fun, I also traversed over to World Market, aka “The Crack House” and found the most ridiculous little polka dot ramekins with handles.
Seriously…at $4 a piece, I hoarded those suckers like Hugo the Abominable Snowman…”I will hug them and pet them and squeeze them…”
Naturally I had to fill them with this happy bread and eat the entire contents in one sitting while making inappropriate (silent) groans and whispering curse words.
Now it’s your turn to groan and curse. Just watch it around little Jimmy – I hear he’s quite the parrot these days!
- 2 packets Dry Active Yeast
- 1¾ cup Warm Water
- 2 Eggs
- ½ cup Sugar
- 1 stick Melted Butter or Margarine
- 6 cups Flour
- 1 tsp Salt
- 2 cups Brown Sugar
- 2 tbsp Cinnamon
- 1 cup Chopped Walnuts
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Prepare two loaf pans with cooking spray.
- Add yeast and sugar to the warm water. Stir and set aside for 5 minutes.
- In a mixing bowl, add eggs and whisk. Add yeast water and put on the hook attachment to your mixer.
- Turn the mixer on low and begin adding flour, one cup at a time. When you get to the last cup of flour, add the salt.
- Knead in the mixer until almost all the flour is incorporated. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead by hand until smooth.
- Divide the dough in half. Place one half to the side and roll out the other half into a rectangle.
- Brush with butter or margarine. Sprinkle one cup of brown sugar, 1 tbsp of cinnamon, and ½ cup of walnuts over the entire surface. Working from the short end, begin to roll the dough up like you would a cinnamon roll. Place the dough roll into the loaf pan and squish it in if needed. Don't worry - the result will still be pretty.
- Repeat the above steps with the other half of dough.
- Brush each loaf with the remaining butter.
- Cover each loaf and allow to rise for one hour in a warm place. (I always turn my oven on to 300 F and place the pans on the stove.)
- When the bread has sufficiently risen, bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown on top.
- Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove and allow it to cool on a wire rack.