Advanced Dough

Cinnamon Bread

Just for fun, and to test some yeast I have in the packets, I put the instant yeast into a 1/2 cup of warm water with a teaspoon of sugar.  I left it to perk for 10 minutes and it had some life, so I decided to try to make some bread from it.  I found the recipe for Apple Cinnamon bread, but didn’t want to put apple or nuts into it, and I have some pre-mixed sugar and cinnamon that middle kid put together…for some reason.

Anyway here’s the recipe that I used from the yeast manufacturer’s web site.

I mixed up the dough, adding far more flour than they called for because it was a very sticky dough, and let it rise.  An hour later, the dough didn’t seem quite ready, but again, it was very sticky.  I split it into two balls of dough, rolled it out, brushed it with melted butter and spread 1/3 cup of the cinnamon sugar mixture on it.  I rolled it up and put it into the pan.

Then I realized that I probably should put it in two pans, which I did.  I left it to rise again, but it seems less than happy.  I’m annoyed that I have so many packets of this yeast, that it doesn’t expire for at least 6 months, and it doesn’t seem to have a lot of oomph left in it.  WHY?  I know they say to keep them in a cool, dry place.  I did.  On the counter.  In a glass jar.  Not in direct sunlight.  I got the stuff in JANUARY in the Northern hemisphere, so it’s not like it got hot in the house.

After an hour of rising, it still looked pretty sad, but time was of the essence, so I needed to get it into the oven.  I baked it for 35 minutes and it came out perfectly.

I tried making a powdered sugar glaze, but I made it too thin and the bread was still a bit warm.  It still came out DELICIOUS.

I love fresh home made bread.  There’s nothing in the world like it!

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