Zvi's Cinnamon Swirl Bread immediately caught my attention as I read through the book. It also gave me a good excuse to use the dough hook on my Kitchen Aid mixer. We quickly ate the first loaf. My husband and I agreed that the two remaining loaves should go to the freezer. First visitors get warm cinnamon bread for breakfast!!
In all seriousness, this is a great recipe. The dough was also easy to work with. As I started I was envisioning a kitchen covered in flour. Not the case. It did however smell fantastic!
Zvi's Cinnamon Swirl Bread
from Tate's Bake Shop Cookbook
3-1/4oz packages of active dry yeast
1/2 cup of warm water
1 1/2 cups of warm milk
1/2 cup of sugar
1 TBS of salt
1/2 cup of butter
4 large eggs, lightly beaten (room temperature)
8 cups of all purpose flour
1/2 cup of butter
3/4 cup of firmly packed brown sugar
11/4 tsp cinnamon
Dissolve the yeast in warm water in a large mixing bowl, let stand for 5 minutes. Heat the milk, sugar, salt, and butter until warm to the touch. Do not let it boil. Add the eggs, 4 cups of flour, and milk mixture to the yeast mixture. Mix with an electric mixer using a dough hook. Gradually add in the remaining flour until is form a stiff dough, you may use up to 4 3/4 cups of flour. This will take about 10 minutes. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead on a floured board until the dough springs back when you press it with your finger. Place the dough in a very large oiled bowl. Roll the dough once to coat with oil. Cover with a towel and let it rise for about 1 hour until it doubles in size. Grease 3 9"x5"x3" loaf pans. Punch the dough down.
Cream the butter, sugar, and cinnamon. Set aside.
Divide the dough into three equal portions, about 11/2 lbs each. Roll out piece to 8"x12" rectangle. Spread 1/3 of the filling over the dough leaving a 1/2" border. Sprinkle with raisin or nuts if you wish. Roll from the 8" side like a jellyroll. Pinch the ends, tuck them until slightly and place the seam side down in the prepared pan. Repeat with the 2 remaining pieces of dough. Cover the brad with a towel and let it rise for another hour. Bake the bread for 70 minutes. Cook on a wire rack. It should be noted that this bread freezes very well and makes toast that will take your breath away. Enjoy!