January’s What’s Baking Theme was reflective of the new year – Try Something New.
And so I did. I made my very first loaf of bread. This was my first time working with yeast and I’m pretty pleased with the way it turned out since I know that yeast can be very finicky. This is a really easy loaf for a beginner, and it gave me another chance to use my beloved cinnamon chips.
I recommend reading this post from Prevention RD. Her tips really helped me to prepare myself to make this bread (Thanks Nicole!)
As for the bread itself? It was really great toasted with a little bit of butter, and I’m not as scared of yeast anymore because of it.
Cinnamon Chip Bread – adapted from Rae Gun Ramblings
- 1 Cup Warm Water (about 100 degrees)
- 1 Cup Warm Milk
- 1/3 Cup Sugar
- 2 1/4 tsp. Yeast
- 1/3 Cup Oil
- 1/2 Tbsp. Salt
- 1 Egg
- 4 1/2 Cups Flour
- 1 Cup Cinnamon Chips
In the bowl of a mixer, add yeast, sugar, water and milk. Mix and let sit for 5 minutes (It will be foamy).
Add oil and egg to the bowl. Slowly add flour in 1/2 Cup increments until the dough starts to come away from the side of the bowl. Stir in cinnamon chips.
Put a damp cloth over the bowl and let the dough rise for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350.
Divide dough in half, and form each half into a loaf shape or place into 2 greased loaf pans. Allow the dough to rise again for another 30 minutes.
Bake for 40-50 minutes.