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Cinnamon Twist Bread – Fraiche Living

Cinnamon Twist Bread – Fraiche Living

Sugar, spice and everything nice! That’s what this Cinnamon Twist Bread is made of! As beautiful as it is delicious, this recipe is such a special treat.

Fraîche Living Cinnamon Babka

Armed with leftover bread dough, this recipe was a happy accident. A couple simple changes to the way I roll and cut my tried-and-true Cinnamon Bun recipe, and this stunning creation was born! The best part? How show-stoppingly gorgeous it looks! It turns any day into a celebration.

I took the original cinnamon bun recipe all the way to the roll stage. At this point, instead of slicing the roll in rounds like a classic cinnamon bun, I sliced the whole roll length-ways and twisted the braids of bread before and popping into a greased loaf pan. Don’t worry about getting a perfect braid or twist, it bakes all the same and looks fantastic!

Fraîche Living Cinnamon Babka

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Cinnamon Twist Bread

Cinnamon Twist Bread

Sugar, spice and everything nice! That’s what this Cinnamon Twist Bread is made of! As beautiful as it is delicious, this recipe is such a special treat! Multiply the recipe as desired of course.

Ingredients

For the Dough

  • 1
    tablespoon
    honey
    or sugar
  • 1
    tablespoon
    butter
    or vegan butter
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    salt
  • 1 1/2
    cups
    water
    divided
  • 1/2
    tablespoon
    sugar
  • 1
    tablespoon
    active dry yeast
  • 3-3 1/2
    cups
    all-purpose flour
    plus extra for flouring the surface

For the Filling

  • 1/4
    cup
    butter
    softened (or vegan butter)
  • 1/2
    cup
    brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 2
    teaspoons
    cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In a medium microwave-proof bowl melt the butter and honey in the microwave. Stir and add 3/4 cup of room temperature water and the salt. Set aside.

  2. In a separate bowl or liquid measure, stir the sugar into the remaining 3/4 cup of lukewarm water (just warmer than room temperature) to dissolve, sprinkle the yeast on top and gently stir. Let it sit for around 10 minutes, until the yeast is foamy and activates.

  3. In a large mixing bowl add the honey and butter mixture and stir in 1 cup of flour to combine. Add the yeast mixture, stir and gradually add more flour one cup at a time and stirring after the addition of each until the dough gets too stiff to stir (note that you will not have added all of your flour at this point). At this stage transfer your dough on to a clean floured surface (ie: your counter) and continue kneading the dough by hand until you get a soft but not sticky dough. It should feel squishy like a baby’s bum when done!

  4. Transfer the dough into a large greased bowl, cover with a clean dish towel and place in a draft free warm area of the house to rise until doubled, around 1-2 hours.

  5. Preheat the oven to 350F, grease a loaf pan (I usually use 9×5 inch pan but a bit smaller or larger pan would work too) and line the bottom and sides of each pan with parchment paper for easy release later on. Set aside.

  6. Deflate the dough by punching it down and lightly flour a large clean surface (your counter).

  7. Using your fingers, spread the dough into an even 12 × 12″ square (approximate – it doesn’t have to be exact). You can use a rolling pin for this step, but the dough will not be as light and fluffy so I recommend just spreading it with your hands!

  8. Once the dough is spread out, evenly spread the butter on top of the dough (I use my hands for this step). Evenly sprinkle the brown sugar on top of the butter and sprinkle the cinnamon evenly on top of the brown sugar.

  9. Roll the dough, starting at one edge and carefully roll it up into a tight log. Using a sharp knife cut the log in half lengthways: cut carefully, to prevent too much filling from spilling out!

  10. With the exposed filling side up, twist the two pieces together to make a braid, tucking the ends underneath. Place the twisted loaf into greased 9 x 5” loaf pan. Don’t worry about it looking perfect!

  11. Bake for around 25-30 minutes, until the top is golden brown, and remove from the pan to cool before enjoying.