Prep 20 mins
Cook 3 hrs
I'm not good at making breads, but this one turns out very good for me. Once you taste fresh cinnamon bread you wont want the store-bought kind anymore. The same oranges I used for the grated peel I also juiced, and the orange flavor is subtle as a result (a juice from concentrate would create a stronger flavor). My recommendation when making this is to make sure your oven is fully preheated before putting the loaves in and give it a little more baking time (5-10 minutes) with an electric oven.
- 1⁄4 cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon dry active yeast
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup scalded milk
- 3⁄4 cup orange juice
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1⁄4 cup oil or 1⁄4 cup butter
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon orange rind, grated
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 4 1⁄2-5 1⁄2 cups bread flour
- 1⁄3 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- Combine yeast and warm water in small bowl and stir to dissolve.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine whole wheat flour, scalded milk, orange juice, 1/2 cup sugar, oil or butter, egg, orange peel and salt. Mix well. When cooled to lukewarm, add yeast mixture and mix.
- Add enough bread flour to make a soft dough (you might get to this point before using 4 1/2 cups). Knead 8-10 minutes until smooth. Place in greased bowl, turn to grease both sides, cover with damp cloth and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/4 hours. Punch down and divide in half. Roll or stretch each portion to a rectangle measuring about 15 x 7 inches.
- Combine cinnamon and 1/3 cup sugar and divide in two parts. Sprinkle evenly on the two rectangles of dough. Roll up like a jelly roll and place in greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans. Let rise until doubled. Bake in preheated oven at 350F for about 30 minutes. Leave in pans 5 minutes then remove and cool on wire rack.
I got two lovely, tasty loaves of bread from this recipe, despite my short attention span, so I think it definitely deserves 5 stars. I went with the two cups wholewheat flour, rather than try any other. I was using instant yeast, which is mixed into the flour, with the liquid then added, so I tried to calculate the total liquid needed, orange juice plus warm water, because I was using dry milk powder. Anyway, I totally missed the 1/4 cup water to dissolve the yeast, so my dough was 1/4 cup water short. Because I often make bread, I knew better than add the entire amount of flour at the end, and stopped when the dough was ready. Because of this, the bread is delicious. Next time I will read the recipe more carefully. I didn't change anything else, except add 1/4 teaspoon orange oil. I don't know what is responsible, but the bread does make nice orangey tasting toast. My only advice for someone using this recipe is to be careful of how much flour to use, and stop when the dough is kneadable. Thank you very much for sharing this recipe with us. I love the orange-cinnamon flavor.