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This is extremely good, and that's coming from my EXTREMELY picky siblings. They don't even butter this; they just eat it plain. My siblings are CRAZY about this bread!!! It also makes 2 loaves, which helps in our family where it gets devoured as fast as people are allowed to eat it. BE VERY CAREFUL about the bread being done...the first time I made it it looked done on the outside, but about an inch in the middle was still uncooked, so I had to bake it again...WITH the icing.
- 2 (1/4 ounce) packages active dry yeast or 4 1⁄2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
- 1⁄3 cup warm water
- 1 cup warm milk
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup sugar
- 6 tablespoons butter or 6 tablespoons margarine, softened
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 5 1⁄2-6 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla or 1 teaspoon cinnamon, depending on your taste...or you can do one of each like me
- In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in water.
- Add milk, eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, butter, salt and 2 1/2 cups flour; beat until smooth.
- Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
- Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes.
- Place in a greaed bowl, turning once tow grease top.
- Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
- Punch dough down; divide in half.
- Roll each half into an 18-by-8-inch rectangle.
- Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar; sprinkle over the dough.
- Roll up each rectangle from a short side; pinch seam to seal.
- Place seam side down in two greased 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pans.
- Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted very deep into the center of the dough comes out clean (BE SURE OF THIS!).
- Remove from pans and cool on wire racks.
- Once COMPLETELY COOLED, combine icing ingredients and drizzle over the breads.