Today I decided to try my hand at baking bread. I’ve never used yeast before, but my husband’s eyes lit up when I showed him the recipe so I knew I had to give it a try.
This is definitely something that you need to have the whole day for. It takes about 45 minutes to make the dough, then it needs to rest for two hours. Then it takes about 10 minutes to roll out, and then again needs to rest for 2 hours. I started around 9:30am and finished around 4pm.
This recipe is from The Pioneer Woman: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/08/homemade-cinnamon-bread/
Her pictures are way more beautiful and her bread has many more swirls, so check out her site!
During this time my mixer was literally walking around my counter. I had to stand there the whole time with the baby in one arm, the other holding down the mixer, and the eyes in the back of my head watching the toddler. Oy. The dough makes a funny butt-slapping sound as it hits the sides of the bowl. If it sounds like you are in a low-budget adult film, you are doing it right.
I think countertops are disgusting because they can’t be washed. Sure you can lysol them, but then you have to eat lysol. So I don’t put any food directly on them… yes… OCD…
Ok, here is where things got scary…
So was spending 7 hours on this worth it? The first bite, I said yes. The few after… meh. It’s really, really good. But it’s a lot of work for something that is going to be high in calories and not really provide a full meal for my family. When I go back to work full time, will it be worth 50% of my time off? No. But seeing as tho I’m on maternity leave, it was a nice project to have for the day. However, after all that time and effort I’d really prefer to have dinner prepared, not just cinnamon bread. I’d feel better if it were a savory bread or even just plain white bread that I could use for toast and sandwiches.
If you are looking for a delicious cinnamon bread recipe, then this it it for sure. Tonight I’m going to use it to make cinnamon toast for dessert, “The Right Way” according to the Pioneer Woman (http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/04/the-right-way-and-the-wrong-way-to-make-cinnamon-toast/).
Unfortunately, I still have to figure out what’s for dinner.
Taste: 5/5 (perfect cinnamon bread!)
Ease: 2/5 (it wasn’t super difficult, it was just tedious and took forever!)
Health: 2/5 (white bread with extra sugar?)
$$$: 4/5 (the only extra thing I had to buy was yeast, and that was less than $.99 for what I used)