Monday, August 24, 2009

Are You Sitting Down?

 .....Because I am about to give you something that will simultaneously make you love, and hate, me.

I am going to share my Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Bread Recipe.

Actually, you probably have this recipe hidden in that Better Homes and Garden: New Cook Book, circa. 1989, that you stole from your mother when you when you moved out and were desperately trying to makes dinners for your new husband.  

Not that I'd know anything about that, but what I am trying to say is, I have been using this cookbook for at least 14 years and I just now found this recipe. 

To make up for the lost time I made this recipe twice this week. Once when the CarpoolQueen came over ('cuz I heard that her love language was bread), and again because I realized that I didn't exactly follow the recipe the first time, so I wanted to do it exactly as written.

Unfortunately, it turns out that I don't EVER follow recipes exactly. A trait that tends to annoy me in other cooks/bakers, especially when they make things by adding a little of this and a little of that, when what I really want to know is, how can I make that at home and make it taste as good as you made it?

The truth is I'm a rule follower until it comes to baking/cooking and then I am reckless; an absolute rebel

Apparently a very word-y rebel. Could we get to the point of this post?

Oh yes, the recipe, and the rules I broke:

1. The first time I substituted 2% milk for the evap. milk in the dough (but not the filling). I actually liked the consistency of the dough better that way, it was way more elastic and pliable, and the finished (baked) product less dense. I am sure this is because evap. milk has less water content, for all you baking scientists out there. 

2. The recipe said to make the dough 24 hours in advance, place in the fridge, and take it out of fridge 45 minutes before shaping.  I didn't have that kind of patience time, so I opted for letting the dough rise for 45 minutes to an hour.

Moving on....

Let's start with ingredients:

4-5 cups of flour
2 pckgs
active dry yeast
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup water
1/2 cup margerine or butter
1/2 tsp salt
1  5-oz can (2/3 cup) evaporated milk (divided)
2 eggs

1 cup chocolate chip (semi-sweet
2 TBLS sugar
14/-1/2 tsp cinnamon 

Struesal Topping
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 butter (better if slightly cool)
A handful of chocolate chips- more or less dependent on your liking.
Preheat the oven to 350.

Place 3/4 sugar, 1/3 cup evap. milk, salt, and butter in a microwave dish. I like to cut up  my butter for control issues so that it melts evenly without getting the mixture too hot (which will kill the yeast). I zap my mixture for about a minute...or until the butter is melted, but not completely. Like this:

Take 2 cups of flour and place it in the bowl with the yeast. Add eggs. Pour in milk mixture and mix on medium speed with a dough hook. You'll need to scrape the sides.

If you don't have a Kitchen Aide mixer you could do this next part by hand, but before you get your hands dirty, go put a Kitchen Aide mixer on your Christmas list. They are worth every dime.

Begin to mix in the rest of the flour. Be careful sometimes you need more flour, sometimes less.

This is the point that I don't mind getting my hands dirty.
When your dough looks like the picture above, I take it out and start to knead by hand. It doesn't take a lot of kneading since the machine has done most of the work. The reason I do this is I like the dough to look like this:

 Place plastic wrap over it and set it aside to double in size. About 45 minutes. Meanwhile.....Take the ingredients for the filling and place them in a sauce pan. Over medium heat, constantly stir until melted... chocolate scorches quickly so don't place the heat too high.

Now go check on your dough.

 There it is all yeasty and puffy.

This recipe calls for one large loaf of bread.  I don't have a loaf pan that is big enough so I recommend cutting this mound in half.
Roll each half out into a rectangle of sorts...

Pour half the chocolate mixture....
Roll it up and put it in a pan. 

Repeat with second half. 

Only, this half we'll make into rolls...

For those of you who don't already know this trick, let me share a roll cutting tip my grandmother gave to me. Take a piece of thread, slide it under the place where you want to make a cut, cross the string over on them selves, and pull. You will have perfectly cut rolls every time!

Place the ingredients for the Streusel Topping in the mixer and use the paddle to mix. When it begins to look crumbly be sure to stop, other-wise you will soon have a paste instead of crumbs. 

Sprinkle on top. 

Cinnamon rolls cook for about 20 minutes, leave the bread in for 15-20 minutes more.

This sounds way more complicated than the actual process so don't be scared...

...or, well, on second thought, maybe you should be.



Melissa Angert {All Things Chic} said...

you evil, evil girl! just when i resolve to eat better, you go post something like THAT!!!
that looks AMAZING!

Tanya said...

Wow. That's all I can say. Oh, and I'm REALLY glad I checked your blog BEFORE heading to the grocery store. :)

Anonymous said...

oooo yum!! Bookmarking this to try out!! Im at work now.. drinking a cinnamon vanilla latte and wishing I had a slice of bread or a roll.. to eat along with it.. *sigh*

Farming On Faith said...

Oh Yum~ I am going to try this!

Lisa said...

YUMMMM!!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe!!

Carpool Queen said...

So glad you told me about the milk vs. evaporated milk. I'll write that into my cookbook and make the change.

Because it was PERFECTION.

Gretchen said...

Oh my...

I'm observing a moment of silence on your post's behalf.

My Kitchen Aide is white, too. And about 18 years old. My mom gave it to me for my first anniversary. So it's not as purty as yours,but it sure does well with a dough hook,baby.

I think, in order for me to have any semblance of control, we'll have to drag this out for special occasions only. Like Saturdays. first day of school. I had promised blueberry stuffed French toast, but this may just trump my plans.

Unknown said...

I love it when people break the rules and the recipe still works - I worry to much about complying!!!

I was never born to be a rebel!

Kendra said...

Bless you, my dear. Bless you. If I ever have a day to myself, I just may bake this.

I had a Kitchen aid mixed but sold it in a garage sale. My old house actually had one built in. Now, I'm really missing my mixer. May have to get one again as an excuse to make this YUMMY bread! I think my husband will go for it after he see this yummy goodness!

Amber said...

Oh Bless You.

I have the old as Christmas cook book...but your version is much more fun.

And I've been dreaming of that chocolatey bready goodness ever since CPQ posted about it. Because bread (and chocolate, come to think of it) is also my love language.

Thanky mucho.

Such The Spot said...

Simultaneously love and hate you? Nah. Got nothin' but love for ya girl. What I will most certainly hate is what this recipe will do to my thighs. :)

Musings of a Homeschooling Mom said...

That looks fantastic! I'm going to have to try it. Thanks for sharing!

meh said...

YUM!!! This may be a project for the girls and me to try before the school year begins...

Jackie said...

Oh, girl, I am scared. For sure. And my mouth is watering.

I have to tell you - I have NO luck with yeast. I don't know why, but it just doesn't want to rise for me. I blame it on the altitude out here, but I think it's just me. But I keep trying, so maybe one day I'll get the hang of it.

Jenster said...

I had hoped to avoid this post. I'm supposed to be back on Weight Watchers. But look. Here I am. Not only that, but I'm trying to decide (without getting up to look) if I actually have all the ingredients.