Red Hot Cinnamon Bread

So, Valentine’s Day overload has begun.  Almost every food blog I follow has a Valentine’s recipe posted, and I promised you 3 recipes.  Here’s #1. Get Ready!

How does everyone feel about Valentine’s Day?  I don’t have a special someone (yet, got to have a little hope), but I think this holiday is a great time to celebrate those other people in your life that you care for (friends, family, etc).  My grandmother sent me a Valentine’s Day, and it was so cute.  I don’t think you have to have a significant other to celebrate this lovely holiday.  I would love your comments on this.

Now for the bread recipe:

I love those red hot cinnamon hearts!  Recently, King Arthur’s blog featured a bread recipe with these spicy treats.  It seemed a bit odd, but I was willing to try it.  I thought this would be prefect for Valentine’s Day.  This bread actually was surprisingly good.  Candy cinnamon hearts in bread? Sounds weird right?  But this bread was delicious.  The candies melted in the bread to give the bread a strong hint of cinnamon and a cool pattern of red.  Try it yourself today!

Begin by mixing all the ingredients together expect the cinnamon candies and the flour.  This lets you break up the butter before you add the flour.  Also, sometimes a recipe calls for 3 cups of flour, and you only need 2 1/2 cups of flour. That happened to me with this bread.  This could be due to temperature differences or quality of flour.  

Add 1 cup of flour. As you can see, it’s still very gooepy.

Add another cup of flour.

Definitely coming together, but mine was still a little sticky.

I added 1/2 cup more flour for a total of 2 1/2 cups.

Ready for kneading.  Knead until soft and pliable.  When you poke your finger into the dough, it should spring back.

Put your dough into a greased bowl, and let rise covered for 45-60 minutes or until full and round. To see if it’s ready, poke the dough with your finger.  The dough is ready when the impression remains.  See my finger mark.

When it’s done rising, pat it into a 8 in. x 10in. rectangle.  Knead the cinnamon candies in 3 stages.  

There isn’t really a technique for this.  I basically, patted the dough and placed some candies around.  Then I kneaded the dough until they became incorporated.  Then, I repeated this a few more times.  You don’t have to get all the candies into the dough.  Keep adding until you see a lot of candies all over.

The candies will leave red trails.  Don’t worry about that.

When you think you’ve added a sufficient amount of candies, form into a 6-8 in. log.  Put this dough into a greased loaf pan.

Let your dough rise for 40-50 minutes.  Your dough should just crest over the top of the pan.  Mine rose a little longer and little higher.

 

Bake in 350˚F oven.  If your bread begins to brown quickly, tent loosely with aluminum foil.

Remove bread from oven and allow to cool on wire rack.  Place rack over a piece of wax paper or parchment paper to catch any drippings of hot candy.  Candy will cool as the bread cools.

Enjoy!

 

P.S. Soak your loaf pan immediately.  

Recipe from: King Arthur Flour

Recipe:Red Hot Cinnamon Bread

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