Braided Cinnamon Bread

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Baking can seem like a daunting task to some, but the yeasted dough for this Braided Cinnamon Bread comes together quite easily. You don't even need a stand mixer! With this recipe, you are now an expert at baking fresh bread at home - congrats! Hot tip: impress your brunch guests and save the leftovers for french toast.

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Prep time 2hrs 30mins
Cook time 1hr

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For The Dough:

ingredients

  • 1 cup whole milk, warmed to 115F
  • 1/4 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 1 .75 ounce package active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil, plus more for greasing bowl
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 3/4 cup all purpose flour, plus more for dusting

For The Filling:

ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter

For Egg Wash:

ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey

Method

  • Step 1

    In a large bowl, stir together milk and 1 tablespoon sugar, then sprinkle yeast on top. Let stand 10 minutes until foamy.

  • Step 2

    Whisk in remaining 1/4 cup sugar, oil, 2 tablespoons honey, salt, and eggs. Beat with a whisk until smooth.

  • Step 3

    Switch to a wooden spoon and stir in flour by hand.

  • Step 4

    When the dough is too stiff to stir, place on a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic.

  • Step 5

    Oil a large bowl and place ball of dough inside it. Turn the dough once to coat it in oil.

  • Step 6

    Cover with plastic wrap. Place in a warm spot to rise and double in volume (about 2 hours).

  • Step 7

    Meanwhile, toss together the brown sugar and cinnamon filling and set aside.

  • Step 8

    When dough has doubled, turn it onto a lightly floured work surface, punch it down to deflate.

  • Step 9

    If dough is too sticky, add a little more flour. Cut the dough into 3 even pieces (about 16 oz. each).

  • Step 10

    Roll each piece out into a 12 x 20" rectangle.

  • Step 11

    Add 1/3 of the brown sugar filling, then roll up into a neat and tight log. Pinch the seam together to seal.

  • Step 12

    Repeat with remaining dough and filling until you have 3 ropes equal in length.

  • Step 13

    Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Place the three ropes on a parchment-lined baking sheet and braid into a neat plait.

  • Step 14

    Drape prepared loaf with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise again until puffy (30-40 minutes).

  • Step 15

    Meanwhile, whisk together honey and egg for egg wash. Once loaf has risen for a second time, bake for about 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.

  • Step 16

    Remove from oven and brush all over with egg wash. Return to the oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.

  • Step 17

    Let cool slightly before serving.