Maple Cinnamon Swirl Bread
This is by far the best homemade bread that I have ever made. Perhaps it’s due to the brown sugar and cinnamon swirls, making it look so professional and giving each slice a wonderful sweetness. A slice of this bread, toasted and spread with butter, makes a great breakfast on the run. I have also used it to make a delicious French toast when it starts to get stale. You can use any proportion of whole wheat to white flour that you would like, as long as you use a total of 3 1/4 cups.
Sweet Wheat Bread Dough
- 3/4 cup milk, warmed (I put it in the microwave for 30 seconds)
- 2 Tbsp yeast
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 Tbsp melted butter
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 3 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 1/4 cups white flour
In a small bowl, stir together the milk, yeast and 1 tsp maple syrup. Let proof for five minutes and then combine with the sugar, butter, vanilla, 3 Tbsp maple syrup, egg and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Slowly mix in the flour, then knead by hand for about 15 minutes or in a mixer for 10 minutes. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Cinnamon Swirl Filling
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
Roll out the dough into a long rectangle. The shorter side should be the same length as your bread pan. Spread the filling over the dough.
Roll up the dough, starting at each side and rolling towards the middle.
Place the dough in your greased bread pan, seam side up. Cover and let rise for 45 minutes.
Brush the top of the dough with melted butter and bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 45 minutes until lightly browned.
Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and allow the bread to cool completely on a wire rack.
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