you butter my bread

                 “Bread is the warmest, kindest of all words. Write it always with a capital letter, like your own name.”  – a cafe sign

Simple White and Cinnamon Bread

(makes two loaves)

½ cup milk
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons butter
2 packages active dry yeast
1 ½ cups warm water
5-6 cups all-purpose flour  ( I use 5 1/2)
* I use my stand mixer to make this bread.  When making bread with a stand mixer use the bread hook, and never set the speed above the # 2 setting.  You can definitely make this without a stand mixer, it will just take longer since you will be kneading the dough by hand.
  1.  Heat the sugar, butter, salt and milk in a small saucepan over low heat until the sugar has dissolved and the butter has melted.  Set aside and let cool to luke warm.
  2.  Dissolve two packets of yeast in the warm water.  Before filling a bowl with warm water, I run hot water over the bowl to bring it to room temperature, and then but the water and yeast in.
  3.   Add the lukewarm milk mixture, plus 4 1/2 cups of flour, to the dissolved yeast and water mixture in the stand mixer bowl if using a stand mixer. 
  4.    Mix at speed 2 for about 1 minute.
  5. Add the remaining flour in 1/2 cup increments, and then mix on speed 2 for another 2 minutes until the dough clings to the dough hook and not to the sides of the bowl.  Mix another 2 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic (although it will be a tiny bit sticky to the touch).
  6. * If you are not using a stand mixer knead the dough by hand on a slightly floured surface until it is smooth and elastic, you will be able to feel the shift in texture as you knead it.
  7.   Place the dough in a greased bowl (I use Sunflower oil ), turning it once to grease the top of the dough.  Cover it and let it sit in a warm place for an hour, or until it has doubled in bulk ( I turn my oven on low and let it sit on top, sitting it in a sunny spot also works sometimes).
  8. Punch the dough down briefly and divide it in half.
  9.   Form each half into a loaf:  lightly flour a flat surface.  Using a rolling-pin roll each half into a rectangle approximately 9 x 14.  Starting at the short, vertical end tightly roll the dough into a cylinder.  Pinch the seem to secure the dough, and round the ends by tucking them under slightly.
  10. * For Cinnamon bread, spread soft butter over the entire rectangle.  Sprinkle a combination of white sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon over the butter and dough, then roll as normal.
  11. Put each shaped loaf into a greased loaf pan ( I grease the one for cinnamon bread with butter, not sunflower oil).  Cover and let rise for 1 hour.
  12.   Brush the top of the Cinnamon bread with 1 beaten egg white.  Put both loaves into a 400 degree over for 30 minutes.  When done, remove from loaf pans and cool!
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