Oh my good gravy.
What a day I had yesterday let me tell ya. If you all follow through facebook you know what I'm talking about. I had a whole post scheduled to go live today on the same topic at the risk of beating a dead horse. BUT then I deleted it.
Just as all fury unleashed on me in the cyber world, I was trying to prepare my kids an early dinner so I could have them in bed in a timely maner as I had a big important date with on Twitter.
I successfully co-hosted my first Twitter party with Davidson's Safest Choice Eggs and Erin from 5 Dollar Dinners. Wow! Was it busy, and fun. I've participated in Twitter parties here and there but have never been on the other side. Between Safest Choice, Erin and I we must have done a great job because as it stands #safeeggs is still trending. Leaving the twitter world aghast as they are all trying to figure out what #safeeggs is and "wtf is #safeeggs trending"
Well it's trending because baking and cooking with pasteurized eggs is big!
After the party ended, I rushed around to get the older boys in bed as they had not successfully fallen asleep during my Twitter partying. Just then my husband comes through the door. At this time it is almost 9pm. I look down at myself wearing his shirt,a pair of mom jeans (yes I'm not even 30... and I own mom jeans.... they are comfy!) and a pair of old sneakers.
Dinner is not cooked, the house is a mess as I have been on the computer dealing with blog things and emails all day. I scrambled to make him a bagel.
A BAGEL for dinner.
What kind of wife am I?
Messy house, sloppy wife, and bagels.
But then I remembered this bread. Though I may not be the most organized person, the most well spoken, my house may be messy, I might wear old sneakers and jeans calling for 1999 but I made this bread over the weekend and it cancels out all the shortcomings I might have.
This is so easy to whip up. I used Red Star Platinum Yeast, it cuts your rise time in half. I also used my mixer instead of kneading it by hand. A simple bread and some sugar dusted on the top... and you have a masterpiece! When I saw this blog post for Estonian Kringle-Cinnamon Sugar Twisted Bread from the Cake Duchess I was inspired to make a pretty bread in the shape of a wreath. Her recipe is much different but I was inspired but the design and look of her bread. Go check it out.... it's gorg!
So I may not be a whole lot of hot wife or much of a house keeper... I make a awesome bread. So hubs loves me anyways!
Cinnamon Buttermilk Bread Wreath
1 package Red Star Platinum Yeast (I proof mine)
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tbs salt
2.5-3.5 cups King Arthur Bread Flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbs cinnamon
On your stove top add buttermilk, sugar, salt and butter together. Heat until the butter has melted. Set aside until it cools to below 110 degrees.
Meanwhile, proof your yeast. This is optional. However I find I get a much quicker rise if I do this step. Mix yeast package in 1/4 cup of water and 1/2 tsp sugar. It is "proofed" when it starts to get foamy and bubbles.
In the bowl of your electric mixer Mix yeast mixture, butter mixture and 2 cups of flour with your dough hook on medium. Slowly add more flour as needed and scrape down the sides.
Once the dough has come together. Turn you mixer up to high and allow it to "knead" the dough for 5 minutes. When the dough is smooth and elastic remove it from the mixer.
Place dough in a buttered bowl covered with a dishtowel and allow to rise until doubled in size. Depending on the brand of your yeast and temperature of your home this time varies for everyone.
Once the bread has doubled, remove from bowl and punch dough down. Cut into three equal portions and roll each into a long snake about 1 inch thick.
Braid the 3 pieces and connect the ends forming a wreath. Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and allow to rise again until doubled.
While dough is rising, preheat oven to 350.
Just before place the bread in the oven. In a small bowl mix sugar and cinnamon together. Sprinkle over the top of of your bread and bake for 20-30 minutes or until the bread is golden and sounds hollow when you flick the top.
Enjoy warm with soft butter.