So I think homemade bread is wonderful. I especially love toasted homemade bread. Add a cinnamon swirl to it and well, let’s just say I would have eaten the whole loaf. “Have a little restraint, Katrina,” you say. It’s not that I would have gone hog wild and eaten it all at once. It's more that if I were to offer the boys a slice of bread, they would turn it down. BUT offering them a cinnamon roll—NEVER.
I made the recipe for the bread as written, almost. Instead of whole milk, I used fat free—I’ve used fat free in breads a lot and they always seem fine to me. I omitted the orange zest, nutmeg and raisins. While I would have liked those things, no one else here would have. And the only other things I changed was after realizing (GASP!) I was almost out of all purpose flour when I started making this, I used 2 cups (240 grams) of bread flour and 1 3/4 (190 grams) cups white whole wheat flour. Worked perfectly. I had a nice, sticky dough. It rose beautifully.
Made the swirl—but decided to double it. With the cocoa, I should have left that amount the same, but added more sugar, like brown sugar, like my cinnamon rolls. But they were still good, just not as sweet. Rolled up the dough.
I made six rolls in a muffin tin and 7 rolls on a baking sheet.
Of course they had to be smothered in a powdered sugar cream cheese glaze!
What I really would have thought would have been fabulous in the swirl of these is walnuts, toffee bits, and a lot more sugar. But I held back because they boys would for sure not have liked the nuts and I’m not sure about the toffee, so I made these for them. Plain ol’ cinnamon rolls. But good ones.
Had to try one with some of those goodies sprinkled on top.
I took a few bites of this one and that’s all I had of the cinnamon rolls. That’s some good will power.
Sam devoured one of the big ones.
Taylor enjoyed one, too, but in Taylor fashion, tried to run from the picture. Got him anyway!
Scott and Parker wouldn’t let me take a picture of them. Sigh. Thanks for the fun pick this week, Susan. Susan will have the Raisin Swirl Bread recipe on her blog, Food. Baby. Check out all the bread from TWD over on the TWD website.