Cinnamon Roll Bread

Along my quest for the perfect cinnamon bread, I found some were too complicated, some used ingredients I didn’t have, some weren’t what I was going for, so, like usual, I made up my own. I was wonderfully surprised when I pulled it out of the oven, as “a little of this a little of that” recipes can go bad sometimes. But as long as you’re okay with that, then I suggest following your heart in the kitchen and enjoying the wonderful surprise of discovering your concoction turned out better than expected.

I wanted a sweet bread, sturdy and uniform so I could slice and put in the toaster, a recipe that didn’t make 5 loaves at a time, and something with the little cinnamon swirl on the inside. To achieve this, there are two parts: the dough, and the filling. The dough took about 10 minutes to make, and then it took about 20 mins to make the filling, roll it up and pop it in the oven. This is what I did:

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Cinnamon Roll Bread

  • 2 cups white flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat flour (optional, you can just use 2 1/2 cups white flour)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp white sugar
  • YEAST: I let my dough rise over night, so I used 1/2 teaspoon of yeast. If you want your bread the same day, use 2 teaspoons and let rise for at least 1 hour
  • 1 cup warm water
  1. Mix dry ingredients and slowly add water. Stir your dough, you may have to add more water but you do not want an excess of water in the dough because then it will be hard to roll out and work with. Mix with your hands for a few minutes to work the yeast, and then cover and let rise in a warm place.

This bread can rise for up to 24 hours, it will develop a sour taste during this time which is not a bad thing. I let mine rise for about 26 hours and the sour dough taste actually worked well with the cinnamon. Remember the more yeast, the less rise time. Two teaspoons of yeast will rise the dough in about an hour, 1/2 teaspoon will take at least 12 hours to rise.

Filling: make this right before you’re ready to bake your bread

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  1. Reserve about 2 tsps of egg white into a small bowl
  2. Mix the rest of the egg white with the other ingredients in a bowl. It should be goopy and sticky.

Okay now you’re ready to assemble!

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
  2. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan
  3. On a greased or floured surface (I use my cutting board), roll out your dough to about 1/2 inch thick. It should be in a rectangle shape at least about 9-10 inches in width.
  4. Spread your goopy mixture onto the dough. Use all of it! Spread it evenly.
  5. Now it’s time to roll your bread up. This is the hard part so take it slow. Roll your bread longways, so its the 9-10 inches in length and will fit in your loaf pan. If you’re careful, most of the filling will stay in the roll. My first time this was not the case, it takes practice so don’t worry if some filling comes out. It will be extra-specially gooey with some filling at the bottom, don’t fret.
  6. Once it’s all rolled up, plop it in the loaf pan.
  7. Brush your reserved egg white over the top to give your bread a little bit of shine.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown.Image

Let it cool for a little and then plop it onto a cutting board, remembering bread is better when you let it cool for a while, and then cut into it when you can’t wait any longer.

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This bread is awesome because its so versatile. You can eat it plain, toast it with butter, toast it with cream cheese, use it to make french toast. It reminds me of a less crunchy, more gooey version of Panera’s cinnamon crunch bagel. Enjoy and let me know your favorite way to eat it!

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Crockpot Bread

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I want to share my crockpot bread recipe with y’all! This is wonderful because no one wants to be in a hot kitchen all day when it’s hot outside. I do put mine in the oven for 15 minutes at the end but that’s just to brown and crisp the crust! It’s not necessary.

Depending on how much time I have, I use my Quick French Bread recipe or my no knead bread recipe to make the dough. The first one takes about an hour to make the dough, the second one takes 18-24 hours. Of course most of this time is so the bread can rise. Remember the longer your bread takes to rise, the better it will taste! Choose a recipe based on how soon you want to be eating your bread 🙂

  1. Sprinkle corn meal on the bottom of your crockpot OR lay a sheet of parchment paper on the bottom of the crockpot. Both of these will prevent the bread from sticking as it cooks. I prefer cornmeal because it adds a very nice texture to the bottom of the crust, but to each his own
  2. Turn your crockpot on High
  3. Form your dough into a ball. I usually do this by squeezing it in half a few times, getting all the air bubbles out, and eventually putting the crease on the bottom when I plop it into the crockpotImage
  4. Put the lid on.
  5. Wait an hour. Use this time to make something delicious to eat your bread with or go tan outside or take a nap
  6. Check the bread. It won’t be done, but you’ll be able to see how much longer it needs. Mine has taken anywhere from 1 1/2-2 hours total. The bread will be done when you push on the top and it doesn’t spring back.Image
  7. Preheat your oven to 425 and pop the bread in. No pan is needed, but you can use one if you like. Bake for 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Enjoy! Instagram your creation! Be proud of yourself! Remember, wait as long as you can to cut into your bread. Cutting into it while it’s still pretty hot can cause the inside to be a little gummy. The steam inside continues the cooking process for a while after it’s out of the oven/crockpot. For best results, wait at least 45 minutes 🙂

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Baby pool hack!

My little brother is 10 months old. He’s an excellent sitter, an almost crawler and isn’t anywhere near walking. We were playing outside tonight and it was hot! We didn’t have a baby pool on hand so I got the bright idea of filling up a plastic sled with water and some baby toys, putting a Swimmie on Kreu and plopping him in the sled! There was only about 2-3 inches of water in it, just enough to cover his legs. He loved splashing in the water. It was a great beginner’s introduction to playing in a pool. I sat by him the whole time. He scooted around a bit and splashed and had himself a great time. It was just the perfect size for him where I wasn’t worried about him falling over into the water or taking a while to fill it up. We will definitely do it again 🙂

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Ramen noodle stir fry

I’ve made this recipe since high school, pretty basic but it really adds a lot of flavor to your regular ramen. Great, easy meal for college kids or beginner cooks: you just need a stove and a skillet! Note this recipe will feed two people, but it also reheats well, so it’s a perfect 2 in 1, make it for dinner and also eat it for lunch the next day meal.

Ramen noodle stir fry with chicken and peppers

Ramen noodle stir fry with chicken and peppers

Ramen Noodle Stir Fry

  • 1 packet Chicken flavored Ramen noodles
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Other optional vegetable choices: zucchini, brocolli, carrots, baby corn
  1. Heat up a skillet on medium heat
  2. Cut your veggies and chicken into bite size pieces
  3. Add oil to skillet and saute your veggies and chicken
  4. While those are cooking, break up your ramen and add to a microwavable bowl filled with water. Microwave for 2 minutes, stir, and microwave for another two minutes. You’ll need about 1/3 cup of water left in the noodles, so drain some water or add some to the bowl depending on how much the noodles soaked up.
  5. Add the soy sauce, pepper flakes and the seasoning packet to the bowl. As soon as the chicken and veggies are cooked through, add the contents of the bowl to the skillet.
  6. Stir well, reduce heat and cook about 5 more minutes or until the noodles have soaked up all the water

Enjoy!