Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Aunt Louise's Cinnamon Bread Recipe


4 – 4 ½ c flour
1 pkg yeast or 1T
2 c quick cooking oatmeal
¼ c brown sugar, packed
1 T salt
2 T butter
2 c milk
½ c water

Thoroughly mix undissolved yeast with 2 c flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, and salt. Heat milk and water with butter over low heat until warm (butter does not need to melt). You can heat this in the microwave on high in a 1 quart measuring pitcher for 1 ½ - 2 minutes. Add liquid to dry mixture. Beat for 1 ½ - 2 minutes at med speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add ½ c. flour. Beat for 1 ½ - 2 minutes at med speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in additional flour, using dough hook, if you have one. If not, mix by hand and knead for about 5 minutes. Aunt Louise usually adds ½ at a time for 3-4 times totaling1 ½ -2 c added. She keeps the dough fairly soft. Round up dough in greased bowl; grease top. Let rise in warm place until double in bulk, about 1 hour. Divide dough into 2 parts. Roll each part into a oblong about 15X18 inches. Sprinkle each with ¼ c of a mixture of 1 c sugar and 1T cinnamon. Roll up like a jelly roll. Place in a greased (Aunt Louise uses vegetable spray) loaf pans (two 9x5x3). Again let rise until almost doubled in bulk, 40-50 mins, depending on the degree of warmth. It may not take that long. Brush top with 2 T softened butter (works best if almost to melted stage but not quite so that is doesn’t all run down the sides) and sprinkle generously of the remaining ½ c cinnamon/sugar mixture. Bake 45 mins in 325 or 350 oven.

Enjoy!


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