Panera has nothing on this bread recipe! Soft, homemade bread makes up the base of this cinnamon crunch braided bread. Homemade cinnamon chips fill the inside and it’s topped with a cinnamon crunch streusel.
I was reading an old post recently that was talking about how excited we were for the winter weather. I kept thinking, why in the world was I so excited about the cold? You can’t go outside without bundling up, sometimes it’s too cold to even open your garage door, and then sometimes it’s so cold your front door is frozen shut. This has all happened to me this past winter season. But now it’s summer. Summer means warmth, no school, warmth, running, warmth, picnics, warmth, my birthday, and warmth. Doesn’t it sound great?! I know it does.
Even though summer is upon us, that doesn’t mean you can’t bake homemade bread. Rain, snow or shine, biting into this braided bread makes me want to run around, whatever the weather, jumping with joy.
So this braided bread is similar to the pumpkin pie knots we made and is the same basic bread recipe as this bread that we LOVE so much. The wonderful difference is that there are homemade cinnamon chips kneaded inside and a cinnamon streusel on top. Yup, pretty much glorified cinnamon braided bread. This braided bread is completely homemade and is very simple to make.
To make this cinnamon braided bread recipe, you’ll mix up the dough just as we explained in over in the egg twist bread post. After the dough rises, you’ll follow these steps:
-Split the dough in half.
-Knead ½ cup homemade cinnamon chips into each one. Homemade cinnamon chips are the BEST, because they melt right in there and makes everything soft and sugary. They really are a must for this recipe. Make a double batch up ahead of time and store them in a Ziplock bag so you’re ready when the cinnamon craving hits.
-Divide the halves of dough each into three sections.
-Press the three sections on the top together and simply braid them together gently, and secure the ends. Then do the same thing with the other half.
-Put the egg wash on the bread loaves, and spread on the cinnamon streusel.
-Let the loaves rise again, and then bake them.
And then EAT them!!! That’s the best part.
This braided bread is worth the bit of time that it takes to make it. It might be tortuous awaiting the dough to rise and you might need to sneak a little cinnamon chip while you’re waiting. But when it finally comes out of the oven and you spread butter all over it, watch it melt and take your first bite…Mmmmmm!!
Just look at that soft, warm, cinnamon-crusted bread. Surprise your family so that when they walk in the kitchen they smell this delicious cinnamon-y bread waiting for them to devour.
So stop reading, start baking. It’s definitely worth it!
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