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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Cinnamon Buttermilk (Kefir) Bread

I've been on a soup and bread kick lately.....it happens to me during the winter.  It has a lot to do with comfort food, don't you think?  Well, after eating some cinnamon bread that my mom had brought over, I was in the mood for more!  I thought, "why not make some?"  I found a recipe in my bread machine manual.  I decided to tweak it a bit, and make it my own.  I loved how my kefir made other bread so soft, so I wanted to use it again.
Here's what I did:
Cinnamon Buttermilk (Kefir) Bread

1 cup kefir (warmed slightly)*
1/4 cup water
2 T. canola oil
4 cups unbleached white flour (you could probably use whole wheat)
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. kosher salt
1 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 1/4 tsp. yeast
3/4 cup raisins (optional) to be added according to your bread machine directions
*if using kefir or buttermilk, add 1/4 tsp. baking soda, to cut down on sour taste from either of these

Add ingredients to bread machine pan.  Press dough setting.  Watch to see if dough is dry as it mixes...I added a tablespoon or so of water...  When dough is finished, turn onto floured surface.  I pressed dough into a flat rectangle.  I buttered it and sprinkled cinnamon and brown sugar on it.  Roll into a tube and pinch ends.  Place in greased loaf pan.  Let rise until double in size.  Bake in a 350* oven for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown.

I was so excited that I had made cinnamon bread with a swirl in the middle!!!!  My husband said "you're gonna blog about it, aren't you?"  Absolutely!!!!  (He knows me too well!)  :)

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