We've recently discovered Great Harvest Bread Company. This is a good and a bad thing. Good because they are awesome! Bad because we could eat a loaf of their bread in about 3 days (and that's with me rationing it out to my kids.) They absolutely love it. Their favorite is their Cinnamon Chip Bread. It's amazing!!!
After buying (and consuming) 7 loaves of Cinnamon Chip Bread in the past 6 weeks I decided I'd better try to make it. Keep in mind I am not a bread maker. Bread is hard to make. I used to have a bread machine and it was a piece of cake. But there is something about mixing everything together and kneading it, etc. that just is more than I am capable of. But I thought I'd give it another try. You know, for the children. =o)
It's still hard. And mine didn't turn out like the very cool picture on Pinterest. But the taste was wonderful and my kids gobbled it up.
If you can't find cinnamon chips in your area, I'm super sorry. But you can make your own.
Homemade Cinnamon Chips
Source: The Recipe Link
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons shortening (I would use butter instead)
2 teaspoons corn syrup
In a large bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, shortening and corn syrup with a fork until crumbly and evenly blended. Spread onto a foil-lined baking sheet.
Bake at 250 degrees F for 30-40 minutes or until melted and bubbly. Cool completely; break into small pieces.
Not too difficult and well worth it to make this amazing bread. Oh, and here's a couple more reasons to make these chips if you can't buy them. Cinnamon Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars and Cinnamon Chip Oatmeal Cookies.
Great Harvest Cinnamon Chip Copycat Bread
Source: Rae Gun Ramblings
* 1 cup warm water
* 1 cup warm milk
* 1 package yeast
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 1/3 cup vegetable oil
* 1 egg
* 1/2 Tbsp. salt
* 4 1/2 - 5 1/2 cups all purpose flour
* 1 cup cinnamon chips
In a mixer, add warm water, milk, sugar and yeast. Let sit for about 5 minutes to get all bubbly.
Add oil and egg and mix well. Slowly add 2 cups flour and mix well. Add salt. Add 1/2 cup flour at a time until it comes away from the side of the bowl. Add the cinnamon chips when it gets close to the consistency you want. The dough will be very sticky but Marissa says the softer the dough, the lighter the bread. So use the least amount of dough you can handle.
Let rise in the mixing bowl for about 30 minutes.
Divide dough between 2 greased and floured loaf pans.
Cover and let rise for another 30 minutes.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-45 minutes.
Cool on a wire rack for 5 or 10 minutes and then remove from pan and cool completely on rack. (Or eat it warm. That's what we did.)
I'm not sure what I did wrong but it's not as light and fluffy as I had hoped.
This was my first batch.
Kind of saggy in the middle.
So I tried it again and this is what we got.
Still a little saggy in the middle but better. But the taste is amazing. How can you go wrong with cinnamon chips?!?! I'll answer that. You can't!
Any tips on bread making (besides give it up?) I'd love to hear them!
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