I forgot how much I love making and eating cinnamon rolls until I made these for a work potluck, and now I kind of want to make them all the time. Maybe it’s time for Cinnamon Roll Sunday to go along with Muffin Monday? And then Sugar Coma Tuesday… And then a trip to the dentist on Wednesday. Sounds like my kind of week!
There are breads that are simple and no-frills, good for sandwiches and toast. And then there are breads that are stuffed, topped, and loaded with all the fixings, a solid meal in and of itself. This loaf falls squarely into the latter category.
Filled with dried cranberries (homemade!), chocolate chips, walnuts, and pecans, this bread makes for a great breakfast. It’s so hearty and substantial it doesn’t need any butter or jam (though some Nutella would really put this over the top). Just pop a couple of slices in the toaster and enjoy.
I don’t mean to brag, but I’m pretty awesome at eating bread. That part of the brain that tells you when you’re full and to stop eating – it basically shuts down when there is baked dough in front of me and as a result, I have, on more than one occasion, eaten an entire loaf in one day, if not one sitting. It’s just, so good, whether plain or toasted, with Nutella or jam, or loaded with fixin’s for a sandwich.
You are my favorite thing, bread. My very favorite thing. Side note: if you haven’t seen Fringe, you are seriously missing out. Once you get past season 1, which was, admittedly, pretty rough, it’s one of the most incredible shows, with brilliant acting and superb storytelling and oh god, why do I do this to myself, I am crying again just watching that scene and I think I need to do some emotional eating, so thank god I have this loaf of bread here.
Ignoring the fact that I get way too emotionally invested in TV shows, there’s really nothing like a fresh loaf of challah bread. Soft and sturdy and eggy and delicious, it’s perfectly complemented by a nice layer of jam and even better when made into french toast. Just try not to eat it all in one sitting.
I’ve got a new Christmas tradition and it’s this bread. I know everybody loves cinnamon rolls, but just look at this thing, it’s an absolute showstopper! It’s not much more work to make than cinnamon rolls, either, so if you’re looking to jazz things up next year (or whenever – this bread is so good you won’t want to wait for the holidays to make it), try this tasty wreath instead.
These really don’t need any introduction, especially after my long-winded ramble about how they changed my life. These aren’t my grandmother’s cinnamon rolls – they’re my own, and they’re a perfect way to start your morning, especially on this rainy post-holiday Tuesday.
You know how sometimes you have a slice of bread that’s so good that you eat the entire loaf in one sitting? This is that kind of bread.
Soaking the raisins in liquid, preferably overnight, is key. I do this any time I bake with raisins and it takes them to a whole new level. They get outrageously plump and soft and I always add some dark rum to give it a little kick. They’re raisins, AMPLIFIED! Extreme raisins! None of that dry, wrinkly bullshit.
In short, make this bread. Eat boozy raisins. Enjoy life.