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Recipe: Cinnamon Bun Bread
2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
7/8 to 1 1/8 cups lukewarm water
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
1/2 cup instant mashed potato flakes or potato flour (NOT potato starch)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons unbleached all-purpose flour
1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, to brush on dough
Mix and knead everything together – by hand, mixer or bread machine set on the dough cycle – until you’ve made a smooth dough. The dough should barely clean the sides of the bowl, perhaps sticking a bit at the bottom. In a bread machine (or by hand), it should form a smooth ball.
Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl. Cover the bowl, and allow the dough to rise, at room temperature, until it’s nearly doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
While the dough is rising, make the filling by stirring together the sugar, cinnamon, and flour.
Transfer the dough to a lightly greased work surface, and pat it into a 6″x20″ rectangle.
Brush the dough with the egg/water mixture, and sprinkle it evenly with the filling.
Starting with a short end, roll the dough into a log.
Pinch the ends to seal, and pinch the long seam closed.
Transfer the log, seam-side down, to a lightly greased 8 1/2″x4 1/2″ loaf pan. Tent the pan loosely with lightly greased plastic wrap.
Allow the bread to rise until it’s crested about 1″ over the rim of the pan, about 1 hour. Again, it may rise more slowly for you; let it rise until it’s 1″ over the rim of the pan, even if that takes longer than an hour.
While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 350°F.
Bake the bread for 40 to 45 minutes, tenting it lightly with aluminum foil after the first 15 minutes. THe bread’s crust will be golden brown, and the interior of the finished loaf should measure 190°F on an instant-read thermometer.
Remove the bread from the oven, and gently loosen the edges with a heat-proof spatula or table knife. Turn it out of the pan.
To make it like a cinnamon bun, glaze with a mixture of powdered sugar and milk. Combine until thick and runny, and drizzle over the bread. Or, make an addictive shmear of cream cheese, powder sugar, and milk!