First though, something funny. My daughter loves getting that first slice of bread. She loves the heels of fresh loaves. But she was taking a nap when it came out of the oven and missed it. So W got that first heel slice. Then Mike and I went to the grocery store. When I came home, I looked at the bread, which had the other end cut off too. She really wanted that heel. Apparently, as soon as she woke up from her nap, she went into the kitchen, and very deliberately cut a piece off the other end.
So changes I'll make next time I try this? More vanilla and more eggs. You can barely taste the vanilla under the unbleached white whole wheat flour (which isn't as white as white flour, but it tastes wonderful) and the 2 eggs add a touch of richness, but 4 would have been a lot better for my intentions. This recipe makes 2 standard size loaves. You can use brown sugar in place of the maple sugar. Check your local health food store for maple sugar. It's awfully expensive, but for occasional baking it tastes delicious. Unless you're a shopkeeper in Canada, in which case, use brown sugar, and eat the maple sugar. Maybe over toast.
Maple sugar cinnamon bread
4 tsp. yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 Tbs maple sugar or white sugar if you are using maple syrup.
Sprinkle yeast over water, add sugar, leave alone until it's all foamy.
1/4 c. instant milk and 2 cups of warm water OR 2 cups milk scalded than cooled.
1/4 c. butter
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 Tbs. vanilla
2 eggs beaten slightly
1/2 cup maple sugar
6-7 cups of flour
extra butter to grease the pans and butter the tops of the loaves.
Mix milk, butter, cinnamon, vanilla, eggs, and maple sugar into the yeast mixture. Stir in 4 cups of flour, add in the rest of the flour a half cup at a time until you can't stir anymore, then start kneading it a half cup at a time until it's smooth and elastic. Cover ball of dough with butter, and put in a covered bowl in a warm place to rise for an hour.
Punch it down, and form 2 loaves in buttered pans, and butter tops of the loaves, and let them rise 45 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 375°F and bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Test for doneness by tapping the bottom of the loaves with a spoon and listen for a hollow sound.
I think this will make a great breakfast toast bread, it's sweet, but not doughnut sweet, just sweet enough to be a nice treat.
See? Both ends cut. But lookie what Mike got me!! YAY! It's my favorite. I love Dick so much. He's up on my monitor now. I'm not entirely sure why he didn't come with escrima sticks but his hands are shaped for them, so I'll make him a set.Mike actually got me 2, so I can keep one in the package.
Uh.. yeah.. the other day I typed out about 1500 words about what Robin represented to the Bat, and why Dick was the best person to take up the cowl, and why I really didn't him want to.Like.. even more in depth then this was. Then I deleted it all because I'm trying to hold to some semblance of not being a completely hopeless comic book fan.