Baking, Brunch, Something fruity

Cinnamon roll loaf

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This makes a delicious treat for breakfast or brunch. You can make it the night before and let it rise overnight in the fridge so all you need to do in the morning is pop it in the oven.

So what do you need?

  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 250ml milk
  • 1 free-range egg (beaten)
  • 450 g strong plain (bread) flour
  • 2 tsp. quick action yeast
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 50g soft brown sugar
  • 150 g sultanas / raisins
  • 1/4 cup of strong
  • 2 tsp (freshly ground) cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. honey

So what do you do?

First put the sultans / raisins in a bowl with the tea and leave them to plump up. Next in a small saucepan gently warm the milk and the butter until the butter starts to melt then turn off the heat. Meanwhile put the flour. yeast, salt and 1 tbsp. of the sugar in a mixing bowl add the egg and then pour in the milk and butter which should be warm but not too hot. Mix everything together and then knead for about 10 minutes either in a food mixer or on a floured work surface. Then leave the dough in a covered bowl to rise for about 45 mins. or so until it doubles in size.

Grease your loaf tin with some butter. Then drain any excess liquid from the dried fruit and grind your cinnamon and the cinnamon and the remaining sugar to the fruit and mix together. Next knock back the dough and put it on a floured work surface.  Shape it out into an oblong shape a couple of centimeters thick about the width of your loaf tin or slightly narrower. Then sprinkle the fruit mixture over the dough evenly leaving a couple of centimeters clear around the edge. Then roll up the dough. Roll it into the centre of a piece of baking parchment as wide as the length of your loaf tin and long enough to go up the sides of the tin and leave a bit of paper so that you can easily lift the loaf out of the tin when it’s cooked. Then lift the loaf into your loaf tin. I then cover the loaf tin with a loose plastic bag and put it in the fridge to rise overnight. You can obviously allow it to rise outside and then bake it. Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees C / 400 F then ‘paint’ the top of the loaf with some milk and put it in the oven. Cook for about 45 mins. check after 30 mins and if it’s browning too quickly on top turn your oven down slightly or place a piece of tin foil on top of the loaf. Once it’s cooked lift it out of the loaf tin and allow to cool on a wire rack. Glaze the loaf with some honey and eat while warm with a cup of tea.

 

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