Being away from home means that I’m also away from one of my favorite bread bakeries… Great Harvest Bread Company. The one closest to me is 60 miles away and I was contemplating making the drive for their AMAZING cinnamon chip bread. It is my favorite bread, makes great toast, and works perfectly for french toast. I found a recipe and made some changes to it to get it as close as I could rather than making the trek to the store.
I decided to cut the recipe in half to just make two loaves instead of four but that may have caused some issues. Next time I make this I will try doing the full recipe and make four loaves. My lovely mother shipped me some cinnamon chips over amazon because they are hard to find in stores near my school. First thing Saturday morning, I went to my schools post office, picked up the cinnamon chips, then ran to the grocery store for some yeast.
In the past when I’ve made bread, I always put the yeast in warm water for some time prior to adding it to the recipe. But this recipe had me mix all the dry ingredients together with the yeast to start. I put in 2 cups of the flour, yeast, honey, eggs, warm water, salt, and melted butter. I mixed this until it was all together and had a cake batter consistency. I then put in 3 more cups of flour and mixed it in.
The dough ended up being very sticky and I realized that to half the recipe of 11-12 cups of flour I would need to use 5.5-6 cups; I only used 5 so far so I added some more flour. I wasn’t sure if the dough was now too dry but I just let it be. I kneaded the dough for 10 minutes while watching ANTM with my roommate. I wasn’t about to knead this dough without some other entertainment.
I covered the bowl with a towel and let it sit for an hour for it to rise. In the mean time, I started my homework.
The dough was now doubled in size after an excruciating hour of homework so now was the time to take out some frustration with one big punch to the dough. So satisfying. I waited until now to fold in the cinnamon chips so they didn’t melt while kneading the dough. I separated the dough in half and folded 1 1/4 cups of cinnamon chips between the two halves of dough.
I put both of the halves back into the bowl to cover again and rise for another hour. I should have let them rise on the pan so that they were more rounded when done but I didn’t think that far ahead.
As you can see, they went in slightly deformed but I was trying to worry less about the appearance and more about the texture and flavor. The went in the oven for 30 minutes but I should have taken them out earlier knowing my oven and how it can vary in temperature. I took the loaves out and they were golden/slightly darker than golden. Keep an eye on the loaves to make sure they don’t get over done. The bottoms of the loaves were a little dark, but served warm with some butter, they were still soft enough and delicious! The cinnamon chips melted perfectly and I cannot wait to try this recipe again to get it right!
- 1 1/2 tbsp yeast
- 3 tbsp honey
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup oil
- 3 tbsp melted butter
- 1 3/4 cups warm water
- 2 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 cups cinnamon baking chips
- 5.5-6 cups flour
- Combine 2 cups flour, and yeast in a large mixing bowl,
- Add honey, water, eggs, oil, and butter. Beat well until is has cake batter consistency.
- Stir in salt, 3 1/2 more cups of flour, until the dough is a smooth "bread dough" consistency.
- Knead in a stand mixer with dough hook, or by hand for 10 minutes.
- Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise for an hour or until doubled in size.
- Punch the dough and separate into two loaves.
- Divide the cinnamon chips between the two halves and fold in making sure the chips are evenly distributed.
- Place on pan and allow to rise for another hour, or until doubled in size.
- Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes.
Recipe adapted from https://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/copy-cat-great-harvest-cinnamon-burst-bread-442383