2.07.2012

White Loaves [TWD]


The first Tuesdays With Dorie post! I'm so excited it's officially begun. This recipe, as well as the rest of the TWD posts to come (for the next few years anyway), is from Dorie Greenspan's "Baking With Julia" book. The recipe for this bread produces two loaves, so I took the suggestion of another TWD member and made one with a cinnamon swirl - heaven in a loaf! We pretty much devoured the entire cinnamon loaf that same day (and by "we" I mean "I"), so I'll be making this recipe again with cinnamon swirls in both loaves next time. My gratitude goes out to the member who suggested this; it was a great idea which I would never have had the courage to try (and pull off) for my first attempt at making bread if not for their (justified) confidence in it.


White Bread & Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Family portrait of my two loaves - the smaller one has the cinnamon swirl. It didn't rise as much as the plain one, I think because I rolled it up rather than folded it like I did the plain one.



White Bread

White Bread

The plain loaf - just as good as the cinnamon, but in an "oh wow, plain bread" kind of way...


Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Toast

The cinnamon loaf was no joke. After eating this for breakfast two days in a row, I'm spoiled for life. I think my boyfriend was bummed, he hardly got to see the cinnamon loaf before I'd eaten it all... I'm not sorry, I'd do it all over again (and probably will).


When I saw that this would be the first recipe we'd be tackling from Julia and Dorie's baking bible, I had mixed feelings. On the one hand, I've been wanted to try making bread from scratch ever since I got my stand mixer a few months ago, but after reading dozens of bread recipes claiming to be the best, I have to admit, I was intimidated. After reading this recipe over several times I decided it sounded basic enough; it was now or never. I'm happy to report that bread-making is among the easiest and most therapeutic things in the world, you just have to swallow your fears and jump right in. (You know what's not easy? Making homemade pop tarts - true story.) There's nothing quite like the smell of homemade bread fresh out of the oven - and, trust me, you'll never eat a better-tasting sandwich than the one made with bread you created with your own two hands.

The recipe for this bread can be found on Laurie and Jules' blogs (and, obviously, in the Baking With Julia book...). The only change I made was adding the cinnamon swirl. To do this, combine 1/3 cup of sugar with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon in a bowl and set aside. (Note - the quantities listed here are only enough for one loaf. If you want to make both loaves with the cinnamon swirl, which you totally should, you'll need to double the ingredients.) After rolling out the dough, brush 2-3 tablespoons of melted butter over the top and sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture over it. The recipe says to fold the dough into thirds but I rolled the cinnamon dough for a tighter, more swirled effect. You certainly don't have to deviate from the folding if you don't want, but who are we kidding, you've already deviated if you've made it this far - own it.

24 comments:

  1. love the cinnamon swirl!! great pics too :)

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  2. I love your family portait! And don't worry, you were totally not alone in your mixed-emotions about making yeast dough. There were so many of us who had never done it before, and now we've all tackled it together! Pretty fabulous, if you ask me. And speaking of fabulous, your photos are very nicely done!

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    1. thank you so much! And I do feel a lot more confident in tackling the recipes that are completely new territory for me knowing that there's a big group with me for support :)

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  3. Beautiful family portrait:) You've convinced me! I must try the cinnamon swirl!

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    1. yes! let me know when you do, I'd love to see how yours turns out :)

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  4. I love your family portrait - and all the other photos, they are quite terrific! I can see why that cinnamon swirl bread was consumed so quickly - it looks DELICOUS! Looking forward to more of your posts!

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    1. thank you for the kind words, I'm glad you like them :)

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  5. It looks like 2012 is destined to become the "Year of Yeast" - great work on your first foray into yeasted bread!

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    1. Thank you, this is definitely the first of many to come :)

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  6. Your bread looks beautiful! Welcome to the group!

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    1. thanks, it feels good to be baking with some regularity finally :)

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  7. Your bread looks so pretty! I love the background of your pictures too. I'm definitely going to have to give the cinnamon swirl a try next time.

    I've also been thinking of making homemade pop-tarts, but now I'm more nervous about it!

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    1. Thank you! It could have just been the particular pop tart recipe I was using, but the problems I had were that I couldn't roll the dough thin enough to get it to the size I needed without it breaking and/or becoming impossible to remove from my work surface, and most of my filling oozed out during baking :( lol

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  8. Yay! congrats! YOur bread looks lovely. :)

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    1. thank you so much! I'm really happy with the way they turned out :)

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  9. I can only imagine how good the cinnamon addition was. Beautiful photos.

    ~Carmen

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  10. My blog is with wordpress now. Somehow my blog with blogger is what appeared in my earlier comment.

    ~Carmen
    http://bakingismyzen.wordpress.com

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  11. Beautiful cinnamon bread. Bet these would be great for some French toast.

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    1. I think so too, I meant to try it but the bread didn't last long enough to go stale!

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    1. It's a baking group post (Tuesdays With Dorie) so only the hosts for the week can post the recipe. I've linked to the hosts' blogs in my post, you can find the recipe by visiting either of their blogs.

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