There's something about baking bread that is profoundly satisfying. Perhaps it's the complete transformation of the raw materials, which move from powder to muck to goo to dough and then to a delicious loaf that fills the room with a smell that can't possibly be duplicated by an air freshener or scented candle.
No, there's no smell in the world like freshly baked bread.
And after I shelled out $5 for a mini loaf of cinnamon bread at the farmer's market on Saturday, I remembered just how much cheaper it is to make it myself...
So away to the kitchen I went!
Well, away to the computer I went to find the perfect recipe...
But everything was too fussy, or didn't look right, or called for ingredients I didn't have (dry milk powder? Really?)...
And then I remembered!
I used the white bread recipe with the alteration for cinnamon swirl, only I omitted the raisins, kneaded in some cinnamon chips, and brushed the top with butter, topping it with cinnamon and sugar before it went into the oven.
An $8 loaf of bread for a fraction of the price, and without even leaving the house!
"Wait two hours before cutting, allowing bread to reach room temperature."
Ha. As if I could resist warm bread fresh from the oven?
And there you have it - the crispy sugary crust, the buttery cinnamon swirl, dotted with cinnamon chips and warm from the oven. Who needs grocery store bread?
Well, the kids do. Because I'm not sharing.
Linking up with Cari at Clan Donaldson for Theme Thursday - I'm so excited to see what everyone else is cooking up!