The recipe starts with mixing all the dry ingredients, save one cup of flour and then mixing all the wet ingredients together and heating them to perfect yeast temperature (115-125 degrees F). Then mixing all the wet into the dry. This makes a very strange dough that at first is almost crumbly and then the more it is worked becomes very sticky. That's when you add in the rest of the flour.
Then you have a nice elastic dough which is allowed to rise until double before being made into leaves.
Roll out the dough into a large rectangle about 12 by 20 inches. Slather on the melted butter and top with the cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar mixture. Then cut the leaves.
Cut the dough into six strips and then stack them up. Cut the stack of strips into three or four stacks. I cut it into four and they could have been wider for my 9x5 inch loaf pan.
Lots of cinnamon sugar will fall out, just scoop it back up and put it on top of the leaves. Place the leaves in a buttered 9x5 loaf pan. Let rise a second time until double.
Then bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees. This is also a good time to consider making coffee, because when this comes out of the oven you will want some bitter coffee to balance the sweet gooey cinnamon leaves.
Take the bread out of the oven and invert it on a plate so all the syrup that was bubbling at the bottom trickles down the sides. Let it set for five minutes so you don't burn your fingers and then dig in. This was the perfect breakfast for a rainy Sunday morning. The only downside being I didn't have as much natural light to work with so the photos don't quite capture it. I swear it looks even better than this.
(This recipe was adapted from Joy the Baker)
For the Dough:
2 3/4 cups plus all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons (1 envelope) active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup water
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the Filling:
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons butter, melted
- Mix the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, yeast and salt) together in a large bowl, reserve one cup of the flour. On the stove or in the microwave, heat the milk, water, and butter until the butter is liquid. Allow the mixture to cool until it is still warm, but you can touch it with out burning yourself. Beat the two eggs together in a small bowl. Then add the butter mixture, eggs and vanilla to the dry ingredients. Use a wooden spoon to combine. The dough will take a while to mix. Once everything is a very sticky dough, kneed in the remaining one cup of flour- about five minutes of kneading should do it.
- Place the dough in a greased a bowl, rise with a clean towel over top until double. I like to warm my oven for a five minutes then turn it off and let the dough rise inside the slightly warm oven. It should take about an hour. Bread will rise really fast at about 90 degrees.
- Roll out the dough on a clean surface to 12 by 20 inch rectangle. Now your ready to add the filling. Brush the melted butter over the surface of the rolled out dough. Then mix the cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg together and sprinkle it over top. It will seem like a lot, just trust me on this part.
- Then cut the dough into six strips. Stack the six strips on top of each other. Cut those strips into three or four stacks of squares. Put the stacks of squares into the greased 9x5 loaf pan.
- Allow to rise a second time until double (about 15-30 minutes).
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Check to make sure the loaf is done before you tip it out by using a butter knife to press down on the top, if it springs back it is done. If it doesn't the dough isn't quite baked, put it back in the oven for another 5 to 10 minutes.
- Use the butter knife to loosen the edges then invert the bread onto a plate. The syrup that was made from all the sugar, is really hot and will run down the edges. Let the bread set for five minutes before you dig in so you don't burn your mouth. And don't forget to pour yourself a cup of coffee or a glass of milk. Enjoy.