Cinnamon Swirl and Color Block

I have had a day of learning.

In my previous post, I mentioned I was going to make a Cinnamon Swirl Bread.   I did.  :0)

I used a recipe out of one of my vintage cookbooks.  It took a little longer than the modern recipes but it was worth it, because it helped me get over any apprehensions I had working with yeast breads.

It smelled like cinnamon toast while it was cooking and it is tasty.  

Here’s the recipe for the Cinnamon Swirl Bread.

1 package of yeast
1/4 cup warm water
2 cups milk, scalded
1 1/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons soft butter
2 teaspoons salt
7 – 8 cups flour
2 eggs
1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
melted butter

Stir yeast into warm water.  In a large bowl, add 1/2 cup sugar and pour scalded milk over, add the softened butter and salt.  Stir to dissolve the sugar.  Cool to lukewarm.  Add 3 cups off flour; mix well.  Stir in yeast and eggs; beat well.  Add enough of remaining flour to make a soft dough.  Turn out on lightly floured surface. Cover and let rise 10 minutes.  Knead until smooth and elastic.  Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease surface.  Cover and let rise in warm place until double, 1 1/2 hour to 2 hours.  Punch down and let rise again until almost double, about 1 hour.  Punch down and divide dough in half.  cover and let rest 10 minutes.  Roll each half in 15 x 7 inch rectangle, about 1/2 inch thick.  Mix remaining sugar and cinnamon.  Reserve 2 tablespoons of sugar/cinnamon mixture; sprinkle remaining mixture over rectangles of dough.  Sprinkle about 2 teaspoons of water over each; smooth with a spatula.  Roll each as for jelly roll, beginning with narrow sides, seal long edges.  Place, sealed edges down, in 2 greased loaf pans.  Let rise until almost double, 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Just before baking, brush loaves with melted butter and sprinkle with remaining sugar/cinnamon mixture.  Bake at 375° for 35 – 40 minutes.  If crust browns too fast, cover with aluminum foil last 10 minutes of baking.  Turn out of pans and cool on rack.  Yield: 2 loaves.
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While I was waiting for the bread to rise, I crocheted this dishcloth.  I used left over cotton yarn, from previous dishcloths, giving it a color block look.

Here’s the pattern.
Cotton yarn in two different colors
size H hook
Chain (ch) 31
Row 1: single crochet (sc) in first chain next to hook, and in each chain across (30 sc), ch 1, turn.
Row 2: sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn
Repeat row 2 for the next 16 rows, changing color in last chain.
With new color, repeat row 2 for the next 18 rows.
Finish off and weave end pieces into work.
Should have 18 rows of each color and 30 sc in each row.
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That’s all I have for now.
Until next time…
God bless and keep you,

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I'm a happily married mom of two, living in Arkansas and selling AVON. Both of my children are grown and in college. I often wonder where the time went. I never thought I'd have blog but when blogs came along, I jumped on board. That just goes to show one doesn't know what the future holds. I was born in 1967 but my life truly began in 1996. That is the year I realized I need God in my life. That is the year I asked Jesus Christ into my life. So, you will see, as you follow my blog, there will be mention of God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit from time to time. I can't live without sharing that part of my life. I like to go to flea markets and visit antique shops and I usually find something to take home with me. I'm fairly new at crocheting. I tried to learn to crochet in my twenties but I didn't have left handed instructions. I could do it right handed but it was hard for me to keep my stitches consistent. Then a few years ago a left handed friend of mine gave me a book with left handed crocheting instructions and I learned to crochet. My first quilt was in done in 2001. Money was tight and I wanted to give my husband something nice. So I decided to make him a "blanket". Little did I know I would be hooked and still be making quilts years later. I'm starting my hand at scrapbooking and watercoloring. We will see how that goes. :) I update my AVON page each week with a special deal, so be sure to check it out. Well, that's a little about me. Hope you enjoy my blog and follow me on this journey.

2 thoughts on “Cinnamon Swirl and Color Block”

  1. Sonia, I am so sorry to hear about you losing your job. But I love the looks of your bread. I bet your house smelled heavenly. I also want to thank you for your dishcloth pattern. I have been wanting to make some, but I don't knit. Thanks!


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