Is it really cheating?

I love making bread. There is something about making bread that almost classifies it as a form of therapy. I have always considered myself a “purist” when it comes to bread making and never ever considered making bread any way but by hand. Anything else was considered “cheating”. When I found out I was pregnant, I rapidly came to the conclusion that after Maverick was born I would have little time for making bread by hand. I wanted to have as much time as possible to spend with my son & yet still be able to make fresh bread for my family.

I finally broke down and requested a bread machine for Christmas. My father got me the Cuisinart CBK-100 Programmable Breadmaker. I know it’s three weeks after Christmas but I FINALLY just got around to trying it out for the first time. Cuisinart provided a great little recipe book with the instructions and I decided to try out their Cinnamon Swirl Bread.

With ingredients in hand I went forth to tackle the unknown…

All the ingredients needed to make a 2lb loaf

It was odd for me to add EVERYTHING all in at once


The final product...a little lopsided

I love the cinnamon!

For those of you with bread machines, feel free to try it yourselves!

Cuisinart Cinnamon Swirl Bread(2lb loaf)

  • 1 1/4 cups Milk, room temp
  • 2 1/2 tbs unsalted butter, room temp, cut into 1/2″ pieces
  • 1 egg, room temp
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tbs granulated sugar
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 tsp yeast

(cinnamon filling – set aside)

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cup raisins(optional)

Instructions – Place all ingredients in the order listed in bread pan. Select white/basic bread programming. Allow machine to mix, knead, & rise. After dough has risen, remove from the bread pan. Roll out into a rectangle on a floured surface. Spread the reserved cinnamon & sugar mixture over the dough. Roll up(starting at the short side) into a cylinder & tuck the ends under. Be sure to remove the kneading paddle & place the dough, seam side down into the bread pan again. Allow to bake, when finished remove from the bread pan and allow to cool on a wire rack.


On another totally random note, I bought a hyacinth at walmart last week and it is finally beginning to bloom! It smells fantastic!



4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Matthew Brench
    Jan 11, 2012 @ 17:44:50

    I got a breadmaker for Christmas last year, but didn’t start using it until this year, and have also fallen in love with homemade bread! Thanks for sharing the recipe; I’ll jot that down to try it soon. I learned a good buttermilk bread recipe if you’re interested?


    • Nicole
      Jan 11, 2012 @ 17:51:02

      Absolutely! I am open to any & all recipes!


      • Matthew Brench
        Jan 13, 2012 @ 07:20:15

        1 2/3 cups buttermilk
        3 tbs sugar
        2 tbs butter
        2 eggs
        4 1/2 cups flour (whole grain’s better than white)
        1 tsp salt
        1 1/2 tsp yeast

        Put the first four ingredients in first, then add the last three on top. Use the whole wheat or regular setting, depending on the type of flour you have. (Or whatever else makes sense, given we have different breadmaker models.)

  2. G Whittaker
    Jan 12, 2012 @ 00:27:51

    I use mine all the time. It’s great for preparing dough and shaping loaves and rolls by hand too, or for pizza dough!


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