Well yesterday work sent me home after 2 hours (something about spreading my germs around cough cough). I've been sick for almost a week and not improving at all. Anyway I digress....
I'd like to announce that I successfully made a cinnamon pull-apart loaf yesterday! You can find the recipe here so I won't copy and paste it, but I highly recommend listening to her tips, mainly these 2:
- Reduce the sugar in the filling part of the recipe to 3/4 cup. I had so much extra sugar left over, I sprinkled all of it over the top creating a toothaching sweet outer crust.
- Don't add too much flour to the sticky dough, it's meant to be sticky. My loaf turned out a lot denser than it should have been since I continually added flour to prevent it from sticky while I was kneading it.
Anyway, this is how mine looked along the way...
|The calm before the storm|
|Sticky... really sticky|
|Try to use as little flour as possible - just enough to roll it out without having it stick to the bench|
|I've made a right hot mess|
|Melted butter brushed onto dough|
|The best bit - cinnamon sugar layer!!|
|Chop chop chop|
|Laid into a loaf tray|
|After it's proofed for a further 30 mins|
Oh it's so damn good. I cut the amount of sugar from 1 cup to 3/4 but next time I'll cut it further to 2/3. The bread is so light and fluffy - a vast improvement from my previous attempts. I think the trick was not to over-flour as I was rolling it out (something I was guilty of doing previously). Maybe next time I'll also substitute half the flour for wholemeal flour?