I love baking and in recent months I’ve been baking at least once a week, trying my hand at different cakes and cupcakes but this week I decided to try something a little off the track altogether and make cinnamon bread twists!
I found this recipe on Pinterest, my go-to for inspiration on all sorts and it was super easy to follow but time-consuming so definitely a recipe for the weekend! The recipe suggested buying refrigerated breadsticks which would cut the prep time by about 2 hours but no matter how hard I looked I just couldn’t find them so I had to make bread from scratch!
So first up, the ingredients you’ll need for the bread:
1 cup warm water
3 teaspoons of Yeast
2 tablespoons softened butter
3 and 1/4 cup white flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Not as much as you thought, right? In fact you probably have all of the ingredients bar the yeast in your cupboard already! So to start just combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, I used an electric mixer on low for this (usually I whisk everything by hand but dough is just too tough!) Once combined keep mixing for around 5 minutes to make sure everything is nice and blended.
At this point the dough should be sticky and soft, you can lift it out onto a floured surface to knead (it won’t come away completely so you may need to use a spoon to get the leftovers out). Knead two or three times making sure to cover the dough in the flour so it doesn’t keep sticking to your hands, once covered in a flour layer it’s so much easier to knead and shape into a ball (like below) and now comes the waiting, cover the ball of dough with a kitchen towel and leave to rise for 1.5 to 2 hours!
I left mine for 2 hours to make sure it had fully risen, then you roll out into a flat rectangular shape, go slow and gentle with this, you really need to take your time. Once rolled out you can cut the breadstick shapes using a pizza cutter (it’s just easier than a knife!) I found these worked better cutting the dough in half laterally and then cutting thin strips upwards. Move these sticks to a baking tray (I placed non-stick baking paper on the tray but you can grease if you don’t have paper!) Now you have to leave them again, covered with the towel, for half an hour to rise again slightly!
Now for the cinnamon part:
3 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons of cinnamon
Melt the butter in a bowl, 20-30 seconds in the microwave is fine. Combine the sugar and cinnamon on a separate dish, give it a little taste as you go, you can use as little or more cinnamon as you prefer!
Once the doughsticks have risen for half an hour you can start dipping each in the butter and then dunking it into the cinnamon and sugar mix to cover and twist them up before popping them back on the tray (see the below picture). Once they’re all done simply pop into the oven at 180℃ (fan assisted) and bake for 15-20 mins until golden, check on them every couple of minutes to make sure they don’t burn. If you’re not sure whether they’re done, stick a fork in one and it should come out totally clean.
These are the finished result, I lightly dusted some of the leftover cinnamon sugar mix over them for an even stronger taste! So all in all, it’s not a difficult recipe but you’ll need to have patience, there’s a lot of waiting around! Let me know if you give these a go!