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Bake Off Make Off Week 3 – Cinnamon Swirls

Date - 8th September 2016 / Author - Billie / Category - Bake Off Make Off, Recipes

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Why I chose Cinnamon Swirls On Bread Week

I’ve been a tad sly about this week’s Bake Off Make Off with my Cinnamon Swirls. Bread Week has to be my least favourite week of GBBO. I don’t do well with bread. To be fair, I don’t do well with pastry either but we’ll cross that flaky bridge when we come to it.

Bread is just so time-consuming, and I’m not good at it. As a result, I tend to avoid it now, hence my sneaky cinnamon swirl, which is technically still bread!

One time, I made a loaf of bread so bad I had to cut all the crusts off. I then went out, my phone buzzed, and I had the following text from my dad, “Why is your bread inside out?”

Cool. Cheers dad. That’s the level of my bread making though. Perhaps I should invest in a bread maker and remove this personal stigma I’ve attached to the doughy stuff.

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The Bake Off Challenges

Last nights challenges all looked horrendous to me and, were I in that tent, it would’ve been me waved off last night.

The Signature

First up, the signature challenge was a flavoured bread, and how delicious were those flavours?! Chocolate orange, chocolate cinnamon, chocolate cranberry. Still, two bread doughs… Who enjoys even making one bread dough? I wasn’t asking you, Paul.

Cinnamon Swirl Dough

Cinnamon Swirl Dough

The Technical

The technical was Dampfnudeln. Dampfnudeln. Despite the fact I still can’t say it, I thoroughly enjoy making the sound. Dampfnudeln.

I had never heard of… Dampfnudeln… until last night but when Mary described it as ‘an iced bun without the icing’ I thought, “Well, what’s the bloody point?!” Don’t we ALL eat the icing of an iced bun and sack off the bun?

I would, however, eat a whole plate of… Dampfnudeln… if it was covered in the plum and vanilla sauces. They looked deeeelish.

Again though, bread dough, proving, steaming, no no no no no. Not for me, not this week, probably not ever. Nice to think about doing but naht going to happen.

Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Filling

Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Filling

The Showstopper

Then the showstopper. Plaited loaves. Ugh give us a break Paul! He’s like the Bread Devil. Brevil… Breville… WHO MAKE TOASTERS.

Hang on! Have I just stumbled upon a conspiracy theory? Is a toaster a bread devil?! Because it burns bread…? I’m thinking out loud and looking at my appliances in a different light.

Those superstar contestants seriously pulled it out of the bag for this showstopper. Kate’s corn maiden and Andrew’s harvest basket were actual works of art! Stunning bread!

To round it off though, more finicky bread dough, proving, plaiting… You can tell where I’m going. No.

Rolled Up Cinnamon Roll

Rolled Up Cinnamon Roll

Cinnamon Swirls

Instead of the ludicrous, day-long bakes undertaken by the GBBO bakers, I have opted for a kind of delicious bread dough, wrapped with layers of buttery cinnamon and sugar that can be made and finished in under two hours. Cinnamon swirls.That’s my kinda bread!

Sliced Cinnamon Swirls

Sliced Cinnamon Swirls

Cinnamon swirls work at any time of the day. I have had them for breakfast, morning and afternoon snacking, and dessert so there are really no rules with cinnamon swirls.

Baked Cinnamon Swirls

Baked Cinnamon Swirls

Furthermore, you can also add your own flavour variations. Before you roll up your dough you could sprinkle in some chocolate chips or raisins, even chopped nuts if you like a bit of crunch.

Glazed Cinnamon Swirls

Glazed Cinnamon Swirls

If you fancy trying your hand at a bit of bread making but haven’t got a handy 4 hours spare then cinnamon swirls are probably the ones for you. After all, you are making bread dough, there’s no doubt about it, it’s just quicker, and tastier, than a twenty strand plaited loaf.

Let me know how your cinnamon swirls turn out!

Billie xx

Bake Off Make Off Week 3 - Cinnamon Swirl Recipe
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Bake Off Make Off Week 3 - Cinnamon Swirl Recipe
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Ingredients
Bread Dough
  • 180 ml milk I use semi-skimmed but whole would work
  • 60 g butter I use salted
  • 400 g plain flour
  • 7 g dried yeast 1 sachet
  • 55 g caster sugar
  • 60 ml water
  • 1 large egg
Filling
  • 200 g dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbs cinnamon
  • 60 g butter I use salted
Cream Cheese Glaze
  • 130 g cream cheese Full fat is best
  • 130 g icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
Making the Bread Dough
  1. Heat the milk and butter in a saucepan until the butter has melted. Leave to cool until lukewarm.
  2. Add your flour to a mixing bowl, add your yeast and the sugar then mix around to combine everything. Add your milk mixture from step 1, as well as your water and the egg. Mix until a dough forms. You can do this in a stand mixer if you wish.
  3. Flour a work surface, then knead your dough for 5-8 minutes until it's smooth and pliable. Add more flour if it's too sticky but be cautious, you don't want to dry your dough out. Put your dough into a bowl, cover with cling film and leave it for 10 minutes.
Assembly and Baking
  1. Line and grease a 10" round cake tin.
  2. Dust your work surface with some flour and roll out your dough until its about 18" x 18". Rub your 60g butter all over your dough, mix your brown sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle all over the butter.
  3. Roll your dough into a sausage pinching as you go and making sure the final seam is pinched to seal it. Cut at 1" intervals so you get 18-20 cinnamon dough swirls. Pack them, open side up, into your greased tin, wrap in cling film and leave for 30 minutes. Around 15 minutes into the proving time preheat your oven to 160C fan (180 conventional).
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the swirls look golden brown.
Making the Glaze
  1. Mix your cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla extract together until combined and runny.
  2. Whilst your cinnamon swirls are still warm, spread your glaze all over the top and serve immediately for warm, gooey, sweet, cinnamon swirls.
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Click here for Week 2 Banoffee Biscuit Whirls

Click here for Week 4 Churro Cupcakes

Click here for Week 5 Bakewell Tart

Click here for Week 6 Meringue Brownies

Click here for Week 7 White Choc Passionfruit Roulade

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