One of my favorite things to make for a brunch party is Baked French Toast and the reason is not only because it is delicious, but because i can make it the night before and just pop it in the oven the day of the brunch. The last thing i want to do for a brunch party is to wake up at 6am and start cooking. So this past weekend when i hosted a shower not only did i make the Ricotta Pound Cake but also Baked French Toast. Usually i will go and buy some cinnamon raisin bread but i really wanted to make my own this time. I found this great recipe (that i had to add raising to, i have to have raisins in my cinnamon bread) and it could not be easier to make. The bread was so good that i had to have a few slices for myself with butter before i made it all into my Baked French Toast. Lesson learned here: Make two loaves!
What are some of the things that you like to make for your brunch party?
Cinnamon Raisin Bread
Adapted from: The Pioneer Woman
Yields: 12 servings | Prep Time: 4 hours | Cook Time 40 Minutes
1 cup Milk
6 tbsp Butter
2-½ tsp Active Dry Yeast
2 whole Eggs
2/3 cups Sugar (1/3 for dough and 1/3 for filling)
3-½ cups All-purpose Flour
1 tsp Salt
2 tbsp Cinnamon
1 cup Raisins
1 Egg for brushing
2 tbsp Softened Butter, For Smearing And Greasing
Melt butter with milk. Heat until very warm, but don’t boil. Allow to cool until still warm to the touch, but not hot. Sprinkle yeast over the top, stir gently, and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
Combine flour and salt.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix sugar and eggs with the paddle attachment until combined. Pour in milk/butter/yeast mixture and stir to combine. Add half the flour and beat on medium speed until combined. Add the other half and beat until combined.
Switch to the dough hook attachment and beat/knead dough on medium speed for ten minutes. If dough is overly sticky, add 1/4 cup flour and beat again for 5 minutes.
Heat a metal or glass mixing bowl so it’s warm. Drizzle in a little canola oil, then toss the dough in the oil to coat. Cover bowl in plastic wrap and set it in a warm, hospitable place for at least 2 hours.
Turn dough out onto the work surface. Roll into a neat rectangle no wider than the loaf pan you’re going to use, and about 18 to 24 inches long. Smear with 2 tbsp melted butter. Mix sugar and cinnamon together, then sprinkle evenly over the butter-smeared dough. Starting at the far end, roll dough toward you, keeping it tight and contained. Pinch seam to seal.
Smear loaf pan with softened butter. Place dough, seam down, in the pan. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix a little egg and brush over the top. Bake for 40 minutes on a middle/lower rack in the oven.
Remove from the pan and allow bread to cool. Slice and serve or make Baked French Toast.
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