Swirling with, pecans, cinnamon, butter and maple syrup, this decadent creation puffs up like a soufflé in the oven. You and your guests will be inspired to linger over a leisurely morning table with a second mimosa.
We recently baked a loaf of twisted cinnamon bread, which is never better than on the morning it comes out of the oven. Since our Arctic kitchen is quite arid, items left out tend to dry out quickly, which gives us the opportunity to get creative with leftovers.
Overnight French toast is not a new recipe for us. But starting with a base of this wonderful twisted cinnamon bread was new. Soaking the bread overnight in an egg and cream mixture causes the bread to puff up magically during baking. Drizzled with maple syrup and served with a strip of thick bacon this cinnamon loaf French toast was a great way to start a weekend!
Twisted Cinnamon Bread Overnight French Toast
- 8 inch-thick slices twisted cinnamon bread
- 5 eggs
- 1 cup half and half or heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup whole milk or soy milk
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Ingredients for pecan topping:
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 4 tbsp packed brown sugar
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Butter an 8 x 8 inch glass baking dish.
- Lay slices of bread on bottom of glass baking dish.
- Thoroughly mix together eggs, cream, milk, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon.
- Pour egg mixture over bread. Cover dish and place in refrigerator overnight.
- Bring bread mixture out of refrigerator and set on counter to come toward room temperature while preheating oven to 350 degrees F.
- Prepare pecan topping by mixing butter, pecans, and brown sugar.
- Bake for 20 minutes then top with pecan mixture.
- Continue baking another 20 minutes, until golden and puffed.
- Serve with maple syrup.
This sugary, buttery, cinnamon-laced, melt-in-your-mouth braided cinnamon loaf is centerpiece-worthy at the breakfast or bunch table.
In a quest for a visually unique loaf of bread, I came across a recipe for a Nutella twist which looked gorgeous. Reading through the instructions, I was surprised at how simple an intricate looking braid could be created. With plenty of cinnamon on hand, I decided to give this loaf a go sans Nutella. The result of my experiment is captured in the photo above and was a delicious compliment to plates of sunny-side-up friend eggs and mugs of French roast coffee.
However, upon further investigation, it turned out my “original” recipe idea had already been conceived and executed on the site Home Cooking Adventure. Nonetheless, here is my version of Estonian Kringle adapted for my dough machine.
- 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup lukewarm milk
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 1 large egg
- 5 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
- 5 tbsp granulated sugar
- 3 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Place bread ingredients in bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer.
- Set cycle to “dough” and start machine.
- Make cinnamon filling while waiting for dough by combining filling ingredients in a medium bowl and mixing thoroughly.
- Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface to a rectangle, approximately 18″ x 12″.
- Spread cinnamon filling over dough evenly. Leave about 1/2″ border.
- Roll up dough jelly-roll style to form a long log.
- Cut log down the middle, the long way.
- Braid by wrapping the two cut pieces around each other, always leaving the cut sides up.
- Pinch ends of dough so that they will bake together.
- Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, until golden brown.