So sorry I haven’t posted in such a long time. I guess I’ve just been too busy with seminars, friends’ weddings, reading, and PLAYOFF HOCKEY. Seriously, I love hockey.
Today’s post is actually thanks to a book I just read this weekend, Stray by Elissa Sussman. I finished it in just over 24 hours – picked it up on the way to work Friday morning, and was done mid-afternoon on Saturday (and I work Saturday mornings). At first I wasn’t sure about the book, but I quickly became engrossed: it has such an interesting take on magic, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. Unfortunately, wait, I must – Stray was only published last fall, and the next in this series of four isn’t due to be published until 2016. I hate when I start a series that’s in-progress! I don’t have the patience! Thank goodness I didn’t find out about Harry Potter until they started making the movies. I don’t know what I would have done if I’d had to wait for each of the books to come out.
This cinnamon pull-apart bread is made by a couple characters in the book, and I was delighted to find the recipe provided at the end of the book! Maybe the author will have a new recipe at the end of each of the books 🙂 But, you don’t have go pick up the book if you want the recipe (although I do recommend it for lovers of fantasy): you can check it out here.
Today was my mom’s birthday, so I had thought to make this for breakfast. It ended up taking a bit longer than I had anticipated (so I whipped up some chocolate chip muffins during it’s second rise), partly because I had forgotten to take the eggs out to come to room temp while I did prep work. Since the AC is on in the house with 80 degree days and high humidity, I used the pan of boiling water in the oven trick to help with the rise and it worked just fine.
I loved the bread! I baked it for just over 35 minutes since the new oven seems to run a bit cooler, but I think I won’t bake it quite so long next time, as some areas seemed a little dry. But the cinnamon sugar crunchiness on top was wonderful, and the soft insides of the bread were heaven. Nothing beats fresh-baked bread! Unless it’s fresh-baked cinnamon bread!
As always, questions and comments are welcome! I’d loved to hear from you!