Happy Sunday! Whoever invented the bread machine is a genius. Throw in a few ingredients, turn it on, three hours later, delicious homemade bread. I like to experiment with adding in different ingredients to basic bread machine recipes. Today I had a few left over molasses cookies, so I made my favorite cinnamon sugar bread recipe and added the crumbled cookies in after the last knead cycle. The bread came out moist, fragrent, with crunchy little pieces of cookie scattered throughout. It reminded me of a big, soft, molasses sugar cookie! AND it was absolutely fabulous the next day, cut thick and made into french toast. So decadent! Try this one out!
Cinnamon Mollasses Sugar Cookie Bread
adapted from food.com recipe
1 cup milk
3 cups bread flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
4-5 molasses cookies, crumbled
Place ingredients in the bread machine pan in the order suggested by the manufacturer. Usually, liquids first, then dry ingredients and last yeast. Start the machine using the sweet bread setting if your machine has one, or the white bread setting.
After the first kneading cycle, sprinkle cookies onto dough (you could just do this at some point during the knead cycle, as long as the cookies get incorporated into the dough, you should be good to go!) When the bread is done, remove from the machine and let sit on a rack for 10 minutes before removing from the pan. If it sticks, just loosen the sides with a plastic spatula and it should slip out easily. This makes a 1 1/2 pound loaf that rose really nicely.
Hint: If after about 10 minutes into the kneading cycle, the bread seems very sticky, add a bit more flour until it acheives the desired consistency (moist but not sticky). I had to add quite a bit of extra flour but the loaf came out great!
If you don't have a bread machine the King Arthur Flour website has great tips on making bread machine recipes by hand.