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Decadent Cinnamon Twist Bread with Pecans

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Preview: This Cinnamon Twist Bread with Pecans is a decadent yeast bread you can mix up with a bread machine or a stand mixer. It’s actually a fancy-schmancy version of cinnamon rolls suitable for a special occasion.

My sister and I plan to open a bed and breakfast when we’re both widows someday.  (Please don’t discuss this idea with my husband.  It makes him nervous.)  We already know this decadent Cinnamon Twist Bread with Pecans will be at the top of the breakfast menu.

What makes this Cinnamon Twist Bread decadent? Instead of milk, the recipe specifies half-and-half. Instead of the usual one egg, use two. Now we’re talking a treat that’s worth the calories.

This recipe isn’t quite as quick as a coffee cake made with Bisquick. But mixing and kneading the dough in your bread maker will make the whole process much easier.

cinnamon twist bread on a platter

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Think sophisticated cinnamon roll with melt-in-your-mouth tenderness. The twisted configuration ups the fanciness quotient considerably.

uncut cinnamon twist bread

Just like 95% of the yeast bread I make, this recipe is mixed, kneaded, and proofed in a bread machine.

However, using a big electric mixer or mixing by hand is fine if you’re so inclined.  Once the dough rises to double its original size, remove it from the pan, shape, allow it to rise again, and bake.

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Frequently asked questions about Cinnamon Twist Bread:

Can I freeze this bread?

Yes, you can freeze the baked twist. Always double wrap. First, cover completely with plastic wrap, then a plastic bag or a piece of foil. Use within a month.

Can I use active dry yeast instead of instant or bread machine yeast?

Yes. You no longer need to dissolve active dry yeast. Use 1/4 teaspoon more because active dry yeast usually takes longer to rise.

Can I substitute another flour for the unbleached all-purpose flour?

You can sub bleached all-purpose flour. I would not use whole wheat or bread flour. This recipe is meant to be rich and melt-in-your mouth tender. Bread flour makes a sturdier product–not what you are going for with this recipe.

Can I bake this recipe in my bread machine?

No. This recipe is written to use the bread machine as a dough mixer and kneader only. When the DOUGH cycle completes, you will need to remove the dough and make the twist by hand. Finally, bake the two twists in your conventional oven.

What can I substitute for half-and-half?

Half-and-half is the ingredient that makes this bread a rockstar. You could make your own half-and-half by combining equal amounts of whole milk and whipping cream.

Can I use this to make cinnamon rolls?

Absolutely. They will be gloriously rich and delicious. You can see the traditional way to roll out cinnamon rolls on this post.



How to shape the dough for this Cinnamon Twist Bread with Pecans:

  1. Remove dough from bread pan after completion of the dough cycle.
  2. Divide dough into two equal portions.
  3. Combine streusel ingredients and sprinkle over dough that has been rolled into a rectangle.
  4. Starting with the long edge, roll dough into a long, slender cylinder. Try not to stretch it.
storyboard showing how to roll out the dough for Cinnamon Twist Bread

Now it gets a little tricky but the twist is what makes this sweet bread special. Proceed with confidence.

How to twist the dough:

  1. Cut the roll you made as seen above in half lengthwise.
  2. Roll each half so you can see all the layers.
  3. Start at one end and entwine layers as shown below.
  4. Join both ends of twisted dough to make a circle, and carefully placed in a greased round pan.
How to cut and twist dough

Don’t be scared off by the shaping instructions.  I’ve made many less-than-perfect twists in the past but they still tasted incredible. The glaze will cover a multitude of sins.   I normally use more icing than pictured here but I wanted you to be able to see the twist.

TWISTED CINNAMON-PECAN BREAKFAST YEAST BREAD--slice on a plate

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Hope to see you again soon!
Paula

p.s. If you have any questions or suggestions, you can email me privately: paula at saladinajar.com.

Yield: 2 twists

Cinnamon Twist Bread Recipe with Pecans

Cinnamon Twist Bread Recipe with Pecans

This bread machine coffee cake is a yeast bread in the same family as cinnamon rolls--directions for mixing and kneading in a bread machine included.

Prep Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup half & half (warmed for 45 seconds in the microwave) (170 gr)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar (36 gr)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (6 fr)
  • 2 eggs (100 gr)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened (57 gr)
  • 3-1/4 (390 grams)-3-3/4 (450 grams) cups all-purpose unbleached flour or bread flour
  • 1 package instant or bread machine yeast (7 gr)

Filling:

  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened (42 gr)
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar (107 gr)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon (5 gr)
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped and toasted (57 gr)

Icing:

  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar (227 gr)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (2.5 gr)
  • 2 + tablespoons milk or black coffee (28 gr)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in order listed into the bread machine pan. Set on the DOUGH cycle. After 15 minutes, check the dough for consistency. Add flour 1 tablespoon at a time if too wet, or add water 1 teaspoon at a time if too dry. The dough should stick to the side and pull away cleanly.
  2. When the dough has risen to double its original size, remove it from the bread machine pan and divide it in half. Cover each portion with plastic wrap and let rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Roll the first half into a 9 x 20-inch rectangle. Spread with half the butter. Sprinkle with half of the filling mixture. Starting at the long side, roll up jellyroll style. Pinch seam to seal.
  4. Now it gets a little tricky but the twist is what makes this sweet bread special. Proceed with confidence.
  5. Slice roll in half lengthwise. Place halves side by side, with cut surfaces facing up. Moisten one end of each portion with wet fingers. Push the ends together to join the two pieces of dough. Twist pieces together; shape into a ring and fit into a greased 8 or 9-inch pan. Moisten ends and press to seal.
  6. Repeat the process with the other half of the dough and filling. Cover and let rise in a warm place until almost doubled in size. Preheat oven to 350˚ F.
  7. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Let stand 3 minutes and transfer to serving platter with a spatula.
  8. Make icing and pour over the top.

Notes

Alternate Mixing Instructions:

Directions for making bread with a stand mixer or by hand: 

  • To make this recipe in a heavy-duty stand mixer, add ingredients to the bowl in the same order. Turn on low to mix until all ingredients are moistened. Using a dough hook, turn speed to 2 or 3 and continue beating/kneading until dough becomes smooth and elastic (about 5-10 minutes). Cover and allow to rise in a warm place. Deflate dough gently and shape as indicated in the recipe.
  • If making by hand, combine all ingredients into a shaggy ball in a large bowl. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead with your hands until dough becomes smooth and elastic, a process that will likely take 10-20 minutes depending on your experience. Place the dough ball into a greased bowl. Cover and allow to rise until double. Deflate dough gently and shape as indicated in the recipe.
  • Please note: You can substitute active dry yeast for instant or bread machine yeast. There is no longer any need to dissolve it. Be aware that it may be a little slower acting than instant yeast, but it'll get there.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16 slices

Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 206Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 169mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 3g

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