Cinnamon and Walnut Bread

This is the best thing to come out of my bread maker.

Please don’t think this is just plain brown bread because it is so much more. It is cinnamon deliciousness with a beautiful crust and pieces of walnut which add texture to the soft bread. It is a bit like Easter buns but in a loaf.

This bread is great eaten warm straight out of the bread maker, lathered with butter or peanut butter, or even honey. If you can’t eat the whole thing on the day you bake it then it is still perfect the next day as thick toast. You could also have it as a dessert with ice cream. Can you tell that I really love this bread?

If you don’t have a bread maker then you can still make this. Mix together the liquid ingredients in a jug, then mix with the dry ingredients to form a dough. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and leave to rise for an hour. Then place into a loaf pan and leave to rise for another 15 minutes. Bake for maybe 30-40 minutes in a moderate oven until risen and golden. (By the way, I just totally guessed at that baking time, so please keep your eye on it 🙂 )

Ingredients – makes a large loaf:

  • 1 and 1/4 cups milk
  • 50g/2 oz unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups plain (all purpose) flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 sachet (7g/0.5 oz) dried yeast
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

Method:

  • Put the milk into a small jug and microwave for 30 seconds to take the chill off. Mix in the melted butter and whisk until smooth. (If the milk is still chilled then the butter may start to re-solidify – don’t worry, just microwave for another 30 seconds and whisk again.)
  • Add the egg to the milk mixture and whisk until combined.
  • Mix the flour, sugar, cinnamon, mixed spice, and salt in a large bowl.
  • Follow the instructions for your bread maker with regards to the order of putting the ingredients into the maker’s bowl. My machine requires the liquid (i.e. milk mixture) to be put into the bowl first, followed by the dry ingredients (i.e. the flour mixture), then the yeast.
  • Set your bread maker to the ‘Sweet’ bread setting and press start.
  • Add the walnuts at the appropriate point during the cycle ( – for my machine this is just before the 2nd kneading).
  • Once baked, remove from the bread maker and leave to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.
  • Enjoy!

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