Cinnamon Swirl Bread and Valentine Brunch French Toast

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Serves: 6
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4 c all purpose flour
1 tsp bread machine yeast
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 c water
2 or 3 Tbsp melted butter, cooled
1/4 c dark brown sugar
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnimon
2 dash(es) salt
1/4 c raisins ***optional***
10 large eggs
1/4 c heavy cream
2 dash(es) cinnimon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

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Helene Mulvihill Recipe
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Magnolia, TX (pop. 1,393)
Member Since Jan 2011
Helene's notes for this recipe:
This is another variation of the Dutch oven no-knead bread that I've been experimenting with for the last few weeks, and a request by one of my daughters. After making the loaf someone asked for french toast and this is what we used. This is definately going to be on our Valentines Brunch menu next Sunday! Can't wait!!
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~~~*~~~THE BREAD~~~*~~~
for bread.. mix dry ingredients, then pour into water and mix until moistened, dump into greased container and close lid for 12 hours on counter.
dump dough onto floured surface and fold edges into middle several times. If you're going to add raisins you can do that now by folding them into the bread. turn over and form ball. sprinkle with flour and cover with plastic wrap for 2 1/2 hours on counter.
put dutch oven or covered casserole dish into oven. set oven at 500 degrees.
while oven is heating melt butter and mix sugars in a seperate bowl.
remove plastic wrap from dough, and turn over. brush butter onto dough, and spread sugar mixture over it. loosely roll it up.
when oven is heated remove dutch oven and remove lid. gently lift dough and drop into dutch oven, replace lid and put back in oven. bake for 30 minutes.
remove lid and bake for another 10 minutes. keep your eye on it, this recipe is exact for my oven but others have reported burning so check on it!
remove from oven and immediately dump onto cooling rack to cool. yumm!! The bread is done now and you can go ahead and eat it without making the french toast...its so good it might never make the next steps!!!!
~~~*~~~FRENCH TOAST~~~*~~~
slice bread into 3/4 inch slices the night before and lay on cooling racks in cool oven overnight. This will allow the bread to become slightly stale and hold the custard better.
In the morning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. mix the ingredients for the egg dip and pour some into a large baking dish. lay bread in the dip and pour more on to soak. after 5 minutes flip and soak another 3 or 4 minutes.
fry 2 slices at a time in butter until browned, lay in greased baking dish. The frying cooks the outside but the custard is still raw in the middle of the bread, so you have to bake for 15 minutes after frying. Serve with butter, cinnamon sugar, maple syrup or fresh berries and whipped cream!

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user Helene Mulvihill WeBakeinTX - Feb 8, 2011
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user Barbara Brunson kksnana - Feb 8, 2011
Hi there! I'm new here to the website, and I have already chosen you as a favorite! This sounds so yummy that I am going to have to try it soon. Keep posting those wonderful recipes. I have found so many already. Thanks a lot!
user Helene Mulvihill WeBakeinTX - Feb 8, 2011
thanks Barbara :-) Hope you love it!! be careful not to leave it unattended, it has a tendency to dissapear LOL
user Barbara Brunson kksnana - Feb 8, 2011
LOL! I know that is what happens to stuff in my house.....except for the dirty dishes he leaves as evidence!
user Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7 - Mar 31, 2011
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!

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