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Sourdough Cinnamon Swirl Bread

I love the flavors of orange and cinnamon infused in this special bread. The first time I made this, everybody gobbled it up. This year I'm making them for Christmas morning and maybe adding an orange glaze for an extra fancy treat. Sounds like a plan. 🎄

Ingredients

The Dough

Filling

Egg Wash

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

  • Using a stand mixer with a bread hook, combine water, sourdough starter, olive oil, honey, and salt.
  • Slowly add in flour 1 cup at a time beating until well incorporated and the dough begins to pull away from the bowl and form a ball. Keep mixing for an additional 5 minutes. You can also mix by hand in a large bowl and knead for 7 minutes.
  • Place dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap and let double in size. This can take 5-8 hours or longer depending on the temperature in your kitchen and how bubbly your starter is. Let it go till it doubles even if it takes longer than 8 hours.
  • Once doubled, place dough on a floured board and cut dough into 3 equal pieces.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll your first piece of dough into a large 15" X 6" rectangle.
  • Whisk together your egg and water to create an egg wash, and in a separate bowl mix together your cinnamon and coconut sugar.
  • Brush your egg wash on the dough using a pastry brush.
  • Sprinkle on cinnamon sugar and orange zest where you applied the egg wash.
  • Roll up your dough from the long angle and pinch the open ends together.
  • Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut the dough down the center (gently) leaving an inch of dough connected at the top.
  • Gently braid your two strands one over top of the other until you get to the end.
  • Pinch together ends to form into a mini wreath.
  • Repeat with the remaining dough pieces. Put onto a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving a good amount of room in between to allow for rising. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Gently coat with an egg wash and bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool for ten minutes before serving.