Yield: 1 loaf.
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter
- 2 1/2 teaspoons dry, active yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 5 teaspoons cinnamon
- milk for brushing
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons milk
- Heat milk and butter until butter melts. Cool until mixture is lukewarm (about 110 degrees)
- Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a mixer (you can do this in the bread-mixer) if you want. Beat in sugar and eggs, and blend at a low speed. Add salt, lukewarm milk mix, 2 cups of flour--mix until well blended, for about a minute. Add 1 1/4 cups of flour, and knead at medium-low speed, adding more flour until dough is smooth and doesn't stick to the bowl (or your fingers when you pinch it). This will probably take about 10 minutes.
- Once dough is smooth, soft, and elastic transfer it to a large oiled bowl to rise in. Make sure and oil both side of the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise until it doubles in size (2-2 1/2 hours). After it has risen, punch down the center (you can refrigerate it at this point for up to a day if you need to). Turn the dough onto an unfloured surface, and let it rest for about 10 minutes.
- Grease sides and bottom of bread pan. Mix sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl (you can throw in raisins, nuts, etc at this point too).
- Roll the dough into a rectangle, as close to 8x18" as you can (lightly flour counter if dough sticks), and brush it with milk. Sprinkle filling evenly over dough, leaving 1/2" border along far end. Starting with the close end, roll up dough, and push sides in if it gets wider than 9". When you reach the end, pinch the dough together tightly to form a secure seam. Pinch the ends together firmly as well, and place loaf seam-down in pan, pressingly lightly to flatten.
- Cover top of pan with plastic wrap, and let it rise until dough is 1 inch above the top of the hand (this will take about an hour or so, or 2 if the dough has been refrigerated. As the dough rises, move the oven rack to the center and heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Meanwhile, whisk egg and milk together in a small bowl. Gently brush loaf top with egg mixture.
- Bake until loaf is golden brown, this should take 30-35 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on a rack.
- Devour--once you cut it, it won't last long.