The commercially made cinnamon breads often use too much sugar for our taste, and we know, sugar is “the bad guy” where food is concerned. We haven’t been eating cinnamon bread for sometime and so I decided to bake a loaf last night. This is a very simple, no knead, no fuss method!
375g Unbleached bread flour
2 tsp cinnamon powder
2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp dry yeast
1 1/2 cups filtered water.
The night before, measure and mix thoroughly all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add in the water, and with a plastic or wooden spatula, mix the dough till it’s a sticky even mass. Cover the dough and leave the bowl at room temperature over-night till the next day. I had mine sitting for 17 hours.
After this long proofing time, turn the sticky dough on to a floured surface and form gently into a boule. Transfer this on to a baking sheet and proof further for 2 hours. When 1 1/2 hours have passed, heat up the dutch oven in your oven to 240˚C; and at the end of the 2 hours, transfer the dough still on the baking sheet into the dutch oven and place on the cover. You could score the dough before placing it into the dutch oven. Then set the temperature to 230˚C and bake for 30 minutes.
At the end of 30 minutes, remove the lid of the dutch oven. Bake a further 10 to 15 minutes to brown the crust of the loaf. Leave the oven door slightly open to dry the crust for the last 5 minutes before removing the loaf to cool on a metal rack before slicing the loaf.
“What makes good bread? It is a question of good flour and slow fermentation. In the old days we used to leave the dough to ferment for at least three or four hours, and it wasn’t necessary to put chemicals into the dough. Today the farmers get much bigger crops from the same piece of ground, but the wheat has lost its taste. And to make it look nice and white — comme un cadavre — the millers grind it up fine and sift it, so you are left with very little except starch.”