Commitment and Cinnamon Bread

Sometimes commitment can come too quickly, especially if it’s unwanted.

I was seeing a guy that seemed quite nice. However, if anything, he was a little bit too nice. Not that I have anything against nice guys- I certainly don’t like dating assholes. But on occasion, I do like to date someone who isn’t exactly like me, because I am a big fan of a good debate everyone once in a while.

So here I was, on the third date, seeing what I was quickly realizing was a too-nice-for-my-taste guy.

It would have really been in my favor to realize that on the second date.

At the end of the date, he leaned in to kiss me. And that is when I really realized that he was not the guy for me, since he even kissed too nice. But it was what happened afterwards that really sealed the deal.

Guy: We’re perfect for each other. I want us to be officially dating in a few weeks, engaged by Christmas, and then married by next summer.

Me: gulp (haven’t I mentioned before that I don’t jump into commitment? and I told this guy that! AND HE JUST GAVE ME A TIMELINE.)

Guy: We’ll be so in love! 

Me: gulp (haven’t I mentioned it before that this freaks me out when that is said too soon? and I told this guy that, too! AND I’VE REALIZED I’M NOT EVEN “IN LIKE”)

Guy: It’ll be a dream come true!

Too bad for me it seemed more like a nightmare.

It also made it very difficult to let this guy down easily, as he obviously hadn’t been listening to anything I had said so far (except for “I’m a doctor,” likely. Seems like he had things in common with some of my patients.)

Take Your Time Cinnamon Bread

cinnamon breadbecause who doesn’t need to slow down and breath every once in a while?

Ingredients (this makes two loaves)

  • 6 c unbleached flour (this is approximate- you might use anywhere from 1/4 c more or less, depending  on the day), plus extra for rolling
  • 1 tsp and 2 tbsp cinnamon, divided
  • 1 package yeast
  • 1/4 c vegetable shortening
  • 2 and 1/4 c skim milk
  • 1/3 c + 1c sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • Vegetable oil spray
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Cold water
  • 1 egg, beaten

How-to

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, mix together 2 c flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, and yeast.
  2. Using a small saucepan over low heat, melt vegetable shortening. Turn off the heat and add the milk, 1/3 c sugar, and salt. Let cool until temperature is between 120-130 degrees Fahrenheit (use a thermometer- you need the right temp for the yeast!).
  3. Turn the mixer on low using the paddle attachment. Slowly add the liquid ingredients. Turn speed up to medium for 30 seconds, scrape bowl, then turn mixer back onto high speed for 3 minutes.
  4. Switch the paddle attachment for the dough hook. Turn the mixer on low, then slowly add the rest of the flour (taking into account that you might not use all of the flour, or you might need to add a little bit more if the dough seems too wet).
  5. Crank that mixer up to high for 3 minutes to kneed the dough.
  6. Remove dough and place into a glass bowl coated with vegetable oil, flipping dough over once to make sure it’s coated in a thin layer all around.
  7. Place in a warm place covered with a towel for 45 minutes to one hour to allow dough time to double in size (I normally place the oven on 200 degrees when I first start making the bread, then turn off before placing my bowl in there).
  8. Remove dough from your warm place and punch down. Let rest 10 minutes, then divide in half.
  9. Spray two loaf pans with vegetable oil spray.
  10. In a small bowl, mix together remaining 1 c sugar, remaining 2 tbsp cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  11. Sprinkle a clean countertop and your rolling pin with flour. Roll half the dough out into a large rectangle, slightly wider than your loaf pan (I normally aim for about 2 inches here) and 16-18 inches long.
  12. Rinse your hands with cold water, and massage the surface of the dough until slick (this will help create a gooey cinnamon layer). Sprinkle on half the spice mixture. Roll up the bread, fold over ends, and place into the loaf pan seam-side down.
  13. Repeat with the second half of the dough and spice mixture.
  14. Cover again with a towel and place in a warm place to double in size (30-45 minutes).
  15. Preheat oven to 375 degrees (be sure to make sure your oven is empty!!!).
  16. Beat egg with a little bit of cold water. Using a pastry brush, brush tops of bread.
  17. Bake for 40 minutes (bread will sound hollow when you knock on it).
  18. Remove from pans and let cool.

Slice and serve. Be sure to keep in an air-tight container so it doesn’t dry out! If it does, heat up a slice in the microwave for 30 seconds with a little butter, or use to make french toast.

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90 thoughts on “Commitment and Cinnamon Bread

  1. I haven’t tried this with cinnamon bread, but it works with rolls and cornbread. Put the stuff (probably sliced in this case) into a paper bag. Sprinkle the paper bag with water, seal it as tight as you can, and put it in a 400F oven for five minutes.

    I typically use a paper lunch bag.

  2. Wow, the Graze sounds nice. Wonder how similar it is to the Conscious Box I plan to get too. :) I’ll check them out and let you know when I get my first box! Great blog and the bread look deeeelicious! ;)

  3. LOL… I’m not even in like. Where’d you find that guy, the set of a sit-com? Technically I pulled the ‘I love you’ out on my wife a bit too soon too (10th date maybe) but she’d been used to assholes (I did listen), so I got all Judo on her and wrote her a poem. We were engaged shortly thereafter… That was almost 19 years ago now. Love her more now than I did then. Good luck.

  4. and don’t you just love it when the “over commiters” cry out “No nice girls will date me!!!” it’s cause y’all can be super creeeeepy.

    • Two loaves disappears in the course of a few hours in our Medical ICU workroom. I had to hide a piece for a coworker in clinic that morning.

      Nice to know I’m not the only person horrified by a timeline…

  5. Oh my. I love this…all of it. The fear of commitment (I’ve had five addresses in as many years)…the “too nice” guy…and the cinnamon bread. I’ve been wanting to make some for a while, but after a huge flop in November I’ve been a bit leery. I might just have to jump in this weekend!

  6. I’ve def. been there. It can take you from, “Oh this guy’s cute and cool” to “oh…this guy’s a psycho” in one date. How disappointing. Oh well, the bread looks great! I wish Graze was an option for Switzerland!

  7. Oh I’ve “dated” guys like that. I think they are in love with the idea of being in love. They see a small opening and go for it. Never mind we haven’t remotely indicated that we want that too.

  8. Oh lord. Oh lord oh lord oh lord. Thats terrifying. And probably my worst nightmare. Did he name your kids yet? Did he make a wedding album using photoshop and facebook? Jeez.

  9. Holy crap! Is that guy for real?! I would have been freaking out too! I like that your bread recipe is called “Take it slow” bread. Hehehe… Crazy dude…

    Hey thanks for following me! Your blog seems awesome too! :D

  10. I have been craving this bread for ages and now I feel the need to make it since I see my craving in a photo.

    Sorry about the timeline guy…much too fast for a first date!

  11. Can’t wait to try out the bread, we’re cinnamon fiends in this house! Plus can totally relate to the too-nice-guy situation. I’m glad I’m not the only one that thinks there’s such a thing!

  12. White socks with black pants. Dead giveaway that there’s something wrong there. That was my criteria when I was in high school – it never let me down. My late husband would NEVER have worn white socks with black pants, and neither would my husband now. Jes sayin…there’s a way to tell. :lol:
    Aside from that, I love the looks of this cinnamon bread (one of my favorite breads). ‘course, I’ll have to use my Armstrong mixer for this.

    • I have rules against white socks with black pants OR socks with sandals. However, there are other fashion rules that I sometimes need to impart, too (just ask my boyfriend, who couldn’t figure out why he couldn’t wear a velvet smoking jacket with corduroy pants both in black together).

      Meaning a strong arm? ;)

  13. That dating story is hilarious! Hilarious because I’m a spectator. Horrifying if I was you! And that bread looks really yummy. Super impressed you find time to cook and bake as a doctor! I know my doctor friends just struggle to survive! Thanks for stopping by and following my blog! Yay foodies for the win! =p

  14. I love your date stories. Pleas consider any future rubbish dates as an exercise in altruism so we can all continue to enjoy the tales of weirdos ;)

    And the cinnamon bread looks yum too. Love cinnamon – I’ve recently become obsessed with cinnamon hot chocolate.

  15. I too have experienced guys moving too fast. Take a hint!! But seriously, no one has ever said anything like that to me. That’s not even a commitment thing. You’re just not desperate, while he obviously is!! Hhbbbbrrr… gives me the shivers that someone can get attached THAT quickly. Taylor Swift mentality, but in a guy. That’s wack!

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