Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Our Special Christmas Morning Cinnamon Bread



This is one of my favorite old recipes from my blog and I thought it would be fun to revisit it.  It was dubbed "christmas pan" by Avinash years ago when he used to refer to all breads as pan.  The name stuck.

Since I first shared this recipe on my blog, four years ago, it has been shared almost 100,000 times on pinterest.  Wow!!!  That is a lot for my little old corner of the internet.  Cinnamon sugar don't lie.

This is really a ring of biscuits, held together in a sticky sweet wreath after being baked together with maple syrup and brown sugar.  Making it on Christmas morning has become a really fun family tradition.  We love all things covered in cinnamon and sugar. They also require no planning ahead or rising (like cinnamon rolls), which is good if you are not a great food planner like me.   They are SUPER EASY and SUPER DELICIOUS!

Our Christmas Pan
4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 cup unsalted butter and 1/2 cup shortening, cut into pieces (or 1 cup butter)

2 cups buttermilk


3 tablespoon butter, melted


1/2 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 cup chopped pecans, opt.

1/4 cup chopped almonds, opt.

Here is how you make them:

Combine the dry ingredients.
  
Cut the butter/shortening into the flour until it resembles small peas and add the buttermilk, just barely mix.  Flour surface and lightly roll out dough.  


Cut into rounds (about 15, I had a few left over which Avi got to roll out and mix over and over while we waited for the bread to bake).

Combine melted butter and syrup.  Pour half into bottom of pan, sprinkle half the brown sugar and spices on top.  




Arrange biscuits in a circle and pour the remaining ingredients on top.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes in fluted bundt pan.  Invert onto serving dish after taking out of oven.

After inverting them you can see all the ooey gooey baked in goodness. 

The kids love eating them even more than baking with me.  She kept politely asking for bigger and bigger pieces.

Cinnamon roll for the baby please?

Somebody else loved them too.  First he flung all his pieces to the ground.  Then, as he realized what they tasted like each piece was carefully stuffed in his mouth.  HA!



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our christmas pan


**homemade version**

4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 cup unsalted butter and 1/2 cup shortening, cut into pieces (or 1 cup butter)

2 cups buttermilk


3 tablespoon butter, melted


1/2 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 cup chopped pecans, opt.

1/4 cup chopped almonds, opt.

Combine the dry ingredients.  Cut the butter/shortening into the flour until it resembles small peas and add the buttermilk, just barely mix.  Flour surface and lightly roll out dough.  Cut into rounds (about 15, I had a few left over which Avi got to roll out and mix over and over while we waited for the bread to bake).
Combine melted butter and syrup.  Pour half into bottom of pan, sprinkle half the brown sugar and spices on top.  Arrange biscuits in a circle and pour the remaining ingredients on top.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes in fluted bundt pan.  Invert onto serving dish after taking out of oven.

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