Brown Sugar Swirl Bread &Questions

Feb 13, 2012

A collection of recent questions from the kids:

When you are alone during the day and I’m at preschool, are you lonely?

Is it true that one day the earth will run out of water?

Do you love Daddy more now or more when you first met him?

Why do I have to wear underwear?

How come you haven’t made that yummy bread in a long time?



Brown Sugar Swirl Bread

This is one of those recipes that works for breakfast or brunch, lunch for an open-faced melted cheese sandwich, or a desserty dinner of French toast. If you have leftovers, freeze or use for a decadent bread pudding.

4 cups all-purpose flour (you can do half wheat if you like)

2 tbs white sugar

2 tbsp light brown sugar

1 tsp salt

1 envelope active dry yeast

1 egg plus an additional yolk

1/4 cup melted butter

1 1/4 cups milk, warmed but not hot

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp olive oil for brushing onto dough

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/3 cup dark brown sugar plus 2 tbsp extra

In mixing bowl, combine flour, white and light brown sugar, salt, yeast. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, melted butter, warm milk, and vanilla. Combine with dry bowl. Knead by hand until dough forms (grease your hands if you want to make this easier as it is a sticky dough) and a bit longer, about 5 minutes. Put in greased bowl, covered, in a warm place to rise until doubled. Grease two loaf pans. Punch down dough and and put onto floured surface. Cut into halves and roll each half out. Brush each half with olive oil and sprinkle with cinnamon and dark brown sugar. Roll each rectangle of dough up and pinch the ends closed. Put into loaf pan and cover to rise again, about 30-40 minutes. Oven to 350. Brush tops again with olive oil and sprinkle with remaining 2 tbsp dark brown sugar, pressing it lighting into the dough so it doesn't burn. Bake about 30 minutes until brown on top and bottoms sound hollow when you tap.


  1. Celia
    February 13, 2012

    It does look like very yummy bread indeed! I’ll trade you a couple of questions from my then much younger Small Man:

    “Mum, can you make me some prosthetic hair?”

    “Did you do sumo when you were young?”


    • EmilyFranklin
      February 13, 2012

      Obviously, you can make me some prosthetic hair (preferably out of those brownies you made last week)…

  2. Maxine
    February 13, 2012

    Love your children’s questions….!

    🙂 xm

  3. Tali
    February 26, 2012

    Emily, made this yesterday and we all loved it! Thanks for sharing the recipe

    • EmilyFranklin
      February 26, 2012

      So glad you liked it! Makes great bread pudding, too, if you have leftovers (or French toast)…