Cinnamon Hungarian Kalács

Milk Loaf (Hungarian Kalács)


This is a milk loaf or sweet bread, in Hungarian, it is called 'Kalács'. This Sweet Bread is simply flavoured with ground cinnamon spice and the key ingredients are brown sugar, milk and eggs. So of course, the whole house smells so good! Guess the fresh yeast did a great job this time, the proofing was about 45 minutes before placing into the preheated oven of 175°C to bake for 30 minutes. See how 'puffy' it became when baked. My recipe as follows:


INGREDIENTS

    1. 4 cups all-purpose flour
    2. 1/4 cup white sugar
    3. 1/3 cup brown sugar
    4. 1 teaspoon salt
    5. 12g fresh yeast
    6. 1 recipe - 1 egg
    7. 1 1/4 cups warm milk (45°C)
    8. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    9. 1/4 cup (and more for brushing) butter, melted
    10. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon



PREPARATION

    1. Place flour, white sugar, salt, and yeast into the bowl of a stand mixer. In a bowl, whisk together egg, melted butter, warm milk, and vanilla extract; pour into the flour mixture.  Add in also cinnamon, brown sugar. Using dough hook attachment, mix on low until the flour is moistened and a dough forms, then increase speed to medium and continue kneading until smooth and elastic, 4 to 5 minutes.
    2. Place dough into a greased bowl, cover, and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours.
    3. Punch down dough, turn out onto a floured work surface, and divide into 2 equal pieces. Roll each piece firmly into a log. Formed them like two overlapped 'V' and start braiding them in alternate order and pinch the ends inward 'hide the ends under' and now it should look like a braid. Place into a greased, loaf pan (in my case I just bake it on parchment paper on a baking sheet). Cover, and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.
    4. Preheat oven to 175 °C.
    5. Brush the tops of the loaf with melted butter, then bake in preheated oven until loaf is golden brown, and sound hollow when tapped, about 30 minutes.


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