I’m doing it again! I’m sharing another of my Mamma’s most popular recipes. You guys are so lucky to get this — and you must make it! My mother’s recipe is very “Hipcooks,” meaning that it’s a snap to make, yet special and delicious. This bread is no-knead, and no-fuss. A child can make it (and does!) Everyone will fawn over it (and you!) when it comes out of the oven, smelling sweetly of cinnamon and walnuts.
The last time I made this recipe I was Lucia’s age. How fun it was to re-discover this delicious bread with her.
Basically, you plop warmed milk, butter, yeast, and a bit of sugar to eat into a mixer. Add egg and flour. Mix until just combined.
Cover, and throw the whole thing into the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours or a maximum of 3 days. True! The bread does not care! It will prove (rise) just the same.
Sprinkle the dough with brown sugar, plenty of cinnamon, golden raisins and chopped walnuts. Roll it into one big log.
Transfer to a baking sheet. You can give it a horseshoe shape, a circle, or a heart (props to Lucia for the best idea, ever!)
This bread will rise further in the oven, brown on top and smell like home.
Do not resist the temptation to cut a piece straight away, slather with superfluous butter and go straight to “7th Heaven,” to quote my Mom.