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Walnut Cinnamon Yeast Bread (Iowa State Fair Winner!)

2016 Iowa State Fair winner and for good reason.  Absolutely delicious toasted and spread with a little butter and honey.

Walnut Cinnamon Yeast Bread (Iowa State Fair Winner!)

Walnut Cinnamon Yeast Bread (Iowa State Fair Winner!)

Ingredients

  • 5 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 pkgs. regular dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs (room temp.)
  • 1-5oz. pkg. Gurley's walnuts (chopped very small)
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 egg white

Instructions

  1. In large mixer bowl combine 2 1/2 cups flour and the yeast. In saucepan, combine butter, milk, sugar, honey and salt. Heat till warm (115-120°). Add this liquid mixture to mixer bowl and beat thoroughly. Add the eggs and another 2 1/2 cups of flour and beat well. Add the walnuts, cinnamon and remaining 1/2 cup of flour and beat until dough is stiff. Turn out on floured surface, knead 4 minutes. Place in very large bowl - cover - let rise double. Punch down and divide into 2 equal portions. Shape loaves, place into greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans. Whisk 1 egg white with 1 Tbsp. water and use to brush atop loaves. Let rise until light. Bake at 350° 45-50 minutes. Remove from pans and cool on rack.