My brain is dead. Deader than dead. So is all my motivation tonight. I have no stories to tell or deep insights to share. I mean, Anna peed in the cart at Wal-mart last week but if you’re a facebook friend, that’s old news. And truly, between the terrible smell of my dog’s breath as she insists on sitting next to me and the huge snot loogie Anna just blew out her nose, without a kleenex, I’m less than inspired by any recipe or food right now. So bear with me tonight, because I WILL bring you a recipe to try, even if the thought of food right now makes me…..well never mind.
Before I got all tuckered out today, before my kiddo turned disgusting and my appetite vanished, I made this elephant ear bread for a little playdate at the house. It got rave reviews. My own critique is that it’s much more like monkey bread than elephant ears but it’s still darn good and not a lot of work to throw together. I managed to pull this together between my workout and shower and the kids showing up. Not bad. See….sometimes I’m motivated.
Shall we get started with the tutorial? The first step is pretty basic: flour, sugar, yeast, and salt in a bowl. Stir to combine and set aside.
Next, combine skim milk and butter in a dish and heat in the microwave until the butter is melted.
Add water and vanilla and let it cool a couple minutes. Then add the butter mixture to the flour mixture and stir well. Put some muscle into it. Ok, not really necessary, it comes together pretty easy.
Whisk together two eggs and add it to the your batter.
Keep mixing. This takes a couple minutes to come together but when it does it looks like this
Finally, add a little more flour and mix well. You’ll end up with a sticky sticky batter that looks like this
Spray a bowl with cookie pray and scrape the batter into your greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in an oven that is OFF but with the oven light ON. Let it rise in the cold oven for 45 minutes.
After your bread has risen, knead a couple tablespoons of flour into the dough with your hands. Cover back up and let it rise another 15 minutes.
After the second rise, roll your dough out on a floured surface.
Brush the whole thing generously with butter and then generously pile a mixture of cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg over top of it. Like really pile it on
Use a pizza butter to cut the dough into strips and then again crosswise into squares.
Stack your rows of squares on top of each other like this
Pile your stacks of dough squares into a greased bread pan like so. Brush a little more butter over the tops and sides and sprinkle any remaining cinnamon/sugar mixtures on the tops and sides
Cover with the plastic wrap and let sit on the stove top for 15 minutes while you pre-heat the oven to 350. Bake for 30-35 minutes and serve warm. Although, I ate a good deal of later, cold, after my company left and it was just as addicting. Enjoy!
Elephant Ear Bread
Recipe from JuJu Good News
- 2 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast (1 packet)
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 6 Tbsp. butter
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 eggs (at room temperature)
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 4 Tbsp. butter, melted
1. In a large mixing bowl, mix 2 cups of flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Set aside.
2. Combine the milk and butter in a small bowl and heat in the microwave until the butter it completely melted. Add the water and vanilla. Let the mixture cool for 5 minutes.
3. Pour the milk mixture into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and mix well. Whisk together the eggs and add to the batter. Keep mixing. Add 3/4 cup of flour and mix well. The mixture will be very sticky which means it’s perfect. Place the dough in a medium greased bowl. Cover with wrap and let it sit in a warm place to rise for about 30-45 minutes. Once the dough has doubled its size, knead in 2 tablespoons of flour. Cover the dough again for 15 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, start on the filling. In a medium bowl, mix together the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl. Set aside.
5. Once the dough is ready, roll it out on a floured surface. Brush the melted butter on the dough and add the sugar mixture. Make sure everything is covered. Using a shape knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into equal sized strips (about 2 to 2 1/2 inches wide). Then cut the strips into equal sized squares.
6. Stack the squares on top of each other to make 3 to 4 piles and place them in a bread pan. Take any sugar that fell off squares and sprinkle over the top and around the sides of dough. Cover the dough for another 15 minutes to rise.
7. While dough is rising, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Place a cookie sheet under bread pan and bake for 30-35 minutes until outside of bread is golden brown.