Oh my gosh, I LOVE this bread!!! I changed a few things. I added 1 Tbsp of sugar to the yeast/water and let it sit for 10 mins. As the yeast was activating, I mixed the other ingredients together, except for the flour. I also used butter instead of margarine and 1 1/2 cups raisins since I like them a lot! I added the yeast mixture after 10 mins and then the cooled milk. I also used 4 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour and 4 cups bread flour since I have read that all-purpose flour isn't the best for bread. I kneaded the bread for about 10 minutes, not just a few. Let rise for 30 mins. For the sugar/cinnamon mixture, I used 1 cup sugar and 4 Tbsp cinnamon since I also love it! I covered the rolled out dough completely and then rolled it up. Lastly, I placed a glass pan of water on the bottom rack in the oven. Apparently this helps with browning the crust and keeps it from burning or drying out as easily. I preheated the oven to 400 degrees and then after I put the loaves in the oven, lowered the heat to 350 since so much heat is lost when you open the oven and apparently the first few minutes are crucial for rising. I baked for 16 mins, then turned all three pans around and baked for an additional 16 mins. I believe 45 minutes would be WAY too long. In the end, they are beautiful, and I will post pictures. Hope this review helps.
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Oh my gosh, I LOVE this bread!!! I changed a few things. I added 1 Tbsp of sugar to the...