Pintrest Challenge: Braided Cinnamon Coffee Cake

26 Jul

Like many of you, I’m kind of maniacally mildly obsessed with Pinterest. According to something I saw at D.C.’s Newseum recently, Pinterest has shot up in popularity since it first began in 2010, to the point where it’s the 3rd most popular social networking site on the web. Sharing links among friends, colleagues & friendly strangers + great pictures = success! Who knew?

But in the spirit of John and Sherry’s (and Katie Bower’s) recent challenge on Young House Love, I’ve decided to stop Pinning and start DOING – taking on a series of mini Pinterest Challenges for myself! This will be the first in a few­ posts where I take recipes I’ve pinned in the virtual world and try them out in my real life kitchen. Pinterest has so many creative and helpful ideas for a budding chef – time to see how well they hold up!

Also, I’ll be rating each recipe on a scale of 1 to 5 Pinterest P’s.  5 Pinterest P’s means the recipe is easy to follow, tasty, and actually resembles the original pinned photo. 1 Pinterest P? Let’s just say it probably turned out like this:

Image sourced from the hilarious Oy vey.

My first challenge? Braided Cinnamon Coffee Cake originally pinned from Totally Love It. A quick yeast bread-turned-cinnamon-roll, this coffee cake looked like a delicious addition to the History Teacher’s birthday brunch earlier this month. Here’s my final version:

Swirly cinnamon goodness.

Verdict? 3 out of 5 Pinterest P’s.

The recipe directions were occasionally a bit vague, and I definitely should have added more butter, but the end result was flaky and sweet. Not a bad addition to breakfast! I’ve rewritten the recipe below, with a few minor adjustments in clarity. Next time you have a breakfast or brunch to host, try this out!

Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake, adapted from Pinterest / Totally Love It – serves 8

You’ll need:

For the dough:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2  tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm milk
  • 2 and ¼ tsps. Active dry yeast or 1 envelope active dry yeast
  • 1/8 cup melted butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp sugar

For the cinnamon-sugar filling:

  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 4-5 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon

Here’s what you do:

  • Mix yeast and sugar with milk; let it sit for 5 minutes, or the yeast bubbles.

Bubbling yeast. Mmm. Bread-to-be.

  • Add beaten egg yolk, melted butter, flour and salt. Knead the dough for 6-8 minutes, finally shaping it into a ball.

  • Place ball of dough in a large, greased / sprayed bowl, then cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rise until doubled in size (about 1 hour).

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Dust work surface with flour, and roll dough out to a round, flat disk (kind of like a pie crust) with a thickness of about 1/4 to 1/2 inch.
  • Spread the ¼ cup softened butter across dough round; then sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar.
  • Roll up dough like a jelly roll; using a knife, cut log in half length-wise.

  • Twist the two halves together, keeping the open layers exposed to the top. Pinch the ends together (forming a wreath-like shape), then transfer to a baking tray (buttered or covered with cookie sheet).

  • Top with extra dollop of butter and sprinkle with more sugar and cinnamon mixture. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes – make sure to reduce temp to 350 degrees F after 5-10 minutes to ensure it won’t burn – or until the top is golden brown.
  • Top finished cake with a simple glaze of confectioner’s sugar and milk, top with extra cinnamon sugar, or eat as is.

 And there you have it! As I mentioned earlier, I’d add a bit more butter to the mix, as well as that final glaze on top (maybe with some more cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg dashed into the mix). Happy Pinning — and doing / cooking / experimenting!


15 Responses to “Pintrest Challenge: Braided Cinnamon Coffee Cake”

  1. Amy July 26, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    Love the idea of a Pinterest challenge! And that cinnamon coffee cake looks amazing! I’d give it 4.5/5 P’s.

    I’ve made a board for myself of pins that I’ve actually completed. I named it “Done *Trumpet Fanfare*” because I’m a firm believer that if I’m going to waste my time on the website, I should actually get something accomplished.

    • galleykitchengal July 27, 2012 at 6:47 am #

      Love the “trumpet fanfare” idea! I should have a triumphant sound effect playing whenever I finish something I’ve pinned, too.

  2. Felicia July 26, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    What about using cinnamon rolls from Pillsbury? Super easy to cut up and you know they are already delicious…:)!

    • galleykitchengal July 27, 2012 at 6:47 am #

      Truth! And the glaze is pre-made, too — now if only I didn’t eat the entire container of glaze before I made the cinnamon rolls … 🙂

  3. chewoutloud July 27, 2012 at 1:56 am #

    A great idea! I’ve thought about it before, too – actually trying out all the pretty things I’m pinning! Love your fun idea of P-stars 🙂 Keep pin-testing!

    • galleykitchengal July 27, 2012 at 6:48 am #

      Thanks! Here’s hoping they’re successful — or, if not, at least learning experiences, right? And thanks for checking out my blog — I’m off to visit yours!

  4. Danielle Livernois July 27, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    I’m obsessed with Pinterest (and reading blogs!) so I can’t believe I haven’t seen this challenge idea before! Fabulous! Love your blog, too. Looks like your entertaining writing style hasn’t changed since our years together in high school English class 🙂

    • galleykitchengal July 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

      😀 Thanks, Danielle! Now I’m off to read your blog, too! (And keep me posted if you take on any Pinterest challenges of your own — from what I remember, you were a baking aficionado even in middle school!)

  5. Erin July 30, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    I’m planning on making this for breakfast/brunch tomorrow. Do you think it would be alright to prepare everything tonight, cover and store it in the fridge, and then actually bake it in the oven in the morning? We’re picking my mom up at the airport pretty early, and I thought it’d be nice to stick it in the oven when we get back home and enjoy it warm and gooey shortly thereafter. Also, I’m trying out your homemade pizza recipe this week but I’m going to turn them into calzones after salivating over a cooking magazine recipe this past weekend…Thanks for all the cooking inspiration, friend! 😀

    • galleykitchengal July 30, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

      Hey hon! I’d say that the bread will probably be just fine — though I might cover it well with saran wrap or foil, just so the top doesn’t get that weird crusty effect that dough can sometimes get in the fridge. Otherwise, go to it! (And let me know how it turns out — or if you add more butter, Paula Deen-style, haha.) And as far as the calzones go, keep me posted! What sort of filling are you going to try? (PS that dough is super-easy to make and use. Enjoy!)

      • Erin July 31, 2012 at 10:48 am #

        Unfortunately, my dough turned out super dry even with extra butter (3/8 cup). I might try it again including some applesauce to moisten it up. Also, I think I might have screwed up the yeast – the milk could have been a little cooler. We’re planning to use pepperoni, banana peppers and bell peppers (from our home garden!), and onion for our calzone fillings. I’ll let you know how it goes! I will not let some minor dough failures keep me from trying new things 🙂

      • galleykitchengal July 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

        Oh no! I’m sorry that happened; I’ll retry the recipe too and see if I can figure out what might’ve happened. However, those calzones sound outrageously good — let me know how the final product turns out!


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