This is a recipe that I got from Pampered Chef years ago. I think it was Tucker’s first Christmas when I baked loaves of this bread to give as gifts to our family & friends (ever since we were married, I’ve done homemade gifts and love it). & I think it’s honestly been about that many years since I’ve made it. I was trying to think of something sweet to give the kid’s teachers and this popped in my head.
Ingredients: 1/4 c. sugar, 2 tbsp. ground cinnamon, 1 egg white, 1 tbsp. water, 2 pkgs. refrigerated french bread dough, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Optional Glaze (I’ve never done this because I give it as a gift, but if I were to serve it in our home or make it for us to eat I’d totally add this to it!): 1/4 c. maple syrup, 1 pkg. softened cream cheese.
Directions: Preheat oven to 375. If you have the Pampered chef mini loaf pan (or another pan similar to it) spray it with nonstick cooking spray. If you don’t have a mini loaf pan, you could always make a big loaf I suppose, not sure if baking time would vary. Whisk egg white & water together (set aside) and mix cinnamon & sugar together (set aside). Unroll one package of the french bread dough and roll it out on a cutting board. Brush dough with half of the egg white mixture and sprinkle with half of the cinnamon sugar. Then sprinkle with half of the walnut mixture. Roll the dough up starting at the narrow end and then cut in half. Place seam side down in the pan. Cut a slit in the top of each loaf without cutting through the ends, brush with a little egg white mixture, and top with a few chopped walnuts. Repeat these same steps with the second roll of dough so that you have a total of four mini loaves. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. For the glaze, you just beat together the syrup & cream cheese and serve!
For the kid’s teachers I found these cute little mini loaf decorative cardboard holders that I put the bread in, then I set them atop a really cute Christmas plate I found at Walmart and tied it all up inside cellophane bags with a bow and cute tag that the kids signed.