One of the things on my “bucket list” is to visit the Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge Tennessee. I’ve been a fan of Dolly Parton ever since I was about 8 years old, so naturally I have to see this park at some point.
While doing a little research into places we could possibly take a road trip this summer, I looked up Dollywood online. While reading, I came across a recipe for the famous Dollywood Cinnamon Bread! I just knew I had to make some!
It turns out this recipe is very easy if you use pre-made, frozen bread dough which can be found in the freezer section at most grocery stores. Just allow the dough to come to room temperature and then rise until doubled in size which takes anywhere fro 4 to 7 hours. You could leave the dough on the counter overnight, and in the morning it will be ready. Bake some Dollywood Cinnamon Bread to go with your cup of morning coffee!
Once dough is thawed and doubled in size, just follow this easy recipe. You won’t believe how easy and delicious this bread is, and it makes your whole house smell amazing as it bakes!
serves 8 to 16
~ preheat oven to 300 degrees F. ~
for the bread:
2 loaves Rhode’s frozen bread dough, thawed and risen
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup cinnamon
2 sticks of melted butter
Line two 8x4x2 inch loaf pans with cooking parchment, or spray with Baker’s Joy.
Once dough is ready (thawed and doubled in size), using a very sharp knife, cut 4, deep crosswise slits across the top of the loaves, approximately 1 inch apart. Be careful not to cut all the way through the loaves.
Melt butter in a shallow bowl or pan. Mix cinnamon or sugar together in a separate bowl or pan.
Dredge each loaf, one at a time, in the melted butter, and then in the cinnamon and sugar mixture, making sure to get it in the grooves you made with the knife. Transfer loaves to prepared pans. Place pans on top of the preheating oven and allow bread to rise again for 45 to 60 minutes, or until doubled in size. Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes, turning loaves half way through baking time so they evenly cook and brown. Loaves are done when they are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped.
Remove from pans and place on cake plates. Pull parchment away from loaves. Allow to cool for 20 minutes before drizzling with the glaze.
for the glaze:
3 cups powdered sugar
juice from two lemons
Whisk powdered sugar and fresh lemon juice together in a bowl until smooth. Generously drizzle over loaves.