For breakfast I usually have cold cereal and toast, but not just any toast homemade toast. I was just experimenting with the recipe one day when I just happened upon developing this recipe, Surprise Inside Snack Bread. Basically, you have a whole wheat (so it’s “healthy”) bread dough filled with a surprise (like leftover Halloween candy bars, baking chips, peanut butter) then seal the dough so the surprise can’t escape, and then dip the entire thing in melted butter and cinnamon sugar, bake and voila!
First, we start with making the whole wheat bread dough. So, grease a large bowl, set aside.
In a small bowl combine hot water, butter, and brown sugar, set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer combine water, yeast, and sugar.
Stir in bread flour and salt.
Add the water/butter/brown sugar mixture you made earlier. Stir well.
Stir in the whole wheat flour. Knead in the mixer for 5 minutes.
Place the dough in the large bowl, you greased earlier, to rise. Cover, until the dough is doubled in bulk.
While you wait you can work on preparing your surprises! You can use baking chips, leftover Halloween chocolate candy bars (I used Reese’s cups, twixt, milky way, snickers, 3 musketeer’s, and some Hershey’s raspberry hugs), nut butters, just about anything. Well, don’t use anything that has been in the refrigerator unless it has come to room temperature and don’t’ use anything that is very liquidy, if you do the bread with not get done in the middle and it will be doughy. Cut up any items that are very big into smaller bits.
You can also melt a stick of butter, and make the cinnamon sugar.
Once the dough is risen roll the dough into a log and use a bench scraper to cut the into 10 approximately equal pieces.
Cut those pieces in half, so you have 20 pieces.
Next, press two pieces out so that they are pretty flat and thin (just use your hands to press it out). Then place a surprise on one piece of the flattened dough, top with the other pieces of dough and and press the edges to seal. Dip this into the melted butter and then coat in the cinnamon sugar. Place in a greased loaf pan. Repeat with remaining dough.
A couple of my favorite surprises are peanut butter with butterscotch chips
and peanut butter with bacon crumbles!
Once you have all the dough filled with surprises and places in the pan, mix the remaining melted butter and cinnamon sugar together and pour that over the loaf (see gif above). Bake at 350F for 40 minutes. Oh, you probably want to place a baking sheet under the loaf pan because it might run over.
Once baked allow to cool a bit, it is very good warm. See the surprise in this piece? I think it’s a 3 Musketeer!
- 1T. butter
- ¼c. hot water
- ¼c. brown sugar, packed
- 1T. instant yeast
- 1c. hot water
- 1T. sugar
- 1t. salt
- 1½c. bread flour
- 1¾c. whole wheat flour
- 1 stick butter
- 1T. ground cinnamon
- 1c. sugar
- assorted surprises (chocolate candy bars, baking chips, peanut butter, nutella, bacon crumbles, etc.)
- In a small bowl combine 1T. butter, ¼c. hot water, and brown sugar. Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer combine yeast, 1c. hot water, and 1T. sugar.
- Stir in the bread flour and salt. Add the butter/water/brown sugar mixture from step one. Mix well.
- Stir in the whole wheat flour until well combined. Knead for 5 minutes.
- Place dough in a greased bowl and allow to rise, covered, until doubled in bulk.
- Preheat oven to 350F and grease a loaf pan.
- Cut any large surprises into smaller pieces. Set aside.
- Melt 1 stick butter, set aside. Combine the cinnamon and 1c. sugar in a small bowl and set aside.
- Once dough is risen, roll dough into a log and cut into 20 equal pieces.
- Press two pieces of dough out until they are flat and fairly thin. Place a some of the surprises onto one of the pieces, leaving about a ½ inch around the edge. Place the other dough piece on top and press to seal the edges.
- Dip the dough into the melted butter and then coat in cinnamon sugar. Place in the prepared pan. Repeat with remaining dough.
- Combine remaining melted butter and cinnamon sugar. Pour over loaf.
- Bake at 350F for 40 minutes. Cool sightly before enjoying.
Original Recipe By: Rilla Banks(A.K.A. Epic Sweet)
P.S. If you are looking for more ideas for using leftover Halloween candy check out these posts: