1/2 cup warm milk
1/2 cup warm water
1 (1/4th oz) package yeast
1/2 cup sugar + 1 tbsp
6 Tbsp softened butter (or earth balance buttery spread), divided
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups all purpose flour
1.5 Tbsp cinnamon, divided
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 egg + 2 Tbsp warm water
Combine your warm milk, water, yeast and 2 tsp sugar in a measuring cup and let sit for 10 minutes until foamy. The temperature of the milk/water should be about 100 degrees...about the same temperature as a warm bubble bath but not too hot.
While the yeast is resting, combine the flours, 1/3 cup sugar, 3 tbsp softened butter, salt and 1 tbsp cinnamon in a large bowl. If you're using a kitchen aid, use a paddle attachment and start to mix on slow. Then, drizzle in the water mixture while the machine is running. Increase speed to high and mix for about 6-8 minutes, until smooth and elastic. If you're working by hand, simply add the water mixture to the dry ingredients and knead on a floured surface for 10 minutes until smooth. Put some muscle into it!
Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and place dough ball in. Cover with a cloth and let rise for 1.5 hours in the warmest spot of the house. I like to rise dough on top of the dryer when I'm drying my clothes.
While the dough is rising, mix together the remaining 3 T butter with the extra 1.5 tsp cinnamon and 1 tbsp sugar in a small bowl until smooth. After the dough has risen to double it's size, roll out with a rolling pin on a floured surface to a long rectangle. Smear the butter mixture all over the top and roll up tightly.
Place dough in a greased loaf pan, cover with cloth and let rise for another hour in a warm spot.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together the egg and warm water then brush all over loaf. Bake for 40. Let cool and slice.
about 3 hours