lucky charm babka with cereal milk icing

Happy St. Patty's Day!  I'm really not the type to "celebrate" this holiday, but it's a good excuse to have Lucky Charms.

I think it is literally one of my favorite cereals of all time (and I am kinda a cereal connoisseur).  I made a cinnamon roll dough recipe and put crushed up Lucky Charms in with the filling.  The thing that makes this loaf unique is how the roll is cut, twisted and placed into a loaf pan.  It's made just like cinnamon rolls until the very end.  So if you've made cinnamon rolls before you're halfway there.  Also, the cereal milk icing makes the loaf cake so delicious and let's say Lucky Charm-y tasting; it's great. 

Funny story.  My dog, Benny, has been feeling pretty neglected around here since my baby, Beckett, was born.  At first we were like, "WOW! Benny is doing great!!"  Nuh uh.  Don't let him fool you.  He plays dumb, but in reality he is pretty smart when he wants to have the last word.  I was nursing my son after photographing this post.  I heard a CRASH downstairs and thought that was kinda strange and was unsure what it could have been.  Then I had kinda forgot about it.  Later when I was cleaning up, I saw my camera was on the floor.  Clearly it was going to be broken (great...).  Then I noticed the dough bowl had hair at the bottom of it and I thought "that's werid...looks like Benny's hair" and the bowl next to it with Lucky Charms (the smaller bowl pictured below) was completely EMPTY.  My dog had literally jumped up on the table, knocked my camera off and eaten and licked everything!!!  If you knew my dog, he's kinda a wuss...so to do this, I swear, he did it to spite me since he was not allowed in the room (until I turned by back).  Does anybody want a Cavalier because mine is up for adoption.

jk.

Lucky Charms Babka with Cereal Milk Icing

Makes 1 loaf

Ingredients

3/4 cups milk

1/4 cup salted butter

3 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 T yeast

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 t salt

1/4 cup water

1 egg

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup salted butter, softened

1/2 cup Lucky Charms cereal, crushed

PAM baking spray

Cereal Milk

1 cup milk

2/3 cup Lucky Charms

pinch of salt

Icing

1 2/3 cup powdered sugar

2 T cereal milk

4 T softened butter

Method

1) Heat the milk in a small saucepan until butter is just melted.  Let cool.

2) Using an electric mixing bowl with a dough hook attachment, combine 2 1/4 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt; mix well.  Add water, egg and milk mixture; mix well.  Add the remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time stirring well after each addition.  When the dough has just pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly flour surface and knead until smooth (~5 minutes).

3) Cover the dough with a damp cloth for 10 minutes to rest.  Meanwhile, paddle together the brown sugar, white sugar and softened butter together until fluffy.

4) Roll out the dough into a large rectangle (at least 9x12 or larger). Spread with the butter/sugar mixture and sprinkle with crushed cereal.

5) Tightly roll up dough like you would a cinnamon roll log.  Then slice it down the middle lengthwise to expose the layers.

6) Twist the two pieces of dough together and place in a lightly greased loaf pan.

7) Bake at 375 F for ~50 minutes.

8) Meanwhile, combine the cereal, milk and salt and mix together.  Let it sit in the fridge for 2 hours.  After 2 hours, strain the mixture and press on cereal to release any extra milk.

9) Paddle icing ingredients together in a mixer until well incorporated and spread over warm (but not hot) babka loaf.

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