Sunday, October 30, 2011

Cinnamon Swirl Bread, you can thank your fellow chefwannabe Julie for this one!

Hello, Hello!  It is Sunday afternoon, I have been to church and lunch with my husband and now home to blog and nap before going with one of my sisters and her husband to the Funny Bone Comedy Club tonight. A little pre-anniversary fun.

A dear friend mentioned Cinnamon Swirl Bread the other day.  I am a complete sucker for anything cinnamon so I will admit, I got curious and went searching out this seemingly delectable treat.  Julie is a friend from years past, in fact, her daughter was one of my piano students and a student in school as well.  Good people these folks are, I knew she wouldn't steer me wrong from something tasty! 

The truth is, after I found a recipe, and made my own changes, I ended up making 3 loaves.  This recipe is so easy and so good, I didn't see any reason to stop at one.  Blame HER (pointing west to Cali)!!!!  I could smell this stuff for hours, and it was SO SO SO good.  I made one with nuts, one without nuts.  I made one with brown sugar and one with regular white sugar. I added nutmeg to one, and vanilla to all three.  I even made french toast with the leftovers.  For the love of all that's holy...AH-MAZING!  I don't know about you, but something cinnamon, buttery, syrupy, crunchy and nutty all rolled into one.  I am totally THERE.  

The first loaf was baking and I was defrosting something for dinner at the same time, I accidentally cancelled out my timer while I was cancelling my defrosting so I had to guess on how much time might have been left.  This is just TYPICAL Chris fashion.  My kitchen ADD runs rampant.  As it turns out, the bread had about an inch square right down the middle that wasn't cooked.  It was the perfect batch for the french toast!  We still ate it, nobody died from it........yet.  

So for the record, this is amazing and if you do not try it, you can't be a fellow "swirlie".  I would never want to be outcasted like that, you shouldn't either. :)  Also this bread must sit overnight.  I don't know why, I didn't make the rules, it is what it is.  However if you cheat, wait, let's clarify, WHEN you cheat, nobody will know but you!!  Rules are MADE to be broken people!!!!!!!

Cinnamon Swirl Bread
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup nuts of choice chopped fine
3 tsp ground cinnamon
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
2 cups milk
1/3 cup veg, peanut or canola oil

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup of brown sugar,nuts, and cinnamon; set aside. In a large bowl, combine sugar, the flour, baking powder, vanilla, and salt, beat egg, milk and oil. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy).

2. Pour half of the batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with half of the cinnamon mixture. Repeat with remaining batter and cinnamon mixture. Draw a wide rubber spatula down through batter and up in a circular motion to marble. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

3. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack. Wrap and store bread overnight before slicing.

4. Now for a little glaze, 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, vanilla or any flavored non dairy creamer, 2-3 tbsp *depending on how thick you want your glaze*.  Mix thoroughly, drizzle on cooled bread.  

Now, no touchy for a whole day!  HAHA

Your "cinna-lovin', Julie thankin'  chefwannabe


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