Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread


I needed to get my baking fix in for the week.  The house wasn’t smelling like baked goods and I’m soooo not okay with that.  Neither are my children or the hubs.  They think something’s amiss if I’m not baking or cooking up a storm.  In reality, I had just been preoccupied with other things.  But really, what’s more important than food to a foodie? This situation needed to be remedied stat!

I knew just what I was going to bake.  It’s sweet, cinnamon-y, moist, chewy in the right spots and has a few crunchy spots too from the topping and swirled goodness.  It’s even drizzled with a powdered sugar icing *swoon*…my Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread.  Yep.  Time for a little less talk and more action!  Let’s get you started…

Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread

Ingredients:

¼ Cup Butter (softened)
1 Cup Sugar
1 Egg
1 tsp. Pure Vanilla
2 Cups Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
½ tsp. Baking Soda
½ tsp. Salt
1 Cup Buttermilk
  Swirl/Topping
½ Cup Brown Sugar
¼ Cup Sugar
¼ tsp. Ground Nutmeg (freshly grated is best)
1 Tbs. Ground Cinnamon
 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease a bread loaf pan and set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar, egg and vanilla.  Beat until well blended.

3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, and mix together. Add these ingredients alternately with buttermilk to egg mixture above.

4.  In a small bowl, mix together swirl/topping ingredients.

5. Spread 1/3 of bread batter into prepared loaf pan.  Sprinkle with a 1/3 of swirl/topping mixture.  Take a bread knife and lightly drag it through the swirl/topping to create ‘swirling effect’.  Repeat layers twice, ending with swirl/topping sprinkled on top of bread batter.

6. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out almost clean.

7.  Allow to cool in pan for 15 minutes, then remove and place on wire rack to finish cooling.

8.  When thoroughly cooled, drizzle with a powdered sugar glaze or icing. I used the Powdered Sugar Icing from our Cookin’ Up Sweet Treats eBook
that’s available now in the Amazon Kindle Store.  It was just perfect for this bread!

Tip: If you don’t keep buttermilk on hand at home, it’s easy to make your own!  Take one cup of milk and 1 Tbs. of white vinegar and combine.  Allow to sit for 5 minutes.  The vinegar ‘sours’ the milk and voila!  You’ve got homemade buttermilk that works great for baking!

Makes:  Approximately 8 servings

Really want a ‘slice’ of heaven?  Eat the bread fresh out of the oven with a nice schmear of butter.  Ahhhhh, bliss and possibly breakfast perfection!

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