Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Quick bread! Easy and QUICK to make with just a few ingredients. No mixer required! Great for breakfast with a hot cup of coffee, or easily could be a dessert as well.

My family has always loved this bread. They can't wait for me to bake it, and when my kids were little, they'd come running when they smelled it. I'll admit, the smell is hard to resist; you want it to hurry up and finish baking so you can cut some and enjoy it.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread is awesome to make for Christmas morning; sticky, sweet and delicious. It's perfect for enjoying sitting around the tree opening presents. One of my favorite memories, and I hope it'll be one of yours as well.

For the swirl:
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
2 tsp. ground cinnamon

For the bread:
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 large egg
1 cup milk
1/3 cup cooking oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease/flour/spray the bottom and sides of a 9″ x 5″ x 3″ loaf pan.

To make the swirl, combine 1/3 cup of sugar, pecans, and cinnamon. Set aside.

Combine 1 cup of sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat egg. Then, stir in milk and oil. Make a well in the flour mixture and add the egg mixture. Stir just until mixed. Do not over-mix.

Pour half of the batter into loaf pan. Sprinkle with half of the cinnamon mixture. Repeat. With a wide rubber scraper or spatula, swirl mixtures together with a down and up circular motion.

Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until done. Cool in pan for about 10 minutes. Then, cool completely on a wire rack.

Yield: 1 large loaf or 2 small 5.75" x 3" loaves

Cook's Note - bread freezes very well

Also seen on Meal Plan Monday



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