Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Anna Sultana’s Cinnamon Bread


A little over a year ago I posted the recipe for Ma’s Apple Cinnamon Bread.


The cakes are festive enough to serve with any meal for a holiday gathering of family or friends.
But sometimes a meal calls for something a bit lighter and simpler.
And, during the holiday rush, a simpler recipe may be all we have the time to bake.

Holiday breads can do double duty.
They’re not too elaborate, so they can be served to finish a heavy meal.
And they’re not too sweet, so they can be served along with a lighter meal.
They are also nice to serve with a cup of tea or coffee when friends drop by.


Hints:

This recipe works just as well if you’d rather use nutmeg or allspice instead of the cinnamon. Or you can use an equal amount of Apple Pie Spice Blend.

Instead of the cup of butter you can use
!/2 Cup margarine
3 ounces oil

Don’t have 2 Cups buttermilk?
You can combine
2 Tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice with enough milk to make 2 Cups.
Stir and let sit 5 minutes.


                        Cinnamon Bread (2 Loaves)
                        

For the Cinnamon Topping
In a small bowl mix together 
2/3 Cup sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon 
Set aside.

For the Bread

Grease and flour two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans

In a medium bowl combine
4 Cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
Set aside.

In a large mixer bowl, beat at medium speed
1 Cup butter 
2 Cups sugar 
Beat until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Add, one at a time
2 large eggs
Scraping the bowl, beat until just blended.

Add alternately to the batter (3 dry, 2 liquid additions)
the flour mixture
2 Cups buttermilk
Mix until just blended.

Preheat oven to 350º F

Spread one quarter of the batter in each of the two prepared loaf pans.
Sprinkle one quarter of the cinnamon topping over the batter in each pan. 
Spread the remaining batter evenly over the cinnamon topping.
Using a knife, swirl the batter.
Top with the remaining sugar cinnamon mixture.
Bake for 45 - 50 minutes.
A toothpick inserted into the centre of the loaves should come out clean.
Place the pans on a wire rack.
Let them cool for 20 minutes.
Remove the bread from the pans and place the loaves on the rack.
Let the loaves cool completely.

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