So the other day (for those of you in the NE, you know, the day it snowed? What, you say- It keeps snowing? Yes, yes, it does) it heavily snowed & I was "stuck" at home. Best.thing.do.inside? Bake, of course! The house gets warmer & smells outrageously delicious especially when cinnamon is involved. I made one of my favorites, something I knew my Mother-in-Law would love getting a loaf of & something I could bring into work the next day to share: Cinnamon Bread! YUM... Now it's called a quick bread because instead of waiting for yeast to rise, the baking soda & powder combine to do their stuff & puff up the bread "scientifically". Well, other than that reason it's certainly not quick to make from scratch but that's where the fun comes in... that & in eating it... Wish there were scratch n sniff apps for blogs:
4 C flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 C shortening (1 stick!)
2 C sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 C whole milk OR buttermilk
Cinnamon-y goodness- the inside swirl:
2 Tbs. sugar
1 Tbs. Cinnamon
1. Sift flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350. Butter two Loaf pans.
Combine shortening and sugar. Mix together, then add eggs and vanilla. Stir in sifted flour mixture and buttermilk. (add in thirds, 1/3 flour and 1/3 buttermilk; mix in then add the next third.) Mix until smooth. Pour 1/3 into a greased loaf pan.
Mix together cinnamon and sugar. Swirl 1/3 of the sugar mixture into each layer or batter with a knife. Repeat. Don't swirl the cinnamon into the top layer of batter. Lightly dust it over the top for a crusted effect.
Bake at 350º for one hour.