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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Cinnamon Swirl Loaf









From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite... We had breakfast for dinner tonight. Chalk it up to a great day trip that probably should have been an overnighter. We had promised the boys a trip to Cape Foulweather, so named for its high winds and the ferocity of its storms, and the cape did not disappoint. We stayed longer than we should and a late and heavy lunch left no one with any real appetite for dinner. Once home, I pulled this cinnamon swirl from the freezer and Bob made pancakes and bacon for those not wanting eggs. I suspect all of you have had this loaf in one form or another. I guarantee your grandmother made it and your mother probably used Bisquick to make a coffee cake that was similar to it. It fell into disfavor for years, but reappeared in a 2002 Cooking Light forum and hit the other food boards shortly thereafter. I have not been able to find the original source of the recipe. This is a delightful cake that is quick to assemble and is wonderful for morning meetings or a family brunch. The recipe, as it appeared on the food boards, would cause most folks to combine ingredients at the wrong time, so I've rearranged the ingredient list to prevent that from happening. Mine is a simple fix. Here's how it's made.

Cinnamon Swirl Loaf...as made in the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
Cinnamon Swirl
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Batter
1-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
Assembly
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan. Set aside.
2) To make cinnamon swirl: Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.
3) To make batter: Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a small bowl. Set aside. Cream butter until light in bowl of an electric mixer on high speed. Gradually add sugar and continue beating until mixture is very light and fluffy. With mixer set to medium speed, add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. With mixer set on low speed, alternately beat in dry ingredients and sour cream, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Beat only until combined.
4) To assemble: Spoon half of batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with half of cinnamon sugar mixture. Repeat with remaining batter and cinnamon sugar. Drizzle butter over top. To form swirl, cut through batter with a knife several times.
5) To bake: Bake until a skewer inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let pan cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Loosen sides from pan and carefully invert onto a rack and gently flip to turn right-side up again. Cool completely before serving. Yield: 1 loaf.

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70 comments :

Lucie said...

This is much more time-efficient than making a yeasted cinnamon swirl bread--perfect for long work days. Sounds like you had a great time in the wind, Mary!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Thanks for sharing this nice cinnamon swirl loaf, glad you had a great time with your family.

Ana Powell said...

Sounds like you have having a great time with the boys.
Lovely cinnamon loaf and the swirls makes it extra special and pretty.
Take care ♥

chriesi said...

I can almost smell it! Wonderful!

Foodessa said...

It's perfectly normal Mary...I've had dinner at breakfast...hence, it's not too outrageous to have breaky at supper ;o)

This loaf seems like something my 'Nonna' made when we were kids...and yes, I haven't seen it in years. Thanks for spoon feeding us with the re-organized version...I too, don't like recipes that are all over the place ;o)

Have a lovely weekend with your family,
Claudia

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Sounds like you are having a great time. Love the recipe. Diane

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Love the photos of the cape. And, these loaf breads are a real favorite of mine.

From the Kitchen said...

Mary: I would like to be at Cape Foulweather right now--curled up on a big front porch with a good book, a steaming mug of coffee and a piece of the cinnamon swirl loaf. Maybe even under a light blanket!! Oh the joy of feeding hungry boys!

Best,
Bonnie

Martha said...

I'll have to make this -- I love cinnamon breads for breakfast!

Joanne said...

I will take breakfast for dinner anyday, especially if it involves this loaf!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Lovely Mary! Cinnamon is a great addition to baking recipes; and I appreciate this loaf because as other bloggers have mentioned it is a true time saver (but of course no compromise on taste here!) :)

Sage said...

Grat pictures and that recipe is what I've been looking for; thank you for posting.
Rita

PeggyR said...

That's another great recipe. We love cinnamon.

rebecca said...

This looks scrumptious. Too bad I already had breakfast, but hey, I could have it for dinner!

What a hilarious name for a place to visit!

Big Dude said...

I'm a breakfast food for any meal guy and have done pancakes many times. I sure wish I had to put on a jacket with the hood up to go outside - at least for a couple of days relief from the heat.

Katerina said...

Indeed this is a perfect treat for breakfast, but also a nice snack for these afternoons that you long for something sweet. I love cinnamon. I use it very often in my cooking.

Rachana said...

This cinnamon swirl loaf looks lovely! Sounds like you had a lovely time, Mary!

Natalie said...

Thanks for the link love! Your bread looks delicious, we love a good cinnamon bread!

Pam said...

Mary, good job with cinnamon swirl loaf! It looks delicious and it sounds like you had a fine dinner as breakfast is good any time of the day. Cape Foulweather sounds pretty great also!

Jenn said...

I probably say this about everything you post, but I LOVE cinnamon swirl loaf. I was just telling Chris yesterday that I was so proud of myself for passing a slice of that up at work (since I started my new job I have gained about 10 pounds thanks to all the sweets and snacks they have that I can't ever say no to!!)....now I could kick myself for not eating it!! Yours looks wonderful :)

Joycee said...

Sounds delicious, well worth turning the oven on! Hope you are staying cool...

Pondside said...

There's something about the smell of cinnamon that is so comforting. When the Great Dane was a cadet cinnamon toast was the nighttime snack, with cocoa,and it still says 'safe, home' to both of us. This recipe looks much easier than anything I have, and a keeper.
I'll be those little guys had a wild and wonderful time at Cape Foulweather. I can't wait until our grandsons are old enough to come for a visit like that.

Cathy said...

Oh my, I love the beach no matter what the weather. It sounds like you had a lovely day trip with your boys.

I do indeed remember my mother making a similar loaf and we all loved the smell of it baking in the oven.

Brad said...

Cinnamon Swirl Loaf + a Good Cup of Coffee + a Day at the Beach = Perfect. Actually I'd take a mere two out of three here. Good photos, looks like you guys had a great time at the Cape.

Brad

Jennifurla said...

Enjoy your time, I think cinnamon + bread smell is well...heaven

Rosy said...

Can't wait to try this recipe to make my husbands breakfast sandwiches.

Briarside Lane said...

Recipe sounds wonderful for a fall morning. I am soooo tired of triple digit heat! Thanks... Karen

p.s. Love the pics, too. Looks like Muir Woods Beach when we were in Cali in March this year.

Marly said...

This recipe looks delicious and glad to see you had a great time with your family!

My Little Space said...

I'm sure you're having a fun and wonderful day with your family! Your grandson is smiling with joy. My kids & I don't mind having breakfast for dinner as well. We never like heavy dinner. What a great idea to freeze the cake and having it later, at anytime we want. Your cinnamon loaf looks wonderful. Enjoy your day!
Blessings, kristy

Monet said...

This looks lovely...I am sure that everyone enjoyed this moist loaf. And I think you did an excellent job rearranging the ingredients (It always helps those of us who don't follow directions well!)

Susi said...

Looks fantastic and what is better than breakfast for dinner? :o)
Wonderful pictures, it looks like you are all having a blast!

Janet Marie said...

Beautiful loaf.

June said...

Love it, love it, love it. Now I'm craving a big slice!

bellini valli said...

Cape Foulweather seems to be aptly names but nothing a hearty and delicious breakfast can't cure!!

Nina Timm said...

I feel the need for some coffee and a thick slice of this delicious bread!!

Suman Singh said...

sounds like you having a great time with the kids..they are adorable..

Cinnamon swirl loaf looks so pretty and delicious..love to have one slice...:)

Jeannie said...

Looks like you are enjoying yourself spending time with your grandsons! The cake looks delicious! Can imagine the smell emitting from your oven when you are baking this!

Julie M. said...

Mmmm. I just had cinammon swirl bread for breakfast this morning so I can almost taste how delicious this is! Your trip looks like it was a lot of fun and that weather definitely lived up to it's name!

Bella said...

Sounds like a good day. I love having breakfast for dinner once in awhile. And the cinnamon loaf looks great.

PranisKitchen said...

thats looks so soft and delicious.. very nicely done and beautiful pics too

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Hi Mary,
buona questa nricetta alla cannella... la cannella mi piace molto !
Belle le foto della tua famiglia... Grazie per la condivisione :-))
Buona serata amica mia :-)

Julie said...

Hi, Mary: Your day sounds quite fun! I love breakfast for dinner. Unfortunately, I have a husband who says breakfast is for breakfast.

I have a recipe for this same coffee cake, except mine is a bit of a cheaters version. It uses a cake mix. It's my favorite for weekends when we have company. I've never frozen it but that's a great idea.

scrambledhenfruit said...

Breakfast for dinner is perfectly acceptable. When they were little, my boys would often ask for pancakes at dinner time. Being a working mom, there never seemed to be enough time in the morning to have a leisurely pancake breakfast with all the trimmings, so we did it at dinner instead! It looks as if you're having a great visit with those grandsons and that you're keeping them plenty busy. That Cinnamon Swirl Loaf is lovely- it's a classic. I do love your instructions. I'm printing it for my son. He's a beginning baker and this would be perfect for him too. Thanks!

Samantha @ The Savvy Soybean said...

This looks yummy =) I love the smell of cinnamon in the oven. Great with vanilla ice cream or some warmed blueberries!!

The Red Umbrella said...

Ah the memories! Time to do cinnamon swirl again!

Adelina said...

A lot of fun followed by a roll like yours certainly crowns up a day! Never mind if it is breakfast for dinner- who cares when your heart is filled with so much joy!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Yes Mary - I've made this many times over the length of my marriage, but it's always a welcome sight. Thanks for reminding us of how we love it.

Lynda said...

I love having breakfast for dinner-and I remember the bisquick version of this recipe. My mother made it many times when I was growing up and it was always a much loved cinnamon loaf. I hadn't thought of it in years!
I love your version of this recipe and can't wait to make it. Thanks Mary.Have a wonderful day!

Annie said...

Thank yuou for this wonderful recipe and I am glad that you spend a great time with your family.
Have a nice day

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Can't wait to try it! Looks wonderful. I LOVE cinnamon.

Thank you for arranging the recipe so there is a better chance for success!

Carmen

Kim said...

After several 100 degree days I think I would enjoy a month at Cape Foulweather! I'm glad to see you all are having an amazing time with the boys. I am very fond of having breakfast for dinner and the cinnamons swirl loaf looks delicious.

Michael Toa said...

Breakfast for dinner, that's my favourite. The cinnamon swirl loaf looks delicious. I like the 'smile' line in the loaf. :)
Have a good day. Michael

Ginny said...

Oh, I love it - Cape foulweather!! Well, I'm sure it was a good time, though! Really, even to be able to name drop to people that you just visited Cape Foulweather is a scream! The cinnamon loaf looks lovely, I can almost smell it from here.

Allie and Pattie said...

Mary, it looks like you're having a wonderful time- and so are the boys! Love the bread and love the pictures!
xoxo Pattie

Faith said...

Breakfast for dinner is delicious...and it's such a comforting way to end the day! I bet this cinnamon swirl loaf was the perfect addition to the meal!

Cheryl said...

Looks like a fun time was had by all! My mom used to make something like this when I was a kid!

Pierce said...

The cinnamon loaf is very appealing and I have earmarked it for a try later. I have so many great recipes from fellow bloggers earmarked to do! Love the photos of that stormy looking sea, thanks for sharing!

Mags said...

Cinnamon swirl bread takes me back to being a little girl and coming home from school to find a loaf of it on the counter. Thanks for the memory.... I can almost smell it!

RamblingTart said...

I LOVE your ocean pictures so much, Mary. :-) I love any day at the ocean, but there's something special about a wild blustery one. This loaf is PERFECT after such a day. :-)

Sushma Mallya said...

Yummy loaf with beautiful pics...seems you had a great time..enjoy your weekend too mary,take care

MaryMoh said...

Your pictures make me feel cold...brrr...haha. That's what Aberdeen here is like. It's often windy, gloomy. foggy and cold. I love your love though. Having a slice or 2 with a cup of hot tea would surely warm me up and make me smile :D

Cooking Gallery said...

Yum, the loaf must have been very aromatic with cinnamon! Cinnamon always reminds me of Christmas :).

Jess @ Bakericious said...

the cinnamon swirl loaf looks so delicious, so nice to spend times with family :)

Maria said...

Love this recipe. You can't go wrong with cinnamon!

Chele said...

Just the one word;
YUM
That is all ;0)

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I am always on the lookout for quick breads that are perfect for breakfast or brunch. Thanks so much for the clear directions. I'm making this right now!

Pacheco Patty said...

Looks like you're having fun with your grandsons! Thanks for sharing a breakfast treat perfect for the entire family. I know my grand children would love it!

Latha said...

Dear Mary,

I have always asked you doubts on several recipes but never really managed to try them out. Y'day i wanted to bake something warming and had buttermilk too. Such a lovely loaf, so simple yet so satisfying. Thank you for sharing wonderful recipes with us always... wishing you a very happy festive season...

mara said...

Excellent ... I am glad I joined this site.
My best wishes Mara

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