It is a gorgeous day and looks like winter is on its last legs in NC. Who wants to do a boatload (make it loads) of laundry, check things off the work checklist, shop, cook and drive around for a gazillion pickups and drop offs.. Right ! We sure can dream on, can’t we?.
Meanwhile reality sinks in and work beckons and just for the lark of it , I think this week calls for something special. Why so, you may ask ? Why not ? I reason . It’s special cause we want it to be , cause we feel like it and cause I am singing Pharell Williams “Happy” song. A3 theorizes that un-birthday , birthday celebrations are cool. Therefore , mom has been summarily hinted and pleaded alternatively, to pretty please plan and throw a “surprise” one. No amount of A1 and A2’s reasoning that one cannot really plan for one’s “surprise” party holds water. A3 promises to promptly forget he asked for one as long as he is promised his special day. LOL. I love this kid’s reasoning !
I kind of agree. I guess if you really want it, then you should go for it. While the event still has a few more weeks ( atleast 12 weeks ) to go into, I am pretty sure A1,2 and 3 will be thrilled to have a slice of this freshly baked cinnamon swirled bread . Hand it over with a tall glass of milk and wholesome fruit to go with it. Yum ! After a long day of school and before the gym practice and meet, this is a welcome treat for them.
Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread:
A welcome treat, especially after a grueling day for the kids. Flecks of cinnamon in the batter will greet you along with a ribbon of cinnamon sugar smack in the middle. Vanilla enhances the flavor subtly and you have a moist crumb when you slice the bread. If only you can wait until its cool enough to slice !
Prep time : 15 – 20 min Cook time : 45-50 min Serves about 10 thick slices.
For making the batter base :
- Unbleached All purpose flour : 1 cup
- White Whole wheat flour : 1 cup
- Salt : 1/4 tsp.
- Baking Soda : 1 tsp.
- Cinnamon powder : 1/2 tsp.
- Unsalted Butter : 8 Tbsp. / 1/2 cup
- Packed Brown sugar : 1/4 cup
- Granulated Sugar : 3/4 cup
- Egg, large, cage free : 1
- Pure vanilla extract : 1 tbsp.
- Buttermilk : 1 cup or Milk , 2 % : 1 cup + 1 Tbsp. of Vinegar or lemon juice
For the Sugar swirl : ( whisk ingredients till combined well )
- Granulated sugar : 1/4 cup
- Cinnamon Powder : 2 tsp.
Note: please bring all the ingredients to room temperature before baking. The only exception for me is the vanilla extract which I take it out just when I start creaming the butter and sugar.
- Pre heat the oven to 350 F. Spray a 9 by 5 inch bread loaf pan and set aside.
- In a separate mixing bowl, scoop out the 2 cups of flour and add salt and baking soda along with cinnamon and whisk very well to ensure thorough distribution. Alternatively sift it all together in a bowl.
- Cream the butter and sugar in your stand / hand mixer till pale and fluffy.
- Add the egg and whisk it till well combined.
- Add the vanilla extract and whisk again.
- Add the buttermilk if using or if not add the vinegar to room temperature milk and set aside for a couple of minutes and use.
- Whisk well till combined thoroughly.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix till combined.
- The batter would be thick and fluffy. Optional : you can add cinnamon chips now in the batter if using.
Layering the batter and baking :
- Add half of the batter to the prepped pan and smooth it.
- Now add 3/4 of the sugar – cinnamon mix as a layer and gently pat a couple of times to get it to stick to the batter.
- Now add the rest of the batter as dropfuls and smoothen it to get a layer like a sandwich. The reason to add as dropfuls and not add in one heapful is because this is such a thick batter , if you drop them in spoonfuls distributed along the pan length , then it is simply a matter of joining the dots.
- Now add the reserved 1/4 of the sugar cinnamon mix on the top and pat down to let it stick.
- Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes or so or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Remove, cool and then slice.
- Serve warm !
Adapted from redflycreations and allrecipes.