Monday, March 25, 2013

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

It was my turn to bring snack for our E.C.F.E. (early childhood family education) class and this is the one place left on God's green earth that you can still bring a homemade snack. Okay, so I might be exaggerating a bit, but the fact still remains that I decided to make something yummy to bring with! I decided on this bread that sounded like a delicious treat and something that I could pair up with a healthy box of gogurts! It was definitely a tasty bread and I was glad that I made a double batch so that I got to have a taste of my own! My kiddos were asking when I was going to make another batch as soon as we got home... I guess one piece wasn't enough!

Cinnamon Swirl Bread
(recipe found in Taste of Home Healthy Cooking)

2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup (8 ounces) reduced fat plain yogurt
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup packed brown sugar

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and salt. In a small bowl, whisk the egg, yogurt, oil and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and remaining cinnamon. Spoon a third of the batter into an 8x4" loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Top with a third of the brown sugar mixture. Repeat layers twice. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl the brown sugar mixture. Bake at 350 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.

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