Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Gooey Amish Cinnamon Bread

What do you make when you are craving the gooey, warm, delicious flavor of cinnamon rolls but really do not feel like spending a couple hours waiting for them to rise and bake?

Enter this amazing quick bread. The entire recipe requires a mere five minutes of prep before being placed in the oven to bake. About 1 hour later, you will be feasting on the most glorious snack!

The afternoon I made this treat, Matthew had a couple friends over, two of the sweetest little girls we know. They were running around like mad, chasing one another and getting into all kinds of mischief. Pretty soon, all three kiddos had tuckered themselves out so much that they were all just lying in  the middle of the kitchen floor like corpses while Baby Emma crawled between them. She was utterly confused as to why they were not moving about as wildly as before. These kids needed some sugar to get their motors up and running once more.

This is what a sugar high looks like on a 10-month-old. She was racing up those stairs faster than I could snap a picture!

I told the kids to get up, brush themselves off, and muster up their best manners. We were going to have a tea party. I made a batch of chai tea on the stovetop and then served it in our china tea cups. I sliced up this bread and served it on a fancy platter. The Beatles' album A Hard Day's Night was playing in the background for mood music (tea time is a British tradition after all) and we all sat down to enjoy some goofy conversation and a wonderful snack.

The kids really like the chai tea...but the true star of our little tea party was the bread. They gobbled it right up - not a crumb was left!

Not too long after the conclusion of our tea party, the sugar hit their systems and they all took off running around as before. I guess that's the one downside to this recipe: it has some adverse effects on the little people. At least I know they will sleep well tonight!

This bread makes a great addition at the breakfast or brunch table. The scent of cinnamon and sugar as it bakes will make your kitchen smell divine! Certainly better than any Yankee Candle.

Gooey Amish Cinnamon Bread
adapted from Little B Cooks

Note: If you want the bread to be super gooey, slice it while still warm. The cinnamon sugar filling will set up and firm up as the bread cools. It's delicious either way, but you will be able to get some cleaner looking slices if you wait for the bread to cool completely. With the aroma of cinnamon and sugar in the air, waiting to eat this is super hard to do!

1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups flour
1/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment.  In a large bowl, cream together the egg, vanilla, butter and the brown sugar until smooth. Add the buttermilk, flour, and baking soda and stir until just combined.  In a separate small bowl, mix together the 1/3 cup of white sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
Pour 1/2 of the batter the loaf pans.  Sprinkle 3/4 of the cinnamon mixture on top of the batter then add the remaining batter.  Sprinkle the last of cinnamon mixture over top of the batter, then swirl with a knife.  Bake for 45-50 min. or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.   Cool in pan for 20 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack (if you can wait that long!).


  1. I will definitely be trying this! By the way, I would be VERY interested in your recipe for chai tea!!! That is my afternoon treat and I'm extremely curious as to how you prepare yours!

  2. I need to make this ASAP. Well maybe after Lent so I'm not eating the whole thing.