It’s been so beautiful here lately.  The leaves are mostly down with their show, but sun has been out, making it just nice enough to be outside. We’ve been cramming in as much outdoor time as we can after school before the sun goes down.  Sunset is just way to early in my opinion…dark by 5:30?  No, thank you.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Our latest adventures include backyard football games, Saturdays full of soccer, tromping through harvested fields and warming to the last few fires for the year in the fire pit.  There’s also been the arrival of the first duck call at our house.  Yes, three boys, 2 barking dogs and 1 non-stop duck call being blown is just as much fun as it sounds…no, not really.  On the up side, this duck call has lead to afternoons spent outside, the boys together building a fort and duck blind to call ducks to the field behind our house.  So far there have been no sightings, but they’re optimistic and having quite a bit of fun.
Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Cinnamon Swirll Bread
Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Cinnamon Swirl Bread
All that cool, fresh air leads to hungry boys.  While they were out calling in the ducks this weekend I decided to make some Cinnamon Swirl bread.  This recipe has been on heavy rotation at our house lately.  It pairs really well with tomato soup or a good vegetarian chili.  Kind of like cinnamon rolls without all the work.  If you have little ones that like to help in the kitchen, this is a great recipe for them.  The ingredients and instructions lend to teaching them about the process of baking, without being overly complicated.  It’s one of my youngest boy’s (featured here) favorite to help make.
Cinnamon Swirl Bread


  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk (if you don't have use regular milk with a splash of white vinegar or a squeeze of lemon juice, allow to sit for 2-3 minutes before adding to dry ingredients)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Glaze (optional)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare loaf pan with parchment paper.
  3. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl combine dry ingredients; flour, baking powder and salt.
  5. Add wet ingredients; buttermilk, egg and vanilla extract, to dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Be careful not to over mix.
  6. Pour half the batter into loaf pan.
  7. Sprinkle with half of brown sugar/cinnamon mixture. Repeat.
  8. Using a knife make figure 8 movements, moving across the pan, swirling the brown sugar/cinnamon into the batter.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until knife comes clean out of the center.
  10. Cool in pan before removing.
  11. Once cooled, add optional glaze.

5 Responses to Cinnamon Swirl Bread

  1. This bread looks totally perfect!!

  2. janelle says:

    looks delicious! love the pictures. your son waiting for the bread to cook is too adorable.

  3. Laura says:

    the bread looks delicious… but i love that your son helped!! :)

  4. Brittany says:


    I have a friend who’s been looking for some vegetarian cookbooks so she can make meals for her son and grandchildren. I’m going to pass this amazing recipe along to her, but if you have any suggestions, I’d love to see them!

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