Cinnamon Swirl Tea Bread

Monday 31 January 2011

I wonder if you like cinnamon like I like cinnamon . . .
It is one of my favourite flavours. I don't just like it, I lurve it!!

I love it sprinkled on my oatmeal. All hot and steamy and covered in brown sugar, cinnamon and cream . . .

I love it on my French Toast, all buttery and eggy and doused in maple syrup . . .

I love it on toast! That buttery, sweet gritty feel in your mouth with the crunch of the toast and the warmth of the cinnamon. Oh but it is good . . .

I love it in cinnamon rolls, all buttery and filled with lots of raisins and nuts . . . and slathered in sweet, sweet icing . . .

I love the smell of anything filled with cinnamon in it baking. It always makes me smile and feel all warm inside.

Back when I used to live in an old farmhouse with a wood stove, I often kept a pot of water on the back of the stove simmering away, filled with water and cinnamon sticks, a few cloves and some nutmeg. It always smelled like I had something delicious in the oven . . .

Cinnamon smells like home. Cinnamon smells like love. Cinnamon is the ultimate comfort spice.
If you like cinnamon, like I like cinnamon, you will love this bread. All rich and buttery and filled with a delicious cinnamon swirl.

You'll want to keep it all to yourself . . . but alas . . . it is TOO good not to share . . .

*Cinnamon Swirl Tea Bread*
Makes one 9 by 5 inch loaf
Printable Recipe

Terrifically tasty. Moist, yummy and oh so cinnamony!

4 ounces butter, softened (1/2 cup)
2 large free range eggs
240g of sour cream or plain yoghurt (1 cup)
2 tsp vanilla extract
7 ounces caster sugar (1 cup)
8 1/2 ounces plain flour (2 cups)
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
6 TBS soft light brown sugar, packed
2 TBS ground cinnamon
dash allspice

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4. Butter a 9 by 5 inch loaf tin and line with baking paper. Set aside.

Measure the butter, eggs, sour cream, vanilla, sugar, flour, soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Beat together until well combined, but do not overbeat. Stir together the brown sugar, cinnamon and allspice.

Spread half of the batter into the prepared baking tin. Sprinkle with half of the cinnamon sugar mixture. Spread the remainiing batter over top. Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar. Using a round bladed knive gently cut through the batter to swirl the cinnamon sugar through.

Bake for 55 to 60 minutes until well risen and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling completely. Store wrapped tightly in cling film. Serve cut in slices, toasted or not, and spread with butter.


  1. I have a love affair with cinnamon, just like yours.
    I have a favourite cafe in Llandudno where they serve the most amazing cinnamon toast..mmmmmmmm.

    It also has the extra bonus in that it keeps blood sugar in check, so I take a cinnamon capsule every day too.



  2. You will not believe this, but....yesterday, I was at the grocery store, lamenting on the fact that our market had stopped making my youngest sons' favorite bread....cinnamon swirl. He will be so excited when I make it! Thank you!!

  3. Marie, I am eating your cinnamon swirl bread toasted with lashings of butter, just like you told me too! It was still quite fresh this morning so it took a while to go crispy but the smell was devine and its the best breakfast I've had in ages.
    Thank you for sending me home with a plate full of goodies, we'ver really enjoyed seeing you twice in one week. You will have to come and see us in the Summer x

  4. I adore cinnamon too, its also very beneficial as it helps control blood pressure and sugar levels. Try adding it to some homemade granola, before you bake it in the oven - they smell of the toasting grains and nuts with the cinnamon is heavenly!!

    The bread looks gorgeous

  5. Oh, YUM! This really is the thing to have with a cuppa... I have to make this, and soon! ;o) Happy Day, dear friend--LOVE YOU LOTS ((BIG HUGS))

  6. Mmmm, I LURVE cinnamon like you do :) I'm eating a blueberry muffin with cinnamon streusel topping (future blog post!) and it's delicious! A whole bread dedicated to cinnamon? I'm there!

  7. I have a similar recipe.. but not:) So guess what I will try..

    PS your secret is safe with me:) Can't wait to see them though;)

  8. I shall try this. From hosting international students, I've been amazed at how much Mexicans love cinnamon.

  9. I cans afely say that I don't like cinnamon the way you like cinnamon lol. But I do like cinnamon bread so conisder this lovley looking treat book marked ;0)

  10. Your cinnamon bread looks so moist and cakey and that cinnamon swirl running through it is just delish.

  11. as it is very dreary outside and I have all the ingredients...I'm gonna bake this up and have some coffee on standby! :)

  12. Anything with the words cinammon and tea bread in the title has to be good. Looks delicious, Marie.

  13. I love it! Tomorrow I will write about my try, it didn't look as delicious as yours, but the taste was mhmmmmmmmm...!
    Greetings from Berlin

  14. I think I like cinnamon as much as you like cinnamon! I have it on my breakfast too.
    This recipe looks like something I would love. I better save it for guests though or it might all end up going to my stomach (and thighs!).

  15. Yum with tea or coffee. Nice of you to add the conversions.


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