Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Cinnamon-Cocoa Quick Bread


The captivating sweet aroma of cinnamon evokes happiness.Its essential oils have been used for aromatherapy since times immemorial,no wonder its a familiar spice in natural air fresheners.
There are two common kinds of cinnamon.The Ceylon cinnamon ,looks like a cigar ,is considered the real cinnamon,is relatively brittle,sweeter and aromatic than the others kinds.Its related common species Cassia Cinnamon,the thick barks,is much tougher to grind and has more intense flavor.This spice is considered good for controlling diabetes and lowering cholesterol.The rule of moderation also applies to cinnamon ,not healthy when consumed in excess.

Cinnamon is also the most common baking spice.The Cinnamon-Cocoa Quick Bread has been adapted from Kevin's Cinnamon Bread.Adding Cocoa is optional,make is exclusively with cinnamon for a cinfully good loaf of bread.

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups Whole Wheat flour
1 cup All Purpose Flour
1/2 a teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 large organic eggs or replace with 1/2 cup flax seed meal
1/2 cup Reduced Fat Organic Milk or soy milk or almond milk
1/2 cup Organic reduced fat yogurt
1/4 cup Extra virgin Olive oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla(alcohol-free)
little bit of butter for greasing the pan

For Cinnamon Filling\Topping
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon(I used Cassia)
1 tablespoon unsweetened Cocoa powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar

Method
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place rack in center of oven.Grease a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan with butter; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl sift the dry ingredients(flours,salt,baking soda and powder).
In another smaller bowl,crack the eggs ,whisk for few seconds then combine rest of the wet ingredients(sugar,oil,milk,yogurt and vanilla).
Pour this wet mixture in to the flour mixture,gradually while stirring it for a lump free batter.
Mix together the cinnamon filling\topping ingredients in a bowl.
Spread the 1/3rd of the batter in to the prepared pan,sprinkle 1/3rd of the cinnamon mixture all over the batter.Now spread 1/3rd of the batter,then sprinkle 1/3rd of the cinnamon mixture.Lastly spread rest of the batter and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon mixture.
Bake in the middle rack of the oven about 45-50 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Cool about 30 minutes;loosen the sides using a table knife,flip the pan on to the cutting board. Slice and serve.Can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week.

This homemade quick bread is my entry for Homemade Bread #2




The click is my entry for Click-Wood,an exciting photography event started by Jai and Bee of Jugalbandi.

54 comments:

Happy cook said...

Wow i want to have a slice from that so so delicious cake.
I am sure bookmarking this.

Asha said...

Ceylon Cinnamon, that's what we ise in US, isn't it? Sweet smelling for desserts like Cinnabon, I love it. Dalchini is the one we use for Indian cooking which is lot hotter.
Quick bread looks wonderful, chocolate and sweet Cinnamon, yummy! :)

Yasmeen said...

thanks for the quick replies HC and asha:)
yes Asha,the ceylon is whats common in US.Dalchini,I use to think it was Indian cinnamon,its actually Chinese.

Ashwini said...

Wow that look so yumm and delicious..My 2 fav ingredients..Chocolate and cinnamon..Looks so fluffy and moist.

Malar Gandhi said...

Bet it was aromatic feast, cinnamon bread, love it.

Pallavi said...

Looks so tasty.. I am craving for it now .. !

Varsha Vipins said...

I just love the smell of Cinnamon..:)The bread looks enticing with that brown swirl on it..cool one..:)

Poornima Nair said...

Thats a wonderful bread...looks great.

Cham said...

I am not a huge fan of cinnamon in sweeet stuff. But the pictu looks cool!

Priya said...

Bread looks gorgeous, with cinnamon can guess how they would have tasted..prefect bread!!

Sweta said...

Good info on cinnamon-esp. about helping lower blood levels. I would always recommend Diabetics to sprinkle a teaspoon of cinnamon powder on almost anything and everything!!

mona said...

I have never used Ceylon cinnamon. Will look for them inshallah in the market.
Whats is dalchini then, which we use in curries? Regular Cinnamon? or the Cassia Cinnamon?
The Bread look soooo good, and full of healthy goodies. You made me hungry gal!

Indhu said...

yummmy bread... I love cinnamon cakes and breads... looks delicious :)

Mediterranean kiwi said...

generally i love all things cinammony. cassia cinammon is hard to beat in terms of aroma

Preety said...

i love the flavour of cinnamon ..thats a lovely bread

Lavanya said...

looks lovely...i love cinnamon!!

Vegetation said...

Oh wow. What an amazing quick bread! I have a husband who'll adore this (even more than me!)

Selba said...

This looks so amazing... and with cinnamon? yummmm....

Gita's Kitchen said...

I love the smell of cinnamon, I can imagine the pleasant smell wafting through your house as you bake this cake, I would love to have a large slice of that yummy cake for breakfast :)

Sharmila said...

Such a beautiful bread Yasmeen! Cocoa and cinnamon together ... mmmmm ... aromatic! Bookmarking this. :-)

Bharti said...

Nice medley of flavors Yasmeen. Kinda like cinnamon hot chocolate.

jayasree said...

Love that cinnamon chocolate bread. Liked the way u layered it.

vidhas said...

Wow!! Yasmeen i feel like havi ng now. Can you pass it for me. Seeing all these, i have to ask my hubby dear to buy a oven for me. My father used to have cinnamon powder with hondy in the morning to control cholestral.

Ivy said...

I love cinnamon and it is the most characteristic spice in Cypriot cuisine. The cake looks wonderful and lovely click as well. The only thing I cannot understand is why do the Americans call a cake, bread!!!

Ann said...

Its cinnamon everywhere yasmeen...aroma spreads here too.great clicks

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovley bread ...lovely click dear

sangeeta said...

the bread is awesome, fluffy n light........i use cinnamon candles and cinnamon paste on my forehead when i get my headaches..........now i can bake this bread instead, the aroma will surely cure any headache........i can smell it on this page.....have been baking with cinnamon but this is so easy n light...
the pictures are great.

Aalya said...

That looks really wonderful! I love cinnamon! Looks fairly easy to make...I think I'll try it out on the weekend! Thanks!

AnuSriram said...

Wow.. delicious! Looks fluffy and nice! Gr8 click!

Smitha said...

Your recipes are too good to be true:)
Btw, why don't you send that first snap for the jugalbandi click contest. The topic is wood this month.

Ben said...

I agree with you, the aroma of cinnamon is so delicious and comforting that every time I use it to cook or bake I end up in a very good mood. The bread flavors are amazing! Thanks for sharing it with the Homemade gang :)

notyet100 said...

looks so yummy,..nd the click is amazin,..

bee said...

looks delicious!! thanks for your entry, dear yasmeen.

Sanghi said...

Mmmm.. Lovely cake..! Flavourish delight Yasmeen..! If you wish, Do send some tomatish dishes to my FIL-Tomato event by 31st !:)

aquadaze said...

love the look of that one..your kitchen must have smelt divine when you made it!!

Chandani said...

wow, this looks amazing!!
btw, awards waiting for you on my blog :)

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

The cinnamon bread looks awesome, very soft and fluffy. I also like the flavour of Cinnamon. My sis-in-law gave me some ceylon cinnamon last time I visited her in India. It sure has a superb flavour.

foodbin said...

cinnamon is such a great herbs-just love it!

Curry Leaf said...

I too love cinnamon with cocoa they compliment each other.Too delicious Yasmeen.Wonderful entry

Zee said...

Brilliant as always..Awesome clicks too..you have sure become an expert with your pics..Keep it up!!:)

Vicky Xavier. said...

Cinnamon in any sweet flatters me a lot. Love that bread. Nice click.

meeso said...

I wish I could have smelled that bread baking!

Arabic Bites said...

mmmmm,looks amazingly good.

Rajee said...

Looks yummy and I love cinnamon. Sweet smell and beautiful brown swirl.

Rajee said...

Not heard from u so far. Did u recieve my mail? How are u doing, dear?

Jude said...

I'm gonna have to make the cocoa mandatory on this :) Cocoa and cinnamon go so well in baked goods.
Never knew that cinnamon controls diabetes and cholesterol!

Trupti said...

wow Yasmin, bread looks delicious & perfect. Nice click

Jescel said...

OMG.. This looks so good.. i want to have some :o)

Anonymous said...

shouldn't the flaxseeds be ground rather than whole?

Yasmeen said...

yeah I meant the flax seed meal,the ground seeds not the whole.

Kevin said...

Your cinnamon bread looks great! I like the addition of the cocoa. I have been wanting to try cassia cinnamon to compare the differences.

Dazy said...

I'm trying this today. I think I'll try to shoot it, but I don't think it will be as pretty as your picture!

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