Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Cinnamon Walnut Loaf or Sustenance To Go Shopping for "The Dress"

Sunday I had the honor and pleasure to go shopping with my future-Daughter-in-Law and her Mom to find "The Dress."  We had so much fun., however she didn't decide on "The Dress", yet. She has to narrow down her choices.

Because we were on a tight schedule between the train and Bridal shop appointments, we wouldn't have time to have a nice leisurely lunch.  I knew that we needed a tasty snack, high in protein.  If you don't know by now, I love, love, love, cinnamon, the more the better. I found this recipe for a Cinnamon Walnut Loaf that had sour cream. I now have discovered Greek yogurt, which as a thick creamy texture, and  health benefits, lots of protein. a 6 oz. container of  plain Greek yogurt has 17  gr of protein.  I made this wonderful Cinnamon Walnut Loaf, which was not only delicious and cinnamony with crunchy walnuts, but filling as well.  Good Bye Dannon! We only had time between appointments to make a quick Starbucks run, and munch on this wonderful bread, which kept us going.  Of course there was a little adrenalin, too:)

I don't have a picture of the "The Dress", but I do have a picture of the huge container of Saigon Cinnamon, which has a much richer flavor and color, than regular cinnamon.If you love cinnamon, run don't walk to  your nearest Costco and get your self some of this cinnamon.  It's wonderful, and the best thing that it was $2.76 in Illinois.

In this recipe the initial step is to brush the inside of the loaf pan with melted butter and sprinkle with a cinnamon sugar mixture.  Do not Skip this step! .The edges and bottom of the bread get a wonderful sugar  cinnamon coating. Soo good and moist!

Cinnamon Walnut Loaf
Adapted fro Leah Eskin’s, Standoffish Cinnamon Loaf
Pre-Heat oven to 325degrees

2 teaspoons butter, melted
1 cup sugar
11/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 eggs
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla
13/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda

1. Mix: Brush a large loaf pan with the melted butter. Stir together 1/2 cup of the sugar, the cinnamon,  Sprinkle 2 tablespoons cinnamon mixture along the bottom and sides of the pan. Mix the rest with the walnuts and set aside.

2. Fold: Cream softened butter and remaining 1/2 cup sugar with an electric mixer. Crack in eggs; fluff. Measure in Greek yogurt and vanilla; fluff. Whisk together flour, and soda.. Sprinkle flour mixture over yogurt mixture fold gently. Mix in half the nut mixture; fold once or twice, aiming for a marbled effect.

3. Bake: Scrape batter into prepared loaf pan. Top with remaining nut mixture. Slide into a 325-degree oven and bake until a toothpick poked in the center comes out clean, 50 -60 minutes. Cool a bit, turn out on rack.  Enjoy!


  1. I can't believe how cheap the cinnamon is over there. How fun, I would have been crying. The whole process goes too fast, I hope you are enjoying it. I wish I had some of this bread this morning. I shouldn't read blogs before breakfast! He He Hope you have a great week.

  2. Wow, greek yoghurt with cinnamon walnut loaf- sounds amazing! I love cinnamon too- the more the better!

  3. I'm always looking for ways to incorporate greek yogurt into recipes. I don't really like to eat it plain - it's just too thick for me but I find that if I can sneak it into foods I get all the health benefits but none of the gag factor..lol.
    This really looks so good! Be sure to let us know when she finds "THE" dress! :)

  4. I will let you all know, when she picks,THE Dress!
    So much fun!

  5. Gosh, this sure does look yummy!! I also discovered Vietnamese high-oil cinnamon last year, and now it's all I use...so much stronger flavor!! Have fun with all the wedding stuff...when's the date?

  6. wendy- The wedding is 10/22/11 There is still time!

  7. That sounds delightful! So glad to hear you had a good day looking for the dress with your soon to be daughter in law!

  8. Oh your loaf looks amazingly delicious, I like changes on your blog..looks fantastic! Good luck with the dress!:)

  9. What a delicious looking cinnamon walnut loaf. I LOVE cinnamon too and have the same container of cinnamon. :)
    Good luck to your future daughter in law with finding the dress!

  10. Oh how sweet - the story and the bread! Yay!!! (I adore cinnamon too!) ♥- Katrina

  11. Oh wow. I would eat that entire loaf myself. I love cinnamon as well. The photo is gorgeous.

  12. I bet this tastes similar to coffee cake? Looks delicious either way [and it's so moist too!]

    It must have been really great shopping with your soon to be daughter in law for her dress, what an exciting time for you! I wouldn't be able to choose on the first day either. eak!

  13. Lindsey- All of your Nutella recipes compelled me to finally buy some Nutella. Now I find out that we have the same container of cinnamon, too funny!

    Leanne- this is very similar to a coffe cake recipe that I have, except that it's made in loaf pan. You could make in in a square pan, and then you would have coffee cake.

    Thank you for all of your wonderful comments. I love blogging:)

  14. This looks and sounds delicious! How much fun to go dress shopping too. I know she will find "the one" soon. And like you said, sprinkling cinnamon/sugar in the bottom of the pan is crucial. Thanks for sharing, sweet woman. I hope you have a great Wednesday. Happy Hump Day!

  15. Narrowing down is half the battle! :D And this loaf looks wonderful!!!

  16. This looks so moist and delicious! Perfect pairing with my morning coffee!

  17. The cinnamon loaf looks so wonderful! I'm very intrigued by this Saigon Cinnamon, would love to pick it up if i can find it!

  18. Good luck with the wedding plans...how fun! I love Saigon cinnamon. It will definitely change the flavor of your baked goods.

  19. Thanks for all of your comments. I'll keep you all posted about the dress!

  20. I love the angle in which you took that picture. Your loaf looks unbelievably moist! Mmmmm!
    And that was one heck of a deal on your big bottle of cinnamon! :)

  21. You must be super excited about "The Dress"!!! Looking at your moist and tasty loaf I wished I could have a piece with a cup of hot tea. Have a great weekend Becky :)


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