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
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!