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Amish Cinnamon Bread




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a stack of cinnamon bread slices

This Amish Cinnamon Bread is an easy quick bread version of Amish friendship bread with no yeast or sourdough starter required.  It’s a warm and fuzzy loaf cake that exudes comfort, love, and caring.  It’s like a big hug baked up in a loaf pan.

This simple cinnamon quick bread makes two loaves; one to keep, and one to give.

The soul of Amish friendship bread is sharing, and this simplified no yeast version makes sharing so much easier.  Gift a loaf to a friend, a neighbor, a first responder…whoever’s making a positive impact on your life these days. I believe that more is not always better when it comes to baking, and this no-frills cinnamon bread is as delicious as anything that will ever come out of your oven.  The pure flavor of zesty cinnamon is rich, warm, and so inviting.  It’s definitely the star of this recipe.

Cinnamon is such an interesting spice.  On the one hand it’s the most ho-hum of baking ingredients, but on the other it can be powerful and exotic when you actually let it shine (it even has a hint of heat.)  A tablespoon of cinnamon gives just the right punch of flavor to this bread.

Why I use Saigon cinnamon in this bread

  • Saigon cinnamon is one of several common types of cinnamon used in cooking.  It’s got a stronger, spicier flavor than the common ground cinnamon you’ll find in the spice aisle of the grocery store.  It has a little bit of a peppery edge, which I love.
  • You can now find different types of cinnamon in bigger grocery stores, so check them out and see which ones you love.  Mine is from McCormick.

One of my favorite things about this bread is the crackly crust that forms on top as it bakes.

It shatters when you slice into it, and that’s part of the charm ~ those little crispy bits are heaven!  Theoretically you should let a quick bread cool before digging in, but I can never manage that.  There’s something magical about slicing into warm bread; I think it has everything to do with the aroma and big moist crumbs falling every which way.  The messier it gets, the better 🙂

a loaf of cinnamon bread just out of the oven

Note: this is a sweet bread, and yes, there is a lot of sugar in the recipe but remember, you’re making two loaves, and this is meant to be a special gift-worthy treat.

What does sugar do in a quick bread recipe?

Sugar does much more than just sweeten baked goods.  It affects texture, making it moister and more tender.  It helps muffins, quick breads, and cakes etc. to rise higher.  It promotes an appealing browning.  And most of all it enhances the flavor.

How can you reduce the amount of sugar in this bread?

You can experiment with reducing the amount of sugar by about 1/3 without too much trouble,  King Arthur Flour recommends reducing sugar to no more than 50% (by weight) of the flour in a quick bread recipe.

Taste of Home recommends switching out one egg white for an extra yolk when trying to reduce sugar in a recipe ~ the extra yolk replaces the lost moisture.

You can try subbing in maple syrup or honey (about 3/4 cup for each cup of sugar) but you may need to reduce the liquid a bit to make this work.

Use Stevia, a plant based sugar alternative, and follow the package instructions for baking substitutions.

When reducing sugar this bread, don’t skip the top sprinkle ~ it adds nice crunch and will help boost the sweet experience even if you’ve used less sugar in the body of the bread.

A stack of Amish cinnamon bread

Ok, ‘nuf said about this bread, it’s good, make it.  You’ll be happy.

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Amish Cinnamon Bread

Amish Cinnamon Bread is an easy quick bread version of Amish friendship bread with no yeast or sourdough starter required. Fabulously simple and delicious!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Yield 20 servings
Calories 259kcal

Equipment

  • standard 9x5 loaf pan

Ingredients

Cinnamon sugar

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Bread

  • 3 3/4 cups cake flour, you can also use all purpose flour
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325F Grease two 9x5 loaf pans and line with parchment paper. I like to spray or butter the parchment paper itself as well, see note below. Iif you only have one pan that's fine, just bake the second bread later.

Cinnamon sugar

  • Whisk the sugar and cinamon together in a small bowl and set aside.

Bread

  • Whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • In a second bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Make sure everything is well combined, then add to the dry ingredients, stirring just until there is no dry flour left, don't over mix. Lumps are fine.
  • Pour the batter evenly into your two prepared pans. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the top of both loaves.
  • Bake for about 60-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out without wet batter on it. Moist crumbs are fine.
  • Cool the bread on a cooling rack, and if you have used the parchment paper, lift them out after 15 minutes or so. If you didn't use parchment, go around each loaf with a blunt knife to loosen all the edges, this bread has a tendency to stick.

Notes

Because of all the sugar, this cake has a tendency to stick to the pan.  If possible use a non stick pan and line with parchment paper.  I would even lightly grease the parchment paper itself.
*recipe lightly adapted from Cooks Illustrated

Nutrition

Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg

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11 Comments

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  • Reply
    Candice
    June 25, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Beautiful loaf of bread! Would this work with a neutral oil such as coconut or grapeseed oil instead of vegetable oil? Thank you.

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 26, 2020 at 7:17 am

      Yes, that will work.

      • Reply
        Candice
        June 26, 2020 at 8:18 am

        Thank you.

  • Reply
    Glenn
    June 2, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Sue,

    I made this today and my Husband and I just enjoyed a slice with our evening tea. It is delicious, albeit a bit messy from the sugar topping. So easy to make and one loaf will be sent home with our Daughter after her visit tomorrow. So happy to have a recipe that helps to use up my cake and pastry flour. Will definitely make again. Thank you!

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 3, 2020 at 6:26 am

      Thanks so much Glenn!

  • Reply
    Pat Larson
    June 2, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    5 stars
    Sue, my family said give that recipe six stars. It came in my morning email and I tried to ignore but eventually caved and baked up two loaves. They are perfect. Light, extremely flavorful in all the good ways, and very easy to make. You do a very good job of writing recipes with both your ingredient lists and assembly of batter. I read all the comments about the sugar, but if you slice one loaf into sixteen pieces (yes the piece will be large enough to enjoy), you are only getting two tablespoons of sugar (minus the topping). That is less than a can of regular soda.

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 3, 2020 at 6:26 am

      Yay, I’m so happy you made this so quickly Pat, thanks!! And I agree with you about the sugar 😉

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 6, 2020 at 3:01 am

      This recipe sounds and looks delicious!
      If I were to portion this to cook as muffins instead how long should I bake them?

      • Reply
        Sue
        June 6, 2020 at 4:35 am

        Check after 12-15 minutes.

  • Reply
    Anne
    June 2, 2020 at 7:05 am

    Recipe looks great but I’m having a difficult time pinning it. Pinterest tab is not connecting. Would love to save this for later.

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 2, 2020 at 8:05 am

      I checked and it’s working for me, maybe try again Anne, and if you still have trouble, let me know and I’ll see if we can troubleshoot it.