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Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread

 

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Quick Breads are great for all sorts of reasons. Of course, the obvious: because they’re quick. With no yeast involved, you get the benefits of eating freshly baked bread faster. Plus there’s none of that pesky omg-is-it-gonna-rise-right??? business. Definite perk.

Another benefit? It sort of has a cake-like texture. And when you’re making a sweet quick bread (like this one), it tastes like you’re eating cake! But it’s actually bread. Which means you can eat it for a meal (it’s totally breakfast appropriate!) and stuff… we’re all on board with that, right?

Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread | www.somethingswanky.com

This bread is so easy to make (even my 4-year old can handle it!). You don’t even have to swirl anything– the swirls will happen naturally in the layers as the edges of the bread rise in baking before the center does. Cool, huh?

Oil and sour cream make this bread incredibly moist and soft (and bonus– you can even use plain or vanilla Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream for a little added protein). And while the cinnamon crumble and the simple glaze on top are totally optional (it’s still delicious without), they add some extra cinnamon and sweetness that really put this loaf of bread of the top!

Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • For the Cinnamon Swirl:
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • For the Crumble Topping:
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • For the Simple Glaze:
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp water

Instructions

    Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a 9x5x3 loaf pan with foil and lightly grease.
  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.
  2. Add the oil and mix until small lumps begin to form. Add the sour cream, eggs, and vanilla. Mix JUST UNTIL batter forms (do not over mix). The batter will be lumpy, and that's okay.
  3. Mix together the 2/3 cup sugar and 1 tbsp cinnamon.
  4. Pour and spread 1/3 of the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle 1/2 of the cinnamon sugar mixture over top.
  5. Pour and spread 1/3 of the batter over the cinnamon sugar layer. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar over top.
  6. Pour and spread the remaining batter over the layer of cinnamon sugar. Set aside to prepare crumble topping.
  7. For crumble topping:
  8. Mix together the flour and sugar in a medium mixing bowl. Cut in the butter until a crumble forms (I like to use my fingers about halfway through the "cutting").
  9. Sprinkle the crumble over top of the bread batter.
  10. Bake:
  11. Bake for 60-70 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  12. For the glaze:
  13. Use a fork to whisk together the water and the powdered sugar until thick glaze forms. Drizzle over the freshly baked bread.
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41 Responses to “Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread”

  1. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking posted on August 6, 2014 at 7:22 pm (#)

    Is this the bread your daughter was patting in the video in IG? Looks even better baked up! Pinned!

    • Ashton replied: — August 7th, 2014 @ 10:06 am

      Yes! LOL. It’s a miracle it turned out with her involved ;)

  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on August 6, 2014 at 7:23 pm (#)

    I love quickbreads and I love cinnamon-swirl stuff! Normally you only see cinnamon-swirl breads with yeast so this is a fun idea! And that crumble topping and glaze, oh yea! pinned :)

    • Ashton replied: — August 7th, 2014 @ 10:07 am

      Thanks Averie :)

  3. Jamie | Jamie's Recipes posted on August 6, 2014 at 9:38 pm (#)

    With a name like Cinnamon Swirl it has to be fabulous! Quick breads are the best and this looks so wonderful. Yum!

    p.s. I just love cooking with my kiddos too! Your daughter is too cute!

    • Ashton replied: — August 7th, 2014 @ 10:08 am

      Thanks Jamie :) I try to have her in the kitchen with me as much as possible– it’s messier, but it’s fun!

  4. amanda @ fake ginger posted on August 6, 2014 at 10:22 pm (#)

    Oooh, I love this! I love cinnamon swirl bread but sometimes I just don’t feel like messing yeast. I’m definitely making this soon!

    • Ashton replied: — August 7th, 2014 @ 10:09 am

      You’ll have to let me know how you like it!!

  5. Danielle @Chits and Chats and Chocolate posted on August 6, 2014 at 10:55 pm (#)

    Love this! Does it toast well?

    • Ashton replied: — August 7th, 2014 @ 10:10 am

      You know….. I don’t know! We ate it fresh and warm, and it’s totally gone! I think it would toast well if you omitted the crumble topping. The crumbs would just make a mess in the toaster and burn!

  6. Laura@Baking in Pyjamas posted on August 7, 2014 at 5:30 am (#)

    What I wouldn’t do for a slice of this right now, pinned!!

    • Ashton replied: — August 7th, 2014 @ 10:10 am

      You and me both! Thanks :)

  7. Mir posted on August 7, 2014 at 7:40 am (#)

    And there’s breakfast! Great recipe, Ashton!

    • Ashton replied: — August 7th, 2014 @ 10:11 am

      Thanks!! :)

  8. Charlotte Moore posted on August 7, 2014 at 7:49 am (#)

    This looks delicious. I may have to make this for a bake sale our church is having. I also may try it sometime with soft whole wheat and sucanat.

    • Ashton replied: — August 7th, 2014 @ 10:11 am

      You’ll have to let me know how those changes work if you try it! :)

  9. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on August 7, 2014 at 9:23 am (#)

    Oh this is gorgeous. The swirl looks so cool going through this delicious bread.

    • Ashton replied: — August 7th, 2014 @ 10:12 am

      Thank you Jocelyn!

  10. Francesca Catanuso posted on August 7, 2014 at 9:40 am (#)

    Love morning loaves like this. Its like cinnamon buns without all the dental floss ;D

    • Ashton replied: — August 7th, 2014 @ 10:13 am

      Exactly! ;)

  11. Alice // Hip Foodie Mom posted on August 7, 2014 at 9:48 am (#)

    I love a good quick bread recipe!! this cinnamon swirl quick bread looks fabulous!! and I totally agree with using the sour cream. . I love adding this to my cakes too!!! delicious!

    • Ashton replied: — August 7th, 2014 @ 10:13 am

      Seriously! how does anyone make a cake without sour cream anymore?! It’s my favorite secret weapon ;)

  12. Heather posted on August 7, 2014 at 9:58 am (#)

    I do love cinnamon swirl anything! And a quick bread is even better!

    • Ashton replied: — August 7th, 2014 @ 10:14 am

      Yes and yes! :)

  13. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on August 7, 2014 at 10:21 am (#)

    I am all over this bread. I happen to have a little love affair with quick breads (and coffee)!!

  14. Michelle @My California Kitchen posted on August 7, 2014 at 1:42 pm (#)

    I love quick breads and anything with a cinnamon swirl! Love that you added a glaze as well!

  15. Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake posted on August 7, 2014 at 2:52 pm (#)

    This looks wonderful! And love the icing on the top, I bet it makes it taste like a cinnamon roll!!

  16. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on August 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm (#)

    I heart quick breads Ashton and this one looks ridiculously good. That swirl is killing me – so perfect! Pinned!

  17. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on August 8, 2014 at 10:19 am (#)

    The gorgeous swirl through this bread is everything! Amazing!

  18. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on August 8, 2014 at 5:59 pm (#)

    cinnamon quick bread is my FAVE kind of quick bread! This would become my breakfast, for sure!

    • Ashton replied: — August 9th, 2014 @ 9:35 am

      I could eat it every. single. morning!!!

  19. Evelyn posted on August 8, 2014 at 8:38 pm (#)

    This looks soooo yummy! Can you please clarify the amount used in the cinnamon swirl? It’s listed in the ingredients as 2/3 cup, but in the instructions you use 1 cup? Thanks!

    • Ashton replied: — August 9th, 2014 @ 9:34 am

      So sorry! Fixed it, it’s 2/3 cup :)

  20. Kiley- Rooks to Cooks posted on August 10, 2014 at 7:35 pm (#)

    This is undoubtedly one of the best cinnamon swirl breads I have seen! And the no yeast is just making it even easier to make. I cannot wait to try this and steal all of the crumb topping from everyone else pieces! :)

    • Ashton replied: — August 11th, 2014 @ 10:05 am

      LOL! Genius plan :)

  21. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on August 14, 2014 at 9:23 pm (#)

    These photos are freakin’ gorge, Ashton! Aaaaand now I want a fat hunk of cinnamon swirl bread slathered in butter. Yum!

  22. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife posted on August 15, 2014 at 11:52 pm (#)

    That cinnamon swirl, that glaze-I must have this bread!! It looks like the perfect breakfast choice! ;) Pinned!

  23. Deborah posted on September 6, 2014 at 10:39 am (#)

    This is just gorgeous, Ashton! I love it and wish I had a slice right now!

  24. jen posted on September 13, 2014 at 12:02 pm (#)

    i just made this amazing quickbread this morning… and it rose high, high, high! the cinnamon swirl is delectable and caramelized and it’s an absolute winner. gonna keep this recipe in my ‘favorites’ section. my voracious younger brothers (one is a hockey player and the other one works out like it’s his job) scarfed this as soon as i popped it out of the loaf man. the whole house smells like cinnamon sugared dreams. yummmmm. thanks for the quick brilliance that is this recipe! :-)

    • Ashton replied: — September 15th, 2014 @ 3:46 pm

      So glad to hear you liked it!! This is one of my favorites :)

  25. Šárka posted on September 18, 2014 at 1:35 am (#)

    This sounds and looks heavenly! I can totally see myself eating these for breakfast next Sunday.

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