Guys, today is a day of excitement.
Excitement #1) This bread. It’s heaven; the perfect, perfect way to start off you fall baking.
Excitement #2) I’m touring Alabama today! As in The University Of. As in The School in Which I Am Hoping to Attend.
I cannot WAIT to get my Roll Tide on.
But before I immerse myself in all things Bama,
let me tell you about this bread.
The first thing that you should know about this bread is that it’s moist-
super moist. “Moist” isn’t the most attractive word, so I’m told;
but it’s a very attractive attribute in a bread, and that’s a fact.
The second thing you should know about this bread
is that it is a cinnamon-lover’s dream.
Like, chock full of cinnamon (everyone’s favorite spice, amiright?)
Cinnamon crust on top, cinnamon swirl in the middle.
Cannot. Be. Beat(en).
The third and most important (or least important, depending on who ‘ya are) thing you should know
is that this bread is… healthy.
Like, 180 calories a hearty slice.
Dun dun dun.
This recipe uses whole wheat flour, heart-healthy walnuts, and unsweetened applesauce instead of oil.
I pah-romise it’s fabulous. And eating a slice or two every morning will do you way more good than harm.
And if you’re still concerned, I tried it out on my teachers-
yep, I made this to put in the teacher’s lounge at school.
And it apparently got rave reviews, so fear no more.
Just eat all the bread.
Moist, cinnamon, healthy.
I can dig it with a shovel.
Sorry, I’m sometimes lame.
This bread is not.
You should try it sometime. Soon.
Walnut Cinnamon Swirl Bread
inspired by Plain Chicken
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
2/3 + 1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
heaping 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
extra walnuts, for topping
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine flours, 2/3 cup sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, combine milk, egg, and applesauce. Pour into the larger bowl and stir to combine. Fold in the walnuts.
2. Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan. Pour half the quick bread batter into the pan. Combine remaining 1/3 cup sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle half the mixture over the batter in the pan. Fill pan with remaining batter, and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar.
3. Use a knife inserted through the batter 2/3 of the way to swirl the cinnamon into the batter. You really can’t go wrong here. Top with more walnuts, if desired. Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the dough comes out clean. Be careful when doing this, because the cinnamon sugar may trick you into thinking your bread’s not done. Yeah, my life. When it’s done baking, serve bread with more cinnamon sugar and butter.
And on that note, roll tide.