Have you ever had one of those things that someone gives you and then you just HAVE to HAVE the recipe???
This bread for me was one of those things! My lovely neighbor shared a loaf with me a few years ago. Then I asked for the recipe because it was yummy. Well since then I have changed it up so that my family LOVES, and I mean LOVES it! The recipe she gave me was called Amish Friendship bread. It makes 2 loaves so the idea is to give the second loaf to a friend. Now don’t feel bad if that second loaf doesn’t make it to a friend. Most of the time both loaves are gone before I even realize it. So I have changed the name to Cinnamon Sugar Bread – purely so I don’t feel guilty about not sharing.
It is a pretty easy bread. So complete honesty here when I made it I wasn’t thinking and used my smaller bread pans, and I realized it after I and the pans were smeared with butter. For this recipe if you use smaller loaf pans you might want to use three instead of two so they cook more evenly. If you use the large loaf pans two should be fine.
This recipe does call for buttermilk. If you are anything like me and decide to bake on a whim and don’t have such fancy things as buttermilk on hand, then do what I do (I will let you in on a little secret, I have to do this ALMOST EVERY SINGLE TIME). Mix 2 cups of milk and 2 tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice together and set aside for about 5-10 minutes.
So it starts as much baking starts with preheating the oven to 350°. Then of course creaming the butter and sugars together.
Then you add the eggs. Then milk, flour, and baking soda. (Like I said this is an easy recipe, you just dump it all in.)
Then you will be mixing together sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. You will be using this in and on the bread as well as in the pan.
So you butter the pans and then use some of the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat the butter. It makes an amazing crust to the bread that is soooo good.
Then you will layer the batter with the cinnamon sugar mixture. So of this I did a 1/4 of the batter in the bottom of each pan. then a generous layer of the cinnamon sugar. Then another layer of the batter topped with the cinnamon sugar. You will use ALL of the cinnamon sugar mixture you made. Once its all layered you will swirl it with a knife.
Bake at 350°F for 40-50 minutes. Allow to cool for just a couple of minutes in the pan then turn out onto a cooling rack to cool before storing. I love to have a piece while it is still warm.
Cinnamon Sugar Bread
1 Cup Butter, softened, plus more for buttering loaf pans
1 1/2 Cups Sugar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Cups Buttermilk
4 Cups Flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 Cup Sugar
1 TBSP Cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Cream together butter and sugars. Add eggs and mix.
Add buttermilk, flour, and baking soda, mix until well combined.
In a small bowl mix together sugar and cinnamon.
Butter two loaf pans. Coat with some of the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Layer batter with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Sprinkle with the last of a cinnamon sugar mixture. Swirl with a knife.
Bake for 40-50 minutes. Allow loaves to cool for a few minutes in the pans before turning out onto a cooling rack to finish cooling.