Light Cinnamon Breakfast Bread is not the dry, tough sandwich style cinnamon bread that you buy pre-packaged at the supermarket. This is a moist, slightly sweet, flavorful breakfast style bread. It is delicious “as is” or lightly toasted and spread with light cream cheese, peanut butter, or fruit preserve. Sometimes I add 1/2 cup of raisins and/or walnuts to the batter as well – especially in the winter, when I crave something with a really hearty texture. You can always play around with the spices, too; add a pinch of nutmeg, or a splash of flavored extract – this bread is so versatile that you can feel free to “play around with it” until you find your favorite variation!
Light Cinnamon Breakfast Bread
- 1 medium sized bowl
- 1 separate bowl
- 1 cup bran (or crushed all bran cereal)
- 1 cup whole wheat flour (regular or pastry flour)
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tablespoons water
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ cup sugar (I use light brown sugar in this, but I have used granulated sugar in the past with good results)
- ¼ cup skim milk
- 1 whole egg (lightly beaten)
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350° degrees and spray the bottom and sides of a standard loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Mix the flour, bran, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and cinnamon in a medium sized bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the applesauce, milk, egg, and water; mix well.
- Add the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until combined. Pour or spoon mixture into the loaf pan and bake for 35 – 40 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean).
- Allow to cool before cutting (cutting this bread while it is still too warm makes it crumbly).
Offer tips and tricks to ensure the best results:
When making Light Cinnamon Breakfast Bread, there are a few tips that can help you achieve the best possible outcome. First, make sure to use fresh ingredients, especially when it comes to the cinnamon. Freshly ground cinnamon will have a stronger and more vibrant flavor compared to pre-ground cinnamon. Additionally, don’t overmix the batter. Mix it just until the ingredients are combined to avoid a dense texture in the final bread. Lastly, if you want a more pronounced cinnamon flavor, you can sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on top of the batter before baking.
Share insights on common mistakes to avoid:
To avoid common pitfalls when making Light Cinnamon Breakfast Bread, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. Firstly, be careful not to overbake the bread. Overbaking can result in a dry and crumbly texture. Keep a close eye on the bread during the last few minutes of baking and use a toothpick to check for doneness. Secondly, make sure to properly measure the ingredients. Accurate measurements are crucial for achieving the right texture and taste. Finally, let the bread cool completely before slicing. This will ensure that it holds its shape and prevents it from becoming too crumbly.
The Best Ways To Serve And Enjoy Light Cinnamon Breakfast Bread
Recommend sides, garnishes, or beverages that complement the flavors:
Light Cinnamon Breakfast Bread pairs well with a variety of sides, garnishes, and beverages. For a simple and wholesome breakfast, serve the bread with a side of fresh fruit, such as sliced bananas or berries. The natural sweetness of the fruit complements the warm cinnamon flavors. You can also add a dollop of Greek yogurt or a drizzle of honey for added creaminess and sweetness. If you prefer a more indulgent option, serve the bread with a side of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Suggest different ways to serve the dish:
There are several creative ways to serve Light Cinnamon Breakfast Bread to make it even more enjoyable.
- One idea is to toast the slices and spread them with butter or cream cheese. The warm, toasty bread combined with the creamy spread creates a delicious and comforting treat.
- Another option is to turn the bread into French toast. Dip thick slices of the bread into a mixture of beaten eggs, milk, and a touch of cinnamon, then cook them on a griddle until golden brown. Serve the French toast with a drizzle of maple syrup and a dusting of powdered sugar for a delightful breakfast or brunch.
- Lastly, you can also use the bread to make a flavorful bread pudding. Cut the bread into cubes, soak them in a mixture of milk, eggs, cinnamon, and sugar, then bake until golden and set. Serve the bread pudding warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of caramel sauce for a decadent dessert option.
Can I store the Light Cinnamon Breakfast Bread for later consumption?
Yes, you can store any leftover bread in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. For longer shelf life, you can slice the bread and freeze individual portions. Just make sure to wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or place them in freezer bags. When you’re ready to enjoy a slice, simply thaw it at room temperature or pop it in the toaster for a warm and toasty treat.
Can I add additional ingredients like nuts or dried fruits to the recipe?
Absolutely! One of the joys of baking is the ability to personalize recipes. Feel free to incorporate chopped nuts, such as walnuts or pecans, for added crunch and richness. Dried fruits like raisins, cranberries, or chopped dates can also lend a delightful burst of flavor and texture to the bread. Just make sure to adjust the amounts accordingly to maintain the overall balance of the recipe.
Can I use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour?
While I recommend using all-purpose flour for the Light Cinnamon Breakfast Bread to achieve the desired texture, you can experiment with incorporating whole wheat flour. However, keep in mind that whole wheat flour tends to absorb more moisture, which may result in a denser and heavier bread. If you decide to use whole wheat flour, consider using a combination of both all-purpose and whole wheat flours to strike a balance between texture and nutritional benefits.
Can I make this recipe vegan or gluten-free?
Certainly! You can adapt the recipe to meet your dietary preferences or restrictions. For a vegan version, substitute dairy ingredients like milk or butter with plant-based alternatives like almond milk and coconut oil. To make it gluten-free, replace the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend that is suitable for baking. Keep in mind that the texture and taste may vary slightly, so it’s always a good idea to experiment and find the combination that works best for you.
Can I double the recipe if I want to make a larger batch?
Absolutely! If you’re planning to feed a larger crowd or simply want more of this delectable bread, feel free to double the recipe. Just make sure to adjust the baking time accordingly. Keep a close eye on the bread while it’s in the oven and use a toothpick to check for doneness. With a larger batch, you’ll have more of this delightful treat to share and enjoy.
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