This week was consumed with a lot of crossing off to-do lists. Is there anything more satisfying than when you fall in a rhythm, get a TON of things done, and are crossing off your to-dos like a boss? Not very much.
To celebrate some of the tasks completed I made Amish Cinnamon Bread yesterday afternoon. Usually when I see bread recipes I run in the other direction and try to drown out scary thoughts of endless kneading, overnight dough rising, and extensive direction following.
This recipe is super quick and simple. Perfect for lazy bread makers like me… who could have never hacked it in an Amish lifestyle. Therefore I am calling it Lazy Amish Cinnamon Bread. The recipe yields 2 loaves or 24 muffins. I made one loaf and 12 muffins. You can halve the recipe for one loaf or 12 muffins.
Lazy Amish Cinnamon Bread
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 cups buttermilk or 2 cups milk plus 2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream together 2 cups of sugar, butter, and eggs in a mixer.
3. Add half of the flour, half of the buttermilk, and half of the baking soda. Blend ingredients.
4. Add remaining flour, buttermilk, baking soda, and vanilla extract. Mix until batter is blended.
5. In separate bowl mix 2/3 cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon.
6. In greased and floured loaf pan or lined muffin pan fill about half way with batter. Add 3/4 of cinnamon and sugar mixture. add remaining batter. Sprinkle remaining cinnamon and sugar on top.
7. Swirl batter and cinnmon /sugar layers with a knife.
8. Bake loaf for 50 minutes, bake muffins for 16-18 minutes or until toothpick comes out of center clean.
9. Remove muffins to cooling rack immediately. Let loaf cool in pan for 15 minutes before moving to rack.
Other projects completed this week? DIY Chalkboards.
1. Go to the Salvation Army or Goodwill and nab some pictures or mirrors with cute frames. These were $4.00 a pop.
2. Grab a tube of chalkboard paint from Wal-Mart’s craft section, put painter’s tape around your frame, and paint the canvas.
3. Follow directions on chalkboard paint for applying multiple coats of paint.
4. After curing for 24 hours, cover with chalk to condition.
5. Wipe clean with wet and soapy paper towels or washcloth. Remove painter’s tape. Then you’re all set! Chalk drawings are easily erased with a wet and soapy washcloth.
Make some lazy bread, make some chalkboards, have a GREAT weekend!