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Recipe: Amish cinnamon bread

Posted April 3, 2014

Amish cinnamon bread

If I am known for any kind of baking in my family, it might just be the quick breads I seem to churn out all of the time.

Whenever we have guests for breakfast, I make a loaf. When we welcome new neighbors or a new baby, I'm mixing up another batch. 

There's the usual banana, zucchini and cranberry loaves. I've shared my favorite recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip bread. I have a new one to add to the list: Amish cinnamon bread.

This recipe from Redfly Creations arrived in my inbox about a year ago from some newsletter that I subscribed to ages ago. 

I'm not sure exactly what makes this Amish. My family is actually good family friends with an Amish family in Indiana where my mother is from. I've eaten plenty of bread, cookies, pies and other treats made by the Amish in those parts of the country. I've eaten Amish haystack, a combination of salad, meat, cheese, condiments and chips. But I've never been offered cinnamon bread.

Here's hoping those family friends aren't holding out on me! At least now, I can make it on my own.

Amish Cinnamon Bread from Redfly Creations

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk or 2 cups milk plus 2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice (As I've written before, I always do the milk and vinegar combination, using apple cider vinegar)
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda

Cinnamon and sugar mixture:

2/3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream the butter, sugar and eggs. Add the buttermilk or milk/vinegar combination, flour and baking soda and mix. Grease two loaf pans. Put a 1/4 of the mixture into the bottom of each loaf pan. Then sprinkle about 3/4 of the cinnamon and sugar mixture on top of the batter in the pans. Add the rest of the batter to each pan and then sprinkle the remaining cinnamon and sugar mixture on top. Swirl it around a bit with a knife.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes. Let it rest in the pan for about 20 minutes before you take it out. 

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  • douaanaciri Apr 7, 2014

    I made this yesterday it's so yummy and I added some pecans and it was delicious! But I used baking powder instead of the baking soda by mistake and it end up really good I don't know if that make any difference!!

  • Sarah Hall Apr 7, 2014
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    I just use all purpose flour.

    @ELSHADDAI2 ... love your addition of apple! Yum!


  • seeifitellya1 Apr 7, 2014

    What type of flour do you use for the cinnamon bread?

  • beadlady Apr 7, 2014

    I made this yesterday. One recipe makes 6 mini loaves and bakes for about 37 minutes.

  • elshaddai2 Apr 4, 2014

    I just had to try this tonight! I just made half the batch and used an 8x11 glass dish and baked for about 35 minutes. Also I added a diced apple in it and it tastes yummy! To answer the question about flour - you use all purpose (plain).

  • Thomas Fenske Apr 4, 2014
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    I make a similar bread, more a coffee cake, from an Amish cookbook I bought up in PA Amish country. It is called Cinnamon Flop. Great stuff. I've actually thought about layering the cinnamon mixture into it too. MMMMMMMMM. Thanks!

  • Jeff DeWitt Apr 4, 2014
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    MOMBOYAGER the recipe calls for baking soda, so you would use regular flour.

    I'm looking forward to trying this one.

  • momeeee Apr 4, 2014

    The fist thing we learn to bake in our family. We just use plain milk though... Never knew it was an Amish recipe (do come from PA so never know)

  • jrm576 Apr 4, 2014

    Have you ever made these as muffins instead? Sounds yummy!

  • momvoyager Apr 4, 2014

    Is this self rising flour or plain flour?