Cinnamon Jam Loaf

Cinnamon Jam Loaf

Cinnamon jam loaf.  The name alone makes my mouth water.  A perfect accompaniment to morning tea or afternoon coffee.  Something to give you that ‘belly hug’ on a cold winter day in Ontario or a smile if you’re fortunate enough to be sitting outside in the sunshine somewhere south.

Another wonderful recipe from Bake from Scratch, the Comfort Issue, this no mixer required loaf received rave reviews at my house!

A nut streusel elevates this simple loaf by adding crunchy sweetness and if you wish add a little sugar glaze.  This will keep for several days (should it last that long) well wrapped and you can always freeze any extras.

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Cinnamon Jam Loaf – sweetenuf.ca

Cinnamon Jam Loaf

Makes 1 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf.  Preheat oven to 350F.  Line loaf pan with parchment paper.

Ingredients:

1 cup packed light brown sugar

3/4 cup sour cream

2 eggs

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup jam (blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, etc.)

Method:

In a large bowl, whisk together brown sugar, sour cream, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla.  In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and baking soda.  Add flour mixture to sugar mixture, whisking just until combined.

Spoon 1/3 of batter into prepared loaf pan and top with 1/4 cup of jam, leaving a 1/4-inch border.  Spoon another 1/3 of batter and top with remaining jam and top with remaining batter.

Sprinkle with Nut Streusel (recipe below) and bake for 30 minutes.  Tent with foil and bake another 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes then remove from pan and cool on rack completely.

Drizzle with sugar glaze – combine 1 cup icing sugar with 2 tablespoons milk or cream until smooth.

Nut Streusel:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup chopped sliced almonds (pecans, walnuts or nut of choice)

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 tablespoons packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup unsalted butter, cubed

Method:

In a small bowl, stir together nuts, flour, sugars, cinnamon and salt.  Using your fingertips, cut in butter until pea-size crumbs remain.  Squeeze mixture into small and large clumps and sprinkle all over top of Cinnamon Jam loaf before baking.

 

Chewy Brownies

Chewy Brownies

Brownies are the quintessential sweet treat.  Chocolatey, sweet, chewy, portable and easy to make.

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Chewy Brownie – sweetenuf.ca

 

A chewy brownie with a fudgey consistency is my go to.  Others prefer a cakey brownie but I find they lack a depth of flavour I crave.  Today’s recipe from America’s Test Kitchen is a sure fire winner with 3 types of chocolate plus some espresso powder to enhance the chocolate flavour even further.

With the freezing rain still falling on this Spring Sunday a batch of these baking would surely lift your mood and make you forget about the howling winds and the fact you still need your long johns.  Start your ovens people and beat back your sweet treat craving with a pan of these.

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Chocolate!  Sweetenuf.ca

 

Chewy Brownies (ATK)

Makes approx. 24.  Grease and parchment or foil line (make sure to grease the foil) 13 x 9-inch baking pan.  Preheat oven to 350F.

Ingredients:

1/2cup + 2 tbsp boiling water

1/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder

1 1/2 tsp instant espresso powder (optional)

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped fine

1/2 cup + 2 tbsp vegetable oil

4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

2 large eggs + 2 egg yolks

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups sugar

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 tsp salt

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate (cut into 1/2-inch pieces)

Method:

Whisk hot water, cocoa and espresso powder together in a large bowl until smooth.  Add unsweetened chocolate and whisk until chocolate is melted.  Whisk in oil and melted butter.  Add in eggs and yolks and vanilla and continue whisking until mixture is smooth and uniform looking.  Whisk in sugar until fully mixed.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, salt and add into chocolate mixture combining with a rubber spatula until combined.  Fold in the bittersweet pieces.

Transfer batter to the prepared pan and smooth with an offset spatual to reach the corners and smooth top.

Bake about 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out with a few moist crumbs on it.  Remember to rotate pan half way through baking time!

Let cool and remove Brownies from pan.  Let cool further until firm and cut into squares.  Wrap leftovers well.

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