Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Chocolate Cinnamon Bread ..... Great to have on hand when a friend drops in to say hi or just to have with your mid-morning cup of coffee.

Starbucks Chocolate Cinnamon Bread
This is a recipe from Starbucks Coffee. At how much a slice at Starbucks? Lets say you saved enough to fill the car with gas by baking your own bread!
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups granulated sugar
5 large eggs at room temperature
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 cups Dutch processed cocoa
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cocoa Spice Sugar Crust
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Dutch processed cocoa powder
Pinch ground ginger
Pinch ground cloves
1/4 cup decorating or sparkle sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two 9x5x3 inch loaf pans and line bottoms with parchment paper.
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and creamy, about five minutes at medium speed. Add eggs one at a time, beating until each egg is completely incorporated each time before adding the next and scraping down the sides several times.
Meanwhile in a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda. In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, water and vanilla. With mixer on low speed, alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk mixture to butter, beginning and ending with the flour and beating just until blended. Divide the batter between the two loaf pans and shake pans to even the tops and set aside.
In another small bowl, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, cocoa, ginger and cloves. Sprinkle the surface of both batters with the decorating sugar. Sprinkle with the cocoa sugar mixture, dividing evenly. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool completely, run a knife around the sides to release the breads and remove from pans.

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