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Cinnamon Swirl Loaf

If you are looking for a simple loaf that works perfectly for coffee break or afternoon tea, look no further.  This recipe came from my friend Mary many decades ago, and has been tweaked a little over the years.  The beauty of this particular recipe is that you get 'two-for-one'!  One to share with your family and friends today...and another one for the freezer for another day!

Cinnamon Loaf
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 rounded tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.  Spray two 9 x 5 loaf pans with oil (line bottom with parchment paper if desired).
  2. For topping, mix sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
  3. In mixing bowl, combine sugar and oil with mixer on low speed. Beat in eggs.
  4. Sift together dry ingredients; add alternately with milk. 
  5. Pour about 1/4 of batter into each of the prepared pans.
  6. Sprinkle about 1/4 of cinnamon topping evenly over each pan.
  7. Repeat with remaining batter and cinnamon/sugar mixture.
  8. Draw knife through batter to marble.
  9. Bake in pre-heated oven for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.
  10. Let cool in pan on cooling rack for about 15 minutes.  Loosen edges with knife and remove from pan carefully.
  11. Cool completely before slicing.  



  1. Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee!!

  2. Looks delicious!! Louis Dean is a baker - both from his army days and his time with Rainbow and Mrs. Baird's Bakery! He will love this recipe. There is something so satisfying as a slice of beautiful cinnamon bread! It cures most ills of the heart and spirit....on a good afternoon with a glass of milk or a cup of tea.

  3. This came just in time. Will be baking it this morning so I can share with 3 guys working on my house. Thank you!


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