Chocolate Cinnamon Bread


What's the new rage among food bloggers? It seems to be this Chocolate Cinnamon Bread. It can be found here, here, and here. The pictures of this rich bread seem to captivate its viewers and lure them into baking it. Don't expect bread; it's more like cake.
This bread was developed by Starbuck's Chef Marcus Samuelsson. I visit Starbucks quite frequently, but never noticed this bread, until now. I have a hard time buying a $4 drink, so I never think to buy any baked goods. Ahhh...I love those lattes. I first got hooked on the Frappuccinos (they ween people into liking coffee).
Anyway, this is really, really, good. I love the spicy crust on top! I adapted the recipe to make just 1 loaf, instead of two. I also added brown sugar to the crust, and made a few changes here and there. I sprinkled a little powdered sugar on top for looks.


Chocolate Cinnamon Bread

Ingredients:
Cocoa-Spice Sugar Crust
1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon Hershey's Dark Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Pinch ground ginger
Pinch ground cloves

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons Hershey's Dark Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons buttermilk

Directions:
Make the Cocoa-Spice Sugar Crust: In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, cinnamon, cocoa, ginger and cloves.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, cinnamon, salt,
baking powder and baking soda.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and granulated sugar on medium speed, until light and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add vanilla, and eggs, one at a time, beating until each egg is incorporated.
With mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and buttermilk to butter(scrape down the sides of the bowl), and beat just until blended. Scrape the batter into the pan, evenly.
Sprinkle Cocoa-Spice Sugar Crust over the top of the batter.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool completely, run a thin knife around the sides to release the bread and remove from pan.

Makes 1 loaf, 8 servings




10 comments:

  1. that looks so good emilie. I'm the same way. When I go to starbucks, it's the lattes that draw me in. Don't get me wrong, I WANT those baked goods too, but those lattes...they're GOOD.

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  2. Oh wow! That sounds delicious. I will definitely make that this week. I'll keep you posted!

    Love,
    Julie

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  3. Hi Em,

    Marcus Samuelsson is Starbuck's chef??? Since when? I'm not sure I like that, but I guess it's better than Applebee's, even though I still love Tyler. (He does have a family to support, after all.)

    Can you imagine if RR were actually supplying the recipes to Dunkin' Donuts, instead of just using her celebrity to shill poison for our young people.

    Don't mind me, I'm kind of jet-lagged. I DO love doughnut holes, wherever they come from. You can eat 30 and still feel like, you've only had 1 or 2 doughnuts.

    Oh, and, as usual, your cake looks magnifico.

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  4. Val- I know. I like everything they have. I like it when they bring out the Christmas flavors.

    Julie- You can find the original recipe here:
    http://www.starbucks.com/flash/coffeefoodpairings/choc-cinnamon.pdf

    It makes 2 loaves, which might be good for your big family.

    Sue- Yep. I'm not really familliar with him. Info?

    Tyler's a sellout.

    You're rambling about donut holes.

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  5. I haven't seen that yet - I LOVE chocolate and cinnamon. Yum!

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  6. I have this recipe printed out, but have not made it yet. Now I really want to !

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  7. I'm not a chocolate lover but once in a while I get a craving for a moist, rich chocolate cake. This one looks like it would hit the spot.

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  8. Mallow- Make it! You will love it.

    Deb- See above!

    Cythia- You're right about that. This really should be called cake.

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  9. Oh.My.Gosh. I'm so making this tonight!!

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  10. Your cake turned out lovely - now I want to make it again1

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