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I keep telling myself that I am going to focus more on recipes from my cookbooks and magazines (to make all of the money I spend on them worth it – right?) but then I see recipes on other blogs and I can’t get them out of my head. This is one of those recipes.

I first saw this on Baking Bites, but have since seen it on a few other blogs. It sounded delicious, and I had an excuse to make it a few weeks ago. My husband’s aunt and uncle came into town for a few weeks over Thanksgiving. He hadn’t seen them in years, and had fun spending some time with them. On the morning they were leaving, we woke up early to go see them off. The night before, I was in the mood to bake something, and this recipe popped into my mind. I figured it would be nice to bring a loaf of this bread over for breakfast.

The recipe makes 2 loaves. I was going to cut it in half, so we had the one loaf to take to breakfast the next morning. I ended up making both loaves, but we had no problem polishing off the second loaf at home that day!! I followed the recipe, except I didn’t have any Dutch Process cocoa, so I used regular cocoa, and it was still delicious. I also didn’t add the decorating/sparkle sugar to the topping because I didn’t have it.

The biggest complaint I have heard from other blogs was that the cinnamon sugar mixture on top doesn’t stay on, and trying to get it to stay on while taking the bread from the pan is quite difficult. This is true, but since you put a piece of parchment paper on the bottom of the pan, I was able to stick a spatula underneath to get the loaf out instead of turning the pan over. You can always leave off the topping, because the bread is sweet enough without it, but I really liked the crunch it gave the bread.

I guess it went over well at my in-laws, because my mother-in-law emailed me the next day for the recipe. I do know that chocolate and cinnamon is now one of my favorite combinations, and there is nothing better than having that smell in my house while this was cooking!!

Chocolate Cinnamon Bread
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A rich chocolate bread with a hint of cinnamon. Topped with a cinnamon sugar crunchy topping.
Serves: Two 9x5 loaves
Chocolate Batter
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature (1½ cups)
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ cups Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baknig powder
  • ½ teaspoon baknig soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cocoa-Spice Sugar Crust
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • pinch ground cloves
  • pinch ground ginger
  • ¼ cup decorating or sparkle sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease two 9x5x3-inch loaf pans and line the bottom of the pans with parchment paper.
  2. Make the chocolate batter: In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar with the paddle attachment on medium speed, until light and creamy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating until each egg is completely incorporated before adding the next and scraping down the sides of the bowl several times.
  3. 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 the flour mixture and buttermilk mixture to butter, beginning and ending with the flour and beating just until blended. Divide the batter between the two pans, shake the pans to even the tops and set aside.
  4. Make the cocoa-spice sugar crust: In another bowl, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, cocoa, ginger and cloves. Sprinkle the surfaces of both batters 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 thin knife around the sides to release the breads and remove from pans.
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  6. from Starbucks and Marcus Samuelsson

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26 Responses to Chocolate Cinnamon Bread

  1. Tiffany says:

    I’ve also had this bookmarked for awhile!!

  2. Happy cook says:

    Wow they are just looking delicious. Yeah i too tell the same. That i should use my books more but then i see these delicious recipies in other blogger i have to try them

  3. Gigi says:

    I’ve just printed out the recipe. Your loaf looked sooo good that I have to bake one of my own.

  4. Helene says:

    Thats a big recipe. I wonder how it would turn if I half the recipe. Looks really good. I tend to do the same, take recipe from other bloggers and make them at home. I should start in 2008 to bake more from my own collection.

  5. April says:

    This sounds delicious!!!

  6. Deborah says:

    Helene, if you go to the Baking Bites link above, she has an adaption that makes just one loaf!

  7. Arfi Binsted says:

    I am your opposite. I tend to get recipes from books rather than from blogs. I can read books while watching my kids playing and often get no chance to browse other blogs at daytime, and I have very little time at night. I sometimes feel guilty when I don’t visit and pay the visit back to other bloggers, but I think I have managed so far.

    That bread is delicious. I would be tempted to make a chocolate version like that. I haven’t made any chocolate quickbread. I can imagine the flavour with mixture of spice on top. Amazing!

    Deborah, thank you for being my regular visitor. I know you’ve been a very good one and I do appreciate your attention on whatever I write.

    Happy Holidays!
    arfi binsted

  8. Kevin says:

    Cinnamon and chocolate bread sounds really good. If you can’t get the cinnamon to stay on top you could alway try putting it in the middle. Pour half of the mixture into the pan then the cinnamon and then the rest of the mixture on top.

  9. glamah16 says:

    Looks simple and so sastifying. If I dont ‘read’ you before Christmas, Have a Happy and Blessed One.

  10. eatme_delicious says:

    Happy to hear that the bread worked out well for you Deborah! :) It looks really good.

  11. Emiline says:

    I made this too!


    It’s really good. I didn’t have trouble with the cinnamon-sugar, but I don’t know why.

  12. Caroline says:

    This bread sounds absolutely yummy. I’ve been meaning to make a chocolate bread for a while (sounds healthier than chocolate cake). I should give this a try!

  13. Tai says:

    Holy Cow! That looks amazing! I love the combination of cinnamon and chocolate!

  14. Deborah says:

    Emiline – I knew someone else had made this bread, but for the life of me, I couldn’t remember who it was!! Thanks for reminding me – it has been driving me crazy. I have added the link to your post in my post. :)

  15. michelle says:

    I’ve had this one bookmarked for a while, too. I think I may have to make it after the holidays are over. :)

  16. Jenny says:

    Yum, I might have to make this for breakfast tomorrow. But maybe I won’t blog about it. Hee hee. I have myself restrained to once a week, so don’t blog everything I bake anyway. But then take pictures in case I run out of stuff to talk about!

  17. Cynthia says:

    Deborah you are such a good baker and cook. Look at how moist this bread is.

  18. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Deb, this bread is on my list, too. And now that I have seen yours… I’ll have to bake it soon!

  19. Hillary says:

    There’s no way anything with chocolate and cinnamon could be bad! Great bread recipe – thanks!

  20. Danny says:

    I’ve made this several times…one loaf for home and one for the office. It’s great bread and I was just named employee of the year!

  21. Jennifer says:

    Ooohhh… What’s not to like about this? Yum!

  22. Nemmie says:

    I have been looking for a loaf recipe to give as gifts, and I think I found a winner! Gorgeous bread, can’t wait to try :)

  23. Susan says:

    This looks great, will have to try it. I always make everything in mini loaf pans, I have two different sizes and they’re great as gifts.

  24. kimberleyblue says:

    Oh. My. God.

    So delicious! This is next on my list!

  25. dilla says:

    hi..i just found your blog..!i love it..!! :)
    quick question : may i know how many gram is ’1 stick of butter’?

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