After spending my entire spring break working on a paper about chocolate I absolutely had to make something that had nothing to do with chocolate. Any more reference or mention of chocolate at this point would probably make me scream. I now know more about the cocoa trade between the Mesoamericans (Mayas and Aztecs) and the Conquistadores than I could ever possibly have wanted to know. Ever. Did you know that chocolate’s scientific name Theobroma Cacao means food of the gods? I think whoever named it was a moron. Instead, it should be called food of the ‘let’s see how much sleep deprivation we can subject Rebecca to’. Linnaeus needs to step up his name game.
Anyway, cinnamon is my friend. It has nothing to do with chocolate and didn’t make me write an agonizing research paper about it. Yes, I was coerced by chocolate. In my defense, there is a god of chocolate named Ek Chuah and I bet you he had something to do with it! Ok that’s a total lie. It was actually the majestic Netflix gods who drove me to not focus on the paper as well as I should have and therefore make more work for myself. They just make it way too damn convenient! That ‘watch next episode’ button is hypnotic and it stares you in the face until you are powerless to say no. Please tell me I’m not the only one who has this problem. I’m currently a little bit too obsessed with Scrubs. What show is your addiction of choice?
And with that I’ve given you the inspiration for this recipe and the reason I’ve been MIA for the past few…um let’s not talk about how long. Classes are finally winding down. I can’t believe I only have two school days left before reading period! Then I’m going to be a junior! Woohoo! That’s almost as awesome as this quick bread. I call it a quick-bread because it’s not quite desserty enough to be cake and therefore you can totally get away with eating some for breakfast or as a snack with some milk or tea. The added yogurt and oil make it super moist and delicious and once again ZERO CHOCOLATE. It’s definitely worth trying out since it comes together in only a few minutes and uses ingredients you probably already have lying around your pantry.
Cinnamon Quick Bread
-1 1/2 cups flour
-2 tsp baking powder
-1 c vanilla yogurt
-1 c. sugar
-4 tsp cinnamon (more or less to taste)
-1 tsp vanilla
-1/4 c vegetable oil
-1/2 stick of butter (softened)
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF
2. Cream together butter, sugar, and vanilla.
3. Mix in yogurt, eggs, and oil.
4. Combine the flour, cinnamon, and baking powder in a separate bowl.
5. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet until they are just mixed, do not over mix the batter. It’s fine if there are still a few lumps.
6. Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan.
7. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.