Cinnamon jam loaf. The name alone makes my mouth water. A perfect accompaniment to morning tea or afternoon coffee. Something to give you that ‘belly hug’ on a cold winter day in Ontario or a smile if you’re fortunate enough to be sitting outside in the sunshine somewhere south.
Another wonderful recipe from Bake from Scratch, the Comfort Issue, this no mixer required loaf received rave reviews at my house!
A nut streusel elevates this simple loaf by adding crunchy sweetness and if you wish add a little sugar glaze. This will keep for several days (should it last that long) well wrapped and you can always freeze any extras.
Cinnamon Jam Loaf
Makes 1 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf. Preheat oven to 350F. Line loaf pan with parchment paper.
1 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup jam (blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, etc.)
In a large bowl, whisk together brown sugar, sour cream, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture, whisking just until combined.
Spoon 1/3 of batter into prepared loaf pan and top with 1/4 cup of jam, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Spoon another 1/3 of batter and top with remaining jam and top with remaining batter.
Sprinkle with Nut Streusel (recipe below) and bake for 30 minutes. Tent with foil and bake another 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes then remove from pan and cool on rack completely.
Drizzle with sugar glaze – combine 1 cup icing sugar with 2 tablespoons milk or cream until smooth.
1/2 cup chopped sliced almonds (pecans, walnuts or nut of choice)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cubed
In a small bowl, stir together nuts, flour, sugars, cinnamon and salt. Using your fingertips, cut in butter until pea-size crumbs remain. Squeeze mixture into small and large clumps and sprinkle all over top of Cinnamon Jam loaf before baking.