Friday, May 11, 2012

chocolate cinnamon tea bread

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well hello sunshine, so glad you could join us for tea. why don't you pull up a chair and stay awhile.
the sun did indeed decide to stay awhile, like throughout the entire photo shoot - it certainly was a welcome guest, i just wished i remembered my filter during instead of after the fact - so please excuse the lighting in the photos - there's a little extra character called sunshine in these shots.
with our tea we enjoyed this tasty little tea bread with chocolate and cinnamon.
you should make this bread and find your own little sunshine patch to share it with

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a simple cinnamon spiked agave sweetened batter with a bit of coconut oil make for subtly sweet and wonderfully moist tea bread

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chocolate chunks & cinnamon are combined with brown sugar, vegan butter, flour and a pinch of salt for a "crisp" esque topping

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generously sprinkle the topping between the 3 loaves - if you don't have the mini 2 cup loaf pans pull out your normal loaf pan and bake up a big one!
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when baked the topping is transformed into caramelized chocolaty goodness. this is the type of topping that makes you want to pick off pieces of the topping leaving the bread behind - but please, take my word the two are better together.

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the mini loaf pans are great to bake up and give to the ones you love.
bake up 3 and give 2 away - my two went to my aunt Nance & my aunt Jud and her family.
the boys and my aunt and uncle gave the bread 2 thumbs up - they all LOVED it. that is coming from a 12 year old and a 10 year old- I'll take that review any day!
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i really enjoyed this bread naked - the bread not me was naked.
use a really good cinnamon, my personal favorite as of late has been the Vietnamese cinnamon - so incredibly good. with excellent cinnamon and chunks of chocolate you really don't need to top this bread with anything, simply enjoy with a cup of tea.

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so my friends, please take sometime this week for yourself to slow down and savor a slice of chocolate cinnamon tea bread with a cup of your favorite tea in the sunniest of spots you can possibly find.
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Chocolate Cinnamon Tea Bread
makes 1 normal size loaf or 3 mini 2 cup loaves

you will need:
1 cup spelt flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup of agave
1/2 cup soy yogurt or 1/4 cup soy yogurt and 1 small ripe banana
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp coconut oil melted


3 tbsp brown sugar
3 tbsp vegan chocolate chunks
3 tbsp cold butter
2 tbsp spelt flour
1 tsp cinnamon


assembly:
pre heat oven 350*
in a medium bowl sift together flours through salt - set aside
in a separate bowl, whisk together agave through melted coconut oil
mix together the dry and wet ingredients until moistened

in a medium bowl mix together brown sugar, chocolate, flour and cinnamon. with a pastry cutter, cut in the cold butter until pebble size pieces are formed

transfer batter to a greased large loaf pan or divided evenly between 3 mini 2 cup loaf pans. evenly sprinkle the brown sugar chocolate topping between the loaf pans or over the large loaf.

bake the mini loaves for 25 - 30 minutes or the large loaf for 45-50 minutes until a tester inserted in the center of the loaves comes out clean.

remove from oven, cool for at least 5 minutes prior to serving

enjoy!

34 comments:

  1. Looks divine! I like the chunky bits in it. Makes me wanna eat a big chunk of it!

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    1. Thats why making them into minis was a lot safer for me (I lack self control over incredible baked goods!) i would have eaten the tops off of all of them!

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  2. Chocolate and cinnamon is such a great combo. And I love that you cut down on the oil using soy yogurt/banana. Great idea!

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    1. Thanks Amanda! The Vietnamese cinnamon is so wonderful paired with the Chocolate :0

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  3. Wow, sounds incredible! The bread looks so moist, yet light and airy at the same time... I feel like I could eat an entire loaf and wonder where it went, haha! And no worries with the sunshine - you got great pics anyway. :)

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    1. Thanks Willow - I felt the same way about your trio of loaves that you made a few weeks ago :)

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  4. ahh..a girl after my own heart. i'm a lover of vietnamese cinnamon as well. this bread looks delicious and you reminded me that i need to get myself some mini loaf pans. for some reason it never occurred to me that baking goods in them would make magnificent gifts!

    i have to say, i am LOVING that the sun is back! it was such a nice change of pace to go for a run this morning and NOT have it raining! i was so joyous that i was singing at the top of my lungs half the time. luckily, i don't care what strangers think of me ;)

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    1. I love the little loaf pans that you can give away they are so much fun :) Vietnamese Cinnamon is a new discovery and I am totally hooked!

      I missed the sun too - we have been so so spoiled this spring, i cannot wait until Summer :)

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  5. That looks SO GOOD! I haven't had breakfast yet, other than an apple, and I'm dying for a slice of this!

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    1. A slice of apple with this bread would be so good - maybe even with a little cinnamon raisin swirl peanut butter too?

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  6. You always have delicious looking cakes...I would love to have a little slice of it right now :) Beautiful photos...p.s I have my fiddleheads and will making your pasta recipe tonight :D !!

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    1. YAY I am so happy to hear you are going to try out the Fiddlehead Pasta - I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

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  7. saw the picture which showed up on my newsfeed and i was like that looks like one delicious coffee cake or similar! and it looks deliciously good indeed.. that cinnamon chocolate crumb. lovelyy! we are going to have a sunny weekend with temps hitting 80.. yay.. that means it is time to take out the portable AC.. yes seattle homes dont come with central air conditioning coz it never used to get hot.. until since the last few years where we go close too 100 for a week or 2.

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    1. Justin thought it was a coffee cake too! Which it is very similar...but tea sounded more dainty :)

      WOW 80 isn't that almost unheard of ? Enjoy it while it lasts Richa!

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  8. I'm loving the sun lately. I started blogging last spring and I had no idea how hard winter would be! It felt impossible to get good pictures, but now I'm so happy to have the sun back. Although I'm finding spring sun is even more unpredictable because it's there and then it isn't! I think your pictures look great - and the bread looks delicious!

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    1. Thanks Heidi! My biggest obstacle so far with Spring Sun has been how it moves right in my "photo" space at around 3pm and hangs out for a little while :)

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  9. There is so much I love about this post: The colors in the photos, the "sunny" guest, the fact that you had to clarify that you were not naked while enjoying this coffee cake, and there's the cake itself! It looks so delicious and I'm sure that if it was made in our house, the extra loaves would not even have the chance to leave the house. Great recipe!

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    1. Thanks Kristy! I have to move quick with those extra loaves or they wouldn't make it out ;)

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  10. Cinnamon & chocolate? Delicious!!!! :) Love the pretty photos with the sun shine and dandelions! :)

    We are finally getting sunshine and warm weather here now too. It's supposed to be beautiful this weekend and all into next week. YAY! :) Looking so forward to going for long walks outside and maybe even doing a little picnic tomorrow. Happy weekend sweetie!

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    1. This weekend has been so gorgeous! I hope you enjoyed your picnic :)

      And yes i totally agree, cinnamon + chocolate is so wonderful!

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  11. One of my favourite things to do is enjoy tea and a snack, especially when the sun is pouring in! This bread looks absolutely perfect! Cinnamon has to be one of the most comforting, warming, delicious flavours around. Plus that crumble...can I eat a bowl for breakfast??

    Enjoy the sunshine dear :)

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    1. Me too - although I love tea anytime if the day, it is instant relaxation for me no matter where I am or what i was doing before I got my hands around that warm and steamy mug- a nice little treat like brings that moment to the next level :)

      Oooo you chould make a Raw granola with these flavors!

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  12. As always I love your delicious recipe which this time, seems perfect to wake up to on the weekend :D
    Gorgeous my friend :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Thanks Uru - Chocolate for breakfast, count me in!

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  13. Looks amazingly delicious!! Oh that crumb!!

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  14. looks sooo good..wll try it out & let you know..:)
    Tasty Appetite

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  15. I like to eat my food naked too!
    Oh wait a minute, did I read that incorrectly? hehehe

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    1. Hmmmm well truth is naked eating is pretty fun isn't it- but this is a G rated blog - you have to check out my other blog for naked eating ;)

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  16. This looks delicious!
    Your photos are beautiful!

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  17. wow -- that looks fantastic!! i LOVE a good tea bread...especially with chocolate!! yum! thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by - I hope you enjoy your gluten free version :)

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