Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Cinnamon Bread Delight

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 (5.1 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup applesauce
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease two 5x9 inch loaf pans.
In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, pudding mix, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, mix the milk, oil, applesauce, eggs, and vanilla. Stir the milk mixture into the flour mixture until smooth. Sprinkle the bottoms of the loaf pans with cinnamon sugar, and divide the batter between the 2 pans.
Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a loaf comes out clean.

Melba's Note: I haven't made this in a while, but it's scrumptious! There's actually a funny story that goes along with it. After we were first married, Sammie and I loved to have dinner parties (okay, we still do) and I would usually make a roast. I was fascinated with making them and impressing everyone. Anyway, we had a bunch of people over and I made the roast wrong and it turned out super dry. It was still good, but, well... Another girl brought this bread and we all loved it! As Sammie and I were cleaning up, I asked him if I should save the leftover roast. He said, "No, I don't think I'll eat it. But be sure to save me some of that awesome bread!" That didn't go over so well with Sammie's new wife. (Actually, Sammie's a very appreciative audience for my cooking. He makes it a lot of fun!)

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