Cinnamon Bread & Prayers

We got some devastating news this week.  After spending Thursday trying to process what this news means to our family, I began to wring my hands worrying what I could do to reach out and help.

Saturday I called my mom and told her that because I didn’t know what to do, I was going to bake our family members some bread and could I please have her cinnamon bread recipe.

“Of course that is what you’re going to do! You’re Dutch!” she laughed as she rummaged through her recipe box. “Here it is. Oh this is a good one to make. It is so yummy.”


Saturday afternoon, I combined ingredients, I mixed them, and I prayed.

In no time, our home was filled with the scent of cinnamon and sugar and prayers hanging thick in the sunshine-filled kitchen and living space.

Cinnamon Bread


  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil (I use canola oil)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup soured milk (You can use buttermilk or I use milk with some white vinegar mixed with it.)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 heaped tablespoon cinnamon


Step 1
Mix egg, 1 cup sugar, oil, flour, salt, soda, and milk together well.
Step 2
pour half of the batter into a well-greased loaf pan
Step 3
whisk together 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon
Step 4
shake half of the cinnamon/sugar mixture on poured batter and swirl it around on the top of the batter.
Step 5
pour second half of batter into pan
Step 6
shake remaining cinnamon/sugar mixture on top and swirl a bit (I like to leave some not swirled in to be a little loose on top of the bread)
Step 7
bake at 350 degrees for just under an hour.

When someone you love is hurting, what do you do?

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