Friday, February 22, 2008

Award Show and Cinnamon Quick Bread

2 awards on the same day??!!! Oh, my goodness! I am so touched and flattered at the same time. My blog is still a baby... All of barely 3 months old and people have thought that I'm worthy of deserving awards already? I'm speechless.

This "Nice matters Award" was presented to me by dear Uma of the Essence of Andhra blog. Thank you so much, Uma! I am so flattered that you would think of me to pass this award to! I'd like to pass this on to each and every one of the bloggers (established and new) out there as well as the readers of our blogs. You guys rock!

This next award was presented to me by our very own Cham of Spice-Club who says that I give usual recipes a twist. Thanks so much for choosing me, Cham. It means so much! There are so many bloggers that I'd like to pass this on to, but I'm told I have to choose only 5. So, here goes:

Mansi of Fun and Food for her mouthwatering recipes, fun and funky style. This girl knows how to have fun and make you have fun with her!

Pravs of Simply Spicy. Her gorgeous pics would tempt a vegetarian to want to eat non-veg! I get the urge to try all of her recipes as soon as I read them. I can't thank you enough for all of your encouragement in the first posts, Pravs. You were the first person to comment!

Shn of Mishmash. Her stories draw me in to them and her photos... Words cannot describe them! Lots of wonderful Kerala recipes here.

Sig of Live to Eat. Her dedication and the effort in each of the posts she's published is apparent on reading them. Recipes from every corner of the globe with drinks to match!

Maheshwari of Beyond the Usual. The title of her blog speaks volumes about its content. I was a regular visitor to her blog from before I started mine. Awesome recipes, Mahesh!

Plus, all of the other wonderful bloggers out there that I wasn't able to mention. You are my inspiration every day! I love visiting each and every one of your blogs to see the latest surprises you've got in store for me!

To celebrate, I'm offering you all some cinnamon quick bread! This is from my Pillsbury complete book of baking cookbook. It's fast, easy, and tastes awesome with my minor adaptations which I'm including here! :)


All purpose flour - 1 cup
Whole wheat flour - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Baking powder - 4 tsp
Cinnamon powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Raisins - 1/2 cup
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Buttermilk - 1 cup
Oil - 1/3 cup
Vanilla - 2 tsp
Eggs - 2

For streusel:

Sugar - 2 tbsp
Cinnamon powder - 1 tsp
Butter, softened - 2 tsp


1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour bottom only of 9x5 or 8x4 loaf pan.

2. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients (except streusel ingredients and raisins) and beat for 3 minutes on medium speed.

3. Toss raisins with a tbsp of all purpose flour and fold into batter. Pour batter into prepared pan.

4. Combine streusel ingredients on a small bowl until crumbly. Sprinkle over the batter and swirl with a knife or fork so that the batter and streusel are marbled.

5. Bake at 350 F for 45-55 minutes until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely on a rack.

Can be wrapped tightly and stored in the fridge.

A slice for you:
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Mansi Desai said...

oops, added comments for 2 diff posts on the same one:) np!

this bread looks awesome kali! and thanks so much for the award, and your adoration:)

Asha said...

To awards in one day! You go girl!:))

Quick bread looks yummy. I have that book too, does have wonderful recipes. Have a great weekend Kalai, see you next week.

Pravs said...

Hey kalai, you are so generous with words when describing me :) Thanks a ton. Congrats on the two awards !! Cinnamon bread looks too a perfect bake.

Maheswari said...

Two well deserved awards..congrats kalai!!!
Thank you so much for the is pleasant surprise indeed..:)
Quick bread looks delicious...have a great weekend..

Homecooked said...

Congratulations :) And the bread looks awesome.Thanks for the recipe.

Kalai said...

Thanks, Mansi! You have my everlasting adoration, girl! :)

Ashakka, thank you! You have the same book? Cool! You have a great weekend.

Pravs, I was just telling the truth, dear! Thanks so much for the kind words. :)

Maheshwari, I thought you could use a pleasant surprise! Have a great weekend. :)

Homecooked, thanks so much! Pls do try it out and let me know! :)

Cham said...

hahaa, The trio (U- me and Dhiv) got the two awards at the same day. U deserve it dear, by the way ur bread is for breakfast :) or dinner ?
Have a sweet weekend!

Kalai said...

Cham, nice coincidence, huh? Thanks again! The bread would be for breakfast or with tea. :) See you next week!

musical said...

Lovely bread recipe, Kalai. Loved your Pomegrante juice based rice recipe too! Very innovative!

You too have a good weekend.

Dhivya said...

nice recipe..and congrats on ur award..keep going

Pravs said...

Thank you kalai :)

Kalai said...

Hi, Musical! Welcome to my blog and thanks for your kind words! :)

Dhivya, thank you! It's people like you that keep encouraging me to do more! :)

Pravs, you are so welcome, dear! Thank you for all of your support! :)

Richa said...

hey, bread looks very good, also liked ur scones :)

Raaga said...

congrats Kalai :-)

and the bread looks so good!!

DEEPA said...

congrats on the award and the bread is awesome .....

Lavanya Raj said...

congrads kalai on both the awards.. cham mentioned you got a brain to give a twist. enjoy the week end.

Uma said...

Congrats on the two awards Kalai, you deserve them! the bread looks so simple and yummy! Have a nice weekend.

Mishmash ! said...

kalai, thanks a lot for that generous shower of words..:) ALso thank you for sharing that cinnamon bread the virtual way...very thoughtful :)

Kalai said...

Thanks, Richa! You should definitely try them out sometime! :)

Raaga, that's a compliment coming from you! You bake so much! :)

Deepa, thanks, thanks, thanks! :)

Kalai said...

Lavanya, romba nanri! You are too kind! :)

Uma, thanks so much again! You got it... It is simple and yummy! :)

Shn, you absolute deserve it, girl! My pleasure to share it with you all! :)

Sig said...

Thanks for your sweet and generous words Kalai... and congrats on the well deserved awards...

Red Chillies said...

Congratulations on the well deserved awards! The bread looks yummy!

Kalai said...

Aw, shucks, Sig. You're making me blush! Thanks so much for your encouragement and kindness! :)

Red Chillies, thank you! Pls help yourself to as much as you want! :)

Sagari said...

Congrats for both awards and that bread looks fantastic

Laavanya said...

Congrats on your awards Kalai.

Kalai said...

Sagari, thanks so much and congrats on your award as well! :)

Laavanya, thank you for the kind wishes! :)

Bharathy said...

Kalai..have you seen the movie Thiruvaiyadal?where Lord Murugan as a child proclaims "arivukkum vayasukkum sambantham illai!"
The same thing applies here too :)
The blog age(3 months old) and the quality(fit for gr8 awards) is not inter-related!
Therefore you deserve both the awrds!Enjoy!!
Lovely raised bread,down there !!:)

Dhanggit said...

oh this cinnamon bread looks delicious!! perfect for tea breaks :-)

Daily Meals said...

Bread looks delicious...Congrats on getting the awards...

priyah said...

hi..congrats and the bread looks very inviting...

Kalai said...

Bharathy, engeyo poyitengal! Great quote. Your words of praise are making me blush! Thanks so much for being such a sweetheart! :)

Dhanggit, welcome to my blog! My thoughts exactly. Goes well with coffee, too! :)

Daily Meals, thanks a lot and thanks for visiting my blog! :)

Priyah, thank you and you're more than welcome to have some! :)

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

Lovely post Kalai & congrats to you on 2 awards! Loved reading it & enjoyed the write-up a lot. WAY TO GO!!

AnuSriram said...

Quick bread looks delicious! Nice recipe to try!

Kalai said...

Thanks so much, passionate baker!! I really appreciate it. :)

Anu, thanks a lot and do try it! :)

Superchef said...

congratulations girl!!! :) it doesnt matter how old your blog is..what matter is people thought you and your blog deserved it...i think so too!! :)

Namratha said...

Congrats on your awards Kalai, you deserve them!! :) Sorry it took me this long to stop by, it's been a crazy month!

DK said...

Hey congrats on both ur deserved awards.

The bread luks out of this world. I have made Cinnamon bread before..and I can comprehend the aromas that wud have wafted out of your kitchen that day :)

Kalai said...

Thanks so much, Superchef! You're a sweetheart! :)

Namratha, no worries, girl! We all have our hell times! Hang in there! :)

Dhivi, thank you for your sweet words! You're right... The aroma is out of this world! :)

Jayashree said...

Congratulations on the awards....the bread looks good.

Archy said...

Wow.. Congrats dear !! Two award on one day!!

The cake looks yummy !!

Kalai said...

Thanks, Jayashree! :)

So sweet of you, Archana! :)