You’ve found your most favorite dish; whether it’s savory or sweet, it doesn’t matter. You just know you’ll immediately recreate it at home… thinking long and hard about which spices and ingredients go into that dish, the amounts and the time it takes to prepare. Or as a last resort, Google it to find a copycat recipe. 🙂
With this treat, though, there was none of that. The following recipe comes directly from the horse’s mouth. I’d received an email from Starbucks a few months ago about seasonal drinks and dessert offerings, with this beautiful news attached. See, Starbucks’ Chocolate Cinnamon Bread is one of my favorite desserts that line their sweet cases. Unfortunately, though, it’s not offered year-round. So when they graciously offered their secret recipe to the public, I grabbed it and ran!
The calorie count is high, but it’s totally worth it (and you’ve got enough to share with a friend!). Hope you enjoy!!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9"x5"x3" loaf pans and set aside.
Beat together the butter and sugar in an electric mixer until light and creamy, around 5 minutes. Then add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until each is fully incorporated. You may need to scrape down the sides of the bowl a few times to get them fully mixed in. In a medium-sized bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, water and vanilla. With your mixer on low speed, begin adding the contents of each bowl to the butter mixture, alternating between the two until your mixture is fully blended, but not overly whipped. Then split your batter between the two pans. If your batter is slightly uneven, you can lightly shake the pan to even out the tops.
For the topping, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, cocoa powder, ginger and cloves. Then evenly layer the decorating sugar over your batter, followed by the spice mixture. Bake loaves for 45-50 minutes. Cool pans on a wire rack until completely cool, then remove loaves from pans.