jeansoyke bread

Friday, February 26, 2010 |
growing up, everyone i knew was catholic. we went to a catholic school. we lived in a catholic neighborhood. all of our family was catholic. i seriously thought everyone was catholic (which is funny because i'm not catholic now, i'm mormon. and living in utah i'm certain my kids think everyone is mormon.).

except jeansoyke. she was presbyterian and had big red doors on her church. (why do i remember that?)
her real name was jean soyke, with a space between the two words like normal people. but we always said it one word. after awhile we wrote her name in one word.
jeansoyke was martha stewart before martha was born. she collected antiques; she had the perfectly clean and decorated home. made HOMEMADE chocolates (this was in the 1970s and i thought the only way to make chocolates was to beg your mom for some at the acme!). she had a buckeye tree in the front yard and my brothers and i LOVED collecting buckeyes in the fall. she always wrote thank you notes and gave the most thoughtful gifts.
she had this bread that i loved. i know she made other foods, but her bread was my favorite. it is a sweet bread (even more reason to love it) and while the big people had it with coffee or tea, the kids could have it with hot chocolate.
please fell free to make this bread, but if someone asks what the name of this cinnamon bread is, you must say that it is jeansoyke bread.
i will hold you to it!

(ps...this is the only photo i have of jeansoyke. surprising because she was a big part of our lives growing up. she is holding my littlest brother, aaron, on his baptism day. she was his godmother even though she wasn't catholic. not sure how that works.)

jeansoyke’s cinnamon loaf

2 cups of sugar
1 cup of oil
mix really well

4 eggs, 1 at a time, mixing the whole time

alternate mixing
3 cups flour and 1 tablespoon baking power
1 cup of milk

into 2 sprayed bread pans put a ½ inch of the batter into the pan.
sprinkle a mixture of cinnamon sugar on top then another ½ inch of batter

do both pans at the same time so that they are equal in size

cook at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes

cool in bread pans

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Sandi said...

Yay! A bread without yeast! I'm yeast-challenged. I will definitely try this. Do you also sprinkle cinnamon/sugar on top before baking?

BTW, I also grew up Catholic and also noticed that the non-catholic churches had much cooler doors!

the thrifty ba said...

yes-sprinkle cinnamon sugar on the top before baking.

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Remodelaholic said...

This sounds totally good! I LOVE food... and your story is hilarious. Isn't it so funny how as a child we thought certain things, and then when you grow up and you have the real thing dawn on you and you are like duh... but it loses some of the magic, so when I try this I will alway call it jeansoyke bread!

Thanks for joining the party!

Cheryl G. said...

Sweet story.
Sounds like sweet bread!
Thanks for the recipe!

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Dee said...

I can't wait to try Jeansoyke bread! I hope I pronounce it correctly. I love that story, isn't it the best growing up with sweet lady neighbors?

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

That sounds delicious! I love cinammon bread. I definitely am bookmarking this page!


jenjen said...

Yummy! I am printing that one right off!

Thanks for linking it up to my party!!!


2sisters said...

What a great story! I will definately have to make this bread (and I will call it jeansoyke bread). It sounds so good! I found you through your link at Remodelaholics party.

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