Cinnamon Crumb Bread

Cinnamon Crumb Bread

The other day, I posted an easy Mother’s Day recipe. This one is not quite that easy, but it’s still pretty doable. So if you know what a spatula is, dig in!

For some reason, people associate Mother’s Day with brunch. Okay, I know that it’s traditional to take mothers out for brunch on the big day, but why? Don’t we rate a fancy dinner?

Listen, I’m not trying to knock brunch. The food is delicious and decadent, and it’s totally fine to feature chocolate in your pancakes, or waffles, or French toast. How could I possibly object to that? But I really, really love going out for dinner. Dinner out means one night of not having to cook for greedy little mouths.

Cinnamon Crumb Bread

Still, to appease you brunch fanatics out there, I made this cinnamon crumb bread. It’s pretty awesome, and to be fair, you can also have it for dessert. After dinner out.

I’m being appreciated a lot this week. Yes, Sunday is Mother’s Day, but apparently, this week is Teacher Appreciation Week. That means I got a Reese’s peanut butter cup bar in my mailbox this morning (how well they know me), chips in my box yesterday, and an apple the day before. And it’s really nice to get all the free stuff.

Cinnamon Crumb Bread

The thing is, I really love coming to work. People talk about how exhausting teaching is, how drained you feel at the end of the day, how demanding everyone can be. So true. But sometimes we get into such a negative place about this profession that we don’t see the great stuff. Like, how every morning, some kid I don’t know holds the door open for me to enter or exit because their parents raised them properly. How my students say “thank you” as they leave the classroom. How I laugh out loud every day so many times, even though I’m not much of a laugher. I mean, kids are funny. Even the 17 year-old ones I teach.

Cinnamon Crumb Bread

They are also really cool about sharing ideas. I needed some baking inspiration last week, so I asked a few about summer dessert ideas. Boy, did they step up to the plate. It turns out that teenagers really like to think about food.

Cinnamon Crumb Bread

And so do I, which might be why I love being a high school teacher. It’s even more exciting when ideas come by surprise, like this bread. I never thought about making it until I made these Cinnamon Donuts with Chocolate Dipping Sauce a couple of weeks back, and that formed the basis for making a bread with tons of crumb on top.

Cinnamon Crumb Bread

You can’t lose with crumb. You can’t lose with cinnamon. And you definitely can’t lose if you celebrate life regularly, not just on the days or weeks that are meant as designated appreciation moments. Translation? Eat dessert daily. And for you moms and teachers out there, enjoy the next few days!


Cinnamon Crumb Bread


2 cups flour
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 extra-large egg
1 and 1/4 cups milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla
Crumb Topping
1 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 and 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, melted


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, melted butter, and vanilla. Stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  3. Pour the batter into the loaf pan. Set aside.
  4. Make the crumb topping. Mix the powdered sugar, flour and cinnamon. Add the melted butter and, using your hands along with a spatula, combine the ingredients to form large crumbs.
  5. Sprinkle the crumbs evenly over the cake batter.
  6. Put the pan in the oven and bake until done, between 40-50 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center to test for doneness.
  7. Cool. Cut into slices and serve.



I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 32 Comments

  1. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    Mir – I loved this post. Happy Mother’s Day and Teacher Appreciation Week! I came in on Wednesday to an entire table of food in the teacher’s room that was supplied by the PTO. It brought a smile to my face and definitely helped fill me up. My students are constantly talking about food and what they like to eat. Although the profession is difficult, it’s worth those moments where students surprise you with their kindness or humor. Crumb bread is a wonderful idea for Mother’s Day. 😀
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Erin! It’s totally worth it, even when teaching gets hard. To quote a movie I love, “The hard is what makes it great.” I’m glad your PTO fed you! Ours did, too!

  2. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    I love your outlook on teaching!!!! THANK YOU! I mean, I know it’s a hard job. . I couldn’t do it. . and there are ups and downs, we with any job. . but I just love your positive outlook! Thank you, Mir! Love that you are doubling hit this week with Teacher Appreciation Week and Mother’s day. . you deserve it! and I love this CRUMB bread! Winning!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Alice! I am sometimes surprised how much teaching wound up working out for me. I work with a lot of insanely talented people, and we all have similar personality quirks. I think it’s a calling. And we appreciate parents like you who are kind and supportive.

  3. mira

    Happy Mother’s Day and Teacher Appreciation Week Mir! Love the post! And the bread sounds and looks delicious!!!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Mira! It’s a good week for bread!

  4. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    This is the perfect treat to end the week with, Mir! My mouth is just watering by looking at these pictures. That crumb topping looks so delicious! I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day and happy teacher appreciation week, too!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Gayle! I’m enjoying this week, for sure!

  5. Heather - Butter & Burlap

    “Eat Dessert Daily” is the best advice ever! I love dessert, and I do eat it daily ha. Happy teacher appreciation week to you! I hope you get to enjoy a nice Mother’s day dinner instead of brunch :). But I do love this cinnamon crumb cake – good golly! It looks amazing! Great recipe, Mir!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Heather! Eating dessert daily is not even optional in my world!

  6. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)

    It is so beautiful that you think about teaching this way. I think it is wonderful, and this bread is absolutely fantastic!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Jocelyn. I’m lucky to have found something I love to do, career-wise!

  7. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Shoutout to us teens! Seriously, we get a lot of hate for being apparently so social-media obsessed (Although I’m inclined to argue that that issue really begins two years below us… this year’s sophomores and younger are positively addicted to their Instagrams, it’s scary!) but what we really are is food obsessed. NONE of my friends cook and only a couple bake, but all of them are willing to talk about food with me endlessly. Gotta love us mini foodies, huh?
    We are more of dinner-out types for Mother’s Day as well! Although this year, we’re all so worn out we’re doing Indian takeout at home. As per mom’s request. Might seem boring, but boy am I looking forward to some warm food in my PJs 🙂
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    1. Mir

      All of my students say the classes below them are worse, Medha! But you guys get more tech dependent every year. There’s no stopping it! But you will all love food, no matter what.
      And Indian takeout sounds perfect. I love fun food in PJs!

  8. Manali @ CookWithManali

    Ooo LOVE the crumb! Have a wonderful Mother’s Day and Teacher Appreciation Week Mir! You deserve it! 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Manali! Crumb is the best!

  9. Anna @ Sunny Side Ups

    Thanks so much for all the hard work you do as a teacher!! I hope you have a great Teacher Appreciation Week and a Happy Mother’s Day! This Cinnamon Crumb Bread looks absolutely perfect with all that cinnamon goodness and those crumbs!! 🙂 Pinned!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Anna! It was a great week. And thanks for pinning!

  10. Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze

    First off Mir I so look up to you and appreciate you for being a teacher. Not only a teacher, but a high school teacher at that. Now that is awesome. I have a 12 year old and I could’t imagine having to teach 30 of them for 5-6 periods. So your awesome!! I also agree with on brunch. It’s fun, but I would way rather go out to dinner. I love dinner so much more. 🙂 This crumble bread looks amazing! I love those big chunks of crumb! Yum!! 🙂 Ps Happy Mom’s and Teachers week!! You should totally get spoiled tomorrow for all that you do!
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    1. Mir

      I’m not into teaching 12 year-olds, Cyndi. No middle school! Mine are 17 and much easier to deal with. I hope you get to go out to dinner today!

  11. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    This crumb bread looks fantastic Mir! I don’t make enough things with crumbs on top, I need to change that!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Stacey! I agree with you, but I’m biased. Love the crumbs.

  12. Annette

    This bread looks great. I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for being a teacher. With 3 kids all done with K-12, we have had all types of teachers. My youngest had the greatest teacher for her AP Psych class in high school. She just finished her first year of college and said she is so thankful she had that teacher. She really taught her how to study and research. I told her she should write the teacher a thank you note. 🙂

    1. Mir

      It’s supportive parents like you who place value on education that I so much appreciate, Annette! I teach AP too, and I feel so lucky to work with great kids. I’m sure I would have loved teaching your daughter. Congrats on her finishing up the first year of college!

  13. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    That crumb looks absolutely fantastic!!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks so much! My crumb is very important to me, Dorothy. Very.

  14. GiGi Eats

    Oh I would totally be a human vacuum to these crumbs!! LOL!
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    1. Mir

      I beat you to it, Gigi!

  15. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

    I could eat a few slices of this!!
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    1. Mir

      Too late! I already did. 🙂 Thanks, Julianne!

  16. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    You are an amazing teacher! I love your outlook on teaching and students and life!!! Hugs!! And this bread? Holy cow!!! I am loving all that crumb action!!!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Jocelyn! I do love it, except on bad days. 🙂 Crumb action is the way to go!

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