A lot of people say I'm lucky to be a teacher. "You get three months off during the year!" they tell me. I usually scoff. Three months off? When exactly would that be? I start work on August 15th. End work June 30th. That "time off" in between is used for some much needed reorganization, reworking, and replanning. You don't expect me to just teach the same thing in the same way every year, do you? New kids means new problems, new disabilities, and new ways of thinking. I need the summer to catch up.
These next two months are indeed fickled mistresses. I want to take it off. Forget my classroom. Take all the time to myself. But, I can't. My summer schedule has been booked solid - I have to work every day if I want to be ready for my new set of students in September. I get some time to myself - in the form of lifting, running, and yoga - but then quickly go back to commitments, chores, and school. It's enough to make your head spin.
Now and again, I've got to remember to keep my feet on the ground. To lose myself a bit. Sit on my butt and watch a movie. Play a board game with friends. Go out and see what my city has to offer. Bake Mr. C something sweet. This recipe is one of the ways I relax - both during the summer and during the school year. It's a favourite among my fellow teachers, and it's a favourite with me as well, if only because I can whip it up amazingly quickly. It pleases the masses, with a sweet swirl and a soft, filling texture.
If you are feeling rushed or overwhelmed this summer, bake some cinnamon swirl bread. Sit your butt down. And breathe.
1) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease your loaf pan and set aside. In a large measuring cup, whisk together your egg, milk, vanilla, and vegetable oil. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together 1/3 cup of sugar, walnuts, chocolate chips, and cinnamon. set aside.
2) In a large bowl, whisk together your flour, the rest of your sugar (1 cup), baking powder, and salt. With a wooden spoon, stir in your wet ingredients until a batter forms. Pour about half of your batter into your loaf pan. Sprinkle your cinnamon mixture on top of the batter, then pour the rest of your batter on top of that. With a spoon, swirl your batter so that the cinnamon mixture is slightly broken up. Bake for about 40 to 50 minutes, or until your cake tester comes out clean. Cool completely and then serve.