Cinnamon, Walnut, and Raisin Loaf

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It was a little bumpy of a week and this was the therapy I needed on a Saturday morning.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flour
1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
3 teaspoons baking powder
3 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Topping
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease and flour a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. In a bowl, combine the flour and 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon and salt.

In another bowl, combine the eggs, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until smooth. Fold in raisins and walnuts.

Pour half the batter into pan. In a small bowl, combine the remaining sugar and cinnamon; stir in butter. Drizzle over batter and cut through with a knife to swirl. Top with remaining batter.

In a small bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon and walnuts and sprinkle over top of loaf before baking.

Bake for 55-60 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.  Wait 15 minutes before removing from pan and let cool.

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