1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 cups buttermilk*
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2/3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
*I don't normally keep buttermilk on tap in my kitchen, so I substituted 2 cups of milk with a large splash of lemon juice (you could also use vinegar).
Cream together butter, sugar and eggs...and this is also where I added my ever present instant coffee to the blend...
Grab your buttermilk (or substitute, as you can see here), and measure 2 cups.
I always like to mix my dry ingredients together before blending them into a recipe, so here's my bowl of flour and baking soda.
I alternated the milk and dry ingredients into the butter mixture, just like cookie dough...
The cinnamon/sugar mix is both a topping and a center layer of flavor.
Pour half the dough into two greased loaf pans (1/4 into each), reserving the other half.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes, cool in the pan for a few so it doesn't fall apart, and serve with a fresh cup of java :).