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International Journal of Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics (IJFS)    IJFS-2326-3350-02-702

Quality Evaluation Of Bread Incorporated With Different Levels Cinnamon Powder

Dhillon G K*, Amarjeet K

Department of Food Science and Technology, Punjab Agricultural University, Punjab, India.

*Corresponding Author

Gurpreet K Dhillon
Department of Food Science and Technology,
Punjab Agricultural University,
Punjab, India.
Tel: 91-0161-2401965 Extn: 305

Received: October 08, 2013; Accepted: October 29, 2013; Published: October 30, 2013

Citation: Dhillon G K , Amarjeet K.(2013), Quality Evaluation of read Incorporated With Different Levels of Cinnamon Powder. Int J Food Sci Nutr Diet. 2(7), 70-74. doi:

Copyright: Dhillon G K.© 2013. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Cinnamon powder was substituted (0, 1, 2, 3 and 4 %) in wheat flour for bread making. Baking, sensory and storage quality of bread were analyzed and compared with white bread. Cinnamon powder was found to have high total phenol content (TPC) and antioxidant activity. The highest TPC (0.94 mg GAE/DW) and antioxidant activity (27.67%) were observed in the bread containing highest level of cinnamon powder (4%). But loaf volume and sensory scores were less at this level of incorporation. Results suggested that among the studied samples, bread with 2% of cinnamon powder showed improved baking and textural properties with maximum overall acceptability by panelist and had a shelf life of 6 days at room temperature (30±5°C).

3.Material and Methods
    3.2.Physicochemical properties of raw materials
    3.3.Determination of anti-oxidant activity of cinnamon
    3.4.Determination of total phenol content
    3.6.Bread quality
    3.7.Sensory quality
    3.8.Texture analysis
    3.9.Microbial studies
    3.10.Statistical Analysis of data
4.Results and Discussion
    4.1.Effect of cinnamon powder on baking quality of bread
    4.2.Effect of incorporation of cinnamon powder on the organoleptic quality of bread
    4.3.Effect of cinnamon powder on textural properties of bread
    4.4.Effect of cinnamon powder on microbiological quality of bread
    4.5.Effect of cinnamon powder on composition, total phenol content and antioxidant activity of bread


Cinnamon; Bread; Antioxidant Activity; Total Phenol Content; Shelf-Life.


Functional foods have been the topic of considerable interest in the food and nutrition industry for years. In developing functional bakery products it is important to develop a product with physiological effectiveness and consumer’s acceptance in terms of appearance, taste and texture (Siro et al., 2008). Bread is an important staple food made of wheat flour, salt and yeast, and consumed worldwide (Fan et al., 2006). Consumers prefer to eat healthier foods in order to prevent non-communicable diseases. For this reason, industry and researchers are involved in optimizing bread making technology to improve the variety, quality and taste (Hathorn et al., 2008, Dewettinck et al., 2008). Spices and herbs being natural antioxidant and antimicrobial agents have great potential to be used as functional ingredients in the bread formulation. Studies have been carried out of find potential sources of natural antioxidant in wheat bread. Lin et al., (2009) found that buckwheat could be incorporated into wheat bread to get better functional composition and improved antioxidant properties. Peng et al., (2010) also reported an increased antioxidant content of bread fortified with grape seed extract-fortified bread. Lim et al., (2011) evaluated antioxidant and quality of bread containing turmeric.

The genus Cinnamomum (family: Lauraceae) is valued for its dried inner bark of the tree C.verum. Cinnamon oleoresin is used mainly for flavouring food products such as cakes and confectionary. Cinnamon is known for its high total phenol content and antioxidant activity (Jay 1996), which accelerates its use in bread. Apart from health benefits of being a natural antioxidant, cinnamon possess strong antimicrobial properties to act as natural preservatives in bread. Inhibitory effects of cinnamaldehyde and eugenol against Aspergillus niger, major spoilage mold of fruits and nuts were studied by Matan (2007). Result showed that Cinnamaldehyde and eugenol are natural antimicrobial additives to inhibit growth of A. niger in stored fruits and nuts. Present study was conducted to study the effect of cinnamon incorporation on improvement of quality of bread.

Material and Methods


The cinnamon powder was purchased from a local market, dried, grounded, packed in sterilized plastic bags and treated in microwave for 915 MHz for 1 min.

Physicochemical properties of raw materials

Prescribed protocols of AACC (AACC 2010) procedures for moisture, fat, ash, protein and fibre were thoroughly followed.

Determination of anti-oxidant activity of cinnamon

The antioxidant activities of cinnamon powder was evaluated through free radical scavenging effect on 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical. The determination was based on the method proposed by Akowuah et al., (2005).

Determination of total phenol content

Total phenolic contents of all plants extracts were determined using Folin-Ciocalteu reagent as described by Singlaton & Rossi (1965). Samples were inserted into different test tube and mixed thoroughly with 5 ml Folin-Ciocalteu reagent (previously pre-dilute 10 times with distilled water). After 5 mins, 4 ml of 7.5% sodium carbonate was added and allowed to react for 2 hrs at room temperature. The absorbance was measured at 765 nm using spectrophotometers. Samples were measured in three replicates. Standard curve of gallic acid solution (10, 20, 40, 60, 80 and 100 ppm) was prepared using the similar procedure. The results were expressed as mg GAE/100 g extract sample.


Straight dough AACC method (Anonymous, 1990) numbered 10 – 10 B was followed. The formula for control was as: flour-100 g, Compressed yeast-3.0 g, Sugar-2.5 g, Bakery shortening-2.0 g, Salt / NaCl-1.0 g, Potassium bromated 1 ppm, Water Optimum. The dough was prepared and baking schedule is given as: Fermentation-45 min, Remixing-25 sec, Recovery-20 min, Sheeting and moulding-3 min, Proofing (at 86oF, RH 75 percent)- 55 min, Baking-25 min at 450oF.

Bread quality

The loaves were analyzed for volume,specific volume and height.

Sensory quality

Sensory evaluation for appearance, color, texture, flavor and overall acceptability was carried out the next day by a panel of minimum ten semi trained judges on nine point hedonic scale (Larmond, 1970).

Texture analysis

The TPA (Texture profile analysis) of bread and muffins were analysed by Stable Micro System Texture Analyser Model (TA-H di England) using settings as Test-TPA, Probe-75 mm Cylindrical, Pre-test speed-1 mm/s, Test speed-1 mm/s, Post-test speed-1 mm, Force- 250kg

Microbial studies

Bread samples were packed in low density polyethylene bags and analyzed for visual mold growth for a week at room temperature (30±50C)

Statistical Analysis of data

The data collected on different characteristics were analysed with the help the software CPCS-1(Singh et al., 1991). All results were expressed at 14% moisture basis unless otherwise stated. Each value was mean of three observations.

Results and Discussion

Results for proximate composition, total phenolic content and antioxidant activity of cinnamon powder are shown in Table 1. Cinnamon powder was found to be rich in fibre (27.29%) and also contained appreciable amount of protein (8.37%).

Table 1: Chemical composition, total phenol and antioxidant activity of raw material

Effect of cinnamon powder on baking quality of bread

The bread-baking data are shown in Table 2. The cinnamon was incorporated at 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4 % into the flour for bread making. Significant variations were observed in various quality parameters of cinnamon bread. Baking absorption increased significantly with incorporation of cinnamon powder at different levels in comparison to control. At 1% level of incorporation, baking absorption was 72.43% and it increased to 78% at 4% level of incorporation. This might have been due to high fibre content of added cinnamon powder. Loaf weight increased with increasing level of incorporation in comparison to control.

Loaf weight was 147g at 1% level of cinnamon powder and increased to 150 g at 4% level. The increase in bread weight might have been due to increased water retention. Loaf volume and height increased up to 2% level of addition and there after these parameters decreased as incorporation of cinnamon powder increased. The decreasing loaf volume was due to the dilution of gluten protein, present in wheat flour (Pomeranz et al., 1977) and also could have resulted from the interaction between gluten and fiber material of spices and herbs.

Table 2: Effect of incorporation of cinnamon powder on baking quality of bread

Effect of incorporation of cinnamon powder on the organoleptic quality of bread

Variations were observed regarding organoleptic quality (appearance, color, texture, flavor and overall acceptability) of bread when evaluated by semi-trained panel of judges on nine point hedonic scale (Table 3).

Appearance and color scores were high at 2% and 3% level of cinnamon powder in the bread. Maximum acceptability of flavor was observed at 2% level of incorporation of cinnamon in bread. Cinnamon bread had higher overall acceptability (8.15 and 8.44) at 1% and 2 % respectively than control. Sensory properties of bread made with low levels of onion and garlic powders were good and some panelists preferred that over control (Faheid 1999).

Table 3: Effect of incorporation of cinnamon powder on the mean sensory panel scores (Max 9) of bread

Effect of cinnamon powder on textural properties of bread

Texture analysis is primarily concerned with the evaluation of mechanical characteristics where a material is subjected to a controlled force from which a deformation curve of its response is generated. The primary characteristics parameters are the hardness, springiness, adhesiveness and cohesiveness (Szczesniak et al., 1963). Textural properties of bread prepared after addition of cinnamon powder are presented in Table 4.

A significant increase was observed at 4% level of cinnamon powder in the bread. Gumminess which is mutually exclusive with chewiness (Szczesniak et al., 1995) is often employed to characterize the energy to disintegrate semi-solid foods (chewiness is for solid products) and could nicely correlated to sensory evaluations by trained texture profile panel (Truong et al., 1997). Since gumminess is dependent on hardness, similar influence trends were observed. Cinnamon powder significantly increased the gumminess of bread at 4% level as compared to control. Gumminess was 1.13 at 1% which increased to 1.37 at 4% level. Cinnamon powder increased the chewiness of bread. At 1% level, chewiness was 1.06 which significantly increased to 1.37 at 4% level.

Table 4: Effect of incorporation of cinnamon powder on the textural properties of bread

Effect of cinnamon powder on microbiological quality of bread

Effect of cinnamon powder on visual mold growth is given in Table 5. Control bread which contained no chemical preservative spoiled within 4 days. Bread prepared with 2% cinnamon powder had no mold growth for 6 days.Inhibitory effect of cinnamaldehyde and eugenol on mold growth was also reported by Bullerman et al. (1977) and Matan (2007).

*Not detected,** Detected
Table 5: Effect of incorporation of cinnamon powder on visual mold growth of bread stored at room temperature (30±50C).

Effect of cinnamon powder on composition, total phenol content and antioxidant activity of bread

The chemical composition, total phenols and antioxidant activity of cinnamon bread is given in Table 6. A significant increase in fibre and ash content were recorded in bread incorporated with cinnamon powder. Protein content of 2% and 3 % level was 8.12% and 8.21%, respectively. A significant increase in fibre content (1.21%) was observed at 2% level of incorporation. Cinnamon powder had a significant contribution in increasing the antioxidant activity of bread as compared to control. Bread with 2% cinnamon had total phenol content (0.72 mg GAE/g DW) and antioxidant activity (16.12 %), whereas control bread had only 4.27% antioxidant activity.

Table 6: Effect of cinnamon powder on composition, total phenol content and antioxidant activity of bread.


Addition of cinnamon up to 2% resulted in increased loaf volume as compared to control, but further increase in level of incorporation significantly decreased the loaf volume of bread. Significant variations were found in sensory scores for control and formulated bread. Sensory quality results showed that incorporation of cinnamon powder at 2% level was most acceptable. Control and bread containing 2% cinnamon powder are presented in fig 1.

Cinnamon above 2% level significantly increased the hardness, gumminess and chewiness of the bread as compared to control. Bread containing 2 % cinnamon had a mold free shelf life for more than 6 days and exhibited high total phenol content and antioxidant activity as compared to control.

Figure 1: Best level (2%) of cinnamon powder selected for bread making


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