Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Love me some Cinnamon AND…I love me some bread! So I had no doubt I would LOVE this Cinnamon Swirl Bread!


Yum! This bread was so delicious! It looks more complicated to make than it is too. This is the perfect breakfast for me…toasted cinnamon bread, a piece of fresh fruit or a yogurt and a glass of ice cold orange juice! Doesn’t get much better than that!

I used to buy Cinnaburst Bread from a Great Harvest, but it is now about $5-6 a loaf. That is too expensive for me, especially when I, err the kids can gobble it up in one sitting. So I have tried a couple of different breads and have found one that I really like from The Fresh Loaf via Cooks Illustrated.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
5 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 1/2 cups whole milk, heated on stove top to 110 degrees
4 T. unsalted butter, (3 of them melted)
3 large egg yolks
4 1/4 cup AP flour, plus more if needed
2 1/4 t. rapid rise yeast (1 pkg.)
1 T. sugar
1 1/2 t. salt

1. In a small bowl, combine your filling/topping ingredients. Measure out 1/4 cup of your mixture and set the rest aside.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, melted butter, and egg yolks. Then, in the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the 1/4 cup of cinnamon mixture, 1 TBSP sugar, yeast, flour, and salt.

3. Using your dough hook, mix on low and slowly add the milk mixture. After the dough comes together, increase your speed to medium and mix the dough until it is smooth and comes away from the sides of the bowl. Your dough should stick to the bottom of your bowl, but not too the sides. You may need to add more flour if needed.

4. Turn out your dough onto a lightly floured surface and form into a smooth round ball. Place in a greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for about an hour, or until dough has doubled in size.

5. Spray a 9×5 loaf pan [I used a 4 x 12 pan from IKEA} with cooking spray. On a lightly floured surface, press dough into a 20 x 8 inch rectangle, with the short side facing you. Using a spray bottle filled with water, lightly spray the dough. Sprinkle on the cinnamon sugar mixture (reserving about 2-3 TBSP), leaving a 2 inch border along the top to seal. Lightly spray the cinnamon sugar with the water.


Roll up from the edge nearest you and finish at the sugarless end. Pinch to seal. Place in the loaf pan seam side down. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow to for rise another 1 to 1 1/2 hours.


6. Adjust oven rack to middle position, and heat oven to 350 degrees. Melt 1 TBSP of butter and brush over top of dough. Sprinkle with remaining sugar, and bake until top is deep brown, about 45 to 60 minutes. Turn bread out and cool on wire rack.


*Click here for a printable version.


Hope you enjoy it…I sure did! Let me know if you make it, or if you have your own version of Cinnamon Bread that you love!

I know I haven’t shared many crafts with you lately! Feeling a bit “crafted” out after the holidays. But I do have a few in the works that I hope to share with you soon…so hold tight!


Kid Friendly Wheat Bread Recipe

I have been super busy with intermittent bouts of laziness this week. Ever been there? I know I gave you a sneak peek to some home projects we have been busy with earlier. I wanted to share some of them with you but must admit, I haven’t had much motivation to write up a post yet! I’ve been feeling a bit worn out this week. But no worries, I plan to have them ready for you next week. Plus that will give me the weekend to finish up some loose ends we didn’t quite get finished. So please forgive me. I do have a yummy wheat bread recipe for you that I promise is fail proof!

wheat bread recipe

I am NOT a bread maker. I want to be, but it just is something I have never been great at! But I did find a recipe that even I can make each time with GREAT results.

My kids devour this when I make it. It is so simple and doesn’t take much time at all to make. I have now made several loaves and they have turned out great every time. That is progress people! Go ahead and give it a try and let me know what you think. This bread also freezes well for later use. I just slice it before freezing and then pull it out as it is needed. I love it warm with some homemade freezer jam. YUM!

For a printable version of the wheat bread recipe click here : Wheat Bread Printable Recipe

Wheat Bread Recipe

1 cup warm water (110-115 degrees F)
1 tablespoon milk
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (I use Red Mill Pastry Wheat Flour)
2 teaspoons instant active dry yeast (active dry yeast will work also)


1. *Combine first 6 ingredients in a large mixing bowl; stir.

2. Add flours and yeast, and knead until dough is smooth and elastic, about 10-15 minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover with a clean towel and let rise until doubled, about 40 minutes.

3. Punch dough down; knead for a few minutes until smooth and then form into a loaf. Place in greased loaf pan and cover. [more info on loaf pan sizes] Let rise in a warm place until almost doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. If loaf starts browning too soon, lightly lay a piece of foil on top of the loaf to prevent too much darkening.

5. Remove bread from oven and allow to rest in pan for a few minutes. Remove to a wire rack and cover with a cloth. Slice and enjoy while still warm!

*Edit–I am now making this in my new favorite long loaf bread pans.  They are longer and the bread cooks more evenly!

easy bread recipe


If you liked this recipe, you may want to check out some of our past recipes:

Great Harvest Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Chocolate Marbled Banana Bread

Banana Bread Recipe

Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

White Chocolate Raspberry Muffins

Zucchini Bread Recipe

Zucchini Cake Recipe

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Chocolate Bread

Blueberry Sourcream Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Chocolate Cinnamon Bread

Kid Friendly Wheat Bread Recipe

Cinnamon Coffee Cake



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