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Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Recipe By Tessa Arias
October 14th, 2020
5 from 1 vote
5 from 1 vote

Homemade yeast-raised Cinnamon Swirl Bread features soft and fluffy bread with thick swirls of sweet cinnamon. Each slice makes for the most amazing morning toast or better yet, use to make French toast for a special occasion!

Yield: 1 loaf

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook: 55 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Like a slightly less rich cinnamon roll!
Texture: The bread is soft and fluffy and toasts up beautifully.
Ease: Totally doable, but more of a weekend baking project.
Pros: Beautiful and comforting recipe you can freeze.
Cons: None!
Would I make this again? I already have. It’s a favorite!

Homemade bread will forever and always be the definition of comfort food to me.

Take a super easy homemade bread dough, add cinnamon and sugar, and make it easy enough to toast every morning for breakfast? That’s the only way I want to wake up.

This bread dough is a dream to work with. Super soft, supple, and pliable. It comes together in a snap.

You don’t need to be a master at working with yeast to bake this recipe. I promise!

I’ve included a bunch of homemade bread baking tips below to ensure your success in the kitchen.

This is a super fun recipe to make with little ones, too. I find the transformation of simple ingredients like flour, yeast, and liquid into an amazing tall loaf of aromatic bread to be a magical one. It’s almost meditative!

Butter Pecan Sheet Cake Recipe Tips

How is Texas-style sheet cake made?

This is basically a super easy method of making sheet cake that will feel totally wrong if you’ve never done it before. You melt the butter with water on the stovetop, then add the dry ingredients, then add the wet ingredients. It’s the complete opposite of baking a traditional layer cake but it all comes together into an ultra moist, spongey, and soft cake!

What kind of pan should I use for sheet cake?

I’d highly recommend a light colored pan as opposed to one with a dark nonstick coating. That will dry out the edges more quickly. If you use a larger pan your cake will be very thin and you’ll need to decrease the baking time. If you use a smaller pan, such as 9 by 13-inches, you’ll need to increase the baking time to about 30 minutes.

How to store sheet cake

The cake can be baked, cooled, covered and stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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Photos by Ashley McLaughlin.

5 from 1 vote

How to make
Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Rising time 3 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 25 minutes
Homemade yeast-raised Cinnamon Swirl Bread features soft and fluffy bread with thick swirls of sweet cinnamon. Each slice makes for the most amazing morning toast or better yet, use to make French toast for a special occasion!


For the bread:

  • 1 cup warm whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons (57 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons (25 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 envelope) instant yeast
  • 4 cups (508 grams) bread flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons fine salt

For the cinnamon swirl:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

For the egg wash:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the milk, butter, sugar, egg, egg yolks, and yeast. Whisk to combine.
  2. Add the flour and salt, attach the dough hook, and knead on low speed until a rough dough comes together. Increase to medium speed for about 5 minutes, or until it begins to become smooth and supple. Add more flour if the dough is unbearably sticky, just a couple tablespoons at a time. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise until puffy and almost doubled in size, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  3. Punch the dough down. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and roll it into an 8 by 18-inch rectangle. With a pastry brush, brush all over with a thin layer of the melted butter. Combine the sugars and cinnamon and sprinkle over the buttered dough, leaving a 1-inch border on each long side.
  4. Using a spray bottle, lightly spray the cinnamon sugar with water to moisten. This will prevent too much gaping between the swirls. Roll into a very tight log, pinching the ends to seal to prevent the filling from leaking out and bubbling over while baking.
  5. Place the log seam side down in a lightly greased 9 by 5-inch loaf pan. Cover the pan loosely with lightly greased plastic wrap, and allow the bread to rise for about 1 hour, until it’s domed about 1-inch above the edge of the pan.
  6. In a small bowl, beat the egg and milk. Brush all over the top of the dough.
  7. Bake the bread in a preheated 350°F oven for 45 to 55 minutes, or until deeply golden brown. If using a glass or ceramic baking dish, drop oven temperature to 325°F and bake for about 1 hour. An instant-read thermometer should register at least 185°F at the center of the loaf. Tent the loaf loosely with foil if it begins to brown too much.
  8. Remove the bread from the oven and allow it to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before removing to slice. Store the bread in a plastic bag at room temperature for up to 5 days. You can also slice and freeze the bread for toast.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread, cinnamon, cinnamon swirl

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Tina — October 17, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    This is a fantastic cinnamon swirl bread recipe, and I have tried quite a few. I didn’t get as many twirls around but I am super pleased. I was wondering if I added a few handfuls of raisins or chopped apricots would it stay in place as well?

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