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This Cinnamon Swirl Bread is a slightly sweetened fluffy white bread that wraps around a cinnamon sugar center that’s absolutely divine! Enjoy the bread as-is, make some French Toast out of it, or slather it in your topping of choice. Your cinnamon swirl loaf is going to take your kitchen to the next level!

a loaf of Cinnamon Swirl Bread cut into slices

Why I Love This Recipe for Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Start your day off right with cinnamon toast and a cup of joe! This cinnamon swirl is absolutely divine because the cinnamon sugar is already baked into the bread – no need to add it on top!

If you want to take up a notch in terms of cinnamon goodness, you can always add more cinnamon sugar. Or, you can soak your delicious bread in a milk and egg mixture and use it to make French toast! Talk about a burst of flavor! You could also slather on some peanut butter, or some butter and honey. There isn’t a single bad way to enjoy this bread!

All this talk of the bread has me craving some, which is a real shame because the whole loaf was gobbled up shortly after shooting the pictures for this post. I hope it makes it to the French bread stage for you, but if not, there’s always the next loaf.  

As you’re reading through the recipe, keep in mind that you don’t have to roll your dough the way I did in these pictures – I was just trying something new. It turned out pretty well, but it did cause some of the cinnamon and butter to leak out so I’ll probably stick to the usual way from now on. As for you, do what works! There are no rules here except to load it up with cinnamon sugar deliciousness!

slices of cinnamon swirl bread scattered around a table setting with one slice slathered in butter

Key Ingredients for Cinnamon Bread

Something I think is so cool about bread is that 1. It’s always good, and 2. You pretty much make it the same way every time with the exception of a few ingredients. This is great because once you master one bread, you can feel confident making a bunch of others (I may or may not have a list of additional breads to make at the end of this post by the way)!

For your cinnamon bread recipe, you’ll need warm milk, active dry yeast, egg, melted butter, bread flour, and sugar. Then for the addition of your swirl, you’ll need brown sugar, cinnamon, and softened butter. Wam, bam, thank you ma’am!

Instructions for Making This Bread

Step 1: Prepare Yeast

In a small bowl, combine the milk and yeast and give it a little swirl. Let the dish set for 5 minutes. This mixture should be bubbly, so if it’s not, your yeast has gone bad. 

dough to make cinnamon bread

Step 2: Make Dough

In a large bowl, combine the egg, melted butter, sugar, salt, and flour with the yeast mixture. Stir it by hand until the dough forms a nice soft ball, adding in more flour if it seems necessary. Be mindful to not add too much flour because the dough should be slightly sticky to the touch. 

Step 3: Knead and Rise

Turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface and kneed it for about 10 minutes. Afterward, place it back into a floured bowl and cover it with a damp cloth to allow it to rise for 30 minutes. Tip: A warm area will make the dough rise faster. 

rolling cinnamon sugar in bread dough

Step 4: Add Cinnamon Swirl

Punch the dough down (yes, literally punch it) and roll it into a 14×9-inch rectangle. Spread the dough with 2 tablespoons of softened butter. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle it over the butter. Roll up the dough and pinch the edge to seal the dough. Place it in a greased 9×5 or 8×4 loaf pan seal side down. Cover it once again and let it rise until it’s nearly doubled in size, about 30 minutes. 

bread rising in a loaf pan

Step 5: Bake

Bake in a 350-degree F oven for 25-30 minutes or until the bread sounds hollow when you tap on it. If your bread starts to brown too much, loosely cover the bread with foil in the last 10 minutes of baking. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the bread to cool before slicing. Enjoy!

a bite taken out of a buttered slice of cinnamon swirl bread


Can I freeze this bread?

This bread freezes well so make a couple of loaves! One to devour shortly after it comes out of the oven and another to use to make wonderful french toast. Just wrap it up and throw it in the freezer, then allow it to defrost in the fridge or in the microwave in 30-second intervals. 

What are the four main ingredients in bread?

The four main ingredients in bread are flour, yeast, salt, and water. Once you get used to making your own dough and allowing it to rise for the right amount of time, you can then add different ingredients to make your bread your own!

Can I substitute regular flour for bread flour?

Yes – you’d substitute regular flour for bread flour at a 1:1 ratio. The texture may come out slightly different (in terms of the chewiness), but it’ll still be great bread!

More Cinnamon Recipes To Try

whole loaf of Cinnamon Swirl Bread dusted in powdered sugar

Additional Bread Recipes To Try

Thanks so much for reading! Enjoy your cinnamon swirl bread and let me know what you think!

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Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Course: Bread
Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Countryside Cravings
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  • 1/2 cup warm milk 110 degrees F
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened


  • In a small bowl combine the milk and yeast. Give it a little swirl and let sit for 5 minutes. It should be bubbly. If not your yeast isn’t any good.
  • In a large bowl combine the egg, 2 tablespoons melted butter, sugar, salt and flour along with the yeast. Stir by hand until the dough forms a nice soft ball. Adding in more flour if necessary. Don’t add in to much flour though. The dough should be slightly sticky to the touch.
  • Turn out onto a well floured work surface and knead for 10 minutes. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise for 30 minutes or until doubled. A warm area will make the dough rise faster.
  • Punch the dough down and roll to a 14×9 inch rectangle. Spread with the 2 tablespoons of soft butter. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over the butter. Roll up the dough and pinch the edge to seal the dough. Place in a greased 9×5 or 8×4 loaf pan seal side down. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 25-30 minutes or until bread sounds hollow when tapped on. If necessary loosely cover the bread with foil in the last 10 minutes of cooking to prevent it from becoming too brown. Remove from pan and allow to cool before slicing.

5 thoughts on “Cinnamon Swirl Bread”

  1. This looks divine. I’ve always had a little difficulty with cinnamon bread because of the way it rolls. I also love your little tips (i.e. if your yeast doesn’t bubble, get new yeast) etc. Thanks for sharing!


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