Homemade Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Homemade Cinnamon Swirl Bread created by vivhogan

I've made this bread for many years during the winter holidays. They make great gifts if you can't spend a lot of money. Great to take away to college too!

Ready In:
3hrs 50mins



  • Mix both packages of yeast and water together.
  • In large bowl, mix together sugar and salt.
  • Also add butter to bowl, but do not mix.
  • Pour scalded milk over butter, sugar and salt.
  • Add 3 cups of flour and mix until soft dough forms.
  • Mix in eggs and yeast into dough.
  • Add the remainder of the dough until stiff dough forms.
  • Take out of bowl, cover, and let rest 10 minutes.
  • Knead for about 8 minutes until soft, elastic dough forms.
  • Place in lightly greased bowl, turning once to cover dough.
  • Cover and let rest in a warm place for 45 minutes to an hour, or until double in size.
  • Punch down and let rest another 45 minutes, or until double again.
  • Take out of bowl and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Divide dough in half, and roll each half into a ball.
  • Starting with the first half, roll out into a 15x7-inch rectangle.
  • Brush melted butter all over top of rectangle.
  • Starting with the cinnamon, sprinkle a thin layer over the rectangle.
  • Then cover the cinnamon with a layer of sugar.
  • The a layer of cinnamon.
  • Repeat until you have about 4 or 5 layers of each.
  • Repeat steps 12 & 13 with the second half of the dough.
  • Roll up each rectangle, jelly-roll style, and place in greased bread pan.
  • Cover and let rest for 45 minutes.
  • Place in hot oven (375°F) for 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Crust should be crispy and a golden brown.
  • If wanted, 5 minutes before bread is done, butter can be brushed on crust to give it a creamier taste.
  • If crust browns to fast, put aluminum over bread.
  • Tip- if nuts or raisins are wanted in bread, place them on top of the cinnamon/sugar layers before rolling up.
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  1. Tinamama
    Someone needs to seriously edit this recipe! I'm so frustrated! I started making this and realized that it doesn't say how much butter to use! Plus it doesn't say where to use the shortening! Maybe someone that has made bread before would know what to do but I'm a total amateur! Now I'm going to have to go searching for a new recipe and I've already mixed the yeast and water!
  2. vivhogan
    Homemade Cinnamon Swirl Bread Created by vivhogan
  3. anonymous23
    Very good cinnamon bread. I used 1 cup unsalted butter and added some raisins to my husband's loaf. Baked in Pyrex loaf pans till a thermometer inserted into the end said they were around 200F inside. A perfect Sunday morning treat.
  4. Kitsune
    This was sooooo good! I've been looking for a cinnamon bread to replace store bought ones. This was easy to make, although waiting for all the rise time took forever. Well worth it. The loaves came out light and fluffy, with an almost pastry-like crust. They weren't overly sweet, which we liked. I added chopped pecans to one loaf with very tasty results.
  5. Pizza Fetish
    Ohhh MY!!!! so good my husband ate half a loaf in 10 min. i used 1/2 brown sugar and half plain. Perfect combo.Thanks so much sooo good

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