Cinnamon Swirl Bread

15 Mar

For ages I’ve been wanting to try and re-create a bread that we ate often when I was little.  Cinnamon Swirl Bread.  I remember my mom used to buy it on the week-ends and I’m pretty sure my brother and I could polish off a whole loaf in one sitting.  If there happened to be some left over (rarely) we ate it the next day toasted with butter (almost better than eating it fresh).

Yesterday when the loaf came out of the oven and I sliced into it so I could take some photos I knew it was not going to be possible to wait until the week-end to give it a try.  This no-sugar-during-the-week thing that I’m doing is great and I admit that I’m feeling much better in general.  Geesh, it has been almost six months that I’ve resisted the urge to eat everything from chocolate cake to fruit pies to bags of my favorite candy.  But the taste of that bread yesterday was probably the best thing I have eaten in my entire  life (have you noticed that I tend to exaggerate slightly sometimes?). No regrets here.


When my kid’s arrived home from school famished I served them this and they were ecstatic.  “Mama, it’s like a gooey cinnamon bun in the middle of a  loaf of delicious bread!” and “Mama, this is absolutely the best things I’ve ever tasted in my entire life!” (the exaggeration trait was apparently passed on to a few of my kids).

So my advice to you all is to make this bread this week-end and let your families/friends/pets shower you with praise, love and thankfulness.

Read on for recipe…

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

1 Tablespoon butter
1/2 cup milk
2 Tablespoons granulated white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 envelope (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
3/4 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees F)
3 cups all-purpose flour, divided + more for surface work

2 Tablespoons butter, softened
2 Tablespoons granulated white sugar
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon


1. In a microwavable up, heat butter and warm milk in short bursts; stir together until butter is melted.

2. In a large bowl, stir sugar, salt and cinnamon. Pour warm butter/milk mixture into the bowl; stir.

3. In a glass measuring cup or small bowl, mix yeast and warm water until yeast is dissolved; pour into the butter/milk/sugar/cinnamon mixture and stir.

4. Mix in 2 1/2 cups flour. Turn out dough onto a floured board (dough will be sticky). Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of flour onto the dough and knead until the dough is soft and smooth (4 to 5 minutes). Add additional sprinkles of flour, if needed.

5. Put dough into a greased bowl; turn the dough over so the top of the dough is greased too. Cover with a clean dish towel and let rise in a warm place for about 60 minutes, or until doubled in size (see tips below…)

6. Punch down the dough in the bowl with your fist. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead for about 1 minute.

7. Roll dough out into a basic rectangular shape. Use a butter knife or your clean fingers to spread 2 Tablespoons softened butter on the surface of the rolled out dough. In a small bowl, mix white sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle this mixture on top of the butter.

8. Roll up dough and form into a loaf. Place into a buttered 5×9-inch bread pan, seam side down. Cover with a clean dish towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

9. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

10. Score risen dough in the pan by cutting 3 slashes diagonally across the top of the loaf with a sharp knife. Bake bread for 35 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Fully baked bread should sound hollow when tapped.

11. Turn out bread and let cool.

Recipe from Recipe Girl.



10 Responses to “Cinnamon Swirl Bread”

  1. Judith March 15, 2013 at 13:18 #

    OMG this looks so good! And a little healthier than cinnamon buns too! And no I’m not exaggerating here 😉 I have everything at home to make this, so I should definitely give it a try. Hmmm! Have a great sugarcoated weekend, Jill!

    • Jillian in Italy March 15, 2013 at 13:19 #

      You’re husband will love you (even more)!

      • Judith March 18, 2013 at 23:50 #

        hahahahaahahahaha extra motivation!

  2. mydearbakes March 15, 2013 at 14:14 #

    Oh my, this is such a lovely bake! =D

  3. Gillian March 15, 2013 at 19:19 #

    I am so happy to find your cheery, happy, colorful site! from another Glllian in Italy 🙂

    • Jillian in Italy March 15, 2013 at 19:24 #

      Neat! Just took a peek at your blog and you’re in Rome! How lucky are you? Can’t wait to explore your blog and get some good tips for visiting Rome.

  4. ogginientedinuovo March 18, 2013 at 09:20 #

    Hi! I love your many talents and your blog 🙂 Yesterday I tried this recipe and must say this loaf did not pass the night! Delicious… I need to bake one more!

  5. Toni July 16, 2013 at 12:59 #

    It looks very, very, very delicious and homey!!!


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