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Cinnamon Swirl Bread

February 27, 2016 (Last Updated: June 23, 2019)

This cinnamon swirl bread is perfect toasted for breakfast or used in French Toast

Cinnamon Swirl Bread sitting on a wooden cutting board.

When I was in 7th grade (way back when…)  I was so excited to take home economics.  I could hardly wait to learn all sorts of new cooking techniques.

My love for cooking was evident even back then and I  loved reading cookbooks and planning dinners.  Hopefully my skills have improved since then, but I thought I was quite the chef!

My poor family had to suffer through all my creations and mistakes that I’m certain I made.  Every time I make cinnamon swirl bread, I am transported back to my middle school cooking class.

Stack of freshly baked Cinnamon Swirl Bread.

I didn’t learn how to make cinnamon swirl bread in that class.  Nope.  Nothing even close.  Much to my disappointment we learned how to measure liquids properly and how to sift and measure flour.

We also learned how to make cinnamon toast in the oven!  I remember thinking, Really!  We are buttering bread and sprinkling it with cinnamon and sugar and popping it in the oven.  Who doesn’t know how to do that?  I was quite perplexed, but I suffered through those basic techniques.

Now anytime I make any kind of bread with cinnamon, I always think about that funny class.  I’m certain I had to finish out the semester and probably even the year, but did I sign up for Home Economics II?  NOPE….I went straight into wood and metal shop!  

There I learned how to use all sorts of fancy tools and made a shadow box, a plant stand, and a dust pan.  Truly useful items!  That class was amazing until my hair got caught in the fan on the belt sander.  But that’s a story for another day!

Bread dough in a rectangular shape covered with butter and cinnamon and sugar.

Making this dough is easy.  It’s a lot like making cinnamon rolls, but instead of cutting the dough, you plop it into a bread pan.  Easy Peasy!

What ingredients are needed to make cinnamon swirl bread?

  • Milk
  • Yeast
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Flour
  • Cinnamon

Two loaves of bread dough in a glass bread pan.

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Don’t forget to PIN for later! A stack of sliced bread on a cutting board.

5 from 2 votes
Cinnamon Swirl Bread is perfect for breakfast. It can be eaten by itself or used for French Toast!
Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Prep Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
3 hrs

Fresh bread swirled with cinnamon and sugar

Course: Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread recipes, cinnamon, cinnamon roll bread, cinnamon swirl bread
Servings: 2 loaves
Calories: 102 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 1 cup milk warmed
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast 1 packet
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/2 -5 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  1. Pour milk, yeast and sugar in a bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. Let stand for 5 minutes until yeast is bubbly.
  3. Add butter, eggs, salt and 2 cups of flour. Mix
  4. Continue adding flour one cup at a time until a soft dough is formed. You might not need all the flour.
  5. Knead with mixer for 5 minutes.
  6. Place in greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap sprayed lightly with non stick spray or a clean, dry dish towel.
  7. Let rise until doubled - 1 - 1 1/2 hours
  8. Punch down dough and divide in half.
  9. Roll out one half at a time. Roll each into a rectangular shape about 8 inches X 12 inches long. 

  10. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar.
  11. Cover rolled dough with melted butter and half cinnamon sugar mixture.

  12. Roll dough into a log, pinch seams together.
  13. Place in a greased bread pan.
  14. Cover and let rise for 30-45 minutes.
  15. Bake in a preheated 375 F. oven for 35 minutes.

  16. Let cool on a rack for 5 minutes. Remove bread from pan.
  17. Continue cooling on rack before slicing. 

Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 102 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 271mg12%
Potassium 48mg1%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 270IU5%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • Reply
    GiGi Eats
    March 2, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    OMG you perfected the crap out of this bread and it looks ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!

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      March 3, 2016 at 8:20 pm


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    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    March 1, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Haha! I would love to hear your hair story! I only took one semester of Home Ec. We didn’t learn anything useful like making this cinnamon bread or how to bake! We had to sew aprons then we did some business with blueberry muffins and my friend Kim and I ended up eating the blueberries in the storage closet when we were tasked with something. I may have learned more if I had been behaving! 🙂

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    March 1, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Ooooh, I love cinnamon bread!! This recipe looks great! I would eat this right up straight out of the oven….I wouldn’t even want to wait for it to cool, lol 🙂

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      March 1, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      Waiting is the hardest part!

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    [email protected]
    March 1, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Oh my goodness – I remember the cinnamon toast from Home Ec., too!! You’ve come a long way, baby!! This bread looks and I can imagine smells divine!

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      March 1, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      Gosh…maybe we had the same teacher. Either that or making cinnamon toast was the standard!

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    Megan - The Emotional Baker
    March 1, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    I love making Cinnamon Swirl Bread! Can’t wait to try this version 🙂 It’s gorgeous!

    • Reply
      March 1, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      Thanks, Megan!

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    Kate @ Framed Cooks
    March 1, 2016 at 4:20 am

    When I was in grade school we didn’t have home ec – we had SEWING. Which was nowhere near as fun – I think that’s why I love my kitchen so much today, because I am making up for lost time! When I could have been making delectable cinnamon swirl bread!!

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      March 1, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      I never took sewing, although it was offered. My sewing skills are really basic.

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    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    March 1, 2016 at 1:03 am

    Loved reading about your childhood Kathy! And the cinnamon swirl bread looks fantastic. I can smell the awesome aroma coming out from your kitchen! 🙂

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      March 1, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      The smell of baking bread is my favorite.

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    Jess @ Sweetest Menu
    March 1, 2016 at 12:52 am

    WOW! Kathy, I am seriously impressed. What a masterpiece! It’s almost too pretty to eat! I LOVE this!

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      March 1, 2016 at 8:26 pm


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    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    February 29, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Oh no, your hair got caught in the belt sander!!! I love that you were so adventurous. I remember learning in Home Ec class to put the top back on the milk jug after pouring from it. I kid you not. Maybe our teachers were related. This bread is absolutely gorgeous and I would love to make cinnamon toast or french toast out of it. Seriously! It is perfection.

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      February 29, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      So funny! The sad thing is some people may have needed to learn how to measure water and put the lid back on the milk jug!

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    geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    February 29, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    I love cinnamon swirl bread, Kathy – so yummy and the smell is so wonderful. I wonder what they call Home Ec now? We didn’t do any baking but I made a great big stuffed hippo pillow! And yikes – your poor hair!

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      February 29, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      A purple hippo! Lovely!!! My hair survived without any damage. They unplugged the machine and used a screw driver to lift off the fan cover. They just had to then untwist my hair. I just remembering I was super embarrassed!

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    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    February 29, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    I can only imagine how this would smell wafting through ones house! Swoon. Home ec. Haha. I don’t even think they offer it that much anymore. Have to say, that was not my forte!!

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      February 29, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      The smell is amazing!

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    Manali @ CookWithManali
    February 29, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    this is one of my favorite breads, looks super delicious Kathy!

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      February 29, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      It is indeed super delicious!

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    February 29, 2016 at 8:42 am

    This is a gorgeous bread and I need to try it very soon! Love cinnamon!

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      February 29, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      I love just about anything with cinnamon.

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    David @ Spiced
    February 29, 2016 at 5:45 am

    Cinnamon bread is absolutely one of my favorite breads, and I could totally get behind a loaf or two of this showing up in my kitchen. And it might be underwhelming, but I can get behind cinnamon sugar toast, too. That takes me back to my grade school days right there!

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      February 29, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      I still love cinnamon toast…I just want it to be the skill I learned in home ec…..I wanted the advanced stuff!

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    February 29, 2016 at 5:33 am

    My grandmother’s favorite bread was cinnamon swirl bread. I used to make it for her at least every other week, so seeing this post brings back warm memories for me. Your bread looks perfect, Kathy! Swirly and delicious! I know my grandmother would have given this two thumbs very high up… and then devoured the whole loaf. 😉 Cheers, friend!

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      February 29, 2016 at 5:36 am

      There’s nothing better than approval from a Grandma! Thanks for the two thumbs up!!!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    February 28, 2016 at 5:06 am

    Cinnamon toast is one of my favorite things for breakfast Kathy! Reminds me of my grandmother! She loved it with her tea! This looks easiest enough for me to try!

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    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    February 27, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    How well I remember- the girls in Junior High had to take Home Economics and the boys had to take ‘Shop’- there were no switching of roles. Your recipe looks delish- are there instructions to go with your recipe? (Maybe we can manage with out any instructions)!

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      February 28, 2016 at 5:39 am

      Oops! Yes, somehow I left those off! Thanks for noticing! I’ve added them now so you can make the bread without guessing! 🙂

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    February 27, 2016 at 9:26 am

    This really looks so delicious! I am planning to bake a very similar Romanian sweet bread tomorrow, it looks actually quite the same, but is filled with walnuts. I can’t wait now, I am already drooling! 🙂

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      February 27, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      I can’t wait to check it out! Sounds delicious!

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