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Cinnamon Bread

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5 from 2 reviews

  • Author: Rebecca Neidhart
  • Total Time: 3- 3 1/2 hours
  • Yield: 1 9" loaf 1x


An incredibly tender, soft loaf swirled with sweetness and cinnamon, this Cinnamon Bread is the perfect holiday gift or Christmas morning treat.



  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 5 T (71 g) of butter
  • 2 1/2 (8 g) tsp. instant yeast
  • 3 1/4 cups (390 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) white sugar
  • 1 tsp. (8 g) table salt
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • Cinnamon for sprinkling


Heat the milk and butter together in a saucepan until butter has melted. Cool to 110°

Sprinkle the yeast over the milk and butter, give it a quick stir, and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes, or until the yeast has dissolved and become a little foamy.

Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Pour the milk and yeast into the dry ingredients and mix on low until the ingredients are combined. Turn the mixer up to medium and allow the dough to knead for 4-5 minutes, or until it is smooth and elastic.

Shape the dough into a ball. Oil a clean bowl and place the ball of dough into it. Cover it with a clean kitchen towel and allow it to sit for 1-1.5 hours, or until the dough has doubled in size.

Once the dough has risen, turn it out onto a floured surface. Preheat your oven to 350°. Use a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it is in a rectangle 12”x18”. Pour the 2 Tbsp. of melted butter over the dough and spread it out with a pastry brush. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the surface and sprinkle generously with cinnamon. Starting along a long edge, roll the dough tightly into a spiral and pinch the edges together. Pinch the ends of the roll also, to help prevent the sugar from leaking out during baking.

To shape the loaf: turn one end of the dough under the center to the left, tucking it under the middle of the dough. Turn the other end to right and tuck it under, creating a figure eight with both ends tucked under the middle. Place the dough in a greased 9” loaf pan.

Allow it to rise until it has almost reached the top of the loaf pan, then bake fore 30-35 minutes, or until the dough is a deep golden brown and the inside reaches 200° on an instant read thermometer.

Remove it from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes. Then turn it out onto a cooling rack and allow it to cool completely before slicing

  • Prep Time: 1 hour,
  • Cook Time: 2-2 1/2 hours for rising and baking
  • Category: Breads