Cinnamon Swirl Bread

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Is there anything better than the smell of warm yeast bread rising in your kitchen? You may think that you do not have time to bake bread at home but I beg to differ.  It’s true that a good loaf of bread may take 5 or 6 hours from start to finish but really, the yeast does all the work. There is a lot of waiting involved when making homemade bread and personally as a stay-at-home-mom there are a lot of days that I’m trying to ignore the clothes mountain forming in my laundry room.  Waiting for bread to rise is much more fun.  So, shall we get started?

First you’re going to want to get your milk nice and warm (about 110⁰ – 115⁰ F). Don’t worry over this step. If you’ve ever made a baby bottle you can use your mama-intuition to tell you when it is just right. It took about a minute in my microwave.

Have you ever used yeast? It’s not scary I promise. Just open up the package and sprinkle it over the warm milk. Give it a gentle stir and let it sit for 10 minutes. It will smell yummy almost instantly.

Next up melt your butter and combine in a mixer with eggs and sugar. Slowly add the yeasty milk mixture. Combine the salt and flour in a separate bowl then add about half. Scrape down the sides of your bowl then add the rest of the flour.

Switch out the paddle attachment for the dough hook. (If you do not have a dough hook then here’s where you start stirring/kneading by hand. You don’t want to be too rough with the dough at this point.) Mix for about 10 minutes. If the dough is too wet like mine was just add about a ¼ cup of flour and mix for another 5 minutes.

The dough should pull away from the hook in one big slow drop like this. I am seriously disappointed that I didn’t get my hands all messy today but am thankful for the lovely Kitchen-Aid mixer my husband and family got me a few years back for my birthday (I cried like a baby when I opened it!).

Next up pour that gooey deliciousness into a bowl coated with cooking spray. Tip: If your house was built in 1927 and is a balmy 68⁰ in the middle of winter you can warm your glass bowl in the microwave first so as not to shock the poor baby dough-ball. If you have a metal bowl you can heat it by running hot water over it.

Now we wait. I create a warm environment for my dough-ball by turning on the oven for about 10 minutes and setting the bowl on a cooling rack above the burner with the vent to let out the warm oven air.  Again, you probably don’t need to worry about this if your house was not built in 1927.

Two hours later your house will smell so good and you will be insisting that your children call you Betty Crocker for the rest of the day.

Put some flour on a work surface and dump your bowl onto the counter. With floured hands or a rolling pin shape your dough into a long rectangle loaf. I used my hands since I felt like I was neglecting the dough-ball having used my dough hook instead of mixing and kneading by hand. Slather with softened butter and spread the cinnamon-sugar love on top. Roll it toward you and pinch the seam. It’s okay if it is longer than your loaf pan. You can just tuck the sides under.

Put it in a well-greased loaf pan and wait – again with the warm environment.

Two hours later. If you are me you would have made lunch and fed the kiddos, cleaned up the dishes, ignored the laundry, played Candyland, drove around Hotwheels, held a fussy baby on your hip while trying to make an important phone call (the only adult you have talked to today!!), realized you forgot to eat lunch, sang a rousing version of “If You’re Happy and You Know It” complete with dance moves, inhaled an apple and a banana, and put a baby down for a nap (all while still insisting that your 4-year old call you Betty Crocker, of course. Where were we? Oh yes, 2 hours later. Slather this beauty with an egg/milk wash and put it in the oven on a low rack for 35-40 minutes at 350⁰ F.

You are not going to be able to buy that in a store! This recipe is a lot of steps, but not a lot of work. You CAN do this!

Cinnamon Swirl Bread Source: Adapted from Pioneer Woman

- Katrina

23 Responses to “Cinnamon Swirl Bread”

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    Beth — January 27, 2011 at 3:19 am

    Sure does remind me of our times together in the kitchen. I’m so proud of you!

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    Katrina — January 27, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Beth!! I love you and I miss you ! I thought of you all day yesterday. I wish we were passing the time together waiting for bread to rise!!

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    The Vintage Mommy — January 27, 2011 at 3:47 am

    I appreciate the extra time you take snapping pictures! It’s so hard to know if something is, “Just right,” when there aren’t pictures! Beautiful and yummy :o)

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    Chef Dennis — January 27, 2011 at 11:39 am

    hi Katrina
    what a perfect bread, I love cinnamon bread! Great step by step instructions…..
    Welcome foodbuzz and let me know if I can help you navigating the site

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    briarrose — January 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Wonderful bread flavor…I do love a fresh cinnamon swirl. Happily yeast breads give you some time to sneak in chores in between rises. 😉

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    asmalltowngirlwithbigcitytaste — January 28, 2011 at 12:43 am

    This looks absolutely amazing and I LOVE a little cinnamonny surprise in my morning toast! 🙂

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    Sunshine — January 28, 2011 at 12:51 am

    I am not a bog fan of cinnamon .. but my hubby is .. I think i will surprise him some day with this dish 😉

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    Katrina — January 28, 2011 at 1:18 am

    You could easily add raisins to this bread too. I kept it simple for my family.

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    sweetsbysillianah — January 28, 2011 at 1:49 am

    i haven’t worked with yeast much and i’ve yet to make bread like this… you make it look so simple! i can already smell the cinnamon… yum!

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    Kat @ Cupcake Kat — January 28, 2011 at 4:18 am

    You have such a cute looking blog. This bread sounds delicious

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    Keaton — January 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Yum! I’m a sucker for anything cinnamon!

    Happy Baking!

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    Angela Pritchett — January 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I already messaged you about how I cried when I received my stand mixer too. It’s a great moment in a baker’s life. Love your recipe. When I look at the price of cinnamon bread at the store, I know it’s time to make my own.

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    Blind Date cooking — January 28, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    delicious food and pictures, authentic recipe that are easy to replicate at home, thank you for sharing this recipe with us!

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    cake — January 28, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I am stil new to bread making…so far, i have only made a french baguette. I can’t wait to try this too. I love the cinnamon swirls inside your bread. They look so pretty 🙂
    – abeer @

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    Belinda — January 29, 2011 at 12:11 am

    How did you know this is one of my favorite breads?? My goodness, I am tired just reading what you do in an hour!!

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    Katrina — January 29, 2011 at 1:26 am

    Belinda – these boys keep me hoppin! 🙂

    Cake – I would love to hear if you make this bread!! It’s yummy I promise!

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    Anna C — January 29, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Hi Katrina, Thanks for your FB invite, which gave me the opportunity to discouver your blog. I’m looking forward to following your future posts. Your cinnamon bread rose beautifully and looks so delicious.
    Anna’s Table

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    BakingWithoutABox — January 30, 2011 at 3:42 am

    Some great looking bread! I love yeast breads – the way they smell, the taste, just everything about them. Great job!

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    Mari — January 31, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    This bread looks yummylicious! I will take the recipe with me.

    Thanks 🙂

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    Kimberly — January 31, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Could this bread look more enticing?!?!? Wow, all I can say is I wish I had smellavision, and could smell what I’m sure is a delightful bread! Thanks for posting!

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    Lin Ann — February 2, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Well laid out instructions, which is what I need because I’m not great at baking! I want to bake more bread, not only because it tastes so good but it makes the house smell so good too! I don’t blog about baking, but take a peak and I hope something interests you!

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    Yin — February 6, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    It’s lunch now when I read your post, by looking at photo it made my tummy roaring! LOL
    I love to make own bread, great to have another new bread recipe to learn. Thanks for sharing.

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    Raw_Girl — February 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Lovely cinnamon bread!
    I just have one question for you – Exactly how fat are you if you’re all the yummy goodies on your blog everyday? 🙂

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