Country Cinnamon Swirl Bread Recipe

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  • 2 hrs 45 mins
  • Prep: 2 hrs,
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: one loaf
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Do you love the store bought cinnamon swirl breads, but find that they are too expensive to buy all the time? Not crazy about the ingredients listed on the packaging? I first created this recipe so that it would be easy enough for my oldest daughter, a cinnamon lover, to make. The bread is slightly sweeter than regular white bread and it has an extra cinnamon flavor. The sugary cinnamon swirl that goes through the middle adds an extra punch to the bread. This 1-loaf recipe makes a great breakfast bread and is a great replacement for pre-made pastries bought in the store.

What You'll Need

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

How to Make It

  1. In small saucepan, warm milk and 1 tbsp butter until butter is melted. Set aside until lukewarm.
     
  2. In small bowl, mix water and yeast until yeast is dissolved.
     
  3. In large bowl, add 2 tbsp sugar, salt, and 1 tsp cinnamon. Pour in lukewarm milk and butter. Mix until sugar and salt is dissolved. Stir in yeast and water.
     
  4. Mix in 2-1/2 cups flour. Turn out onto floured board and knead in the remaining half cup of flour or until the dough is soft and smooth.
     
  1. Put dough in greased bowl and turn dough so that the top is greased. Cover and let rise in warm place for about 60 minutes, or until double in size.
     
  2. Punch down dough with your fist. Turn dough out onto floured board and knead for about 1 minute.
     
  3. Roll dough out into a basic rectangular shape. Use a butter knife or fingers to spread 2 tbsp softened butter on the top of rectangular dough. Evenly spread about 2 tbsp sugar and 1 tbsp cinnamon on top of butter.
     
  4. Roll up dough and form into 1 loaf. Put into buttered bread pan. Cover and let rise until double in size, about 30 minutes.
     
  5. Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
     
  6. Score dough by cutting three slashes across the top with a sharp knife. Put in oven and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.
     
  7. Turn out bread and let cool on a rack or dishtowel.

Bread Baking Tips:

Keep yeast stored in an airtight container and in the refrigerator. Heat, moisture, and air kills the yeast and prevents bread dough from rising.

To keep bread soft, store in a plastic bag.

Store flour properly to keep it from spoiling.

Bread flour has a higher amount of gluten than all-purpose flour. This means that bread made with bread flour will rise higher than bread made with all-purpose flour. You can make your own bread flour by adding 1-1/2 teaspoons gluten to each cup of all-purpose flour you use in your bread recipe.

You can use any type of milk in this recipe: whole milk, skim, low fat, etc. Milk can also be replaced with water and nonfat dry milk.

There is a milk to dry milk powder conversion table. Use it to figure out how much dry milk to add to the water when replacing the milk in the recipe.

Use bottled water instead of tap water to make your breads. Water softeners and chlorinated public water can sometimes kill the yeast needed to make your bread dough rise.