Soft Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Slice into a loaf of warm cinnamon-spiced swirl bread with your morning coffee! This easy recipe bakes two loaves that taste amazing and freeze easily. I can’t think of a better holiday breakfast or brunch!

Soft Cinnamon Swirl Bread – Slice into a loaf of warm cinnamon-spiced swirl bread with your morning coffee! This easy recipe bakes two loaves. | thecomfortofcooking.com

Last Friday, I woke up feeling terrible. I tumbled out of bed at 4am and, ignoring my sleepy, sick feeling, worked on my laptop until the sun rose. I couldn’t shut my mind off. And it really came to bite me when it was time to approach the day with any semblance of energy. Once the little one was down for her morning nap, I snuggled back under the covers and snoozed off my sickness. When I woke up, I decided to embrace the cold fall day, stay in my pajamas and bake a cozy, warm loaf of cinnamon swirl bread.

Because sometimes the to-do list just has to wait.

 Soft Cinnamon Swirl Bread – Slice into a loaf of warm cinnamon-spiced swirl bread with your morning coffee! This easy recipe bakes two loaves. | thecomfortofcooking.com

Soft Cinnamon Swirl Bread – Slice into a loaf of warm cinnamon-spiced swirl bread with your morning coffee! This easy recipe bakes two loaves. | thecomfortofcooking.com

Cinnamon swirl bread is a big time favorite in my family. And best of all, my visiting mother-in-law enjoyed warm, buttery slices for breakfast with us. It’s the simple joys like sitting down to a homemade treat with family and talking about the day ahead. It just warms me from the inside out.

I’ve made cinnamon swirl bread dozens of times before, but honestly, this is the BEST loaf I’ve ever baked. And I’m no expert baker. You can do it, too!

This lovely, fragrant cinnamon loaf is actually quite easy to make. All it requires are some basic pantry staples and a lazy morning at home to let it rise. This recipe yields two loaves, so go ahead and freeze one (I cover it in plastic wrap and place in a resealable bag to freeze) or give it as a gift to someone special.

A loaf of this cinnamon swirl bread is bound to bring a smile to anyone’s face, and an amazing aroma to your kitchen!

Soft Cinnamon Swirl Bread – Slice into a loaf of warm cinnamon-spiced swirl bread with your morning coffee! This easy recipe bakes two loaves. | thecomfortofcooking.com

Soft Cinnamon Swirl Bread – Slice into a loaf of warm cinnamon-spiced swirl bread with your morning coffee! This easy recipe bakes two loaves. | thecomfortofcooking.com

5 from 5 votes

Soft Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Servings 2 loaves (16 slices each)

Ingredients

  • 2 packages 1/4 oz. each active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 5 1/2 to 6 cups all purpose flour

For the cinnamon-sugar swirl:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add milk, sugar, eggs, butter, salt and 2 1/2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Gradually stir in enough remaining flour (3 to 3 1/2 more cups) to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes (You can also knead with a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook). Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down; divide in half. Roll each half into an 18-inch x 8-inch rectangle. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 2 Tbsp. cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly over dough. Roll up each rectangle from short side; pinch seam to seal. Place seam side down in two greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans and cool on wire racks. Brush warm loaves with additional melted butter.
  • Enjoy!

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  1. 5 stars
    Such a beautiful recipe! I love freshly baked bread, but with the cinnamon inside it is even better. My family will love this for sure!

  2. This looks and sounds too good! I am so sorry you weren’t feeling too great though, I hope you’ve been able to top up on energy since then! *hugs*

  3. 5 stars
    This bread looks so soft!! I just want to hop on it and take a nap on that buttery pillow. So pretty!

  4. Gorgeous! I want to eat the whole loaf just looking at it!

  5. Nice recipe and your pictures are lovely. I would like to make this but the directions are a little vague. Do you have to proof the yeast in the warm water. How did you mix the ingredients together( by hand or mixer?) Thanks for your help!!

  6. How pretty! I bet the smell of this as it baked was wonderful too.

  7. Hi Wendy – The process of dissolving yeast in water is proofing it. You can mix the ingredients either by hand or with an electric mixer. I use my electric mixer but mixing by hand works fine. Hope that helps!

  8. I’m glad you’re feeling better. I think anyone would feel better with a slice of your cinnamon swirl bread!

  9. 5 stars
    this bread turned out beautifully – love it!!

  10. Great minds think alike! I just made a load of cinnamon swirl bread too! Yours is so so beautiful!

  11. This bread is gorgeous!!! I just might have to make this for a breakfast treat tomorrow!

  12. i love the cinnamon swirl. this must smell great when it’s baking!

  13. i absolutely love cinnamon swirl bread! i used to make it all the time. need to get back into that habit :)

  14. Can this bread be successfully frozen???? What about adding (?) yellow raisins with the cinnamon sugar for a cinnamon raisin bread?

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