the best cinnamon swirl bread ever

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 39 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter cup in 1/2 " pieces
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water + 1 teaspoon sugar + 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs large
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour


  • Heat the milk and butter in a small saucepan until the butter is melted.
  • Cool until lukewarm.
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer, pour in the warm water, teaspoon of sugar, and yeast.
  • Stir together with the paddle mixer and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Add the eggs and sugar and mix again until the eggs are broken up and mixed in.
  • Add the salt, milk mixture, and 2 cups of bread flour.
  • Mix at medium speed for about a minute.
  • Switch to the dough hook and add 1 1/4 cup of flour, mixing again and adding more flour if needed if the dough is sticking to the bowl-up to 1/2 cup more.
  • Turn the dough out onto a clean counter and squeeze it with a clean hand. If your fingers stick, knead in a little more flour, otherwise, lightly oil a large bowl, add the dough turning it over to coat and cover the bowl with saran wrap.
  • Allow the dough to rest for 2 1/2 hours or until doubled.
  • Turn it out on a counter, lightly flour your work surface if it's sticking.
  • Roll the dough into an 18 by 8 inch rectangle.
  • Use the melted butter and brush it all over the dough.
  • Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • Starting lengthwise with the end closest to you, pinch the end shut and very tightly roll the bread closed.
  • When you get to the end pinch the seam closed and the ends closed.
  • Place the dough seam side down in a greased bread pan.
  • Cover with a towel and allow to rise for about 1 1/2 hours or until the dough is nearing the top of the pan.
  • Heat the oven to 350.
  • Whisk together the egg and milk and brush the bread.
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until you can stick a thermometer in and it's 190 degrees.
  • Allow to rest on a cooling rack for 45-60 minutes before slicing


Adapted from America's Test Kitchen
Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 322 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 137mg6%
Potassium 119mg3%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 207IU4%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.