Homemade Cinnamon Bread

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Homemade Cinnamon Bread is an easy white bread recipe full of cinnamon sugar! This bread is better than buying store bought cinnamon swirl bread – it’s fresh and SO GOOD.

If you’re loving making homemade bread, then give this cinnamon bread a try – you can even add raisins if you want!

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This post was originally sponsored by Fleischmann’s Yeast®.

I used to be scared of making bread until I discovered my easy homemade white bread recipe. Now I make it all the time!

Once I got over my fears, making bread became one of my favorite things to do. If you’re a beginner bread maker or are scared of yeast and baking your own bread, don’t be. I’m going to show you step-by-step how EASY it is to make your own bread at home.

(If I’m being honest; one of my fears about making homemade bread was that it’s SO EASY to do I’ll make it all the time and then eat loaves and loaves of warm crusty carbs. Spoiler alert: #TRUTH)

Make your own cinnamon swirl bread and you never have to buy store bought again!

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Two things have always scared me when I’ve thought about making homemade bread:

  1. Working with yeast.
  2. All the time it takes, rising and kneading.

I’m here to tell you today that both of those two are complete myths.

Actually, working with yeast is very easy, especially when you use Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast. That little yeast packet knocks both of my fears out of the water.

Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast is easier to use because you don’t need to proof it: you just mix it into the dry ingredients. Proofing yeast is what always has scared me about it but by using instant yeast, that fear is gone.

The other reason I like this yeast? The term “Rapid Rise” is true; there are only two rising periods but they only total an hour. You give the dough a 10 minute rest and then let it rise 45 minutes before baking; making homemade cinnamon bread is no longer an all day affair.

How to make cinnamon bread with Fleischmann's RapidRise Yeast

What kind of yeast is best to make bread?

Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast is the one I recommend. Simply add it to the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt) and whisk it together.

Making bread with active dry yeast is a different recipe, but if you want to make cinnamon bread in a bread machine, you can use this same recipe using bread machine yeast.

How to make cinnamon bread with Fleischmann's RapidRise Yeast

What ingredients are used to make homemade bread?

Besides the yeast, you’re going to add milk, water, and butter to a measuring cup or bowl. Then heat that in the microwave in 15 second increments until it’s very warm.

I highly recommend an instant-read thermometer when working with yeast. It helps take the guesswork out!

Heat the milk mixture to between 120°-130°F, or very warm if you’re going by touch. (The butter may not melt all the way.)

How to make cinnamon bread with Fleischmann's RapidRise Yeast

Once you have the milk hot enough, add it to the dry ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer.

Do you have to use a stand mixer?

No, but it helps. If you’re using a stand mixer, you’re going to beat it for 2 minutes, then add more flour, mix for 2 more minutes, then add more flour until it becomes a ball. Using a stand mixer also helps with kneading; you’ll only need to knead this bread for about 6-8 minutes.

If you don’t have a stand mixer, don’t worry. Mix it with a hand mixer or by hand until you can’t anymore, then knead it, adding flour, until it forms a ball that springs back when pressed with two fingers.

How to make cinnamon bread with Fleischmann's RapidRise Yeast

Then, let it rest for just 10 minutes.

This bread recipe makes two loaves, so cut the dough in half.

How to make cinnamon bread with Fleischmann's RapidRise Yeast

Then you get to decide if you want plain white bread or homemade cinnamon bread.

How do you make cinnamon bread?

Simply roll out your dough into a rectangle. Then brush with melted butter.

How to make cinnamon bread with Fleischmann's RapidRise Yeast

Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

If you want to make cinnamon raisin bread, now is the time to sprinkle about 1 cup of raisins in the middle of the dough.

How to make cinnamon bread with Fleischmann's RapidRise Yeast

Tightly roll up the dough and place each piece in a bread pan that’s been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Be sure to lace it seam side down in the pan.

How to make cinnamon bread with Fleischmann's RapidRise Yeast

Cover it and let it rise about 45 minutes. It’ll about double in size.

Put the loaves in a warm place for rising. I like to preheat my oven and place the pans on the top of the stove.

Preheat your oven and place the pans on top of the stove to rise!

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How to make cinnamon bread with Fleischmann's RapidRise Yeast

Then simply bake until golden brown. You do need to wait at least 5-10 minutes before removing the bread from the pan…and resist the urge to cut it too soon.

Serving Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Warm cinnamon bread is the perfect breakfast with or without melted butter on top. We didn’t even need it toasted; just warm from the oven.

Feel free to toast the bread and top it with butter or eat it plain. We also like it with peanut butter.

Have leftovers? Make French Toast with it!

Luckily, we had a friend to give one loaf too. The other one didn’t last the day!

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Making homemade bread is so simple, you’ll be doing it in no time.

Also find the Beginner’s White Bread recipe at Fleischmann’s® Yeast!

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Homemade Cinnamon Bread Recipe

Easy homemade cinnamon bread has a sweet cinnamon sugar filling. This easy white bread recipe is the perfect homemade bread!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting time 1 hour
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 24 servings
Serving Size 1 slice

Ingredients

For the bread:

  • 5 1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 packets Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast 4 1/2 teaspoons
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter

For the filling:

  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, dry yeast and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and stir until blended. Combine water, milk and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH in 15 second increments until very warm but not hot to the touch (120° to 130°F. Butter won’t melt completely). Add to flour mixture.
  • Beat 2 minutes at medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Add 1 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in just enough remaining flour so that the dough will form into a ball.
  • Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic and springs back when lightly pressed with 2 fingers, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cover with a towel; let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Cut dough into 2 equal pieces. Roll each piece of dough into a 12 x 7-inch rectangle using a rolling pin. Brush each piece with melted butter. Stir together the cinnamon and sugar for the filling and sprinkle on each rectangle.
  • Beginning at short end of each rectangle, roll up tightly. Pinch seams and ends to seal. Place, seam sides down, in two 8-1/2 x 4-1/2 inch loaf pans that have been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Cover with towel; let rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake in preheated 400ºF oven for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans by running a knife around the edges and invert onto wire rack.

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Recipe Notes

To make cinnamon raisin bread, sprinkle 1 cup of raisins over the cinnamon sugar in step 4.
You can use bread machine yeast in this recipe to make this in a bread machine. I don’t recommend using active dry yeast as the recipe is written.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 209mg | Potassium: 34mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1.2mg

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword bread

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Cinnamon Bread is SO EASY to make at home! This simple white bread recipe is turned into cinnamon swirl bread and is the perfect from scratch recipe – with or without raisins. You never need to buy store bought again! You can even make cinnamon bread in a bread machine!

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  1. Hi, I need some clarification about the amount of flour used. It calls for 5&1/2 to 6 cups. The instructions call for using 2 cups to start with and then adding another cup for a total of 3. Then you stir in enough to make a dough ball and flour the kneading surface. Where do you use the rest of the flour? Thank you!

    1. She mentions it better in the long description.

      Do you have to use a stand mixer?
      No, but it helps. If you’re using a stand mixer, you’re going to beat it for 2 minutes, then add more flour, mix for 2 more minutes, then add more flour until it becomes a ball. Using a stand mixer also helps with kneading; you’ll only need to knead this bread for about 6-8 minutes.

      If you don’t have a stand mixer, don’t worry. Mix it with a hand mixer or by hand until you can’t anymore, then knead it, adding flour, until it forms a ball that springs back when pressed with two fingers.

  2. Followed to a T. Both loaves turned out spectacular. Very soft and very tasty. I’m hoping it freezes well as store bought cinnamon swirl bread.

  3. I made this the other day and it was wonderful! Now I’m back to add the recipe to my recipe book!

    Traditionally my spouse and I give everyone a homemade loaf of bread for the holidays, and I think this year we’re going to give them all cinnamon bread made from this recipe. It’s so quick and delicious. I know everyone is going to love it!

  4. I’ve been making bread for years and your method looks easy. I use regular yeast and  let the dough rise twice. It takes a little longer but I find it to be worth the wait as it makes the dough light and fluffy. Your recipe for the cinnamon bread looks yummy and I’ll be making it today. Thanks for the suggestions, I’ll be trying your method.