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Homemade Cinnamon Swirl Bread Recipe

Easy homemade cinnamon bread has a sweet cinnamon sugar filling. This easy white bread recipe is the perfect homemade bread!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Resting time1 hour
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 133kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: $8


For the bread:

  • 5 ½ to 6 cups (682-744g) all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons (38g) granulated sugar
  • 2 packets (16g) Fleischmann's® RapidRise® Yeast 4 ½ teaspoons
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 ½ cups (355ml) water
  • ½ cup (118ml) milk (any kind)
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted or salted butter

For the filling:

  • 1 tablespoon (14g) unsalted or salted butter melted
  • ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon


  • Combine 2 cups (248g) 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 (124g) 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 8½ x 4½ 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.



  • 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.
  • Wrap cooled bread well in plastic wrap and freeze for up to a month.
  • Homemade bread doesn't last as long as store bought - enjoy this within 2 days.


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