Easy Cinnamon Bread Recipe (2024)

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When I was 12, my parents bought a small bakery. Two days a week, I helped Mom bake all sorts of cookies, bread, pies. and much more. On Saturday, we loaded up our van with the baked goods and sold them at a Farmer’s Market.

One of my favorite items was the cinnamon bread. Mom would slice off a thin piece from the end of the loaf, to show the pretty cinnamon swirl inside. I liked to smear a bit of frosting on that end piece and eat it hot! It was almost like a cinnamon roll. I no longer put frosting on my cinnamon bread, but I do enjoy a piece hot from the toaster, slathered in butter!

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How to make cinnamon bread

Cinnamon bread is so easy to make; just use your regular white bread recipe, add cinnamon and sugar and roll up!

But maybe you don’t have a ‘regular’ white bread recipe? No problem! I have your back! I have included the entire recipe so you can just print it off and use it.

First, I put the warm water, sugar, and yeast in a bowl, and let it set for 5 minutes so the yeast can begin to work.

Then, I add the flour, salt, oil, and mix it well. I knead the dough several minutes, then let it rise for an hour or until doubled.

Tip: I use my KitchenAid mixer, (affiliate link) but you can always use your hands to knead the dough if you don’t have a stand mixer.

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Forming the bread loaves

To form thecinnamon bread loaves: divide the dough in half, and roll one half about 15 inches long, and as wide as your bread pan. Try to make sure it doesn’t get wider than your bread pan.

Sprinkle generously with powdered sugar, then with cinnamon. I do not measure either of these, but I did give an estimate in the recipe. Just sprinkle heavily and it will be fine.

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When you have the cinnamon and sugar on, begin to carefully roll up from the short side. I tug gently as I roll thedough, so there is no air pockets or holes in the roll. Roll it all the way up, and place into a greased bread pan, seam side down.

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I sprinkle the loaf with a dash of cinnamon, then let it rise till nearly doubled. Repeat with second half of dough.

Bake at 350* for 30-35 minutes, till the loaf is golden brown.

Turn out onto a cooling rack and allow to cool before bagging.

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Bread rising and baking

Personally, I like a more dense bread, so I don’t let my dough rise too long. You can see in the above pictures how the dough looks when I placed it in the pan, and how it looks when I baked it. Less time rising means a heavier bread with smaller air holes. If you like big holes in your bread, then, by all means, let it rise longer! 🙂

Same goes for baking; I like my bread just golden brown. If you like the crust very brown, just bake it longer or at a higher temp. I bake bread at 350 for 30 minutes. But If you like more crusty bread, bake it at 375 or 400 for 30 minutes. Play around with it till you see what you like best.

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Can I freeze Cinnamon bread?

Yes!! This homemade cinnamon bread freezes very well. Just let the loaves cool completely, then place in plastic bags and freeze up to a month.

To thaw: place bread on counter (still in bag) and allow to thaw completely. Slice and eat! You can slice before you freeze it, too.

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You might like these other bread recipes:

Easy French Bread
Chile Cheese Cornbread
Cheesy Breadsticks
Simple Homemade White Bread

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Easy Cinnamon Bread Recipe

Kay Schrock

This recipe is so easy that you can make it even if you never baked bread before! It is perfect to make cinnamon toast or french toast.

4.20 from 178 votes

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Prep Time 2 hours hrs

Cook Time 30 minutes mins

Total Time 2 hours hrs 30 minutes mins

Course Bread

Cuisine American

Servings 20 slices

Calories 158 kcal


  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 TBL yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 5 cups bread flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 TBL cinnamon


  • Place water in mixing bowl.

  • Sprinkle sugar and yeast over water.

  • Allow to stand for 5 minutes.

  • Add flour, oil, and salt and mix well. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour - ½ cup at a time - until it is smooth and workable.

  • Knead 2 minutes with mixer, or 5 minutes by hand.

  • Let rise till doubled in size, about an hour.

  • Divide dough in half, roll each half 9x15 inches, or as wide as your bread pan.

  • Sprinkle generously with powdered sugar and cinnamon.

  • Roll up tightly, place in greased bread pans, seam side down.

  • Let rise till nearly doubled, about 30-40 minutes.

  • Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or till golden brown.

  • Turn onto rack to cool. Store in bags.


Calories: 158kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 4gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 234mgPotassium: 31mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mg

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What is the secret to super soft bread? ›

Instant milk powder makes bread dough super soft and fluffy and also helps to give it a good rise. It also contributes to the dough staying nice and soft after baking for a little longer than a recipe that does not use milk powder.

How can I make my bread lighter and fluffy? ›

Add Sugar

Adding sugar weakens the gluten structure, absorbs water, and eventually makes the bread lighter and softer. As a result, sugar improves the bread's taste, structure and texture. Yeast also eats up sugar to produce carbon dioxide, which raises the dough and makes bread fluffy.

Does cinnamon affect yeast in bread? ›

This experiment showed that the more cinnamon we used the less our number got, making the yeast decrease in our experiment. Our results showed us that if we used more grams of cinnamon the more it affected the rate of fermentation. The 2 grams really slowed down the yeast growth.

How do you keep cinnamon bread from separating? ›

Brush the dough with a thin layer of egg wash before sprinkling your filling on top. As the loaf bakes, the egg wash will help keep the layers of dough tightly tucked together. And the result? You'll end up with a stunning cinnamon swirl.

What do bakeries put in bread to keep it soft? ›

Ingredients: More Than Just Flour and Water
  1. Oil or Butter: These fats coat the flour proteins, leading to a tender crumb. ...
  2. Sugar: Not only does it sweeten the bread, but sugar also retains moisture. ...
  3. Baking Soda: When added, especially in recipes with acidic ingredients, it can make bread soft and spongy.
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What is the best flour for soft bread? ›

AP flour can be used in the making of rich or enriched breads such as soft rolls, or brioche,” says Chef Stephen, which are meant to be softer in nature, rather than crusty.

What happens if I put too much yeast in my bread? ›

General amounts of yeast are around 1 - 2 % of the flour, by weight. Too much yeast could cause the dough to go flat by releasing gas before the flour is ready to expand.

Does adding more yeast make bread fluffier? ›

Because gas is created as a result of yeast growth, the more the yeast grows, the more gas in the dough and the more light and airy your bread loaf will be.

Does more sugar make bread fluffier? ›

Yeast feed on sugar and it's the gasses produced by yeast that causes the dough to expand and “rise”. More accurately stated though, it's the yeast that has the effect but it's a symbiotic relationship. Too little sugar will impede the rise by not having sufficient nutrient for the yeast.

How do bakeries make such soft bread? ›

There's something magical about the bread you get at your local bakeries - they're always sooo soft and fluffy. Many of these breads, especially packaged ones, are made with a ton of chemical additives such as calcium propionate, amylase, and chlorine dioxide which help keep them soft, light, and fluffy for days.

What makes bread soft and tender? ›

Usually it's gluten (a product of the protein in flour) that determines bread's texture. Bread where gluten plays a prominent role will be chewier. When the gluten level is lower, or when gluten is tamed by the addition of “softeners” like milk, butter, eggs, or oil, the bread will be more tender.

Which makes bread spongy and soft? ›

Final answer: Baking soda is used to make bread soft and spongy. Q. Baking soda is used in small amount in making bread and cake. It helps to make these soft and spongy.


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