Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Homemade bread is one of my favorite things to bake. Not only is it tasty, it also makes the house smell divine. Homemade bread is a great gift to give, or to take into the office or school to share. Cinnamon Swirl Bread is a favorite around here, and really easy to make. This recipe makes two loaves of bread with a cute and sweet cinnamon swirl in the center of each loaf. I have three ravenous high school teenage boys in the house, so they quickly & easily devour both loaves. If you aren’t feeding bottomless pits, then feel free to enjoy one loaf and share the second 🙂
In a small bowl, mix together the yeast and warm water with 1 tablespoon of the sugar. Set aside for 5 minutes until the yeast is frothy.
In a large mixing bowl, add the yeast mixture, 1/2 cup of the sugar, warmed milk, eggs, butter, salt, and 3 cups of the flour, then beat on medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.
Stir in the remaining flour ½ cup at a time until a soft dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes).
Place the dough in a large greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-2 hours.
In a small bowl, mix the cinnamon and remaining ½ cup of sugar together. Set aside.
Punch down the dough then turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough in half and roll each portion into an 18×8-inch rectangle.
Sprinkle each rectangle evenly with the cinnamon sugar mixture, leaving a 1/2 inch border around the edges with no cinnamon sugar. Roll up the dough jelly-roll style, forming an 8 inch long log.
Place the loaves in two greased 9×5 inch loaf pans, seam side down. Cover with kitchen towels and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
Bake the loaves at 350F degrees for 30 minutes, until golden brown on top.
Remove the loaves from the pans to cool on cooling racks. Slice with a bread knife and serve with softened butter.
- 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) dry active yeast
- 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar divided
- 1/3 cup warm water
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 eggs
- 6 tablespoons butter softened
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 5 ½ cups bread flour
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
Makes 2 loaves; 16 servings.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 233Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 183mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 7g
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