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Making Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Updated on October 14, 2013

How About Your Breakfast Toast With A Swirl

Most times I've had cinnamon toast the bread has little cinnamon taste and making sticky cinnamon buns is too sweet to make into toast. Learning new techniques and recipes is a constant endeavor as I am a picky eater but when I come across a new recipe I like to tweak it to make it my own. This recipe is awesome with plain butter, as toast but I have better uses for it.

Try this recipe as is then give it a twist to make it your own.

Chicago Metallic Commercial II Non-Stick Perforated French Bread Pan
Chicago Metallic Commercial II Non-Stick Perforated French Bread Pan

I've been looking for one of these pans locally but my guess it will be cheaper to buy them here.

 

Cook Time

Prep Time: 30 min plus 2 hours riasing time

Serves: Makes 2 loaves of cinnamon swirl bread

Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cups of luke warm water
  • 1 tsp agava syrup
  • 1 Tbsp yeast
  • 4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cups whole milk powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • zest from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup butter cubed and softened
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 - 3 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Mix the warm water, the agave syrup and the yeast together and set aside to bloom
  2. Mix the flour milk powder salt and lemon zest In a mixer bowl. Blend the dry ingredients. Slowly add water and mix until blended. If your mixer has a dough hook, let you machine knead the dough for 10 minutes. If not you'll have to knead the dough by hand. It is a soft and sticky dough so flour your hands good. Let the dough rest covered with plastic film for 20 minutes.
  3. Lightly flour the cubed butter and add one cube at a time kneading it into the dough. This will tenderize the dough and add a rich flavor to it as well. Everything taste better with butter. Keep kneading the dough until it comes back together - about 5 minutes.
  4. Let the dough rise in an oiled bowl covered with plastic film. Place the covered bowl in a warm place for 45 minutes. Carefully punch the dough down and fold it over itself several times. recover it and lest rise again in the warm place until doubled in size. About another 45 minutes.
  5. Divide the dough ball in half. Roll each out in a rough rectangle and fold lengthwise in thirds. Then roll up the dough into a ball. This helps to create more structure in the dough without making it tough. Now roll it out to a large flat rectangle as thins as you can.
  6. Mix the powdered icing sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and the lemon juice together. Lightly wet the dough with a few sprinkles of water. Spread half the sugar cinnamon mixture over the dough leaving a 3/4 inch edge all the way around.
  7. Next roll up the dough along the short edge. Pinch the seams closed. and set aside to rest again for 10 minutes.
  8. With a sharp knife cut the dough logs down the center lengthwise. Join the ends together and roughly twist the two halves together in a twisted rope. form the dough and place it in a greased loaf pan or french bread pan.
  9. Set aside covered with plastic film to raise again until it is almost doubled in size. I set my dough and pans to rise in the oven set on warm (100 F). Take them out of the oven when they are close to finished and turn the oven on to 350 F.
  10. When the oven is up to temp brush the top of the loaves gently with a well beaten egg. This will give the crust a golden brown color. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 and then tent the loaves with tin foil and bake for another 20 minutes until done.
  11. Cool on a rake before cutting into the bread. The wait is worth the effort.
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Alternatives:

You could add raisins or walnuts or both to the dough before you roll it out and add the filling.

You could cut out the lemon zest from the dough and lemon juice from the filling and add a tsp of vanilla to the filling instead.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread Step by Step

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The dough  at rest in a greased bowl.After resting for an hour and a half in a warm ovenFolding the rolled out dough in thirdsRolling the dough up to develop the gluten.showing the sealed seams of the filled and rolled dough.Slicing the log in two and twisting into a rope.Placed in a greased cooking pan to let rise.Ready to cover in an egg wash and bake.Finished loaves coolingCutting into the finished loaf after it has cooled.
The dough  at rest in a greased bowl.
The dough at rest in a greased bowl.
After resting for an hour and a half in a warm oven
After resting for an hour and a half in a warm oven
Folding the rolled out dough in thirds
Folding the rolled out dough in thirds
Rolling the dough up to develop the gluten.
Rolling the dough up to develop the gluten.
showing the sealed seams of the filled and rolled dough.
showing the sealed seams of the filled and rolled dough.
Slicing the log in two and twisting into a rope.
Slicing the log in two and twisting into a rope.
Placed in a greased cooking pan to let rise.
Placed in a greased cooking pan to let rise.
Ready to cover in an egg wash and bake.
Ready to cover in an egg wash and bake.
Finished loaves cooling
Finished loaves cooling
Cutting into the finished loaf after it has cooled.
Cutting into the finished loaf after it has cooled.

The best way I have found to eat my new cinnamon swirl bread is to make it into french toast. Slice it thick and soak in a well mixed egg mixture with a bit of vanilla and nutmeg. Fry in lots of butter and enjoy with your favorite syrup.

I found that using water to dampen the dough makes the mixture stick better. Most cinnamon bun and rolled dough recipes I have seen use butter as a base for the mixture. This just makes large gaps in the bread because the butter prevents the dough from merging and lets the sugar mixture leak out. That may be fine for cinnamon buns but we want swirl bread. Use water. I dampen my fingers and wet the dough that way, otherwise you could use a spritzer bottle. Spray lightly.

KitchenAid KP26M1PSL Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer, Silver
KitchenAid KP26M1PSL Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer, Silver

This is the mixer I have. The Pro model has the umph to knead heavy dough like that of the cinnamon swirl bread. You want a mixer at least a 500 watt motor.

 

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      Northerntrials 3 years ago

      @samsmom7: I have tried it with walnut5s as well. It is even better than cinnamon alone.

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      samsmom7 3 years ago

      I love any type of cinnamon bread and eat with just lots of butter. Thank you for the recipe.

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      Northerntrials 3 years ago

      @matt-hill: Awesome. Let me know how it turns out.

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      matt-hill 3 years ago

      Nothing better than the smell of bre and cinnamon. I will definately give this a go. Thanks, great lens.

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      Northerntrials 3 years ago

      @LiteraryMind: A Sunday morning smell that would brighten up anyone's day.

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      Ellen Gregory 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This sounds really good. I can smell the cinnamon as it bakes.

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      Northerntrials 3 years ago

      @Stuwaha: I am going to try it over the campfire this weekend. We'll see how that goes.

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      Stuwaha 3 years ago

      your loaves are gorgeous! If I had an oven I could trust I would give it a go. I really do miss cinnamon raisin bread.

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      Northerntrials 3 years ago

      @aliaksandra: Awesome. Give it a try.... the technique is easy to write down but you need to practice it lots to perfect it. :)

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      aliaksandra 3 years ago

      I always buy it at the store. Now I know that I should definitely try to make it myself! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Oh this is definitely something I must try. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe!

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      Mobley5 3 years ago

      Yum - looks delicious! What a wonderful weekend treat.

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      Northerntrials 3 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: I let my KitchenAid Mixer do the kneading for me now... My knuckles and elbow can no longer make it through a bread making session sadly. It's a good thing you share the work and enjoy the results.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      This looks delicious. I was just commenting to my husband that the weather is getting cool enough for him to have cinnamon buns again. My right shoulder has some damage so now so he and I work together on his treats. He gets to do the kneading.

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      Northerntrials 3 years ago

      @ChristyZ: You don't need a cold day... or even a cool day. Any day will do.. Thanks for visiting.

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      Northerntrials 3 years ago

      @Judith Nazarewicz: I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.... even more so...

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      ChristyZ 3 years ago

      This recipe looks like a great one. I haven't made cinnamon swirl bread for years, maybe I'll bake a loaf now that the weather is starting to cool down. Thanks for sharing your baking tips:)

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      Judith Nazarewicz 3 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      I'm going to have to try this recipe...it looks so good! :-)

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      Northerntrials 3 years ago

      @TipsForMoms: I don't do raisins but my next batch will have walnuts and maybe I'll try a whole wheat version. Thanks for visiting.

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      Northerntrials 3 years ago

      @getmoreinfo: Now you are making me hungry. Of course it is the best way to have it.... :) Enjoy!

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      TipsForMoms 3 years ago

      I love the idea of adding the raisins and nuts to it!

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      getmoreinfo 3 years ago

      This will be such a great treat for having with bacon and eggs.