Introduction: Cinnamon Bread

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Cinnamon bread is something that always makes me think of my childhood. Both of my grandmothers made it regularly around the holidays and for special occasions. Now that they're gone, I had to figure out how to make cinnamon bread on my own since I'm always craving it.

I looked through my gram's recipe cards but had no luck, so I combined recipes I found online to get a recipe that was close. :D

You can make your cinnamon bread just with cinnamon and sugar, or you can add chopped pecans to make it even yummier!

Step 1: Ingredients

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for dough:
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup warm water or milk
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups AP flour (plus more for dusting/kneading)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

for filling:
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional but yummy!)

Step 2: Making the Dough

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The first thing you'll want to do is combine the warm water, yeast and two tablespoons of sugar in a measuring cup. Stir well and let it sit while you measure out the flour. 

Measure out your flour and salt into a large bowl. Mix together with a fork. 

Melt two tablespoons of butter in a small bowl.

Once that's done, your yeast should be starting to bubble. Stir again and then pour the yeast mixture into the flour along with the melted butter.

Use a wooden spoon or spatula to mix everything together until it forms a shaggy dough. :)

Step 3: Kneading the Dough + Rising

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This dough comes together pretty quickly - you'll only have to knead it for a few minutes.

Flour your work surface and dump the dough out onto it. Knead the dough, adding more flour as necessary until it becomes smooth and elastic. 

Once it's kneaded, add some flour to the bottom of your bowl, put the dough on top and cover with plastic wrap. Leave it to rise for a half hour or until doubled in size. Once it's doubled, punch it down gently to remove some of the air bubbles.

Step 4: Rolling Out + Adding the Filling

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Roll out your dough on a piece of parchment until it's about 1/4 inch thick. Don't worry about getting it into a perfect rectangle - it'll taste just as good if it's a little bit wonky.

Combine 1/2 cup sugar with 2 tablespoons of cinnamon and sprinkle on top, leaving a little empty space around the edges. Dot with butter and add chopped pecans if you'd like. :)

Step 5: Roll It Up and Let It Rise Again

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Now we'll want to roll the dough up so it forms a loaf. :D Try to make it fairly tight - the motion will be more of a roll-and-tuck. 

Once it's rolled up, pinch both ends of the loaf closed - this will keep too much of the filling from leaking out. 

At this point, preheat your oven to 350 F and let the dough rise one more time until doubled - I typically leave it on the baking sheet on top of parchment and put a clean towel over it. 

Step 6: Baking!

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You'll be baking your cinnamon bread for 30 minutes or so at 350 F. 

It's better to under-bake than over-bake in this case because you want it to be a little soft. I judge this bread more on the color of the outside than anything else. :)

Once it's done, let it cool for 10-15 minutes minutes before slicing. See the bottom where some of the filling leaked out? You want that to cool down, as well as the filling on the inside. Otherwise it will be a little too runny - it needs to set up a bit!

Enjoy on its own or with a bit of butter - it's perfect to go along with breakfast or coffee in the morning. :D


rallekralle (author)2015-04-08

i can't come up with any reason to not make this, sooooo... baking time!

starforest (author)2015-03-17

It looks delisus!

foreversinging (author)2015-01-22

I love cinnamon bread. It's so yummy! :)

jhartbev made it! (author)2014-05-22

Another lovely recipe from you:) thanks for the great instructable. This was my first recipe making bread of any sort and it turned out perfect.

jessyratfink (author)jhartbev2014-10-09

Oh wow, that looks amazing!! :D

ccoppola6 (author)2014-10-09

I left out the sugar in the dough and used brown sugar and raisins in the filling. It was like a light cinnamon roll! I love this recipe and it was so fun to make. What a pretty loaf it makes too, perfect for bringing to a morning function and serving! :)

jessyratfink (author)ccoppola62014-10-09

Raisins are such a good idea - I might have to do that next time :D

P.S. Your avatar is the best!

jhartbev (author)2014-05-22

and I realized I already commented. ..sorry lol

jhartbev (author)2014-05-22

also I used brown sugar instead of normal.

cbooher1 (author)2014-02-12

@ loveless try adding a little more flour, a little at a time. It will be easier to handle

katrinao (author)2014-01-06

I added cooked bacon.

loveless (author)2013-10-05

Hi, I wonder if you can help me? I love this recipe and really enjoy making it, but every time my dough is really sticky. How do I get my dough to look as lovely as yours does in the pictures? Mine bakes up well and tastes great once finished, but it's really difficult to handle when making it. Any help really appreciated and many thanks for a lovely recipe :-)

Polarbird (author)2013-09-25

I made this a few days ago with chopped walnuts instead of the pecans -it's really good!

_PJ007 (author)2013-09-19

nice one.. i am going to make one today itself

yonygg (author)2013-09-18

Just made one. It turned out to be awesome! Very tasty. I baked it for 25 minutes.
I also added the pecans. I wonder how it would be like without the nuts... Next time...

2 things to note:
1. It turned out too sweet to be called bread. It's more like a cake to my taste.
2. The dough was a bit too sticky. I used the bread machine to knead it and had to manually add more flour afterwards and knead again before letting it rise. Next time I'll use more flour to begin with.

Very easy to make, very cheap, yields a huge loaf, and extremely tasty!!

Thank you

azarpisces (author)2013-09-15

Great instructable. Me and my wife are going to try this on weekend.

nice sister (author)2013-09-11

Sorry, dumb question: what kind of yeast is that? How do I make it or where do I get it?

Gh0st_snAK3 (author)2013-09-11

This is the bread that i have made and it was nice and easy to do and it tastes flippin' amazing I will definitely make this all the time. Great instructable!!!

Renee! (author)2013-09-11

Mmmm that looks so great! I might try a partial whole wheat version sometime. It might make my picky siblings more willing to eat their whole grains ;)

Mexicalex (author)2013-09-10

I bet you could use a bread machine on the "dough" setting, too, then just roll it out and all that. Yum!

onemoroni1 (author)2013-09-10

Yummy, great instructable.

Vodika (author)2013-09-10

I have never made cinnamon bread before, but I eat the stuff you buy all the time, I like it with raisons also, I will be making this today, Thank you This Looks so Good

radioman673 (author)2013-09-10

i used to make that for my kids about 25 years ago.. good stuff

porcupinemamma (author)2013-09-10

Yummy yummy! You are a baker extraodinaire!

jhartbev (author)2013-09-09

I made this for my husband this turned out great:) your recipe and instructions are clear and easy to follow.thank you for poasting. although did make a the filling I used dark brown sugar and regular.Yum Yum!

maltesergr8 (author)2013-09-09

I'm usually lazy and use my bread maker for all my bread, but just might have to give this me a go ;)

Looks yummy!


Horef (author)2013-09-09

wonderful post!

rammstein2 (author)2013-09-08

For how long must we bake it if we're using a microwave?

Horef (author)rammstein22013-09-09

wow, please, dont use a microwave for BAKING, that sounds horrible :\

oldmicah (author)rammstein22013-09-08

I don't have much experience with microwave bread (there are some recipes out there) but I have done a fair amount of bread baking. By mw cooking, you'll miss out on the maillard process which gives you a lot of the crust flavor. I'd go oven if you can, or even small loafs in a toaster oven.

Since you don't have the browning working for you, one option to add more flavor is to mix it and stick it in the fridge for a day or two. Then pull it out and let it go through its first rise. A lot of flavor can develop when you slow down the rise (slow down the yeast). Also, since you won't get browning, check your bread temp: generally you are shooting for a temp of 200 to 205F or thump the bottom to see if it sounds hollow.

oldmicah (author)2013-09-08

It looks fantastic Jessy, plus any recipe that uses the word 'wonky' should be sampled on principle. It's on my list: thank you for sharing!

HollyMann (author)2013-09-08

This looks amazing!

emilyvanleemput (author)2013-09-08

Ooh, Yum!

M.C. Langer (author)2013-09-08


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