Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Updated On: Oct 31, 2023
Cinnamon Swirl Bread |

Farmgirl Gourmet came to fruition in 2006 on a whim to keep our family in the loop on what we were doing with our 120 year old farmstead.  Each post was an apology for taking 6 months or more to write something.  Fast forward to October 2010 when I decided to make it or break it, so to speak.  It wasn’t long after I had jumped in head first that I received a note that I had been chosen to work on Emeril Lagasse’s latest cookbook “Sizzling Skillets & Other One Pot Wonders” and that I’d be working with 19 other bloggers from around the country.  We worked fast and furious together for 3 weeks making Emeril’s recipes, tweeting with him, spreading the word about his book and, well, just having a great time collaborating together.


Then it was all over.  There was this emptiness that followed, like closing the biggest deal of your life.  You should be excited, but the phone has stopped ringing and you’re no longer elbow to elbow with your team.  That’s when it hit us.  Let’s not let it end….let’s keep it going and Virtual Potluck was born.

You’re probably wondering why I’m going into great detail about Virtual Potluck, well this post today is dedicated to Donna Currie of , who was one of the original 20 bloggers in Virtual Potluck, and has just released her first cookbook, Make Ahead Bread.  With this amazingly beautiful book, there’s no way to say “I don’t have time to make bread” anymore.  Each recipe has Day 1 and Day 2 instructions.  It’s brilliant.  

I chose to make Cinnamon Swirl Bread from Donna’s book as I am a huge fan of it with a big slather of butter!  Me and bread are BFF’s forever.  This bread was super easy to make.  I started it one night after work, then the next day popped it in the oven.  So easy – and amazingly delicious.  Make sure you check out Donna’s blog for the full list of Virtual Potluckers who made recipes from her book – HERE .

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

A simple cinnamon bread that is great warm out of the oven or toasted with butter.
Prep Time 1 day 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 day 1 hour
Servings 10 Servings


For the Dough

  • 4 ½ cups bread flour plus more as needed
  • 1 ½ cups lukewarm water
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract optional

For the Filling

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 graham crackers crushed into crumbs (optional)
  • Nonstick Cooking Spray



  • Combine all of the dough ingredients and knead by hand (mix first in a large bowl, then turn out and knead) or in a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment until the dough is elastic.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise until it has doubled in size, about 1 hour in a warm place.
  • Meanwhile, combine the filling ingredients in a small bowl. Spray two 8×4-inch loaf pans with cooking spray.
  • Divide the dough in half. Working with one half at a time, on a floured surface, pat the dough into a rough square, then use a rolling pin to roll the dough to a rectangle about 8 x 16 inches.
  • Sprinkle half of the cinnamon filling onto the dough rectangle, leaving about an inch uncovered on one of the short sides. Use the rolling pin to lightly press the mixture into the dough. Starting at the short side opposite the uncovered end, roll the dough, jellyroll style. When you reach the opposite side, pinch the dough to seal the seam, then pinch the ends of the roll closed as well. Place the finished dough in one of the prepared baking pans, seam side down. Cover with plastic wrap or place in a large bag and tie the end closed.
  • Prepare the second half of the dough in the same way.
  • Cover the pans with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight or up to 24 hours.


  • Remove the pans from the refrigerator and heat the oven to 350º F.
  • Remove the plastic wrap from the pans and bake the loaves until they are nicely browned and the internal temperature reads 190º F, on an instant-read thermometer (about 35-45 min); make sure you test in the dough and not in the filling. Turn out the bread from the pans and let cool on a rack before slicing.


Calories: 369kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 8gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 378mgPotassium: 85mgFiber: 2gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 309IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 1mg
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Donna’s Book, Make Ahead Bread, is available for sale on Amazon . If you’d like an autographed copy, you can order one from Barbed Wire Books .

You can find Donna on her blog, Cookistry , or on Facebook and Twitter .

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Recipe By:

Heather is a recipe developer and content creator living in Vancouver, Washington. She started Farmgirl Gourmet in 2006, almost 20 years ago, as a way to share recipes with friends and family. Heather is also the co-founder of Spiceology , a unique spice company, which she started in 2013. She shares family friendly recipes for easy everyday meals with a gourmet twist.


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  1. Learning2Hear says:

    My favorite bread is sourdough. Thanks for a chance to win!!

  2. Sherry Fernandez says:

    I love Cinnamon Bread but will add raisins! Banana Nut Bread is neck and neck!

  3. I love so many different breads, but one of my most favorites is cinnamon raisin bread!

  4. Theresa Fischer says:

    Sourdough bread.

  5. I like making no knead bread.

  6. PlumGaga says:

    I’ve been making foccacia for months.

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  8. Pamela Baker says:

    Banana nut bread is my favorite.

  9. yum!

  10. Phall0106 says:

    My favorite bread is French Bread. It’s so versatile. I can use it for nearly anything. Mostly though I just eat it with butter. Butter is good.

  11. Georgiana F says:

    Banana Bread

  12. I love a good soft warm bread with real butter. There is french bistro here that makes the BEST french bread with real creamy butter.

  13. Amy @ The Nifty Foodie says:

    I love fresh French bread!

  14. Susan Rea says:

    Love honey wheat bread & your cinnamon swirl!

  15. nadya kotik says:

    i love frozen Ezekiel bread

  16. Pumpernickel is my favorite type of bread.

  17. Michelle Mindt Myers says:

    I love any homemade bread. It tastes so much better than what you buy at the store!

  18. my favorite bread is rye; but I’ve never tried to make it at home. long long ago I worked in a bakery called the Bread Basket and I made many loaves of bread and dozens of donuts, but since then I really don’t make bread at home, but I should, and if I win, I will 🙂

  19. I like pumpernickle. Who am I, right?

  20. gundam5388 says:

    Mexican style pan frances. It’s crunchy on the outside like a baguette but inside it’s very soft and tender.

  21. Sonya Parks says:

    I love potato bread 🙂

  22. My Grandma’s banana bread. 🙂

  23. olivia tokarz says:

    No knead bread. It’s super simple to whip up and is delish!!! 🙂

  24. Carissa Duran says:

    I absolutely would love to try this! My favorite bread is banana chocolate chip bread!

  25. skittlesofdoom says:

    This looks delicious

  26. Jana Jackson says:

    Cinnamon Rolls are my favorite!

  27. I could really go for some cinnamon bread with my coffee right now!!

  28. Misty O'Brien says:

    I love making Amish white bread 🙂

  29. I found a recipe years back for Australian Damper bread. Has become one of our family favorites. I did recently find a recipe for Sheepherder’s Bread. Between the two, I’m not sure which bread I like better.

  30. My friend makes a tasty jalapeño & cheese bread.

  31. Susan Tuma says:


  32. Bianca Andrea says:

    love zucchini bread

  33. Jalapeno Cheese bread is my favorite of all time!

  34. Bread! ALL bread!! Yummmm!

  35. David Bell says:

    Cinnamon raisin bread

  36. monica desmarais says:

    Sweet hawaiian bread….made into french toast!

  37. Jen O'Brien says:

    I make a cranberry orange bread and that’s my all-around favorite. I let it get stale and make french toast with it. Yum!

  38. I love making fresh bread for the family and having that smell fill the house!!!

  39. Ray Clothier says:

    Sourdough is my favorite.

  40. Michelle Thayer says:

    I love zucchini bread!!

  41. Carrie @ poet in the pantry says:

    I am a bread-a-holic! My favorite is this Irish wheat bread that I make with caraway seeds and raisins. Yum!

  42. Julie Rodriguez says:

    Cinnamon Raisin bread! Toast it up with a ton of butter. Heaven.

  43. Love the the whole wheat roasted banana bread I make, this cinnamon bread looks delish I will have to try it.

  44. Julie Traylor Murphy says:

    Beer bread

  45. Pauline Gudas says:

    I love Anadama bread

  46. Caitlin Griffiths says:

    Sourdough! I could eat it all day everyday! However this cinnamon swirl bread looks absolutely amazing, and will be being made my next free weekend!

  47. Wow, what a delicious looking loaf of bread and a fun giveaway too!

  48. I just popped sourdough out of the oven but we also love rosemary foccacia.

  49. looks fantastic! love cinnamon!

  50. Dee Fedor says:

    Garlic bread is my favorite.

  51. Heather Lawrence says:

    Sourdough is my absolute favorite but making the perfect treat has been elusive. I’m on the hunt!

  52. pattipanuccio says:

    my favorite bread is semolina with sesame seeds

  53. Shelby | Diabetic Foodie says:

    I almost made this for breakfast for my Thanksgiving houseguests, but decided to go with the Nutella Swirls instead. This recipe is definitely on my list to try.

  54. Kathryn Louise says:

    Cinnamon is my favorite bread of all time

  55. (@EATER30A) says:

    So great to work with you again Spice Girl! As always your photos are drool worthy and story post so inviting! Have a great holiday season and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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