Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Last night I was looking for something new to make for breakfast in the morning. I was really trying to find a crockpot french toast recipe, but I couldn’t find one that many people had had success with.

I came across this recipe (minus the 1/2 cup raisins it called for) and thought it would make fantastic bread for French toast. Even though I forgot a step, and had to go back and try to fix it a little, it still came out really good. That’s my kind of recipe!!

*The recipe calls for using a bread machine to make the dough, but if you don’t have one you could always just mix and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Swirl Bread Recipe

  • 1 large room temp. egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • approx. 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour (or 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour, plus 4 tsp vital wheat gluten)
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • Optional: 1/2 cup raisins


  • 1/3 cup melted butter, cooled
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar ( for the topping)


Put the egg and milk in a measuring cup, and add enough warm water to make 1 cup. Pour this into the bread machine pan. Add the softened butter, 1/3 cup sugar, salt, bread flour and yeast. Set the bread machine to the dough cycle. When it beeps, add the raisins if you want them. Let continue to end of cycle.

Once done, remove the dough from the machine and dump it out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll it out to a 10×12 rectangle. Brush the surface of the dough with egg whites. Next, brush with melted butter (this is the step I forgot and had to go back and try to fix). Combine the cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle over dough, leaving 1″ edge all around.

Roll the dough from the short side, and pinch the ends together where they meet. Roll the ends under, and place the dough in a greased 12″ loaf pan. Cover with a cloth, and let it rise in a warm place for one hour.

Once dough has risen, brush the top with egg whites and sprinkle with 1 1/2 tsp sugar.

Bake at 350 for 35 min.

Comes out so soft and delicious!! Made wonderful French Toast!!

14 thoughts on “Cinnamon Swirl Bread”

  1. When I have all the butter on the dough then put the cinnamon/sugar on and then try to roll it, a lot of the goodness comes out the sides! That happen to you too?

  2. Beautiful bread! If it tastes as good as it looks I’m sure your family will be demanding more. I’ll have to try this in lieu of cinnamon rolls since mine always turn out hard as rocks.

  3. Kendra, thanks! We are fortunate that the main rooms downstairs are all very open to each other, more like one huge room (kitchen, dining, office, great room) except for the master bedroom. The dining area sets in the corner, with the kitchen to one side and a small area to the other side (between the dining and great room)that we used for sort of a reading area, or when we had company we would set up an extra table there to extend the dining area. It’s probably hard to picture without actually seeing it, but anyway, we replaced the carpeting in that reading area with ceramic tile and put the stove there. So it’s not right in the kitchen, but not too far away. Also, it works great for heating the whole downstairs area with everything so open. We still have to kick on the furnace once in awhile, because the kids’ bedrooms upstairs start getting too cold over time, but if we had to, everyone could sleep downstairs near the stove. It was a big investment, and it took awhile to save up, but along with being more prepared for things that may happen, it also is helping us save money now on heating, and it’s been fun starting to learn to use it for preparing food, too. Burning wood is definitely not an exact science, though–so many variables (like type of wood, how damp and heavy the outside air is, and whether it’s windy or not) have an impact on how your fire burns, how likely you are to have backpuffing, etc. I’m fortunate to have a very handy husband who was able to install the stove and the chimney pipe, etc., himself, so we saved a lot on labor for all of that, too. We did have to have our insurance agent come out and measure and look at it to make sure it was installed according to specifications and proper distances from walls, etc., so that we are covered insurance-wise if there would ever be a fire or something related to the stove.

  4. Love my bread machine–printed this out to try, along with your french toast recipe! I might even try baking this in the oven of our new wood cookstove. I’ve been getting onto cooking on the top, but it’s more difficult to maintain a constant temperature in the oven for longer periods of time. This is the beauty we saved up and got a few months ago:
    It’s the Pioneer Princess–looks just like the top picture, plus we got the rear water reservoir with it. The warming oven at the top of it works great for raising dough. We’ve kept a fire going in it constantly for about a month now, since it’s gotten cold, so everyone’s favorite seat is now the rocking chair next to the woodstove, lol! We’re all set for cooking, heat, and hot water if the power goes out.

    Looking forward to trying the bread recipe!


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