Whole Wheat Cinnamon Swirl Bread

by Amy on 25 February 2013

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Swirl Bread

today, i’m participating in a fun blogger event — the secret recipe club. how does it work? every blogger is secretly assigned another blog + chooses a recipe from that blog to make. on reveal day (today!), all of our posts go up at the same time, + everyone gets to see who was assigned to their blog, which recipe they chose, + how it turned out. fun, huh?

this month, i was assigned Casey’s blog Beautiful Disasters, a fantastic blog full of delicious-looking food. while tons of recipes stood out as potentials to try, one looked + sounded particularly irresistible – whole wheat cinnamon swirl bread. i grew up eating pepperidge farm cinnamon raisin bread + Casey’s version reminded me how much I used to love it. so, i decided to give hers a try!

so, how did it turn out? truly wonderful! the house smelled absolutely scrumptious while it baked + i could barely wait to slice into it. i served it toasted + topped with a generous slathering of butter + sweet fancy moses, it was amazing! since it uses whole wheat flour, it has some healthy perks, offering more protein, iron + fiber than if you only used white flour. food that’s good for you *AND* tastes great? always a favorite of mine.

thank you to Casey for introducing me to this delicious bread, + to the secret recipe club for connecting me, yet again, with fantastic bloggers + amazing recipes!

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Swirl Bread

makes 1 loaf, serves about 8-10, adapted from eat, live, run as seen on beautiful disasters


for the bread:
1/2 cup warm milk (i used 2%)
1/2 cup warm water
1 (1/4th oz.) package yeast
2 teaspoons + 1/3 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 c whole wheat flour
2 c all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons softened unsalted butter
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg plus 2 tablespoons warm water

for the cinnamon swirl:
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon granulated sugar


combine warm milk, water, yeast, + 2 teaspoons sugar in a measuring cup + let sit for 10 minutes until foamy. the temperature of the milk/ water should be warm but NOT scorching hot.

while the yeast is resting, combine the flour, 1/3 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons softened butter, salt, + 1 tablespoon cinnamon in the bowl of a stand mixer. using the paddle attachment, start to mix on slow. then, drizzle in the water/milk mixture while the machine is running, until the mixture just starts to come together.

switch to the dough hook, + increase speed to high. mix for about 6-8 minutes, until the dough is smooth + elastic. (if you want to work the dough by hand instead of using a stand mixer, just add the water mixture to the dry ingredients + knead on a floured surface for 10 minutes until smooth. get into it!)

spray a large bowl with cooking spray + place the dough ball in it. cover with a cloth + let rise for 1.5 hours in the warmest spot of the house.

while the dough is rising, mix together the remaining 3 tablespoons butter with the extra 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon + 1 tablespoon sugar in a small bowl until smooth. after the dough has risen to double its size (about 1.5 hours), roll out on a floured surface to about an 1/8th inch thickness into a long rectangle. smear the butter mixture over the top of the rectangle + roll up tightly.

place the rolled dough in a greased loaf pan, cover with a cloth + let rise an additional hour in a warm spot.

preheat oven to 350 degrees F. whisk together the egg + 2 tablespoons warm water + brush all over loaf. bake for 40 minutes or until golden-brown on top. let cool + slice.

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1 Lindsay (life and kitchen) February 25, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I looove cinnamon swirl bread. It reminds me of my mom. I can’t wait to make this!

2 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious February 25, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Amazing! I’m just getting over my fear of yeast so I will most definitely be tackling this next!

3 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie February 25, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Oh my gosh I would love my home to smell like this bread. And then eat it all!

4 April @ Angel's Homestead February 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Your swirl bread looks amazing. I never can get mine to come out looking that pretty. After looking at your recipe, I’m thinking I may be using to much butter. It sure does smell yummy while baking doesn’t it?

Thank you so much for being a member of the Secret Recipe Club and sharing your cooking talents with us.

5 amy February 25, 2013 at 1:10 pm

You are so sweet, April – thank you for your kind words!

6 SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen February 25, 2013 at 1:11 pm

I’ve always wanted to make a bread like this!! Looks so wonderful.

7 Tracey February 25, 2013 at 1:32 pm

I loved pepperidge farm cinnamon raisin bread too, but these days I’m all about a homemade version :) Yours looks amazing, love that it’s whole wheat!

8 Natalie February 25, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Looks so yummy and great that is it whole wheat!!

9 Sarah E. February 25, 2013 at 4:18 pm

My grandma always used to pick up the kind with frosting on top…I think it’s PF as well. Best bread EVER! I will have to try this recipe – so far I’ve had no luck with the ones I’ve already taken a go at.

Happy Reveal Day!

10 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef February 25, 2013 at 4:20 pm

amy, this bread is beautiful! great choice for SRC :) swirly bread that actually keeps its swirls while baking is always a winner in my book :)

11 dixya @ food, pleasure, and health February 25, 2013 at 4:22 pm

i love any bread that is Cinnamon and you made it better by using whole wheat flour. Looks so scrumptiously good . Pinning it!

12 alexandra @ sweet betweens [blog] February 25, 2013 at 4:48 pm

So, I think I’m actually going to make this bread tonight. I’m inspired! Looks delicious and would be a perfect breakfast, easy for me to eat in the car on the way to start my juice shift!

Did you proof the bread on your counter? Or did you use a warm oven? I have a warming drawer with a proof setting that I’m thinking about trying.


13 amy February 25, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Prepare yourself for some weirdness: i proofed it in …. the bathroom. I figured that was the warmest spot in the house – it gets warm really quickly in there when the heat is on. so, i pumped up the heat, shut the door to trap the warmth in, + proofed the bread in a bowl (+ later, the pan) that i set on top of the sink. ha!

14 Lesley Eats February 25, 2013 at 5:07 pm

That bread looks like it came right off a grocery shelf! And I mean that as a compliment. :)

15 Cindy Harris February 25, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Your bread is beautiful! What a great SRC pick.

16 luv what you do February 25, 2013 at 6:45 pm

I love homemade bread! Yours look delicious!

17 avril February 25, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Nothing better than a good cinnamon bread! You did a beautiful, beautiful job!!! :-)

18 danielle February 25, 2013 at 7:10 pm

This sounds great – I love that its whole wheat. My kids love cinnamon raisin bread too and it isnt cheap I bet this would be cheaper in the end and taste better.

19 amy February 25, 2013 at 7:17 pm

yes! a few weeks ago I had a major craving for cinnamon raisin bread so i went to the store to buy some – it was like $4.00 or $4.50 a loaf, so much more expensive than I expected. So I didn’t buy it. This homemade version costs a fraction of that!

20 Elizabeth February 25, 2013 at 7:32 pm

I love cinnamon swirl bread so much! Also, i love that this is whole wheat so it’s a little bit healthier!

21 Julie @ Table for Two February 25, 2013 at 8:31 pm

I love me some cinnamon swirl bread! this reminds me of childhood cause my mom would always have it on the table for breakfast. i love your version – looks so fluffy!

22 Choc Chip Uru February 25, 2013 at 9:20 pm

This looks utterly delicious my friend :)

Choc Chip Uru

23 Kirstin February 25, 2013 at 11:09 pm

WOW! YUM-O!!!!! This would be amazing toasted with some butter for sure. Great, great choice!!

24 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com February 26, 2013 at 3:53 am

A very fun blogger event!! Btw, I LOVE cinni swirl breads :)

25 Caroline @ chocolate & carrots February 26, 2013 at 9:19 am

Mmm…I’ve made a loaf just like this before and it was amazing! Now you’re making me want to hop in the kitchen right now! :)

26 Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations February 26, 2013 at 10:09 am

This bread looks soo good! Perfect swirl. And I am on a crazy cinnamon kick these days, this bread would be perfect right now!

27 Jenn February 26, 2013 at 10:26 am

This bread looks amazing! I love cinnamon bread, but I have never had a whole wheat version. I think it would be a hit at my house :) Great SRC choice!

28 Asmita February 26, 2013 at 11:10 am

This looks and sounds delicious!

29 Beth February 26, 2013 at 11:16 am

That is one gorgeous loaf! My mouth is watering, just looking at it.

30 Monet February 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm

What a beautiful and delicious cinnamon swirl! Love that it is whole wheat too! Those pictures look too delicious. Thank you for whetting my appetite (perfect timing too…I”m about to eat lunch!) I hope you have a fabulous week!

31 Emily @ Life on Food February 26, 2013 at 1:09 pm

What a great pick. I am so impressed with your swirl. It is perfect.

32 Nik@ABrownTable February 26, 2013 at 1:22 pm

This is one of my favorite breads that I actually have never tried to bake at home. I will definitely try your version out!

33 claire @ the realistic nutritionist February 26, 2013 at 2:09 pm

This bread is GORGEOUS!!

34 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction February 26, 2013 at 2:29 pm

I love cinnamon swirl bread! This one looks perfect!

35 Joyti February 26, 2013 at 5:46 pm

That looks and sounds amazing! I can imagine the smell you describe…yum.

36 Susan February 27, 2013 at 2:20 am

This is my all-time favourite bread! Your swirl looks perfect!

37 Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up February 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I swear that the cinnamon bread at my local grocery store stares at me everytime I am there. I think its a sign that I should make this. :-)

38 amy February 27, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I hear ya – the cinnamon bread (+ really, all the bread) in the store always calls out to me, too!

39 Erin @ Texanerin Baking February 27, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Oh neat! I love whole wheat cinnamon swirl bread. :) And yours came out so beautifully. Mine always comes out a bit funky looking. Super job! Actually, I think you’ve inspired me to make some on the weekend. Yay! Can’t wait.

40 Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen February 27, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Sounds like a lot of fun! I love cinnamon bread so much, yum yum yum!

41 Jed Gray (sportsglutton) February 28, 2013 at 7:49 am

I can only imagine how wonderful the house smelled with this bread cooking Amy. And it looks like it came out perfectly!

42 EA-The Spicy RD February 28, 2013 at 8:45 am

That is one gorgeous looking loaf of cinnamon bread! BTW-Huge congratulations on your pregnancy! After traveling most of this month, I am just catching up on blog reading, and so excited to hear your news-you look gorgeous mama :-)

43 amy February 28, 2013 at 9:12 am

Thank you so much, EA – welcome back home after your travels!

44 David Crichton March 2, 2013 at 12:25 pm

This looks so healthy and delicious. Pity I’m going to have to drown it in maple syrup.

45 amy March 2, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Ha! I’ve been drowning mine in butter, which definitely decreases its healthiness, but makes it even more delicious. Your maple syrup comment has inspired me to try making it into french toast … how awesome would THAT be?!

46 David Crichton March 2, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Let’s go full hog and bring on the bacon and a fried egg! That would be a breakfast worth getting up for.

47 Gourmantine March 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Cinnamon always has the most comforting smell, the bread turned out beautifully!

48 nicole @ I am a Honey Bee March 4, 2013 at 6:35 am

This is insipring me to make a loaf!!

49 Meghan March 4, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Turned out beautifully! Love that cinnamon swirl floating through it!

50 Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs March 4, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Hi Amy! This recipe looks delicious! Have you tried using white whole wheat flour? It’s my new favorite!

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