Cinnamon bread is a special treat in our house. This recipe came from an aunt on my mother’s side who was an excellent baker. The bread reminds me of cinnamon rolls and really, the only difference between the two is that you leave the dough as it is without cutting it into individual rolls.
Although this particular recipe does not call for raisins, you can certainly add them over the top of the rolled out sweet dough. The powdered sugar frosting over the top transforms it into delicious sweet bread.
Cinnamon Swirl Bread
- 1 c. milk scalded
- 1/4 c. butter
- 1/4 c. sugar
- 1 pkg. yeast
- 1/4 c. warm water
- 4 c. flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. salt
- Butter softened
- 1/3 c. sugar
- 1 Tbs. cinnamon
- Raisins (optional)
Combine milk, butter 1//4 c. sugar and salt in large mixing bowl. Cool to lukewarm. Dissolve yeast in water with 1 teaspoon sugar. Allow the yeast to sit for 10 minutes to activate or bloom.
Add yeast to milk mixture. Add 2 c. flour and beat well. Blend in eggs. Add remaining flour to make a soft dough.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. This process takes between 8 to 10 minutes. Place dough in greased or lightly oiled bowl, turning the dough around so all sides have a light coating of oil to keep the dough from drying out. Set the bowl in a warm, draft-free location and let rise until the dough has doubled in size.
Meanwhile, combine the sugar and cinnamon together. Set aside.
Divide dough in half. Roll each half into an 8×10-inch rectangle. Brush the top with softened butter. Sprinkle half the sugar-cinnamon mixture over the butter. If you want raisins in your bread, place them over the top.
Roll up like a jellyroll starting at narrow end. Place seam side down in greased 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Repeat with the other half of dough. Let rise until doubled in a warm draft free location.
Bake at 350° for 20 to 30 minutes or until done. Remove the bread from the pans and allow the bread to cool. Drizzle glaze over top of the two loaves.
- 1 c. powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 4 tsp. milk
Combine powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Blend well. Drizzle over top of loaves.
Slice the bread and serve with a cup of tea, coffee or milk.