Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Cinnamon Roll Bread

Food to me is so nostalgic.  It makes us use so many of our senses and I think that’s one of the things that I love most about food.  To me, there isn’t a food much more nostalgic than cinnamon rolls.  The amazing scent that wafts through the house as they are baking is intoxicating!

I remember most of the women in my family making cinnamon rolls at one point or another.  It’s almost as if they are a part of my family.  Whenever there are several of us gathered cinnamon rolls are some kind of staple.  And they are the best.  My mouth is watering as I type this.

I don’t think that there is really anything special about the cinnamon rolls that I have eaten all my life. The only staple that I have come across in our cinnamon rolls is brown sugar; not all cinnamon rolls include brown sugar and I always feel that something is missing when I eat a cinnamon roll that is not made with brown sugar. It is full of wonderful cinnamon and sugar flavor and is so pretty with the filling swirled through.

*Note: next time I will double the filling amounts; feel free to do that when you make this recipe!

And to burn some of the calories in this bread, here’s my most-recent treadmill workout. Loved this one. It includes just enough recovery but gets your heart pumping!

35 Minute Treadmill Intervals
Minutes Incline Pace
4 7.5% 4.0 MPH
5 1% 6.5 MPH
4 7.5% 4.0 MPH
5 1% 6.5 MPH
4 7.5% 4.0 MPH
1 1% 6.0 MPH
1 1% 7.0 MPH
1 1% 8.0 MPH
1 1% 4.0 MPH
1 1% 8.0 MPH
1 1% 7.0 MPH
1 1% 6.0 MPH
5 7.5% 4.0 MPH

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Cinnamon Roll Bread


Yeast Prep:
1/2 cup warm milk
1/2 cup warm water
1 (1/4th oz.) package yeast
2 tsp. sugar

Bread dough:
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 Tbs. softened butter
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/4 tsp. salt
1 Tbs. cinnamon

3 Tbs. butter
1 Tbs. cinnamon, divided
2 Tbs. sugar
2 Tbs. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Egg wash:
1 egg + 2 Tbs. warm water


Combine the warm milk, water, yeast and 2 teaspoons sugar in a measuring cup and let sit for 10 minutes until foamy. The temperature of the milk/water should be about 100 degrees…about the same temperature as a warm bubble bath but not too hot.

While the yeast is resting, combine the flours, 1/3 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons softened butter, salt and 1 tablespoon cinnamon in a large bowl. If you’re using a stand mixer, use a paddle attachment and start to mix on slow. Then, drizzle in the water mixture while the machine is running. Increase speed to high and mix until smooth and elastic. If you’re working by hand, simply add the water mixture to the dry ingredients and knead on a floured surface for 10 minutes until smooth.

Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and place dough ball in. Cover with a cloth and let rise for 90 minutes in a warm spot.

While the dough is rising, mix the filling for the bread. Combine the butter, cinnamon, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla and mix until smooth.

After the dough has risen to double its size, roll out with a rolling pin on a floured surface to a long rectangle. Smear the butter mixture all over the top and roll up tightly. And I mean tightly. I didn’t roll mine nearly tight enough and the middle of the loaf was very airy and didn’t hold together well after the pieces were cut.

Place dough in a greased loaf pan, cover with cloth and let rise for another hour in a warm spot.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together the egg and warm water then brush all over loaf. Bake for 40 minutes. Let cool and slice.

Adapted from Eat Live Run



41 Responses to “Cinnamon Roll Bread”

  1. #
    Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} — August 23, 2011 @ 6:43 am

    Those swirls are so perfect! I would be sharing the treadmill with you after having a slice (or 3) of this! Of course the fastest I can go is 4.5 lol

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    Carolyn — August 23, 2011 @ 7:23 am

    Oh yummy, this bread looks fantastic. I would definitely have to hit the treadmill, or the road, after a few slices of that.

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    Parsley Sage — August 23, 2011 @ 7:33 am

    These cinnamon rolls are dangerous! I fear I'd eat the whole loaf in one sitting. They'd need a crane to get me on the treadmill. It would be worth it though! Love these 🙂

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    Marnely Rodriguez — August 23, 2011 @ 7:48 am

    Gorgeous loaf! Can't wait to try this recipe!

  5. #
    Saji — August 23, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    Perfect loaf!!!!

  6. #
    Erin — August 23, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    Oo wish I had known about the brown sugar idea before I made my cinnamon rolls! Bread looks good.

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    eat-drink-love.com — August 23, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    What a perfect loaf of bread! This looks so tasty and the swirls are so pretty! I can see what you mean about the filling though, one can never have enough of that delicious cinnamon filling!

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    ravienomnoms — August 23, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    What a gorgeous looking loaf of bread! I love using this kind of bread for french toast

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    Erin — August 23, 2011 @ 10:33 am

    Look at that perfect bread! What a great job! You are crazy mad woman on the treadmill! I run outside, but really find it hard to do it on the treadmill!

  10. #
    Hester Casey — August 23, 2011 @ 11:21 am

    Oooooh – I can just imagine how fantastic this makes the house smell. Definitely making this! Thanks for the exercise chart – I can work out how to keep this from sticking to my thighs! 🙂

  11. #
    meeshiesmom — August 23, 2011 @ 11:22 am

    Your loaf looks perfect! I think I'm going to go straight to the run today and think about making this bread.

  12. #
    Jennifer — August 23, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

    Now that is clever!!

  13. #
    Diethood.com — August 23, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

    I'll take anything that's made with a cinnamon filling! anything! That loaf is just gorgeous!

  14. #
    Jennifer — August 23, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

    Oh yum! This bread looks amazing! I haven't had cinnamon bread in a while so I must try this!

  15. #
    thepajamachef.com — August 23, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

    i love cinnamon bread and this looks great!

  16. #
    Dulce Dough — August 23, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

    Your swirl is so perfect! Just beautiful!

  17. #
    Kankana — August 23, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    i suck at baking bread .. still not good when it comes to working with yeast. This looks so nice!\

  18. #
    Rachel — August 23, 2011 @ 6:49 pm

    Oh yum! I totally agree, food brings up all kinds of nostalgia. For me, cinnamon rolls mean birthdays. My mom used to make my brother and I cinnamon rolls (just from a tube) on our birthday mornings.
    This looks soooo good and I amd trying to expand my yeast bread skills so I should make it!

  19. #
    Sarah — August 23, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

    L O V E this! We ate cinnamon toast growing up…my mom wasn't so much the baker 🙂 But cinnamon anything gets me super nostalgic. I love that about cooking and food too! Lovely post Cassie!

  20. #
    Lolly — August 23, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

    The smell of cinnamon reminds me of so many personal memories. Your bread looks wonderful! 🙂

  21. #
    Ryan — August 23, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

    That is such a gorgeous loaf of bread! those cinnamon swirls are perfect. I would love a slice of this and I'm sure it smells heavenly while its baking!

  22. #
    Courtney — August 23, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

    this looks great! i am a horrible bread baker no matter how many times I try!

  23. #
    Ann — August 23, 2011 @ 10:12 pm

    This looks amazing! I hate being allergic to cinnamon, because I just love it. The bread is beautiful and you got a PERFECT swirl! Buzzed!

  24. #
    janet@cupcakestocaviar — August 23, 2011 @ 11:14 pm

    Just seeing that workout posted after drooling over that beautiful bread made me want….. more of that bread to counteract the loss of calories 😀

  25. #
    Tiffany — August 24, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    I'm with you… food is TOTALLY nostalgic! I used to eats tons of cinnamon bread as a kid. Thanks for sharing … and I hope you have a GREAT day! 😀

  26. #
    Sandra — August 24, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

    Cassie this is very delicious looking bread roll…Love the flavor..

  27. #
    Alyce — August 24, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

    Going to try your treadmill routine. I do a really boring 35 mins at 1 pc incline 6 mph. I need to mix it up! The bread sounds delish.

  28. #
    blackbookkitchendiaries — August 24, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

    this cinnamon roll makes me happy!! such a pretty swirl!

  29. #
    Lizzy — August 24, 2011 @ 6:02 pm

    Picture perfect bread, Cassie! My whole family would love this. And I'm amazed that you can run 8 mph on your treadmill…I think mine would throw me across the room! You go, girl!

  30. #
    thesmartcookiecook.com — August 24, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    This looks BEAUTIFUL, not to mention delicious. I love anything with cinnamon.

  31. #
    Anne@frommysweetheart — August 24, 2011 @ 7:53 pm

    Cassie…what a beautiful bread! I have fond memories of cinnamon rolls as well. And the smell in your kitchen must be heavenly! : )

  32. #
    Kate from Scratch — August 24, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

    This looks so yummy! You had me at cinnamon. Add bread and I'm a goner. Fantastic.

  33. #
    kita — August 24, 2011 @ 8:20 pm

    MMmm, I can smell this bread like it were fresh out of the oven. This bread is always so loved. 🙂

  34. #
    sweetpeaskitchen.com — August 24, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

    Look at those beautiful swirls!! I love cinnamon bread….mmmmm! 🙂

  35. #
    Zoe — August 24, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

    This is lovely. Love the perfect swirl on your bread.

  36. #
    Manu — August 24, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

    Lovely sweet bread! Cinnamon is my favourite spice for sweet! I love its aroma! I have never made cinnamon rolls at home! I'd love to try it!

  37. #
    Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family — August 25, 2011 @ 7:31 am

    WOW! That bread looks A-mazing.
    Thanks so much for sharing this, it made my mouth water as I read it.
    I would add some raisins the filling, but only because I love them.

  38. #
    Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny — August 25, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

    This bread looks fantastic Cassie, saving this recipe for sure!! 🙂

  39. #
    Sandra — August 25, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

    Perfect swirls! I'd love to make French Toast with this.

  40. #
    Liz — January 23, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    Just made this for the first time and it turned out so well, and so yummmy!


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