How to Make Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Instant Yeast vs. Active Dry Yeast
Active Dry and Instant Yeast can be used interchangeably!
I like to use Instant Yeast (also called “rapid-rising” or “fast-acting”) because it can cut the dough rising time by as much as 50% and can be added straight in with the dry ingredients. No proofing is required.
Active dry yeast can actually be added directly in with the dry ingredients (like instant yeast) as long as the liquids are warm. However, proofing active dry yeast can be worth the extra step because it will work more quickly and effectively.
Whatever you do, just make sure your water isn’t TOO hot which can kill your yeast.
The Best Loaf Pan for Cinnamon Swirl Bread
I like to use a metal loaf pan for baking Cinnamon Swirl Bread. They heat up and cool down quickly. Whatever you do, make sure you’re using a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan.
Anything smaller and you’ll have too much dough which will balloon over the top and sides of your pan.
If you’re using a glass or ceramic pan, reduce the oven temperature to 325°F and extend the baking time by about 10 to 15 minutes.
How to Roll Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Be sure to roll a very tight coil. Do this by stretching the dough slightly towards you as you roll up and around. This will allow the dough to rise and keep its beautiful shape. Pinch and seal the log once you’re done rolling and place it seam side down in the pan. The dough is very easy to work with so you shouldn’t need much additional flour.
How to Prevent Cinnamon Swirl Bread from Separating
The first time I made this recipe the swirls completely separated from each layer. In researching how to prevent this, I found a tip by Cooks Illustrated. Very lightly misting the cinnamon sugar with water after sprinkling on the dough helps to prevent major separation. You don’t want to use too much water, though, otherwise the filling will leak out.
How to Store Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Store the bread in a plastic bag at room temperature for up to 5 days. You can also slice and freeze the bread for toast.
How to Serve Cinnamon Swirl Bread
If making toast, you can toast frozen slices directly from the freezer. The bread is delicious with butter, but also with cream cheese!
How to Make French Toast with Cinnamon Swirl Bread
This bread makes AMAZING French toast! Use my favorite French toast recipe here, being sure to include the ‘drying out’ step in the directions to avoid soggy cinnamon swirl French toast.