Cinnamon Swirl Bread for the Bread Machine


The dough for this cinnamon bread is made in a bread machine, then the loaves are filled, shaped, and baked in the oven. This bread is probably the best thing I make. I just finished baking it, and half of one loaf disappeared before it finished cooling!

close up view of Cinnamon Swirl Bread sliced in half on a cooling rack
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
2 9x5-inch loaves



  • 1 cup milk

  • 2 large eggs

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 4 cups bread flour

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast

Filling and Topping:

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 teaspoons sifted confectioners' sugar, divided (Optional)


  1. Place milk, eggs, butter, flour, sugar, salt, and yeast into a bread machine in the order listed, or follow the order recommended by the manufacturer if different. Run the Dough cycle, about 90 minutes.

  2. Transfer dough to a floured work surface. Punch dough to deflate and let rest for 10 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, make the filling: Mix walnuts, brown sugar, and cinnamon together in a bowl.

  4. Divide dough in half; roll each half into a 9x14-inch rectangle. Spread each rectangle with 1 tablespoon butter and sprinkle with 1/2 of the walnut mixture. Starting at the shorter end, roll each rectangle over filling and pinch seams to close.

  5. Grease two 9x5-inch loaf pans. Fit the rolled loaves into the loaf pans with the seams facing down. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled in volume, about 30 minutes.

  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until tops are golden brown and loaves sound hollow when tapped, about 30 minutes, covering with foil the last 10 minutes if they brown too quickly.

  8. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling. Dust loaves with confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

181 Calories
7g Fat
27g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 181
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 112mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 72mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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