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Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Bread is filled with fresh berries and drizzled with a sweet maple glaze. This bread can be served as a delicious brunch dish as well as a sweet treat after dinner.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread in a cast iron skilletIf you’re looking for something part cinnamon rolls, part berry cake, stop right here because this Cinnamon Swirl Bread with mixed berries is exactly it. It is made with an almost milk bread like dough, filled with a cinnamon sugar mixture, a generous helping of fresh berries, and drizzled with maple glaze. This bread will be perfect for breakfast, dessert, Easter brunch, and any time you have a craving for something sweet, but not too sweet.Cinnamon swirl bread in a cast iron skillet next to a slice of bread on a plate

How to make Cinnamon Swirl Bread

This bread is made with a yeast dough. Start by blooming the yeast in a warm milk and butter mixture. When the yeast is puffy, that means it is working and ready to go into the flour mixture. It is important to activate the yeast this way when using active dry yeast to ensure it is alive and well. If for some reason, your yeast mixture does not puff up, try again or get new yeast, otherwise the bread will not rise.

Blooming yeast in milk and butter for cinnamon swirl bread

Making bread dough for cinnamon swirl bread in a stand mixerIt is easiest to knead the dough in the stand mixer with the dough hook. However, it is totally doable by hand, knead until the dough is elastic, tacky but not wet and sticky. This will take about 5 minutes in the stand mixer on low speed. You should not need too much extra flour for shaping and rolling. Shape into a ball and allow the dough to rise until at least double in size.

Bread dough shaped into a ball and let risen in a blue glass bowlWhile waiting for the dough to rise, make the cinnamon sugar mixture by mixing together brown sugar, cinnamon and softened butter. If you forgot to leave the butter out at room temperature, you can always microwave it for about 15 – 30 seconds. This should make a soft, spreadable paste to use as the filling.Butter, brown sugar and cinnamon mixed together into a paste for cinnamon swirl bread filling

Bread dough is rolled into a rectangle and spread with cinnamon sugar filling and berriesWhen the dough is ready, roll it into a rectangle about 12”x18”. Spread the cinnamon sugar filling over the dough with a soft silicone spatula, sprinkle berries on top and roll it up into a long log. Use a serrated knife to cut open the log lengthwise leaving 1” intact at one end. Carefully twist the two strands together.The log of bread is cut in half and the two strands twisted together

Side by side photos of unbaked and baked cinnamon swirl bread in a cast iron skilletI used a 10” cast iron skillet to bake this. If you have any round baking vessel around 9” – 10”, it should work for this recipe. Allow the bread to rise again in a warm spot while preheating the oven, for about 30 minutes to an hour. I usually leave it on top of the stove so the heat rising up from the oven can help speed up the rising process.

Powder sugar raining over a cinnamon swirl bread in a cast iron skilletThis bread is best served warm with a sprinkle of powder sugar or a drizzle of maple glaze for extra sweetness. It’s soft and fluffy with juicy berries hiding in the swirls. My favorite way to eat this is for breakfast of course. But it’s just as perfect as an afternoon snack with tea or as a sweet treat after dinner while curling up on the couch enjoying your favorite show.

Maple glaze is drizzled from a whisk onto a slice of cinnamon swirl breadIf you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment, rate it and don’t forget to tag me @wildwildwhisk on Instagram. I’d love to see what’s cooking up in your kitchen. Cheers!

This recipe was originally published on 6/11/2014. The recipe has been updated to reflect a few improvements. The post has also been updated with extra tips and process photos to help you in the kitchen.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread in a cast iron skillet

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Bread is filled with fresh berries and drizzled with a sweet maple glaze. This bread can be served as a delicious brunch dish as well as a sweet treat after dinner.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Rising Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 283kcal
Author: Trang


For the Bread

  • 1 cup whole milk ((245 g))
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter ((28 g, 1 oz))
  • 2 teaspoon active dry yeast ((8 g))
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar ((45 g, divided))
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt ((2 g))
  • 2 1/3 cup all-purpose flour ((321 g))
  • Extra flour for rolling


  • 2 oz unsalted butter ((57 g, room temperature))
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar ((47 g, tightly packed))
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon ((2 g))
  • 2 cup fresh berries ((265 g, 9 3/8 oz, chopped strawberries and blueberries))

Egg Wash

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon of water

Maple Glaze

  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup ((69 g))
  • 1/2 cup powder sugar ((50 g))


  • Add milk and butter in a heat proof bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Stir to dissolve the butter and check the temperature with a thermometer to ensure it is below 110°F. Let cool if necessary.
  • Add a teaspoon of sugar to the warm milk mixture, mix to dissolve. Sprinkle the active dry yeast over the milk and stir to submerge all the yeast. Let it bloom for about 10 - 15 minutes; the mixture should puff up.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer, add the rest of the sugar, flour and salt, mix with a whisk to evenly distribute.
  • Add the bloomed yeast mixture to the flour mixture. Use the dough hook to knead on low speed for 5 minutes. The dough should be soft but not sticky.
  • Scrape the dough out onto a lightly floured counter top, shape the dough into a ball.
  • Place dough into an oiled glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm spot for 1 - 1.5 hours until at least double in size.
  • In the mean time, mix together softened butter, brown sugar and cinnamon to make a paste. Set aside until ready to use.
  • When the dough is ready, scrape it out of the bowl onto a lightly floured counted top and punch the air out. Roll the dough out into a rectangle about 12”x18”.
  • Spread the cinnamon sugar filling on top of the dough with a spatula as evenly as possible. Sprinkle berries over the filling. Roll it up into a long log.
  • Cut the log in half, length wise to expose the filling, leaving about 1” uncut at one end. Twist the two strands together by carefully lifting one strand over the other.
  • Butter a 10” cast iron skillet or similar size round baking pan. Place the roll into the prepared pan in a circle and strategically place the open end on top of the uncut end to cover the doughy part.
  • Allow the roll to rise for 30 minutes to an hour while the oven preheats to 375°F.
  • Beat an egg with a tablespoon of water to make egg wash. Brush any exposed part of the dough with egg wash.
  • Bake in the middle of the oven for 30 - 35 minutes until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.
  • Make the maple glaze by whisking together maple syrup with powder sugar. Drizzle all over bread before serving.


Serving: 116g | Calories: 283kcal
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This recipe is adapted from Joy the Baker‘s Triple Berry Cinnamon Swirl Bread.

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  1. Ana
    May 4, 2020 /

    Hello! How did you get to the two pieces to braid?

    • Trang
      May 5, 2020 /

      Hi Ana, please see the process photos and descriptions in the middle of the post. You cut the log in half and layer one side over the other to braid.

  2. Joanne
    April 13, 2020 /

    5 stars
    Delicious! The process of constructing this looked a little intimidating but was actually quite easy. Made it exclusively with blueberries but I could see how it would easily work with pears, apples or even chocolate. Excellent well-written recipe! This is my third recipe of yours in a week and all have been spot on!!

    • Trang
      April 13, 2020 /

      Thank you so much for trying out my recipes, Joanne! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions at all. I hope to keep your trust and keep you coming back for more delicious treats. 🙂

  3. Lee
    November 16, 2019 /

    5 stars
    Just tried this, turned out awesome!

    • Trang
      November 16, 2019 /

      Thank you so much for the feedback!

  4. August 14, 2019 /

    5 stars
    Just beautiful. As well as being delicious, this is such a showstopper

  5. Francis
    May 21, 2019 /

    Can I make the dough a day before and bake it the next day?

    • Trang
      May 21, 2019 /

      Hi Francis, making yeast bread dough usually has two steps to rising so I’m going to give you some suggestions:
      1. After making the dough a letting it rise for about an hour, you can refrigerate it overnight. Take it out of the fridge the next day and let it come to room temperature before continue on rolling it out, putting together the filling and allow it to rise the second time and then bake. But I think this might not be what you’re after…
      2. If you want to get the dough with filling and everything ready in the pan, I think this is doable, but keep it in the fridge overnight. Don’t keep it at room temperature unless it’s really cold in your house because the dough can over rise and then collapse. The next day, let it come to room temperature, and maybe even allow it to rise more if needed before baking. I’ve done this with cinnamon rolls before, but not with fruit filling. I think it would work.
      Let me know how it turn out! 🙂

  6. Irina
    May 12, 2019 /

    5 stars
    I made it today and it wonderful, we finished all. Thank you

    • Trang
      May 12, 2019 /

      Excellent Irina! Thank you so much for taking the time to come back here and let me know. I really appreciate it and am so happy you enjoyed this recipe.

  7. Lala Katz
    May 1, 2019 /

    Would it work if I bake it the night before and heat it up a bit in the morning before serving?

    • Trang
      May 1, 2019 /

      Of course, just bake it all the way through the night before, let it cool on the counter. You can either reheat in the oven or microwave individual slices. I reheat left over throughout the week and it’s still delicious!

  8. April 15, 2019 /

    5 stars
    I was looking for a bread recipe for the whole family and I stumbled on this article. I read and followed the instructions carefully and I made it deliciously! Every member of my family is so happy! Thanks for this

    • Trang
      April 16, 2019 /

      Thank you so much for the feedback. It makes my day to know you and your family enjoyed this recipe 🙂

  9. Tan
    January 10, 2015 /

    What is the equivalent of 1 package of active dry yeast (2 ¼ teaspoon) if I were to use SAF instant yeast? Would be best if the weight of instant yeast is provided rather than in packets format. Else, teaspoon measurement is good too.

    • January 11, 2015 /

      Hi Tan, I’ve never used instant yeast before but I think it would be safe to use the same amount. Yeast is an organism that will multiply, so even if you use a little less, you should still be able to achieve the same result in bread but in a longer time. So more yeast less time, less yeast time. As long as your dough doubles in size, you’re good 🙂

  10. Lien tran
    June 25, 2014 /

    Very delicious,I love it

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