Swirled Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Swirled Cinnamon Raisin Bread is simpler than you think! It's so tender, fluffy, and irresistible! With swirls of cinnamon, butter, and raisins throughout the rich layers of the bread, it's downright perfect to enjoy right out of the oven with a warm cup of tea! This also makes amazing toast, French toast, or even bread pudding!

Entirely made from scratch, and speckled with raisins, this dessert is so mouthwatering! And as a bonus, the whole house will smell like fall - no scented candles here! Just all the real food smells, and believe me, this loaf of a bread is well worth the wait!

Cinnamon Bread

Swirled Cinnamon Raisin Bread is one of the many old classic favorites that is such a treat when you make it. With pantry staple ingredients that you probably already have, you can very likely make this bread and spoil yourself and your family. Perfect to have with your coffee in the morning or a midday snack!

There's plenty of cinnamon flavor, which has tons of antioxidants with anti-inflammatory effects and it improves your gut health, not to mention all those yummy raisins which help with blood pressure and blood sugar, which in turn helps with your cholesterol and contains good fiber! So let's just say, its healthy:)

Bread making may seem intimidating to some, but it's nothing to get flustered over! It's really quite simple to make! Here are a few key tips to help you.

  1. Read the instructions at least twice before starting. Which you should with any recipe, but especially bread recipes. That way, you'll know what comes next.
  2. Have all your ingredients out. Believe me, it's not fun to have flour all over you shirt or doughy hands as you venture back into your fridge!
  3. Be patient. Don't let the process frustrate you. Put on relaxing music. Drink a cup of coffee or tea before you start.

A Few Tips For The Cinnamon Swirl Bread

  • Make sure your liquid is not higher than 105-110 F. If it's too hot, then your yeast can die and your bread won't rise. Just allow the liquid to stand out for a few minutes until it just warm to the touch, or use a kitchen thermometer.
  • You can use Rapid Rise or Instant Yeast, which will basically allow your bread to rise quicker. However, I used Active Yeast in this recipe, when took about 30 minutes to an hour to rise, as listed in this recipe.
  • Lastly, check the expiration date on the yeast. I've baked with expired yeast on accident several times, and believe me, I was quite surprised when my baked goods didn't seem to rise!
  • Lastly, just relax! Seriously! It's not that hard and you'll do just fine:)

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Prep time:
3 hours
Cook time:
45 minutes
Chill time:
Total time:
3 hours 45 minutes
1 Loaf


  • 1 1/2 cups Warm Milk
  • 1 1/4 tsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Sugar
  • 4 tbsp Butter, melted
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 1/4 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup Raisins

Cinnamon Swirl

  • 2 1/2 tbsp Butter, softened
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp All Purpose Flour


  1. In your mixing bowl, combine milk, yeast, and sugar. Add the melted butter, eggs yolks, and salt. Mix to combine. Add in your ground cinnamon and vanilla extract. Give it a good mix.
  2. Add in your flour, one cup at a time, until flour is incorporated. Knead for about 5 minutes, using your hook attachment. The dough should be soft and somewhat sticky, you'll see that it should pull away from the sides of the bowl. Try not to add anymore flour, otherwise your loaf will come out much denser and not fluffy. Once it rises, it will be easier to handle.
  3. Meanwhile, pour hot water over your raisins, and allow them to stand for about 5 minutes. Drain and dry your raisins.
  4. Add the raisins to the dough and mix for another minute. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or towel. Set aside and allow to rise for about 30 minutes, or until the dough has doubled in size.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 F.

Cinnamon Swirl

  1. Combine the brown sugar, ground cinnamon, and all purpose flour. Use 1/4 cup brown sugar if you want it less sweet, or 1/3 cup is you want it sweeter.
  2. Once the dough has doubled, sprinkle flour on a flat surface and roll out into a rectangle. About 18" x 9". Spread your softened butter over the surface of your dough.
  3. Sprinkle your cinnamon sugar mixture over the butter.
  4. Roll up the dough as tightly as you can, starting from the short side.
  5. Place your bread into a buttered loaf pan. Set aside to rise for another 30-40 minutes.
  6. Brush the top of the bread with an egg wash if you want a shiny or glistening crust, or melted butter if you want more of a matte finish. Or opt out all together.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 -50 minutes.
  8. Once out of the oven, turn bread out onto a cooling rack and allow to rest and cool to room temperature. Slice as desired.
  9. Enjoy.

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