Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread Recipe
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Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread Recipe

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While cinnamon bread is a natural for breakfast, we love it so much we enjoy it all day long. This is a nice twist on traditional cinnamon swirl yeast breads. —Helen Richardson, Shelbyville, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 to 2 teaspoons milk

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 179 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 173mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine flour, 1 cup sugar, baking soda and salt. Combine buttermilk, egg and oil; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and remaining sugar.
  2. Grease the bottom only of a 9x5-in. loaf pan. Pour half of the batter into pan; sprinkle with half the cinnamon-sugar. Carefully spread with remaining batter and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar; cut through batter with a knife to swirl.
  3. Bake 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Combine confectioners' sugar and enough milk to reach desired consistency; drizzle over loaf. Yield: 1 loaf.
Originally published as Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread in Country Woman March/April 1997, p33

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Nida User ID: 9085751 261565
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2017

"I felt this was overly sweet. The top of the bread was too crispy, not the crumbly sort, but what happens when you burn sugar.

I won't be making this again. Really bad."

Peggie0203 User ID: 2074993 254295
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2016

"easy to make and delicious."

vall3fam User ID: 596369 254124
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2016

"My second loaf is in the oven now. I made my first loaf this past weekend, just as directed in recipe. OMG, this is good stuff! As a matter of fact, it was so good, I lost the last serving because a mouse chewed through the Ziploc bag and had some, ruining my breakfast for the day. So, now with mouse traps set, a new loaf of cinnamonny goodness is baking away, ready for breakfast tomorrow. I baked in a glass loaf pan for 45 minutes last time and feel 50 minutes will be just right this time. easy peasy to put together, too. Did not use the glaze, and it was fine without it."

lidjzl0 User ID: 3723782 250385
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2016

"Made this substituting 1/4 cup applesauce for the egg and using soy milk with vinegar intead of buttermilk

These sinstitutions made the loaf vegan. Also did not use the glaze. It eas very good and will make again"

mom2lauren User ID: 7407229 250249
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2016

"I made this today and doubled the recipe to get 2 loaves. It came out perfectly with a nice fine crumb. I did make a couple of changes. I didn't have buttermilk so for each 1 cup milk, I subbed with 3/4 cup milk 1/4 cup vinegar and let it sit for 5 mins or so. For each 1/4 cup oil I used 1/8 cup applesauce 1/8cup canola oil. I also only used 3/4 cup sugar for each loaf of the bread. I planned to freeze one loaf do I didn't glaze that one as I wasn't sure how it would taste when thawed. Very simple to make. A great recipe for beginners!"

JoanieK53 User ID: 8355717 245098
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2016 Edited Mar. 14, 2016

"Very Good. Nice change from my usual coffee cake and easier and quicker to make"

Kasha User ID: 179140 244410
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2016

"I took this to a meeting and it was gone before I could try a slice, from across the room I saw people going back for seconds really quickly.

Didn't do the glaze and it took almost 1/2 an hour longer to cook but it got rave reviews from those who did get a piece!"

fishinbug User ID: 8697535 244393
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2016

"I used non-fat plain yogurt (watered down with 1/4 cup milk and 3/4 cup yogurt) instead of buttermilk, and applesauce instead of oil. Very moist and tasty, and now very litte fat content. Whole wheat flour makes it more dense, but still very moist. Could not really swirl cinnamon/sugar mix, might try more layers next time. Sprayed top layer of cinnamon with non-stick spray to help it carmelize a little more, and it sticks to the top of the bread more."

Irascible_Baker User ID: 8765838 243570
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2016

"This recipe bakes perfectly in my 8x4 pan with no modifications. I omitted the glaze out of forgetfulness, but the loaf holds its own without it. baking temperature and time were the same. Super cinnamon-y and moist, turned out beautifully! (Pretty swirl, too.)"

TUeltzen User ID: 3836163 243081
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2016

"We love this bread. I cooked it in a cast iron bread pan and it turned out great. The batter was more like a bread dough so it was hard to get the cinnamon and sugar spread out."

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