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Cinnamon Swirl Orange Bread Recipe

Cinnamon Swirl Orange Bread Recipe

My family waits expectantly for me to bake this beautiful sweet bread every year at this time. The tempting aroma as it's baking fills the kitchen and makes everybody eager for a thick slice of this yummy treat. —Linda Eager, Harlan, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 6-1/4 to 6-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 4 teaspoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel


  • 1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. In a large bowl, combine the milk, orange juice, sugar, shortening, peel and salt. Add 2 cups flour, yeast mixture and egg; mix well. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • 2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 3. Punch dough down and divide in half. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll each portion into a 15x7-in. rectangle.
  • 4. For filling, combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over rectangle. Sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon water. Roll up, jelly-roll style, starting with a short end. Seal edges. Place each seam side down in a greased 8x4-in. loaf pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 5. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans and cool on wire racks. Combine glaze ingredients; spread over loaves. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 202 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 156mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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Mom to Whiskers User ID: 5448192 15719
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2014

"This bread was not difficult to make, but tastes like it took much more effort. It has a nice heft without being heavy. This bread was actually better the next day, which is a nice surprise. My husband has decided it needs to be a staple. I love that it makes 2 loaves, enough to have and one to freeze. The orange flavor is still subtle and neutral enough so that you can be creative with the fillings. Next, I may substitute raspberry jam or lemon curd for the cinnamon filling. I also like that it retains a lot of "breadness", i. e. isn't cloyingly sweet or rich like some cinnamon buns usually are."

vj221979 User ID: 5329286 42018
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2013


LoriKostiuk User ID: 6418412 40823
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"This is a wonderful breakfast bread. We like to butter it then fry it on a hot skillet. Top with maple syrup. Delicious!"

Shirmapa User ID: 5226310 40822
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2011

"Followed directions for bread exactly but made some adjustments to the filling. Added an additional tablespoon of orange zest and substituted brown sugar for the white. Replaced water with orange juice but used a bit more to make a semi crumbly paste before sprinkling on the dough. OMG...This bread will rock your orange world!!"

mrssmif User ID: 991705 38248
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2011

"Made using a mixture of Kamut and Unbleached bread Flours (a 2/1 ratio, respectively), and of course adding vital wheat gluten to help out the whole grain flour. It was lovely, and rose perfectly w/great taste. I usually make cinnamon raisin swirl bread, but my son would always pick out the raisins (he doesn't care for them), this was the perfect solution, as he gobbled this bread w/o having to pick through it first. It never even made to to the french toast stage (which is what we've always done w/the leftover cinnamon raisin swirl bread), I will probably make it this way from now on ."

Sprowl User ID: 29186 39853
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2010

"I look for ways to use oranges from our orange trees. This is one of the tastiest!

I've made cinnamon bread for years, but this is the only one my family requests now."

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