Easy Cinnamon Bread (No Yeast)

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Nothing is better than the smell of freshly baked cinnamon bread coming from the oven! This loaf is so easy to make with no yeast or kneading required.

A soft and fluffy quick bread with brown sugar and sweet swirls of cinnamon make this loaf not only delicious to eat but pretty to serve too!

Cinnamon Bread in a stack with butter on top and a bite taken out

  • Bake and slice as thick as you like! Enjoy warm with butter or use in a bread pudding recipe.
  • Take French toast to the next level with battered homemade cinnamon bread! No need for a bread machine—just a baking pan and an oven!
  • This is a quick bread, not a yeast-style bread, so cinnamon bread makes and bakes faster. It’s a fail-safe recipe for new bakers!

Cinnamon Bread Ingredients

FLOUR & LEAVENING Basic white bread dough ingredients start this sweet tasting, fragrant bread. And baking powder plus baking soda make it rise while baking, so no waiting for hours while the dough rises!

SUGAR Switching out a bit of the white sugar for brown sugar, and adding a hefty dose of cinnamon give this bread its deeply fragrant aroma and sweet and savory flavor.

DAIRY Butter, eggs, and the buttermilk added to the flour create a deliciously tangy and creamy textured loaf that’s just perfect with the flavor of cinnamon.

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Variations

  • Cinnamon bread pairs well with raisins and other fun mix-ins like chopped apples, bananas, even walnuts, and pecans.
  • Try making a streusel or crumble topping using flour, brown sugar, and butter with some chopped walnuts or oats mixed in!

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How to Make Cinnamon Bread

It’s super easy to make this bread!

  1. Whisk flour with other dry ingredients in a bowl (per recipe below).
  2. In a mixer, cream together sugar & butter. Add eggs, milk, & vanilla.
  3. Add dry mixture to the wet mixture & mix until barely stirred.
  4. Layer dough & cinnamon swirl mixture, & bake until a wooden pick comes out clean.

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Quick Bread Tips & Tricks

  • Always measure flour by scooping lightly and then using a butter knife to scrape across the top, evening the flour out. Avoid overpacking the measuring cup. Check out this tutorial for How to Measure Flour.
  • Ensure all ingredients are room temperature.
  • Mix in dry ingredients just until combined, overmixing will cause a dry/tough quick breads.
  • Ovens and baking pans can vary, check your bread at least 10 minutes early to ensure it doesn’t overcook.
  • Allow the bread to cool in the pan about 5 minutes, remove from the pan and place on a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Lining the pan with parchment paper makes it easy to lift the loaf out once cooked.

Sweet Cinnamon Treats

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5 from 11 votes
Review Recipe

Cinnamon Bread

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 10 slices
Author Holly Nilsson
Sweet Cinnamon Bread has swirls of cinnamon sugar and is baked until light & fluffy. This bread can be enjoyed as breakfast, a snack, or even dessert!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk or sour milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8x4 pan (or line with parchment paper).
  • Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  • Cream sugar and butter with a hand mixer. Add eggs one at a time and mix well. Add milk and vanilla.
  • Add in dry mixture and stir with a spoon just until combined.
  • Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  • Spread ⅓ of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle ⅓ of the brown sugar mixture overtop. Repeat two more times ending with the sugar mixture.
  • Bake 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool in the pan 5 minutes. Remove and cool completely on a baking rack.

Recipe Notes

  • Ensure all ingredients are room temperature.
  • Mix in dry ingredients just until combined, overmixing will cause a dry/tough loaf.
  • Ovens and baking pans can vary, check your bread at least 10 minutes early to ensure it doesn't overcook.
  • Allow the bread to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, remove it from the pan and place on a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Lining the pan with parchment paper makes it easy to lift the loaf out once cooked. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 253, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 48mg, Sodium: 193mg, Potassium: 120mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 25g, Vitamin A: 230IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 61mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Course Bread, Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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    1. Hi Patricia, I would check the bread at the half-hour mark for doneness and adjust your cooking time accordingly. Since your pan is larger the batter won’t be as deep and therefore may cook faster than the recipe indicates.

  1. Did you swirl the cinnamon sugar mixture into the batter before you baked it? It looks like you did, but I don’t see anything about it in the instructions. I can’t wait to make this quick bread – it looks delicious!

    1. We don’t swirl it in but you definitely could! In step 6 we actually layer it into our pan with the batter to distribute it throughout the bread.

  2. Hello Holly!
    This recipes sounds delish! I’m planning on making it soon and would like to know if another milk could be substituted for the buttermilk? Like regular whole milk or almond milk (unsweetened vanilla)? I never have buttermilk and would rather not have to buy a carton just for 1 cup.
    Thanks!
    Dana

  3. What a great recipe to have on hand, for when you find yourself craving something sweet to enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea! It’s easy to whip-up, & I’m sure that most of us always have these ingredients on hand. I’ll be making this shortly. Thanks Holly.