Cinnamon Bread

{13/365} -- Cinnamon Quick Bread

Sometimes I just want to bake something simple yet flavorful; sometimes I need to bake something that doesn’t require exotic ingredients. Like this bread.

You are almost certain to have everything needed for this recipe in your house right now. And if you don’t have exactly the right ingredients (as I did not) you can safely and easily make a substitution.

This bread tastes like a mixture of a quick bread and cinnamon swirl bread. Because it is impractical to swirl cinnamon in a wet batter, bits of butter are mixed with cinnamon and folded into the batter. This creates little pockets of buttery cinnamon goodness.


Going with my usual substitutions, I used half whole wheat flour in place of all purpose. Also, since I didn’t have any “solid” natural sweeteners on hand, I used maple syrup and added an additional 1/4 cup of flour to compensate.

Having no buttermilk in the house, I used 3/4 cup sour cream mixed with 1/4 cup milk instead.

I thought the bread was a little salty. Next time I will probably reduce the salt to 1/2 teaspoon. I also think the bread could benefit from a dose of nuts — say, toasted pecans.

Cinnamon Bread

Adapted from eat make read

Printable Recipe


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour (hard white or soft white)
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk (I used 3/4 cup sour cream mixed with 1/4 cup milk)
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, chilled & cut into small pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon


1) Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour a 9×5 loaf pan and set aside.

2) In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, and salt. In a separate medium bowl, combine buttermilk, butter, eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla. Beat well. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

3) In yet another small bowl, work butter and cinnamon into pea-sized pieces. Gently fold cinnamon butter into the batter. Pour into prepared loaf pan.

4) Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (I had to bake mine for an additional 10 minutes or so). Let cool in pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Turn bread out onto the rack and allow to cool. Serve with butter and a tall glass of cold milk.

Makes one large loaf


41 Responses to “Cinnamon Bread”

  1. yum…I’m a bread girl, if there ever was one! I love the idea of mixing in the little butter/cinnamon chunks…It’s almost like making one’s own “cinnamon chips” (like the ones from KAF)…great idea!
    cathy b. @ brightbakes

  2. Wow, this looks amazing! Anything with cinnamon in it is so homey to me!

  3. Maria says:

    I’ve been thinking about this bread ever since I saw it on Twitter. Delicious loaf!

  4. Lovely – and really wonderful for a winter breakfast. Hope you’re well! x

  5. Stephanie says:

    I love it – thanks for sharing. This is exactly what I needed for my breakfast menu for my upcoming guests.

  6. Sonja says:

    Thanks so much for the recipe! I can’t wait to try it! :-)

  7. zerrin says:

    It absolutely sounds yummy! The color is gorgeous! and I love that it has ‘little pockets of buttery cinnamon’, sounds irresistbile! Thanks for the recipe!

  8. Oh, the butter/cinnamon pieces are such a good technique. This looks SO tempting and delicious… it sure does rise a LOT.

  9. You had me at “little pockets of buttery cinnamon goodness.” The bread looks delicious. I just love your photography.

  10. Hannah says:

    Oooh! Maple syrup and cinnamon: two of my favourite flavours. This looks gorgeous!

  11. Faith says:

    Cinnamon bread is a favorite of mine but I never thought to make it at home! What a wonderful idea…I bet it makes incredibly delicious toast!

  12. naomi says:

    I love the flavorful simplicity of this bread. I agree, pecans would be great addition to this.

  13. Mmmm…. yummy! Love cinnamon (and bread!).

  14. I love recipes where you don’t need to run to the store for tons of ingredients. This one is simple & perfect :)

  15. Ashley says:

    Pockets of cinnamony butter?! Yes please. What a blessing you are to your family.

  16. Liz says:

    I recently made cinnamon bread…I think I love the way it makes the house smell almost as much as enjoying a slice!

  17. Merrilee says:

    Have you ever tried cooking Gluten free? Your recipes look wonderful, plus you have the same amount of family as I! ;)

  18. […] Adapted from Cooking for Seven Ingredients: 1 cup white whole wheat flour 1 cup All-Purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 […]

  19. This looks amazing! I absolutely love cinnamon and chunks of it in the bread? Mmmmm

  20. Cristina says:

    I like your substitutions for healthier bread. Using partial whole wheat flour is always a winner for me. Beautiful and tasty bread for anytime throughout the day!

  21. HannahGirl says:

    Hullo there Erica!
    Just had to write a comment while I was stopping by because I just love your blog. This recipe looks incredibly yummy. The photos are beautiful! Your layout is simply perfect. And the whole “feel” of your site is comfortable and inviting. Love it! :)

  22. Rach says:

    This cinnamon bread looks fabulous! Yum!

  23. kate says:

    I am truly a cinnamon girl. I use is as much as possible, so I can’t wait to try this bread out, yum! I have awarded you the Stylish Blogger Award. Please check it out at

  24. Patty says:

    Like always, I love your healthy substitutions – and I love the little bits of butter covered with cinnamon – what a great idea!

  25. sometimes the simplest recipes are the best! This looks fabulous!

  26. This bread looks amazing! Soft, moist, cinnamon bread with crusty edges is my WEAKNESS. I probably wont be able to make this or else I will single handedly devour this loaf!

  27. jas says:

    ooo – this looks so soft and I can smell the cinnamon. Can’t wait to try it!

  28. […] adapted from Cooking for Seven […]

  29. […] Adapted from […]

  30. ooh this looks good. I’ve been craving a baked good with cinnamon. Thanks for sharing! :)

  31. you have no idea what your cinnamon cake has done to me ?!! I’m a cinnamon addict … you’re cake isn’t going to help !!! it is a dream come true !!! THE PERFECT PERFECTION !!

  32. Keeley says:

    I just found your blog after reading your latest post on Tasty Kitchen… oh my! I’m adding you to my Google Reader.

    I’ve been wanting to make cinnamon bread for a while, but I can’t find cinnamon chips anywhere in the Philadelphia area. Lo and behold, your bread doesn’t even use them! Hooray!

    I love using half whole wheat flour in my banana bread, so I know this will go over well at my house. I’m planning to bake a loaf this weekend and enjoy it with my hubby!

  33. […] uses substitutions in this cinnamon loaf recipe showing how easy it is to switch ingredients either because you don’t have an item or to add […]

  34. L. says:

    The method of folding in chunks of cinnamon butter is intriguing – in the best possible way – I would love to try this recipe. Just out of curiosity, how did you get your loaf to rise so beautifully? Most of my quick breads rise with a hump in the middle while the sides of the loaf remain short. If you’ve got any tricks for overcoming this I would love to know!

  35. Erica Lea says:

    L.: I’m not sure – haha! I think if you use the correct size of pan, that really helps. The bread will raise higher if the pan is smaller (obvious, I know. ;) ). Also, the proper amount of leavening in the bread will be a major factor. Sorry I couldn’t help more!

  36. Sheila says:

    Love this bread!! Have a loaf in the oven right now as my super finicky 14 year old requested another. It’s so lovely to have something that I can do for my teen that is “right” : ) I must admit I love to pamper my kiddos with fave foods and this clearly is becoming one of them. Plus the house smells amazing and it’s healthy enough that I can feel good about it…a win:win

    Thank you Erica for your amazing site and inspiring photos.

  37. Debra says:

    I think the whole wheat flour threw off the textura and taste a bit

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  39. […] 3) In yet another small bowl, work butter and cinnamon into pea-sized pieces. Just like in Erica Lea’s Cinnamon Bread. […]

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