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Apple Cinnamon Swirl Bread

  • Author: adapted from Cook Street
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x


  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoons dry yeast
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter, room temp
  • 1/2 cup peeled apple, diced 
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, mixed


  1. Stir together the yeast, sugar, and warm water. Let sit about 10 minutes, at which point it should be bubbly. 
  2. Stir in 1 cup of flour, and beat until smooth. Set aside for about 30 minutes (and up to an hour).
  3. Add the remaining flour and mix until just combined. The dough should be a shaggy mass – if it’s too dry, add water, a little at a time, until the dough comes together. Set aside for about 15 minutes, until it’s a little puffy.
  4. Add the butter and knead until the dough comes together. Turn the dough on to a lightly floured surface and divide in half.
  5. Knead the apples in to one half, and the 1 tablespoon of cinnamon in to the other half. Continue kneading each have until you’ve formed a smooth ball.
  6. Place each dough half in separate lightly oiled bowls, cover and let rest for about 30 minutes, until it’s doubled.
  7. Prepare a loaf pan by coating in cooking spray.
  8. Once doubled, divide each dough piece in half and gently stretch into a rectangle that is slightly narrower than the loaf pan. Lay the cinnamon dough on top of the apple dough, and sprinkle evenly with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Roll dough together.
  9. Place in the prepared pan, seam side down. Set aside and allow to rise (in a warm place) again until dough is at least 1/2” above the rim of the pan. This will take about 45 minutes. 
  10. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  11. Once dough has doubled, place in oven and bake for 35-45 minutes. The loaves are done when the internal temperature registers 200 degrees, and it’s a lovely golden brown on top. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack for at least 15 minutes before serving.
  • Category: breakfast, brunch