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Cinnamon Twist Bread

This Cinnamon Twist Bread is full of nooks and crannies which hold delectable ribbons of cinnamon roll filling. A perfect breakfast for company, and since the batch makes two, you can hide one away in your freezer for later! 

When I asked the hubby what breakfast treats he’d like me to bake, he came up with his usual answer, cinnamon rolls. Sigh. I racked my brain to come up with an unusual twist that would meet his high standards, and literally came up with a twist!

Cinnamon Twist Bread on a white plate

Cinnamon Twist Bread

I have a weak spot when it comes to braided breads. And the rest of the family goes nuts for cinnamon rolls. This was my chance to combine the two!

Needless to say, the hubby was very happy with his cinnamon bread recipe, and I was thrilled to try this “twisting” technique to make this quasi-braided cinnamon twist bread.

Slice of Cinnamon Twist Bread on a white plate with raspberries to garnish


Twisting Tips

If you’ve made cinnamon rolls from scratch, you’ve already experienced half the twisting process. The tricky part comes when you have to cut this rolled “log” of dough lengthwise. On my first attempt, I put too much flour on my rolling surface, so the roll came unrolled, really unrolled, when I attempted to slice it.

You’ll want the dough to seal on itself when you roll it up, so use minimal flour on your work surface. When the logs are cut in half, they will try to separate, so do your best to cup them in your hands while completing the twist maneuver.

No worries if your twist isn’t perfect, it will still tastes wonderful. Also, make sure to seal the two ends together before tucking your cinnamon twist bread somewhere warm to proof. We ate one of these twists immediately, then tucked the other in the freezer for when our kitchen is demo’d. Which is now. Sigh. Bill was delighted to have a break from the “gourmet” buttered toast that’s been starting his days of late!!

Slice of Cinnamon Twist Bread on a white plate with a red handled fork

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Cinnamon Bread Twist

Cinnamon Bread Twist

A delicious breakfast bread that tastes like a gourmet cinnamon roll!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 2 loaves



  • 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup dried potato flakes or buds
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter plus extra for buttering bowl, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon LorAnn's Butter Vanilla Bakery Emulsion or vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk


  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter


  • 1 cup Dixie Crystals powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Mix all dry ingredients in bowl of large stand mixer (you can also mix and knead by hand). Make sure potato flakes are well dispersed. Add the butter, vanilla, egg and milk. Mix with dough hook until a shaggy dough forms. Let rest 30 minutes.

Knead dough with dough hook or by hand for 10 minutes, then place dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat top of dough with butter, then cover and refrigerate dough overnight.

The next morning, bring dough out and allow to sit out on the counter for 3 hours.

Make filling by combining sugar, and cinnamon. Set aside.

To assemble, deflate dough and divide in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one dough half into a 10 x 12 inch rectangle. Brush dough with half the melted butter, then sprinkle with half the cinnamon mixture over the surface stopping within about 1/2 inch of one longer edge. Roll up jelly roll style starting at the long edge with the cinnamon, making a log. Press seam together to lightly seal.

Cut the log in half lengthwise with a sharp knife. Turn each half so that filling and cut edges face upward. Seal two of the short edges together, then cross one side over the other repeatedly to make a twist. Carefully place twist in a greased 8-inch cake pan forming a ring. Repeat with second piece of dough.

Cover lightly and let rise at room temperature for about 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for about 30 minutes. Cool for few minutes, then remove from pan to rack to finish cooling.

Make glaze by combining all ingredients. Place into a quart ziplock bag, seal and clip off corner with a scissors. Squeeze bag to drizzle icing over cooled twists.


This cinnamon bread recipe was adapted from King Arthur Flour.

Makes 2 8-inch cinnamon twists.

When rolling out the dough into a rectangle, don't use too much flour on your rolling surface or you won't be able to seal your dough.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 284Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 281mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 5g


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15 comments on “Cinnamon Twist Bread”

  1. Cinnamon bread is one of my favourites..your twisted bread bun looks so inviting with that glaze and tender crumb.

  2. Spectacular! Alas, here I sit with a strong cuppa… but no slice:@) I hope your reno goes well and on time!

  3. Looks amazing Liz! We know all about gourmet buttered toast breakfasts during construction, lol. I’m sure this cinnamon twist was a welcome change. Saw that you adapted this recipe from King Arthur. The King Arthur store and headquarters are just a little over an hour from me. I love love love a little jaunt north to King Arthur for ideas and great baking supplies….

  4. Love cinnamon bread like this! In fact we sometimes buy it for weekend brunch. Next week, we’ll make this! 🙂 Really nice — thanks.

  5. Yum, I totally need this at my next brunch!

  6. Heaven on a plate, that’s what I call this!

  7. This would be perfect for my weekend breakfast options 🙂

  8. Love all those nooks and crannies of cinnamon! This is perfect for brunch!

  9. Now this is a breakfast worthy of royalty! Love cinnamon rolls 😀

  10. I would love a slice or two of this with my coffee.

  11. I’ll try to keep the flour to a minimum. You are the queen of braided breads and this one is another example of your savoir faire….Love the new look of your page =)  

  12. Nothing better than a homemade cinnaroll! Love how think and fluffy this looks and that sweet drizzle is the best.

  13. SO PRETTY!!!! and omigosh it looks so deliciouuuus

  14. Хорошего дня.

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