Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Grandma's Cinnamon Sugar Bread

Among the many yummy foods my grandmother is known for, this cinnamon sugar bread comes in among at the top of the list.  

The recipe reads "coffee cake", but it's really a yummy sweet bread - perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert.  Or a snack.  Pretty much any time.  It's a staple at every meal we enjoy with Grandma and Grandpa.    

Grandma's Cinnamon Sugar Bread - Grandma, of course

1/4 C warm water
1 tsp. sugar
2 1/4 tsp yeast
1/4 C sugar
1 C warm water
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. salt
3 3/4 C all purpose flour*
2 T butter, divided
Cinnamon and sugar, to taste

Begin by proofing the yeast.  Although yeast now are instant, you can still proof the yeast in this recipe for "old times sake".  To do so, combine the 1/4 C warm water (about 100 degrees F), 1 tsp. sugar and 2 1/4 tsp. yeast.  Mix well and allow the yeast mixture to sit for about 5-7 minutes until foamy.  

Next, mix together the 1/4 C sugar, 1 C warm water and 1 T butter.  

Add in the egg and the yeast mixture.  

Sift together the salt and flour.  Add in 1 1/2 C and knead until smooth.  Then, add in the additional 2 1/4 C flour, 1/2 C at a time, mixing after each addition.  The dough will be really soft and kind of sticky.  

We tried the recipe in the Kitchen Aid mixer this time, and it worked really well!  

Remove the dough and place it into a lightly greased bowl.  Cover and allow to rise until doubled.

Punch down, and form into bread loaves and place in a bread pan.  We enjoy making it in a pie plate because it's so easy to serve from!  That works really well for our family.  One pie plate per table!

This recipe will fill two pie plates, 1-2 loaf pans, or 3 mini loaf pans.

Cover, and let the dough rise until doubled, about 1 hour.  The photo above is post-rise.  

Then, drizzle melted butter {or you can use milk} over the top of the risen bread.  Use a clean hand to smooth out the butter.

Then, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.  

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, until lightly browned.  

Allow to cool, then either slice right in the pan (which works really well), or remove from the pan to slice and return for serving purposes.  


*We've tried the recipe using 1/2 C white wheat flour; it tastes good, but it's not the same as Grandma's bread :)


This recipe is linked to Tasty Tuesday, Delectable Tuesday, Full Plate Thursday, Tasty Traditions.  


  1. That looks amaaaaaazing! I wonder if it could be "edited" to work in a bread machine? Great setp-by-step tutorial. :) Visiting from Tasty Tuesday. Hope you'll stop by my blog to say hi. :)

  2. That looks so good...my stomach is growling.

  3. Wow...this bread looks great! I would love to make this recipe today.
    I could just be having a blonde moment..which I do quite often...but I'm not seeing where you add the yeast mixture to the ingredients. I normally allow my bread machine to make my bread dough. :-)

  4. @Tina
    No blonde moment here -- I forgot to add that! It's edited. You should add it when you add the lightly beaten egg.

    You could likely make this in the bread machine -- although I have not tried. My first attempt was to make it using the stand mixer rather than by hand. If you do try it in the bread machine, let me know how it goes!

  5. I love cinnamon bread! Thanks for the recipe!!

  6. Looks delicious! I love homemade bread, smearing butter on it and then a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar. You have just made that whole thing so much easier!

  7. perfect bread, I love the recipe card.

  8. Oh yum, I love slightly sweet bread, this looks sooo good. Dang this gluten free diet, almost all your recipes have some type of flour, lol!!! I will have to try this when I am off the diet.

  9. This looks so good. I just love cinnamon bread and yours looks like an easy way to make it. By the way, I'm starting a new linky on my blog this Saturday called "Sweets for a Saturday." Feel free to come by then and link this up.

  10. So, if you don't want to proof the yeast? Can you skip that with the instant yeast?
    Looks great!

  11. Yum! This looks so good. I think I'll make it this week.

  12. This looks really delicious - and how special that it is your Grandma's recipe!

  13. Oh my gosh this looks absolutely delicious! This will definitely be on my menu for next week!

  14. I've been wanting to bake bread again...I think this will be the recipe I go with!! Yum!! I love cinnamon and sugar anything!!! Thanks for sharing!

  15. I am not usually drawn to bread recipes--but--this one--I have to try--it looks heavenly--anything from Grandmas has to be good!

  16. My kids are going to DEVOUR this. And your photos are amazing. I can almost smell the bread now! I've clipped the recipe and can't wait to try it.

  17. That looks fabulous! I love trying out old family recipes!

  18. Hi Sno White,
    When I saw that you had brought your Grandma's Cinnamon Sugar Bread, I had to make a decision to have it with morning coffee or afternoon tea or maybe both. I think I can smell it and I can't wait to try it. Thank you so much for coming today to Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

  19. Stopping by from Full Plate Thursday, great sweet bread, simple, delicious, homemade. Thanks!

  20. I have this as one of my Friday favs....can't wait to try it!


  21. Just wanted to let you know that I tried your bread today and it came out terrific! Check it out on my blog.
    I left it rising a bit longer because I had to go out, so my dough looks a bit 'airier' than yours. But it was really good...
    Thanks so much SnoWhite! This is a new favorite for us.

  22. Yummy! I will have to try this recipe on my kids. I think they would love it. I would love it too but right now I'm in the middle of p90x. Carbs are forbidden. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Just wondering why your yeast and flour amounts differ from the amounts on Grandma's recipe card - I'd like to try this so just making sure (sadly I'm not a good "baker"). Thanks!

  24. @Starsky99 -

    My grandmother uses a pkg of yeast & I buy my yeast in bulk. 2 1/4 tsp. yeast = 1 pkg yeast.

    As for the flour - my grandma & great grandmother's gave us this recipe with estimations... {you know grandmothers - they don't "have a recipe"). My mom has tried it out many times, and updated the flour to what goes into the bread in total. Use the flour measurements that are printed in the recipe, not on the recipe card.

    Thanks for checking!

  25. just made this recipe! Fantastic! thanks so much for sharing :)



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