Apple butter cinnamon swirl bread: a soft, moist yeast loaf with ribbons of apple butter and cinnamon sugar in every bite!  

Apple Butter Cinnamon Swirl Bread- This bread was easy to make, so moist, and had plenty of apple butter and cinnamon sugar in every bite. My family loved it!

It’s a cool October morning, and I can’t think of a better way to start the day than with a cup of tea and a warm slice of apple butter cinnamon swirl bread!

I made this loaf over the weekend and I’m so glad to be able to nibble on it all week long.  It makes a lovely breakfast or afternoon snack.  And it’s a great way to use up some of the apple butter we picked up on our most recent trip to the orchard.  I bet you have a jar in your fridge too; am I right?

Apple Butter Cinnamon Swirl Bread- This bread was easy to make, so moist, and had plenty of apple butter and cinnamon sugar in every bite. My family loved it!

I am a huge fan of Baked by Rachel, and all the gorgeous swirl breads she makes.  Especially this one!  So when I got the idea to make an apple butter cinnamon swirl bread, I knew I wanted to follow her lead and try this gorgeous technique.

It’s surprisingly simple!  I know it looks fancy and complicated but really it’s not at all.  If you can make cinnamon rolls, then this will be a snap for you.

Just roll out the dough into a flat rectangle, and spread the apple butter all over it.  Then, sprinkle it with cinnamon sugar, and roll it up in a log, just like you would do with cinnamon rolls.  Now, instead of cutting it crosswise into rolls, slice it lengthwise, all the way down, leaving it just barely attached at the one end.  After that you just twist the two long pieces together.  It feels a little awkward- the log wants to come undone, but it’s ok!  You really can’t mess it up.  It’s meant to be free-form so the more it waves and twists the better.

Apple Butter Cinnamon Swirl Bread- This bread was easy to make, so moist, and had plenty of apple butter and cinnamon sugar in every bite. My family loved it!

Look at all those ribbons of apple butter and cinnamon!  There’s plenty of sticky filling in every bite.  And the bread itself is super moist and soft.  My family loved this apple butter cinnamon swirl bread and I think yours will too!  It’s perfect for fall, or even for Thanksgiving or Christmas morning!

Apple Butter Cinnamon Swirl Bread- This bread was easy to make, so moist, and had plenty of apple butter and cinnamon sugar in every bite. My family loved it!

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Apple Butter Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Apple butter cinnamon swirl bread: a soft, moist yeast loaf with ribbons of apple butter and cinnamon sugar in every bite!

Prep Time 40 minutes Cook Time 45 minutes Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Yields 1 - 9-inch by 5-inch loaf     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 (1/4 ounce) packet active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons (lightly packed) light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 3/4-4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup apple butter

Instructions

  1. Place the warm water in a large bowl and sprinkle the yeast on top.  Set aside for 5 minutes to allow the yeast to proof.
  2. Add the brown sugar and butter.  Blend in 2 cups of the flour and the salt until moistened.  Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in an additional 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 cups flour, until dough pulls away cleanly from the sides of the bowl.  Knead on floured surface, adding 1/2 to 3/4 cup additional flour, until dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Place dough in large greased bowl. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise in warm place until doubled in size, 30 to 45 minutes.
  4. Lightly mist a 9×5-inch loaf pan with non-stick spray.  Stir the granulated sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl.  Punch down the dough and roll it into a rectangle, about 9 inches on the short side and 1/4 inch thick.  Spread with a thin layer of apple butter, and top with the cinnamon sugar.  Starting at the short side, roll into a tight log (like a cinnamon roll).  Using a sharp knife, cut the log in half lengthwise, leaving the two halves attached at one end.  Twist the two long pieces together and place in the prepared pan. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise in warm place until doubled in size, 30 to 45 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Uncover dough.  Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when lightly tapped.  Cool completely before slicing.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 2791kcal Calories from fat 367
% Daily Value
Total Fat 41g 63%
Saturated Fat 23g 115%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 92mg 31%
Sodium 1479mg 62%
Carbohydrate 547g 182%
Dietary Fiber 26g 104%
Sugars 129g
Protein 58g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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Apple Butter Cinnamon Swirl Bread- This bread was easy to make, so moist, and had plenty of apple butter and cinnamon sugar in every bite. My family loved it!