This cinnamon chip bread is my incredibly soft, white sandwich bread with cinnamon chips sprinkled throughout that give it a burst of cinnamon flavor!
My classic white sandwich bread is the heart and soul of what I grew up on. I made several batches every single week and sold it to family, friends and neighbors. It is unbelievably soft, has a stunning crumb structure and is delicious. I decided to adapt the recipe by adding delicious cinnamon chips! You wouldn’t believe how good it makes this bread! It adds such a warm, cozy burst of cinnamon flavor throughout the bread. Many people have tried and loved Aspen Mills cinnamon chip bread, but people say that this recipe is softer and better than theirs! This cinnamon chip bread would be perfect for fall, winter or anytime of the year. It’s definitely become a family favorite!
You can absolutely double this recipe if you’d like to make more at a time, because trust me it is that amazing. This recipe makes two loaves of bread and freezes well, so you can save one of the loaves for later or feels like a special treat to share with a friend.
What are cinnamon chips?
Cinnamon chips are a lot like chocolate chips, except they are full of cinnamon flavor! They add a great flavor to bread or cookies. My personal favorite place to order cinnamon chips from is Orson Gygi. You can either buy a 2lb bag or a 5lb bag. You can find them online and at some grocery stores. All will be delicious, but we have learned they’re not all created equal and we prefer their brand the best. (Not sponsored, we just genuinely love them.)
What makes this cinnamon chip bread amazing?
As you can tell from the pictures, the cinnamon chips are scattered throughout the bread and so you get a taste of that cinnamon flavor in every bite! Other than the cinnamon chips, all of the other ingredients are simple and you most likely have all of the ingredients lying around. You can use a machine mixer to take out some of the kneading work, but if you don’t have one already, don’t fret! This is something that you can knead by hand.
How to make cinnamon chip bread
If you head to my classic white sandwich bread recipe, I give you detailed, step by step instructions on how to make the perfect sandwich loaf which will help make this cinnamon chip bread amazing! This video below is included on that page and is worth a watch if it’s your first time making sandwich bread. It’s incredible simple!
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Cinnamon Chip Bread
- 2 ½ cups warm water about 110 degrees
- 1 ½ tbsp instant yeast
- ⅓ cup raw honey or sugar
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened (or oil) + more for brushing
- 2 tsp sea salt
- About 7 cups bread flour*
- 1 ½ - 2 cups cinnamon chips
- In a large bowl (or mixer with dough hook), mix together the water, yeast, honey, and 3 cups of flour. Mix well until combined. Cover with a clean sack cloth towel or sprayed plastic wrap and wait about 20 minutes, or until the mixture has almost doubled in size and looks “sponge-like”.**(This wait time is OPTIONAL. I've learned the additional rest when I have the time yields just a slightly better crumb structure, but honestly, my mom skips the sponge (AND the first rise). She skips straight to the second rise and still has good results. So you can do that too! I'm just a strong critique when it comes to bread so opt for it when I have time.)
- Add 3 more cups of flour, salt, and butter to your sponge. It is normal for your sponge to “deflate” as you mix this together. Slowly incorporate the remaining flour in ½ cup increments. When the dough seems soft, not too sticky, and is gently pulling away from the sides of the bowl, it means you’ve added enough flour. Knead for 8-10 minutes. Add in 1 ½ - 2 cups of cinnamon chips during the last 2 minutes of kneading.If you are kneading by hand: when the dough mixture becomes more difficult to stir and work with in the bowl (usually at about 5 – 5 ½ cups) I like to work in the rest of the flour by hand. Place the dough on a clean, floured work surface. Sprinkle a little flour on top of the dough and begin to knead. The quicker you work your hands, the less likely they are to stick. I like to knead by pulling in the corners of the dough with my fingers and then pressing down with heel of my hand, quickly and gently over and over again. While doing so, I continue to slowly add additional spoonfuls of flour. This will take about 10 minutes depending on how fast you knead. Add in 1 ½ - 2 cups of cinnamon chips during the last 2 minutes of kneading. You know the dough is ready when it’s not too sticky, and very soft.
- After kneading, round out the dough into a ball; doesn’t have to be perfect. Grease or flour the bottom of a bowl, place dough in bowl, and cover. Let rise about 25-30 minutes, or until doubled in size.
Forming the Loaves
- Grease two 9x5 inch pans. Punch down the risen dough to release air bubbles. Divide the dough in half. Gently work your dough into a thick rectangle (about 12x8) and fold into thirds. Roll it up, pinch the seams together, and gently throw your loaf on the work surface to release any last air bubbles. (There are many ways to form a loaf. Do what's comfortable and what works for you.)
- Place loaves in prepared pans, cover, and let rise again for about 30 minutes, or until the peak of the loaf is just arching over the rim of the pan. The dough should be soft and more airy. When you poke the dough, the mark should just barely slowly come back. If it bounces back immediately, it needs more proofing time.While dough rises, preheat oven to 350°F. (I like 375°F for high altitude)
- Bake for about 22-25 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown. If the tops are browning too quickly, but still needs time to cook, you can cover tops with aluminum foil to slow down the browning.Transfer loaves to a cooling rack and generously lather the tops with butter if desired while warm.
- To help dough rise quickly, place in a warm, draft free place. This is often my warm laundry room or closed oven door with the oven light on.
- The amount of flour you use and the baking temperature will vary due to the amount of humidity, temperature and brand of flour, and many other factors.
- Ensure your water isn’t too hot when combining with the yeast in the first step. If your bread is struggling to rise, it could be because the water was too hot and killed the yeast. You know your yeast is activated when it gets foamy within a couple minutes in the first step.
- You can get cinnamon chips online or at some grocery stores. My personal favorite place to order cinnamon chips is from Orson Gygi.