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Cinnamon Bun Loaf

Cinnamon Bun Loaf
This elegant bread crosses the flavor of a cinnamon roll with that of a sticky bun.
Yield 1 loaf




  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Platinum Yeast
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons table salt
  • 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1/4 cup potato flour or instant mashed potato flakes


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons Instant ClearJel (or 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour)
  • 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1/2 cup pecans, diced


  • For the dough: Mix and knead all the ingredients together until you’ve made a smooth dough. Place in a lightly greased bowl.
  • Allow the dough to rise, covered, at room temperature, until it’s nearly doubled in size, about 60 to 90 minutes.
  • For the filling: In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, ClearJel (or flour) and melted butter, mixing until the mixture is sandy-looking. Stir in the milk to make a paste; set aside.
  • To assemble: Transfer the dough to a lightly greased work surface, and pat or roll it into a 24×10-inch rectangle. Spread the filling over the surface of the dough, leaving one long edge bare.
  • Starting with a long edge, roll the dough into a log, then pinch the seam closed. Using a sharp knife, cut the log in half lengthwise, and turn each half so the filling faces up.
  • Starting at the center and working toward the ends, twist the two halves together, keeping the cut side up. Form the twist into a coil and place it on a parchment-lined baking sheet or in a greased 10-inch round baking pan.
  • Make the topping: In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar and water together until the sugar is partially dissolved. Drizzle it over the top of the bread and sprinkle with the pecans. Cover loosely with greased plastic and let rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until puffy.
  • While the loaf is rising, preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • When the loaf is risen, bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until golden brown. Tent loosely with foil after 25 minutes if it’s browning too quickly. When done, the bread’s center should read 195°F when measured with a digital thermometer.
  • Remove from the oven and transfer to a rack to cool.


Recipe in partnership with King Arthur Flour.

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Ann Bouchet | Reply

This was a great loaf. I added chopped apples. Yum! We almost ate the whole thing in one night!

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