Whole Wheat Cinnamon Pinwheel Bread

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on March 4, 2012

in Baking, bread, family, simple recipe

Eight years ago today, on a cold and rainy day, I took the first non-sick sick day at my first teaching job for a very good reason: my mom was getting married!

A bouquet of white tulips, a short and sweet ceremony, and a few photos later, my mom and David were married! The group of us went for a stellar brunch at Walker Brothers Pancake House (years before the Sex and the City girls did it after Carrie’s wedding) and the rest, they say, is history.

cinnamon bread

While my mom and David were off celebrating their anniversary in luxury at the Sofitel, treated to amazing food and drink courtesy of my sister, we’ve been home and puppy-sitting Stella while I nurse the worst cold/cough in recent memory. In an effort to create a celebratory cake, I took to the kitchen. These faces looked on:


This started as an attempt at making a yeasted coffee cake. Somehow, it turned into a rolled-up, cinnamon-sugar-stuffed pinwheel bread, laden with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. But I used whole wheat flour, so that makes it all better, right?

cinnamon bread

That cavern was, upon removing this bread from the oven, bubbling over with melted brown sugar butter. Once cooled, the butter was reabsorbed for added deliciousness.

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Pinwheel Bread

Ingredients (1 large loaf)

    For the bread

    • 1 cup low-fat milk, warmed to about 110°F
    • 1 packet (2 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast
    • 1/3 cup white sugar
    • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 cup bread flour
    • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
    • 2 eggs plus 1 egg white
    • 1/2 stick (4 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
    • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt

    For the filling/topping

    • 1 stick softened unsalted butter
    • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
    • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


    For the bread

    Pour the milk into the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir in the sugar. Sprinkle the yeast on top and allow to proof about 10 minutes, or until foamy.

    Stir in the bread flour and mix with the dough hook until smooth, then continue stirring 5 minutes. This develops gluten which will allow for a better bread.

    Add the cinnamon, eggs, and 1 cup whole wheat flour. Mix with the dough hook another 5 minutes. Add the remaining flour, cinnamon, and salt. Mix until combined then add the butter. Knead until a soft, smooth and not sticky dough forms, about 10 minutes. Add more flour if the dough is still sticky.

    Allow to rise, covered, for at least 90 minutes or until doubled. Make the filling (instructions below)

    Pre-heat the oven to 375°F.

    Once doubled, punch down the dough and roll out to about 3/4″ thickness. Spread 3/4 of the filling onto the dough, then roll up and place in a greased loaf pan. Top with the remaining topping/filling, and bake until browned and the topping is melted and gooey.

    Allow to cool about 20 minutes before removing from the loaf pan. Slice and serve.

    For the filling/topping

    Mix together the cinnamon and brown sugar. Combine with the butter until a coarse crumb forms.

    cinnamon bread

    Now, the speculation about the inside of the bread ran rampant in my head after I handed the still-warm foil-wrapped parcel to my mom when she and David arrived to pick up Stella. I had no idea if it had “worked” in that it was a spiral, or that it was filled with cinnamon-y goodness… but a text from my mom reassured me:

    Mission accomplished.

    Happy anniversary mom and David! Love you both!



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    mom March 4, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    The bread, as well as the sentiment. is very much appreciated.I , of course, cut through the center of the bread, right where there was an exploded cavern…. delicious!!! Love you… feel better!


    Liz @ Tip Top Shape March 4, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Aaww, happy anniversary to them!! And this bread looks great :D
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    Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy March 5, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    I want cinnamon goo…
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    Jessica J March 5, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    I have been on such a muffin kick lately, I think I will switch it up and try this fabulous looking bread! Yum!


    Jenn@slim-shoppin March 5, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    That sounds amazing Mara!
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