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Whole Wheat Cinnamon Swirl Sourdough Bread

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Soft sourdough sandwich bread with a cinnamon sugar swirl. This cinnamon swirl sourdough bread is perfect for toasting or making into French toast.

Part of a loaf of cinnamon swirl sourdough bread next to slices of the bread on cutting board.

I would say I have a newfound sourdough obsession, but instead I’ll just say that I am a responsible sourdough caretaker.  I don’t want Bertha to starve.  

I certainly don’t want her to feel unloved.  And it turns out I am always happy for an excuse to make breads, muffins, pancakes, waffles cakes…. carbs!  Mmmmmm, carbs!

Slices of cinnamon swirl sourdough bread made into french toast.

So I took the recipe for my favorite Whole Wheat Sourdough Sandwich Bread and added a cinnamon swirl.  Of course it would be good toasted with butter and maybe a little more cinnamon sugar.  I mean, of course!  

But, I baked it specifically to be made into French toast.  It makes a mean French toast!  So do with it as you may, but just do yourself a favor and give it a try! 

slices of cinnamon swirl bread next to remainder of loaf.

For another fun cinnamon-y treat, try making chimney cakes. They are a fun twist on dessert.

Or use your starter to make some sourdough foccaccia. It has cheese and garlic, making it perfect to go with Italian meals.

slices of cinnamon swirl bread next to remainder of loaf.

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Swirl Sourdough Bread

Servings: 12 Servings (a 9×5-inch loaf)
Author: Carlee
Soft sourdough sandwich bread with a cinnamon sugar swirl. This bread is perfect for toasting or making into French toast.
5 from 4 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 55 minutes




  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon


  • 2 teaspoons butter melted


  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together warm water, yeast and sourdough starter until the starter is dissolved.  Mix in whole wheat flour and let sit for 7-10 minutes to hydrate.
    ⅔ cup warm water, ¾ teaspoon dry active yeast, 1 cup sourdough starter, 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • Sprinkle in salt and begin adding all purpose flour. Start by adding 1 cup of all purpose flour, stirring until combined.  Then add additional flour a little bit at a time until you have a shaggy bread dough. (The final amount will depend on the consistency of your starter and how humid it is.)
    1½ tsp salt, 1 to 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • I like to start my kneading in the bowl to contain the mess, then turn it onto the counter once the dough comes together and starts getting a little elasticity.  You can use your preferred kneading method to knead the dough into a smooth ball, about 8 minutes.
  • Place dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover with a damp towel and let rise until doubled in size (about 1½ to 2 hours).  
  • To shape the dough, pat it out into a rectangle.  Spread with butter, sugar and cinnamon.  Roll tightly and place in greased loaf pan.
    1 Tablespoon butter, 1 Tablespoon brown sugar, 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • Cover with the damp towel and let rise for 1-1½ hours or until it has risen over the edge of the pan.
  • Brush gently with melted butter, being careful not to deflate the dough.
    2 teaspoons butter
  • Bake at 450°F for 10 minutes and then at 400°F for 25-30 minutes.
  • When finished baking, turn onto a wire rack and cool completely before cutting.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 147kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 4gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 305mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Julie's Lifestyle

Thursday 21st of July 2016

Hi Carlee, thanks for your sweet comment on the potholders I made!! I love making easy projects for family!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful bread recipe and each one you share at our Cooking and Crafting with J & J. Have a wonderful week. Julie xo


Thursday 21st of July 2016

I really wish I had your crafting skills! Thanks for the party, Julie!


Wednesday 20th of July 2016

This sounds amazing! PINNED!


Thursday 21st of July 2016



Tuesday 19th of July 2016

Yum sounds good for Breakfast! Kim


Tuesday 19th of July 2016

Thank you so much!

Edye Nicole

Sunday 17th of July 2016

Love that this is whole wheat! Thanks for sharing, Carlee :)

Blessings, Edye | Http://


Monday 18th of July 2016

I love sneaking in whole wheat wherever I can. Sourdough and the white whole wheat flour seem to get along very nicely!


Saturday 16th of July 2016

Homemade bread is the best and I have been having the best time creating with my sourdough starter. It's so much fun to start with flour and water and end up with delicious bread!