Irresistible Amish Cinnamon Bread (no starter needed)

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Amish Cinnamon Bread is a super easy, quick bread with no yeast, no kneading, and no starter needed, making it perfect for busy families. This delicious dessert bread has a ribbon of cinnamon sugar running through it and a cinnamon topping making it a fabulous sweet treat!

This lovely, sweet, and oh-so-delicious treat has a special place in my heart because my mom always makes it. This easy no-knead sweet bread is bursting with cinnamon flavor since cinnamon is in the middle and on top.

Amish cooking is known for its simplicity and homestyle coziness, with recipes passed down for generations. There are no frills and no fuss, just delicious, satisfying food that reflects the community’s emphasis on simplicity and hard work.

In this article, I’ll explain how this cinnamon bread differs from Amish friendship bread, include step-by-step instructions, serving ideas, and handy tips and tricks. So get ready to enjoy this delicious comfort food quick bread recipe!

Looking for more quick bread recipes? Try Bisquick banana bread, peanut butter bread or blueberry pumpkin bread.

🍞Ingredient Notes

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

  • Butter: Softened to room temperature.
  • Granulated sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Buttermilk: If you don’t have buttermilk add a teaspoon of vinegar to a cup of milk and let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon is the star of the recipe! Ground cinnamon gives the bread a rich, warm flavor.
labeled ingredient photo for amish cinnamon bread.

🥣How to Make Amish Cinnamon Bread

  1. Use a mixer to cream the butter and sugar until soft and creamy. Then add the egg and vanilla and mix to ensure it is well combined.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Add it to the mixing bowl alternately with the buttermilk. Mix until just combined, don’t overmix.
  3. Combine the cinnamon and additional sugar in a small bowl to create the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  4. Fill a greased loaf pan with half of the bread batter. Sprinkle half of the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the batter. Use a butter knife to swirl the cinnamon-sugar mixture through the batter, creating a marbled effect.
  5. Spoon the rest of the batter into the loaf pan, spreading it out to cover the cinnamon layer. Sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon-sugar mixture on top.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes.
Mixing the wet ingredients for cinnamon bread.
Mix the wet ingredients
Adding the flour and buttermilk to the batter.
Add flour and buttermilk
Sprinkling on the cinnamon sugar.
Add cinnamon sugar layer
Swirling the cinnamon layer into the bread.
Swirl the cinnamon sugar
Adding the rest batter on top of the cinnamon layer.
Add rest of batter
Cinnamon bread before baking in loaf pan showing the topping.
Top with cinnamon sugar

🍴Serving Ideas

Now that you’ve made this delicious Amish Cinnamon Bread, here are a few serving ideas to make this sweet treat even more enjoyable.

  • Toast a slice and spread with butter or cream cheese for a delicious breakfast or snack.
  • Treat it like a coffee cake and serve it with a steaming mug of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa for the ultimate cozy dessert.
  • Make a cinnamon bread French toast by dipping slices in eggs, milk, and vanilla extract, then frying until golden brown.
  • Crumble leftover bread into a parfait or trifle, layering it with yogurt and fresh fruit for a tasty dessert.
  • Serve it with other favorite Amish recipes, like Amish potato salad, broccoli salad, or macaroni salad.
Loaf of Amish cinnamon bread before slicing.

💭How to Store

Keep the bread in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap. It will stay fresh for up to 3 days at room temperature. I like to use a resealable plastic bag and squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing it.

Amish Cinnamon Bread also freezes beautifully! Wrap individual slices or the whole loaf in plastic wrap and aluminum foil, or use a resealable freezer-safe plastic bag to avoid freezer burn. It can be stored in the freezer for up to three months. When ready to enjoy, thaw it out at room temperature.

⭐Tips

Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • Don’t overmix the batter. Mixing too much can cause the bread to become tough, so be sure to mix just until the ingredients are combined.
  • If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make your own by combining 1 cup of milk with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice. Let it sit for a few minutes before using it.
  • Test the bread for doneness with a toothpick or a thin knife inserted in the center. If it comes out clean or with just a few crumbs clinging to it, the bread is ready to come out of the oven.
  • This is an easy recipe to double if you want two loaves of bread.
Closeup of Amish cinnamon read showing the inside.

📝FAQ

Is Amish cinnamon bread the same thing as Amish friendship bread?

No. Amish cinnamon bread is a sweet, quick bread recipe you make and bake immediately and is a dessert. Amish friendship bread uses a sourdough starter you have to feed and is less sweet. Both feature cinnamon, but the two types of bread are prepared differently.

Can I make this bread without using an electric mixer?

Absolutely! If you soften the butter to room temperature, mixing the batter by hand with a wooden spoon or a spatula will work fine. It might take a little more elbow grease, but the bread will still turn out delicious.

Can I add any other mix-ins to the batter?

Of course! Feel free to get creative with your Amish Cinnamon Bread. Some popular mix-ins include raisins, nuts, or even chocolate chips. Just don’t go overboard, and only add about 1/2 cup per loaf.

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Loaf of Amish cinnamon bread sliced to show the cinnamon ribbon inside.
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Amish Cinnamon Bread Recipe

Published By Anne
This easy Amish cinnamon bread is a nostalgic treat that will fill your home with the sweet aroma of cinnamon. This bread is quick to make and is perfect comfort food.
Prep Time11 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Servings: 10
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Ingredients
 

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk *see notes if you don't have buttermilk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For Cinnamon Sugar Filling

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  • Use a mixer to cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Then add the egg and vanilla to the mixing bowl and mix well.
    1/2 cup butter, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Add half of the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and half the buttermilk. Mix until just combined. Then add the rest of the flour and buttermilk and mix until combined.
    2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 cup buttermilk
  • In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and half a cup of sugar to create the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
    1/2 cup granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Spoon about half of the batter into the prepared loaf pan, using a spatula to level it. Sprinkle two-thirds of the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the batter. Then use a butter knife to swirl the mixture through the batter.
  • Put the remaining batter on top and use a spatula to smooth it over the cinnamon layer. Sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon mixture on top.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes. When done, it will be golden brown, and a toothpick inserted into the center will come out clean.
  • Let the loaf of bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then remove it and put it on a wire rack to finish cooling.

Notes

  • If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make your own by combining 1 cup of milk with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice. Let it sit for a few minutes before using it.
  • It is easy to double this recipe and make two loaves, one to eat and one to share.
  • Don’t overmix the batter. Mixing too much can cause the bread to become tough.
  • Test the bread for doneness with a toothpick or a thin knife inserted in the center. If it comes out clean or with just a few crumbs clinging to it, the bread is ready to come out of the oven.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 331mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 348IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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2 thoughts on “Irresistible Amish Cinnamon Bread (no starter needed)”

  1. 5 stars
    Such a delightful bread, I have been enjoying this in the arvo with a hot cuppa. The sugar filling is totally addictive.

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