This amazingly easy cinnamon bread is the perfect sweet bread to have with breakfast or as a dessert. This cinnamon swirl bread it topped with loads for crumbly streusel and topped with icing for the perfect finish.Jump to Recipe Yum
Some days I crave the sweetness and smells of cinnamon rolls, but don’t want to go through all of the steps and time it takes to make it. On days like that, I make this amazing easy cinnamon bread and I get everything I wanted! The brown sugar streusel topping is rich and crumbly and it’s such an easy recipe because it is a cinnamon bread recipe without yeast. You don’t have to wait for it to rise, you just layer it, bake it and eat it!
If you are up for making cinnamon rolls from scratch then check out this recipe for >>>> the best cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting!
Now for the great debate…
Is it Cinnamon roll bread? Cinnamon swirl bread? or Cinnamon streusel bread?
I really debated what to call it. This recipe really falls into all 3 of these categories. It’s similar to cinnamon rolls, its swirly and it’s spilling over with that amazing crumb topping. My kids went bonkers over this recipe, so please give it a try!
I would like to add that using high quality ingredients really makes a difference. I say this on most of my recipes, but it’s true! If you are going to all the work of making a recipe, you want your star ingredient to be good quality. That’s why I highly recommend using this Saigon Cinnamon from The Spice House.
How to make cinnamon bread from scratch
How do you make cinnamon quick bread? First I want to specify that this is a no yeast recipe and is also made with no buttermilk. It’s a super easy quick bread recipe and you don’t need a bread machine at all!
Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
Start out with a good quality mixer, like a KitchenAid and cream together 1 stick of softened butter and 3/4 cups of the granulated sugar with the paddle attachment. Add the egg and mix together again. When these ingredients are combined, add the milk, sour cream and vanilla.
For the dry ingredients, sift together the all purpose flour, salt, ground cinnamon, baking soda and baking powder. Mix it together with the wet ingredients until well combined and smooth.
What is streusel topping made of?
Streusel topping is generally made with brown sugar, flour, butter and cinnamon and combined until crumbly.
I love streusel! It is cut together until it turns into little pea sized crumbs and added to the top of cakes, muffins, coffee cake, breads and other pastries. For this recipe, we will be making extra, and adding some if it into the middle of the bread batter to make it a beautiful cinnamon swirl loaf.
How to make streusel topping more crumbly
The key is to this crumbly streusel is to use cold butter and a pastry cutter. You don’t want your butter too soft, and you don’t want it too cold. Just take it out of the fridge for about 10 minutes before making the streusel. Add the butter, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and a dash of salt in a large mixing bowl. With your pastry cutter, cut all of the ingredients together for several minutes until it turns into coarse crumbs about the size of a pea or a little larger.
If you use a mixer, you will not get the crumbly texture that you need in a streusel topping. You don’t want it to be smooth, you want it to be chunky.
Putting together the cinnamon quick bread
This recipe makes one loaf of bread. Prepare a bread loaf pan by buttering it and dusting it with flour. This will ensure that your cinnamon loaf will not stick to the sides of the pan. Pour half of the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Take several tablespoons of the streusel mixture and sprinkle it over the batter. Spoon the remaining batter into the pan on top of the streusel. If you want it to be a swirl bread, take a butter knife and swirl it through the batter just a few times.
Add the rest of the crumble topping to the top of the batter and place it in the pre-heated oven. Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Baking time may vary from oven to oven.
Cinnamon Bread with Icing, how to make icing for cinnamon roll bread
After the cinnamon loaf has cooled for 10 minutes, take a knife and loosen it from the edges of the pan. Let it cool completely and carefully remove it from the pan and onto a serving platter. Making icing with powdered sugar is super easy! Add the powdered sugar to a medium mixing bowl. Whisk in 2 teaspoons of milk until it is smooth. If it is still clumpy, add another 1/2 teaspoon of milk at a time until it has the right consistency.
Drizzle the icing over the top of the cinnamon bread and serve with a cup of coffee! YUM!
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Cinnamon Streusel Bread – Cinnamon Quick Bread with Icing
For the quick bread
- 1 stick butter softened (I use salted)
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 teas vanilla extract
- 2 cups flour all purpose
- ¾ teas salt
- 1 teas ground cinnamon
- 1 teas baking soda
- 1 teas baking powder
For the streusel topping
- 5 tbsp butter cold
- ⅔ cup brown sugar packed
- ½ cup flour all purpose
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
For the icing
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 2-3 teas milk
Quick Bread Instructions
- With an electric mixer, cream the softened butter and ¾ cup sugar together until smooth
- Add the egg and mix well
- Add the milk, sour cream, vanilla and vanilla and mix together
- Sift the flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda and baking powder together
- Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined and smooth
For the streusel
- With a pastry cutter, cut the cold butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and flour together until it is crumbly. The crumbs should be about the size of the pea or a little larger. They will not be uniform in size
- Add half of the batter to a prepared pan. Add 3-4 tablespoons of the streusel mixture on top.
- Spoon the rest of the batter in top and even it out
- With a knife, swirl the batter together just a little bit (optional)
- Add the rest of the streusel topping evenly over the top of the batter
- Bake uncovered in the preheated oven for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (could be longer depending on the oven)
- Whisk together the powdered sugar and milk until it is smooth. Only add 2 teaspoons at first to see if it's the right consistency. If it is still dry or lumpy add ½ teaspoon at a time until it is smooth
- Let the bread cool for 10 minutes then with a knife, loosen it from the edges. After it is completely cool, carefully remove it from the pan and put it on a serving dish
- Drizzle the icing over the top. Serve and enjoy!