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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Swirl Sourdough Bread

     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!

       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! 

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Swirl Sourdough Bread
makes one 9x5" loaf


2/3 cup warm water
3/4 tsp dry active yeast
1 cup sourdough starter (straight from the fridge is fine)
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp salt


1 T butter
1 T brown sugar
1 T cinnamon

For top:
1-2 tsp butter, melted

  1. 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.
  2. Sprinkle in salt and begin adding all purpose floue. 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.)
  3. 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.
  4. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover with a damp towel and let rise until doubled in size (about 1 1/2 to 2 hours).  
  5. To shape the dough, pat it out into a rectangle.  Spread with butter, sugar and cinnamon.  Roll tightly and place in greased loaf pan.
  6. Cover with the damp towel and let rise for 1-1 1/2 hours or until it has risen over the edge of the pan.
  7. Brush gently with melted butter, being careful not to deflate the dough.
  8. Bake at 450 F for 10 minutes and then at 400 F for 25-30 minutes.
  9. When finished baking, turn onto a wire rack and cool completely before cutting.


  1. This looks like a great recipe for a very special treat. We love homemade bread and this looks fabulous! I really appreciate you sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

    1. 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!

  2. I love making homemade bread. This cinnamon swirl sourdough combo looks awesome, and I love that you use whole wheat flour in it! Visiting from the Weekend Potluck!

    1. I love baking with whole wheat where I can. This ration and the sourdough makes for a really nice texture of bread. Of course a cinnamon swirl never hurt anything! I hope you give it a go!

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

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

  4. Yum sounds good for Breakfast!Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on Twitter! Have a great week!

  5. This sounds amazing! PINNED!

    I’d love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, and tips:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  6. 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

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


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