Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Bread

An essential Fall bread recipe for pumpkin cinnamon swirl bread. Soft spiced pumpkin bread with dark swirls of cinnamon and sugar.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Bread Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

So, I just watched Glee’s tribute episode to Finn. I honestly wasn’t sure if I’d watch it, but I’m glad I did. I’ve never really been a huge fan of the show. I’ve enjoyed it, mostly in past seasons and of course for the singing. I’m sure that’s why most tune in, they’re great singers.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Bread Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

The episode brought me to tears. Not just once, but throughout the show and especially when Lea Michele’s character finally made her appearance. I wasn’t just having a weird emotional moment or anything either. It was different than any other show that might have lost a character, because in this one, they were truly grieving… both for the character and their friend. No forced or fake crying. Pure, raw emotion. Even though they never addressed what happened to him, it was well done and gave closure.

Did you watch? What did you think of it?

Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Bread Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

I’m not sure about you, but to me bread is comfort food. Okay, I really love bread all of the time but it’s totally comfort food. I probably could’ve used a slice while watching the show!

I recreated my favorite cinnamon swirl bread into a pumpkin spiced cinnamon swirl bread. It’s everything you’d hope for and more! Soft and fluffy pumpkin spiced bread with a dark cinnamon swirl throughout. Seriously good. Not only does this bread come together easily, it’s also a great treat for breakfast or snacking! Eat as is, toast it, slather it in butter or apple butter… you’re guaranteed to love it!

I promise, this is a must make!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Bread Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

Yield: 1: 10-inch loaf

Prep Time: 2 and 1/2 hours

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours plus

Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Soft spiced pumpkin bread with dark swirls of cinnamon.


1/2C milk, heated to 115°F
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1/3C plus 1 tsp granulated sugar, divided
1 egg
1C pumpkin puree
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
Pinch ground cloves
1 tsp salt
3 1/2 - 4C all purpose flour

2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1/3C granulated sugar
1 1/2Tbsp cinnamon

Egg wash:
1 egg
1 Tbsp water


In a measuring cup, combine warm milk (heated to 115°F) with active dry yeast and 1 tsp granulated sugar. Allow to proof.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, mix together remaining 1/3 cup granulated sugar, egg, pumpkin and spices. With mixer on low, pour in milk mixture. Switch to the dough hook, add salt and flour, mixing until dough forms and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

Grease a large bowl and your hands with baking spray. Transfer dough to bowl, cover and allow to rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

On a lightly floured surface, or a silicone counter mat, roll dough to roughly 10"x20". Rub entire surface with softened butter. Sprinkle well with cinnamon and sugar. Starting at one of the shorter ends, roll into a tight log and pinch seams closed. Place dough seam side down in a lightly greased 10-inch loaf pan. Cover and allow to rise for an additional 90 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a small bowl combine 1 egg with 1 Tbsp water, brush over exposed dough. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

Allow to cool in the pan for at least 5-10 minutes prior to transferring the loaf to a wire rack to cool completely.

Store bread in an airtight container.

Baked by Rachel original

More bread recipes to try:
Cinnamon swirl bread
Garlic and herb pull-apart bread
English muffin bread
Apple cinnamon pull-apart bread
Beer pretzel bowls
Marbled chocolate banana bread
Garlic monkey bread

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49 Responses to “Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Bread”

  1. #
    Javi Trulove @ T3treats — October 14, 2013 at 6:48 am

    What a beautifull piece of heaven.. those slices looks amazing!

    • Rachel — October 14th, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

      Thanks so much! :)

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    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — October 14, 2013 at 8:13 am

    The swirls are perfect. This looks sooo inviting! Yum!

    • Rachel — October 14th, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

      Thanks Norma!

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    Tieghan — October 14, 2013 at 8:22 am

    This bread sounds and looks amazing. Your swirls are picture perfect. Beautifully done!! I want a slice!

    • Rachel — October 14th, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

      Thanks Tieghan! Wish I could offer you a slice :)

  4. #
    Ali @ Inspiralized — October 14, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Mmmm… this bread looks SO good, I love the swirls – you make it seem so easy to make!

    • Rachel — October 14th, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

      It is easy – promise. And thank you!

  5. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — October 14, 2013 at 9:51 am

    This is beautiful, Rachel!

    • Rachel — October 14th, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

      Thank you Marie!

  6. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — October 14, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Lovely and yummy!!! Mmmm!!!

    • Rachel — October 14th, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

      Thanks Robyn!

  7. #
    Melanie @ carmelmoments.com — October 14, 2013 at 10:54 am

    That swirl of cinnamon looks delightful. I love trying new breads.Yum!

    • Rachel — October 14th, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

      Thanks so much Melanie!

  8. #
    Beth @ bethcakes — October 14, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    This bread not only sounds like something I would love with my coffee every morning, but it’s gorgeous! Love that big swirl!

    • Rachel — October 14th, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

      Thanks so much Beth! :)

  9. #
    Kristen M. — October 14, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I watched Glee and I agree with you. They did a really good job with the episode. I wasn’t just crying, I was sobbing. They all had such raw emotions. Cory seemed like a really good guy who was just plagued with addiction.

    I could easily eat that entire loaf of that bread! :P

  10. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — October 14, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    OMG I could not stop crying the entire show… I totally agree with you on how well they did. I could have easily made my way through a whole loaf of this bread as comfort…

    • Rachel — October 15th, 2013 @ 7:15 am

      So glad I’m not alone when it came to the show.

  11. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — October 14, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    I have my own thoughts about the Glee episode but I’m probably the outsider on that thought. This bread would be perfection with my morning cup of coffee – I love the combination of pumpkin and cinnamon!

    • Rachel — October 15th, 2013 @ 7:15 am

      Maybe you should start watching it from season 1 and try to like it lol ;)

  12. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — October 14, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Look at that perfect swirl!

    • Rachel — October 15th, 2013 @ 7:17 am

      Thanks Stephanie!

  13. #
    Kathleen D — October 15, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Would this turn out the same if I substituted almond milk? I am recently trying new options to dairy milk, so I don’t know how these substitutions work. Thanks!

    • Rachel — October 15th, 2013 @ 7:18 am

      I haven’t tried using almond milk, but it’s always worth a try. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.

  14. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — October 15, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Beautiful loaf, Rachel! I pinned her ever-y-where! Thanks for sharing, girl! xo

    • Rachel — October 15th, 2013 @ 7:18 am

      Thanks so much Stacy!

  15. #
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — October 15, 2013 at 9:44 am

    This is super gorgeous!!

    • Rachel — October 15th, 2013 @ 6:31 pm

      Thanks Dorothy!

  16. #
    Shawn @ I Wash You Dry — October 15, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Gorgeous!! I could eat that whole loaf by myself!

    • Rachel — October 15th, 2013 @ 6:31 pm

      Thanks Shawn!

  17. #
    Laura Dembowski — October 15, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Bread is the ultimate comfort food, and this looks especially comforting! I watched that episode of Glee and thought they did a really good job. I was crying so hard and had already been upset that day, s it was tough to watch, but it was an incredible hour of TV really. I’m not much of a Glee fan and watch mostly for the music, but I was impressed.

    • Rachel — October 15th, 2013 @ 6:32 pm

      Thanks so much Laura! Glad to hear you enjoyed it too! I think it was well done considering the challenge they faced.

  18. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — October 15, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I have only watched the first 2 seasons, so I need to catch up and then see the tribute! This bread is gorgeous! Love those perfect cinnamon spirals!

    • Rachel — October 16th, 2013 @ 7:18 am

      Thanks Jocelyn! :)

  19. #
    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — October 16, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    This bread looks like my breakfast dream come true. Gorgeous!

    • Rachel — October 17th, 2013 @ 7:26 am

      Thanks Jen!

  20. #
    Jessica S. @ Floptimism — October 19, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love cinnamon swirl bread, and I love that you added pumpkin to it. I shared this post with my readers on Floptimism’s Weekend Wrap-Up, so I wanted to thank you for your delicious recipe and beautiful pictures. Enjoy your weekend!

  21. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — October 21, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    This bread looks incredible!! I could eat an entire loaf myself ;)

  22. #
    Leslie @ My Kitchen Is Open — October 21, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    This is currently in my oven and it smells amazing in here! Can wait to eat it! :D

    • Rachel — October 22nd, 2013 @ 7:23 am

      Enjoy! :)

  23. #
    Rachel M — October 23, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    One Rachel to another, this sounds great! Mmmmm – gonna try it soon!

    • Rachel — October 23rd, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

      Thank you. Enjoy! :)

  24. #
    Jenny — October 27, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Sweet mother of all that is good and holy! I made this earlier today and it was so good I made another one this evening!!! I used my bread machine to make the dough and followed the original recipe. AMAZING!

    • Rachel — October 28th, 2013 @ 7:16 am

      Thanks so much Jenny. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe so much!! :)

  25. #
    Vickie — November 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Ditto on that Sweet mother of all that is good and holy! I just made this bread today. I made it with almond milk and although it came out fabulous, it did take a lot longer to rise. I guess it missed the cow’s milk. Having said that, it is absolutely delicious, and toasted, OMG!!

    • Rachel — November 3rd, 2013 @ 5:37 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! :)

  26. #
    Jessica — November 24, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Dear Rachel, this bread has become a staple in our house. Thank you so much for a fabulous recipe!

    • Rachel — November 24th, 2014 @ 4:04 pm

      So glad you enjoy it! Thanks for sharing :)

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