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Dollywood Cinnamon Bread

  • Author: Erin
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes + 90 minutes for rising
  • Total Time: 2 hours +
  • Yield: 2 loaves 1x


A close copycat of the delicious, buttery pull apart cinnamon bread from the Grist Mill in Dollywood.



Bread Dough

  • 1/2 cup + 2 TBS warm water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 TBS butter, melted
  • 1 tsp + 1/8 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cups to 1 2/3 cups of bread flour


  • 4 TBS butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 TBS ground cinnamon



Make the Dough

  1. Mix the melted butter, sugar, and warm water together in a small bowl.  Sprinkle the yeast on top and let it sit for a few minutes until foamy.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine 3/4 cup of bread flour with the salt.  Pour in the yeast mixture and stir to combine a sticky dough.  Add more flour a couple of tablespoons at time until the mixture forms an elastic dough that is not too sticky and not too dry.  Be careful not to add too much flour as that will affect the texture of the finished bread.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly-floured surface and knead for 5 to 7 minutes (you can also use the dough hook of a stand mixer).
  4. Lightly oil a clean bowl and place the dough ball inside.  Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled.  This usually takes about an hour.


  1. Prepare two 8.5 inch x 4.5 inch light metal or aluminum loaf pans by lining with parchment paper.  The parchment can stick out of the top of the pan and doesn't have to be even.
  2. In a container with a wide flat bottom, place the melted butter.  In a second similar container, stir together the ground cinnamon and sugar.
  3. When the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and turn out onto a lightly floured surface.  Cut into two equal pieces and shape into loaves.
  4. Use a sharp knife to make 4 deep cuts crosswise into each loaf.  Dip the loaf into the butter, turning it over once to make sure it's fully coated.
  5. Dip the loaf into the cinnamon sugar mixture, making sure to coat it generously on all sides and that the cuts made with the knife are full of cinnamon and sugar.  Place loaf into prepared pan.
  6. Repeat with second loaf.  If you have any melted butter left over in the container, drizzle it down the sides of the loaves.
  7. Let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes or until it has puffed up.  While waiting, preheat oven to 300F.
  8. Once loaves have risen, bake on center rack for about 35 minutes, rotating once, or until golden.
  9. Lift out of the pans by grasping the edges of the parchment paper.  Serve warm.


See post above for suggestions and tips.

  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Method

Keywords: dollywood cinnamon bread, copycat, cinnamon sugar

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