The ice pop that dyes your hand with rolling drips of Red 40, the candy shop on the way to your parents' house, clam bakes, frozen bananas. Summer foods are a nostalgic and powerful thing—we each have our favorites (I could write an ode to lobster rolls and fried clams). Our co-founder, Amanda Hesser's favorite? The cinnamon swirl bread from Breadzilla near her husband's family home in the Hamptons.
A bouncy milk, butter, and egg dough folded lovingly around a strip of cinnamon, sugar, and butter, it's no wonder she eats it for breakfast every August when she visits. Here's what she has to say about it:
Before I met my husband Tad, I’d never been to the Hamptons on the east end of Long Island, and now we go, like his family has for decades, every August. But I went on vacations there for 5 years before anyone in his family told me about the cinnamon swirl bread from Breadzilla, a bakery that’s tucked away in their tiny hamlet of Wainscott. Breadzilla’s piece de resistance is a pan loaf that’s poufy on top with a sugary, cinnamon crust, and is loaded up inside with a curl of cinnamon butter. When we’re there in the summer, I eat it every morning for breakfast, thickly sliced, toasted and spread with butter and a scattering of sea salt.
While Breadzilla's version is more of a classic white Pullman, Amanda's recipe uses a butter-and-egg dough adapted from The American Home. White or butter-and-egg, Hamptons or big city, we'll be eating this bread all summer long.
Cinnamon Swirl Bread
For the bread dough
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup room temperature water
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 5 cups sifted all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
For the cinnamon filling
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
What are your favorite summertime foods? Will you be baking this bread (yes, of course)? Tell us in the comments below!