Skip to Content

Cinnamon Twisted Braided Bread Wreath

This cinnamon twisted bread wreath recipe is a great addition to any Easter, Thanksgiving, Mother’s Day or Christmas brunch buffet. Delicious breakfast or dessert everyone loves.

Bread Wreath

If it’s the holidays, or just because you want something sweet, you might want to make this beautiful braided bread wreath! Filled with cinnamon, pecans and maple flavors it is a pretty centerpiece as well. (affiliate links present)

Easter Bread Wreath

I mean this isn’t just for one holiday or another but it sure is a nice addition to it when you have family over. Our other addition this year was to make Easter egg bread. Those were made with frozen dough, this is homemade.

The add ins are really up to you. If you need or want it to be nut free by all means leave those out. I don’t always add them to my baked goods but it does add some nice texture and flavor.

braided bread ingredients

Cinnamon Bread Wreath

First you’re going to need to make a basic sweet bread dough. This will be your main base and you will add layers of YUM from there.

Can any bread be braided?

Basically. If you are making homemade bread dough at home then the shape is really up to you. I mean it doesn’t take much longer to transform it from a loaf that is much thicker (which won’t taste as sweet) to THIS!

Why is bread braided?

The most common style you may have seen is Challah. That is traditionally served in Jewish homes and synagogues. The idea comes from the Torah where it says for Moses to set aside portions of each loaf as an offering to the priests.

That style uses 3 pieces where this is more of a twist with just 2 strands “braided”.

braided bread dough

Christmas Bread Wreath

Now if you are making this for a get together like Thanksgiving or Xmas you could add some color to it too. Things like 1/4 cup dried cranberries could be an alternative to the pecans. A drizzle of green colored glaze could be added to the top too!

This is what you’ll need for the dough:

Then you make the filling for the inside to add sweetness and color too. The same goes for our cinnamon roll muffins too.

rolling out dough

This kinda’ reminds me of our homemade cinnamon rolls recipe at this point. You just smear the room temp. butter on and mix up the other things. Sprinkle those on and it will stick well that way.

  • Butter
  • Pecans
  • Maple syrup
  • Cinnamon
  • Brown sugar

When it is done you will roll this baby up and slice it in half in anticipation of twisting it.

how to make braided bread

Twisted Bread

You need to keep one end still attached like you see here so it doesn’t come all undone. Then just put one over the other and keep going until you reach the very end. Getting it as tight as possible with the most cross overs is best.

cinnamon wreath bread

Then you move it to a baking sheet with parchment paper on top and shape into a wreath. You’re going to want to let this baby rest for about 30 minutes before you bake it. Homemade braided bread does take more time but it’s worth it.

I mean you could leave it long like you see here too but it’s not as pretty and probably won’t fit on your cookie sheet either.

homemade wreath bread

Here’s a quick step by step but there is a printable recipe card at the bottom of the post as well:

Time needed: 3 hours.

Bread Wreath

  1. Prepare

    In a large bowl or stand mixer combine the warm milk, maple syrup, and yeast. Whisk to dissolve the yeast completely. Leave for 5 – 20 minutes until it is nice and foamy.

    Add in the egg and salt. Add one cup of flour and melted butter. Slowly add the remaining flour. Knead the dough with the hook or by hand for 5-8 minutes until smooth

    Place the dough into a greased bowl. Cover it tightly with some plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm location until it has almost doubled in size. This will take about 1-2 hours.

    While the dough is rising, make the filling. Whisk together the butter, maple syrup, light brown sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

    Place the dough on a lightly floured surface. Knead it for a short while. Roll it out into a large rectangle shape. Spread the room temperature butter mixture on top.

    Leave the dough bare around the edges so it doesn’t seep out.

    Sprinkle the chopped pecans over the dough if you choose to add these. You could use dried cranberries, raisins or walnuts instead.

    Roll up the dough tightly into a log shape. Using a sharp knife cut it length wise leaving the last inch of the dough in tact so it is still sealed at one end.

    Carefully transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover the wreath loosely with plastic wrap . Let this sit until soft and nearly doubled in size for about 30 – 45 minutes.

    Twist the two strands around themselves as if you were braiding your hair. Wrap two ends together to form a wreath shape. Pinch ends to ensure they are sealed well.

  2. Bake

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Now bake the bread wreath for 30-35 minutes until nice and golden brown. If the top starts to color too much before the loaf is done, loosely cover it with a sheet of tinfoil.

    When the bread is done, remove it from the oven and on to a wire rack to cool. Brush it with pure maple syrup to give it a good shine, then leave to cool.

    For a glaze whisk the above ingredients together until smooth. Drizzle 1/2 cup or so over entire thing or on top of each piece when served.

And serve like this!

cinnamon wreath bread

Braided Bread with Filling

You will need a knife to slice this into about 12 pieces. Serve at a Merry Christmas brunch, for Mother’s Day or otherwise. I guarantee it to get all the oooohs and ahhhhhs from your guests.

Looking for other baked goods you can serve? We have lots but here are a couple favorites according to my kids. 😉

  1. This chocolate Rhodes monkey bread is faster because it’s made with frozen cinnamon rolls.
  2. You can make air fryer banana bread for everyone, or 4 ingredient banana bread using cake mix.
  3. Pumpkin zucchini muffins are always a hit year round, especially in the Fall though.

If you want to serve this as a centerpiece, serve it on this pretty cake plate.

homemade wreath bread recipe

How do you keep homemade bread fresh?

The best way to store leftovers is to wrap what is left (unsliced) in plastic wrap or foil. Then slide that into a freezer bag and suck all the air out. Do NOT refrigerate it as that will dry it out. Keep it on the countertop instead.

How long will homemade bread keep?

Typically it is best to consume it within the next 4 days. If you aren’t going to I would wrap it as directed above and freeze it instead for up to a few months.

Want to see a few of my favorite things you might want to write on your Christmas list this year??!! 😉 Take a peek and see how many you might already have…twinsies!

Looking for more easy family recipes and tips? LIKE The Typical Mom Facebook page?

Then sign up for my free newsletter, and follow me on Pinterest! 😉

***** If you LOVED this recipe give it 5 Stars below and let everyone know what you thought about it. 😉

the typical mom

Braided Bread Recipe

If you want to know how to half a recipe to make less, or make air fryer pumpkin bread read these posts. Seeking another lemon recipe though? Our lemon crinkle cookie recipe is a favorite.

Bread Wreath

This cinnamon braided bread wreath recipe is a great addition to any Easter, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day or Christmas brunch. Delicious.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American, French
Keyword braided, bread, breakfast, cinnamon, maple, pecan, wreath
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 291kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large bowl or stand mixer combine the warm milk, maple syrup, and yeast. Whisk to dissolve the yeast. Leave for 5-10 minutes until it is nice and foamy.
  • Add in the egg and salt. Add one cup of flour and melted butter. Slowly add the remaining flour. Knead the dough with the hook or by hand for 5-8 minutes until smooth
  • Place the dough into a greased bowl. Cover it tightly with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm location until it has almost doubled in size. This will take about 1-2 hours.
  • While the dough is rising, make the filling. Whisk together the butter, maple syrup, light brown sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Place the dough on a lightly floured surface. Knead it for a short while. Roll it out into a large rectangle shape. Spread the butter mixture on top leaving the dough bare around the edges. Sprinkle the chopped pecans over the dough if you choose to add these. You could use raisins or walnuts instead.
  • Roll up the dough tightly into a log shape. Using a sharp knife cut it lenth wise leaving the last inch of the dough in tact so it is still sealed at one end.
  • Carefully transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover the wreath loosely with plastic wrap. Let this sit until soft and nearly doubled in size. This will take about 30 minutes to do. Twist the two strands around themselves as if you were braiding. One over the other all the way to the end.
  • Wrap two ends together to form a wreath shape. Pinch ends to ensure they are sealed well.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Bake the bread wreath for 30-35 minutes until outsides are nice and golden brown. If the top starts to color too much before the loaf is done, you can loosely cover it with a sheet of tinfoil.
  • When the bread is done, remove it from the oven. Brush it with pure maple syrup to give it a good shine, then leave to cool.
  • For a glaze whisk the above ingredients together until smooth. Drizzle over entire thing or on top of each piece when served.

Video

Nutrition Facts
Bread Wreath
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 291 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 130mg6%
Potassium 124mg4%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 226IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

← Previous
Frozen Pierogies in Air Fryer
how to measure flour
Next →
How to Half a Recipe
Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.