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dollywood's famous cinnamon bread

Recipe by
Patricia J.
Lawson, MO

While on vacation last year, my oldest nephew and his family visited Dollywood. They all said that Dollywood's Famous Cinnamon Bread was out of this world. Each confessed to eating a whole loaf. I had two thoughts. The first being I wanted that recipe and the second was you little pigs. I found a copycat on a site called "Chef and the Fatman". All I can say is "Oink". Each loaf makes 5 slices and I ate 4 of the 5 slices of 1 loaf. But each frozen loaf is smaller than it used to be and is cut in half lengthwise to make two separate loaves. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

yield 3 to 4
method Bake

Ingredients For dollywood's famous cinnamon bread

  • 1 lb
    loaf of frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 4 Tbsp
    (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 1/2 c
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • 1 c
    powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2-3 Tbsp
    water or fresh lemon juice

How To Make dollywood's famous cinnamon bread

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • 2
    Prepare 2 8x4-inch loaf pans with a baking spray that has flour in it.
  • 3
    Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a shallow dish.
  • 4
    Cut the dough lengthwise into two pieces (do this while the bread is still very cold and has not started to rise).
  • 5
    Make 4 crosswise slits in each piece, taking care NOT to cut all the way through.
  • 6
    Brush the loaves all over with butter, making sure to cover all four sides and the inside of the slits.
  • 7
    Roll each loaf in the cinnamon mixture, packing the cinnamon in the the creases with your fingers.
  • 8
    Place the loaves in the prepared pans and set aside in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes or doubled in size (I had some some of the cinnamon-sugar mixture and melted butter left...sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar over the top of the loaves and then finish them by drizzling remaining butter over them, then let them rise).
  • 9
    Bake the bread, turning the pan around once, for 35 minutes, or until the top is golden and a tap on the bottom of the pan yields a hollow sound.
  • 10
    Meanwhile, make the glaze.
  • 11
    Vigorously stir together powdered sugar and water or lemon juice until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps.
  • 12
    Turn the bread out onto a rack while it's still warm and drizzle with the glaze.
  • 13
    Pat's Notes: Thaw loaf of bread on a sheet of waxed paper that has been sprayed with Pam. Lightly spray top of loaf with Pam. Cover with another sheet of waxed paper. I baked mine for almost 40 minutes. Cool them in pans for 5 minutes and then flip them out onto a rack. Let cool (right side up) for another 5 minutes, then grab a napkin and dig in. I did not glaze mine and it was great without glaze.

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