Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread at Panera Bread

Help Yourself: Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread

Your kitchen just got a lot sweeter with our newest loaf.

Sweet dough, plump raisins, ground cinnamon—few foods go as well together as these flavorful ingredients. In fact, our new Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread is so delicious, we know you’ll be reaching for seconds (or even thirds).

“There is so much to love about this bread,” says Tom Gumpel, head baker at Panera Bread®. Whether you eat some at your local bakery-cafe or take home a freshly baked loaf, you’re sure to appreciate the simple pleasure of a buttered slice. “When you toast this bread, the crunchy blanket of cinnamon sugar caramelizes and heightens the flavor,” says Tom. “Add some sweet butter and you have a truly irresistible treat.”

But why stop there? Tom shares a few creative ideas for enjoying the Swirl.

“The Swirl is, above all else, a delicious loaf of bread,” he says. One that can be substituted for white or whole wheat in many of your favorite sandwiches. For example, he’s jazzed up a few lunch boxes by topping this bread with peanut butter and jam. For something more savory, he suggests pairing cured maple ham, Brie, and apricot chutney on lightly toasted slices or layering on smoked turkey and cranberry mayo and heating the sandwich in a grill pan. 

If you have a little more time—say, on a Sunday morning—try this take on a classic Monte Cristo. The recipe makes two sandwiches.


4 slices Panera Bread Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread, toasted

2 slices each of deli ham, turkey, and Swiss cheese

2 pinches nutmeg

2 eggs (or egg whites)

2 tablespoons butter, salted

Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting (approximately 2 teaspoons)


1.  Layer the ham, turkey, and cheese between the toasted bread to make two sandwiches.

2.  Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes. In a shallow bowl, lightly beat together the nutmeg and eggs. Dip one side of a sandwich into the egg mixture and let the excess drip off. Repeat on the other side. Repeat with the other sandwich.

3.  Melt the butter (or use cooking spray) to coat the pan. Cook the sandwiches until the meat is warm, cheese is melted, and egg is cooked, about 3 minutes on each side. Slice them diagonally, dust with sugar, and serve hot.

Yield: 2 Sandwiches.

NUTRITIONAL INFO (per sandwich): 657 calories, 26g protein, 65g carbohydrates, 34g fat, 332mg cholesterol, 1123mg sodium, 2g dietary fiber.

Beyond sandwiches, our Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread adds a layer of complexity to traditional bread pudding, French toast, and croutons. “There’s something special about the unique blend of Indonesian and Vietnamese cinnamon that makes this bread a go-to choice for updating many of your favorite dishes,” says Tom.