Easy Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake Bread

Everyone has heard of coffee cake, but fewer people have heard of coffee bread.  This easy cinnamon streusel coffee bread recipe takes about 15 minutes of prep time.  

Even though it is made with a yeast dough, you don’t have to knead it and it only one rising.   

The fluffy, buttery and tender cake-like base with the generously sweet and crunchy topping will make you want to bake this every weekend.  


For the Streusel Topping

2 Tablespoons butter

½  cup brown sugar

2 Tablespoons flour

1 Tablespoon cinnamon

½  cup chopped walnuts

For the Dough    

1 teaspoon butter (for the pan)            

3/4 cup warm water (not hot— 110 to 115°)

2 teaspoons active dry yeast

¼ cup sugar

1 tsp. salt

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1 egg

1/4 cup butter, melted


  1. Start by mixing the streusel topping in a small bowl. Using the tips of your fingers, pinch the  butter into small pea sized pieces.  Set this mixture aside until the dough is ready.
  2. Brush an 8” square baking pan with 1 teaspoon of butter so the dough doesn’t stick. Set the pan aside for now.
  3. For the dough, place the warm water into a medium mixing bowl and add the yeast, sugar and salt.  Mix it for a few seconds until the sugar starts to dissolve and the yeast is hydrated.  
  4. Add the flour, egg and melted butter to the yeast mixture and blend with a sturdy spoon for about 2 minutes or until everything is well combined.  The batter should be thick and stretchy.                
  5. Spoon dough into the buttered 8"square pan. Use the back of your mixing spoon or a rubber spatula to coax the dough into the corners of your pan, if you need to.  Sprinkle with the streusel mixture. Be sure to cover the entire surface of the dough with the streusel mixture.  Cover and let the dough rise for about an hour or until it has double in size.  
  6. While the dough is rising, pre-heat your oven to 375 F.  
  7. Bake the coffee bread for 30-35 minutes.  Let the bread cool slightly before serving.  Serve warm.