A slightly sweet and fragrant bread full of raisins
There is a huge debate in our family that revolves around what to call the packaged sliced stuff that you put in a toaster. We won’t get into it here, because we’ve already gotten into it over here – but we were reminded of that post because this cinnamon raisin bread, popped into a toaster, is a thing of beauty.
In testing and re-testing this recipe before publishing it, we’ve learned a few things – we’ve listed those in the Helpful Hints section just below and we hope that they will help you make a perfect loaf of bread. And although bread making tips are important, let’s assume that your bread is ready – here are a few other important things to know.
The first is that toasted cinnamon raisin bread is delicious warm and spread with a nice bit of butter or ghee (we’re new fans of ghee!). It’s equally good untoasted, sliced thinly, and used to hold a turkey sandwich filling. Craving cinnamon buns? No problem. Combine some icing sugar with milk until you get a thick but spreadable consistency and slather that on a generous slice of cinnamon raisin bread. You’ll thank us. We promise.
If you worry because you don’t think that you have the capacity to bake bread, let us assure you – you do. Our bread making methods, whether they be no-knead breads like our olive and feta bread or a quick bread like our Irish soda bread are virtually fail-proof. This cinnamon raisin bread uses the same technique as some of our other bread, one we like to call the dump and rise method. As you’ll see in the recipe, you essentially dump all the ingredients (except for the raisins) in a bowl, wait a bit, add the raisins, wait some more, shape your loaf, wait again, bake, eat, repeat! Trust us, the hardest part of this recipe is keeping yourself from eating the entire loaf in one sitting. Also, if you eat the entire loaf in one sitting, don’t worry about it, you’re not alone.
What kind of raisins work best in this recipe?
The raisins that work best in this cinnamon raisin bread are the raisins you love best. We prefer the dark sultana raisins, but you can choose whatever you like.
The important thing about the raisins is to ensure that you are adding them a bit at a time. If you drop them all into your dough at the same time it may become difficult to knead your dough so that they are evenly dispersed throughout the bread. So, add some raisins, mix, add some more, mix, and on and on until all of your raisins are incorporated.
What if I don’t have a hand held or a stand mixer?
You can certainly do the mixing and the kneading by hand. The mixer is not essential, it just makes the job easier. If you don’t have a mixer, don’t despair. Make the bread anyways – it’s still easy, and it will still be delicious. Actually, maybe it will be even more delicious because you will have worked harder for it!
I love the cinnamon sugar topping! What else can I use it for?
The perfect ratio for cinnamon sugar is 1:4. These are the quantities we would recommend, depending how much you want to make:
- 1/4 cup cinnamon : 1 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon : 1/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 teaspoons cinnamon : 1 tablespoon sugar
To make cinnamon sugar simply combine the sugar and cinnamon, and store in a cool, dry place. It will keep for a very long time. You can use cinnamon sugar in a variety of ways. You can sprinkle it on cereal or oatmeal. You can add it to the tops of muffins before baking them. You can also sprinkle it on top of toast or even on top of your cappuccino or latte.
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Things you might need:
Cinnamon raisin bread
- Stand mixer (or a hand held mixer)
- Loaf pan
- Parchment paper
- 2 3/4 cups (410 grams) all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons dry instant yeast
- 1 cup (250 mL) warm water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for greasing bowl
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 cup (50 grams) packed golden or brown sugar
- 3/4 cups (115 grams) raisins
Cinnamon sugar topping
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup (50 grams) sugar
- In the mixing bowl of your stand mixer combine the flour, yeast, water, salt, olive oil, the cinnamon and brown sugar. With a rubber spatula mix the ingredients until well combined and let sit for 15 minutes.
- Next, gently fold the raisins into your dough. Using the bread hook attachment of your stand mixer, mix on low-medium speed for 5 minutes. If you find the dough sticking to the side of your bowl, sprinkle in some additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. If you find the dough is a little too dense and that some dough or flour remains on the bottom of your bowl, add 1 tablespoon of water. This might make the dough a little more sticky, but that's fine.
- Transfer your dough to a well greased bowl. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and place your bowl in a warm place for 60-70 minutes.
- After this first rising, punch the dough down and shape your bread loaf. Place the dough in a parchment lined loaf pan, cover it loosely with the same kitchen towel and let it rise for an additional hour. To watch how to shape the dough into a loaf, watch video here.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Lightly brush the top of the loaf with some water. Combine the cinnamon and sugar for the topping together in a small bowl and then sprinkle some of it over the top of your loaf.
- Bake in the middle rack of your oven for 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing the bread from the loaf pan. Allow to cool fully on a wire rack, before slicing.