Cinnamon Raisin Bread is a flavorful and raisin-filled bread that can be made with just a few common ingredients and baked in a Dutch oven. If you happen to love Cinnamon Raisin Bagels, you are in for a treat! This bread tastes EXACTLY like that!
Cinnamon Raisin Bread
Cinnamon Raisin Bread has been around so long, it even has its own day–September 16th. But, once you see how easy it is to get this bread made, you will be making it many more days than that! This bread is delicious as toast in the morning, with just a little butter. Or, be a little more creative and add some cream cheese, apple slices, and honey on a toasted piece of the bread.
Cinnamon Raisin Bread Ingredients
The ingredients in this cinnamon raisin bread are common baking ingredients that you probably have on hand. So, there is no reason to not try giving this easy bread recipe a try!
Raisins: Raisins have health benefits, including fiber, iron, calcium, and antioxidants. Yes, they are high in calories and sugar but eaten in moderation, raisins can be a great addition to your diet.
Yeast: Use rapid rise yeast, or instant yeast, for this recipe. It is easier to use and faster acting. Make sure your packet of yeast is still good and has not expired.
Hot Water: Make sure the water you add to the mixture is 120°F or less (I prefer a temperature of about 110°F). If the water is too hot, it will kill the yeast.
How to Make Cinnamon Raisin Bread
This cinnamon raisin bread recipe is so easy! Plus, it tastes as great as your kitchen will be smelling as the bread is baking. To get started, combine the raisins, cinnamon, flour, salt, yeast, and brown sugar in a large bowl. After those ingredients are combined, add the hot (but not too hot) water and stir to form a sticky dough ball.
Spray a second bowl with nonstick cooking spray. Transfer the dough ball into the sprayed bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Let the dough sit for about 3 hours, or until it has doubled in size. When the dough has almost doubled in size, line a Dutch oven with parchment paper and put it into a cold oven. Set the oven at 450°F to let both the Dutch oven and oven heat up.
When ready, carefully remove the hot Dutch oven from the oven. Dump the risen dough ball into the preheated pot. Cover the pot with a lid and bake the bread for 25-30 minutes. Remove the lid and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until the cinnamon raisin bread is golden brown. Let the bread cool before slicing and serving.
How to Store Bread
Most bread will only last a day or two at room temperature. However, to get the most out of a loaf of bread, freeze it. After the cinnamon raisin bread has completely cooled, wrap it tightly in aluminum foil. Then, store the wrapped bread in a freezer-safe, zipped bag. Labe and date the bag; it will last for a few months this way.
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Old Fashioned Buttermilk Sweet Bread
- 1½ cups (217.5g) raisins
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon rapid rise yeast
- ⅓ cup (67g) brown sugar
- 1½ cups (355g) hot water
In a large bowl, combine the raisins, cinnamon, flour, salt, yeast, and brown sugar. Stir to combine.
Add hot water (about 110°F) and stir until the dough forms a sticky batter. Place the dough in a bowl that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
Cover the bowl in plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise until almost doubled in size (about 3 hours).
Line a 6-quart Dutch oven with parchment paper. Place it in the cold oven.
Preheat oven to 450°F, allowing the Dutch oven to heat up as well.
When ready, carefully remove the hot Dutch oven from the oven. Dump the dough ball into the preheated Dutch oven and cover tightly with the lid.
Bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove the lid and bake 10 more minutes (or until the bread is golden brown).
Remove bread from the oven and let it cool before slicing and serving.