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Monday, September 16, 2019

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

I recall many times during my childhood enjoying pastries for breakfast. My dad was often the one that would share these delights with us. One of his favorites was raising bread. This recipe will allow to make up a delicious cinnamon bread for those you love as well.

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2% milk warmed (between 100-105 degrees F)
0.50 ounce packets dry active yeast (or two 0.25 ounce packets)
6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup warm water
2 eggs
1 cup raisins

Cinnamon Swirl:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Pour cold milk into a measuring cup and microwave for 1 minute. Test to make sure to milk to warmed to 100-105 degrees F. (The milk should feel quite warm, but not hot.)

Add the yeast to the milk and stir to combine. Set aside for a couple minutes while you grab the rest of the ingredients to let the yeast bloom.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine 4 cups of flour with the sugar and salt. Pour in the milk/yeast mixture and water; mix until just combined. Add the eggs and mix to combine. The dough will look WAY too wet right now. That's okay.
Add 2 more cups of flour to the dough. Mix until a ball begins to form. Add more flour 1/4 cup at a time as needed until the dough isn't crazy sticky and pulls away from the bowl.
Add in the raisins and mix until incorporated.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.Sprinkle the dough with flour as needed and knead for 2 minutes.
Grease a large mixing bowl with a light coat of butter or non-stick cooking spray. Place the dough into the bowl and cover with a tea towel. Let the dough sit on your kitchen counter for 1 hour, or until the dough doubles in size.
On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into an 18-inch x 9-inch rectangle.
Brush about 1/2 of the melted butter over the dough.
In a bowl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle 1/2 of the cinnamon sugar mixture over the dough.
Starting with the 9-inch end, roll up the dough until your reach the other side. Use your fingers to pinch the seam closed. Tuck the ends under the bottom side a bit, and place the loaf into a buttered loaf pan. Brush the top of the loaf with melted butter.
Repeat with the other half of the dough. Cover the loaves with a tea towel and let sit for 1 hour until the dough doubles in size.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Bake the loaves for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the bread is a deep golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.
Carefully remove from the oven and let on a wire rack.

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