My house smells yummy right now. I decided to make Cinnamon and Raisin Bread. So I'll share my recipe with you. I'm far from a Kitchen Witch, but a little baking with love always makes me happy; especially when I get yummy results!
|I apologize for it being half eaten before the picture was taken! lol We could not wait.|
- 2 cups All-purpose flour
- 1 packet Yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tsp oil. (Olive oil or Veg. oil.)
- 1/2 cup and 2 tbsp Sugar
- 2 tbsp Cinnamon
- 2 tbsp Nutmeg
- 1 cup Raisins
- 1 cup Brown sugar
- 1 1/2 sticks Butter
- In a measuring cup, 1 cup warm (not hot and not cold) water. Add 2 tbsp sugar and the packet of yeast to the water. Wait 10 minutes or until the yeast proofs. You'll see little bubbles and a foamy action at the top. If your yeast does not proof, its no good. Start over with different yeast.
- In a separate bowl, mix 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp oil. I used olive oil for this, only because it is healthier. Add 2 cups all-purpose flour and the contents of the measuring cup.
- Mix together so the flour and yeast mix is all worked in. You can use a mixer with a dough hook if you want.
- Add 2 tbsp Cinnamon and Nutmeg.
- After the dough is formed in a ball, flour your counter surface and place dough on the counter. Put a little extra flour on top. You may wish to flour your hands too. Kneed dough for 10-15 minutes. Dough should be pliant but not sticky. Don't work too much extra flour in or your loaf will be dense.
- In a bread pan, oil the bottom with 1 tsp oil. Place loaf in pan and flip it once or twice to coat it with oil. Place in a warm area and allow to rise. If you have a gas oven or an oven with a warm setting, this is a perfect place to allow to rise. Should take 1-2 hours.
- After bread has risen, in a separate bowl, 1 cup brown sugar and 1/2 stick of butter. I added more cinnamon as well. I didn't measure, but it was about 5 tbsp. I like a strong cinnamon taste, but you can change the amount if you wish. Microwave a few seconds to melt the butter. Mix well.
- On your floured surface, roll out the bread dough. Place raisins along the top and pour the sugar mixture over top of that. I had some left over that I reserved for later.
- Roll the bread up. You should have enough for two loaves. Cut in half and place in oiled bread pans. Pour a little more of the sugar mix on top. Allow to rise another 1-2 hours in a warm place.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes. If you tap the top of the bread and it sounds hallow, it's done.
- Transfer your loaves to a serving dish. I stacked one on top of the other, but you don't need to do this. Arrange them as you wish.
- In a saucepan, 1 stick butter, and either the sugar mixture you have left, or make more. Heat on high until it reduces to a glaze.
- Pour glaze over top of the bread. Allow to cool to room temperature and enjoy!