Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

One of my favorite things to make for a brunch party is Baked French Toast and the reason is not only because it is delicious, but because i can make it the night before and just pop it in the oven the day of the brunch.  The last thing i want to do for a brunch party is to wake up at 6am and start cooking.  So this past weekend when i hosted a shower not only did i make the Ricotta Pound Cake but also Baked French Toast.  Usually i will go and buy some cinnamon raisin bread but i really wanted to make my own this time.  I found this great recipe (that i had to add raising to, i have to have raisins in my cinnamon bread) and it could not be easier to make.  The bread was so good that i had to have a few slices for myself with butter before i made it all into my Baked French Toast.  Lesson learned here: Make two loaves!

What are some of the things that you like to make for your brunch party?

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Adapted from: The Pioneer Woman

Yields: 12 servings | Prep Time: 4 hours | Cook Time 40 Minutes

1 cup Milk
6 tbsp Butter
2-½ tsp Active Dry Yeast
2 whole Eggs
2/3 cups Sugar (1/3 for dough and 1/3 for filling)
3-½ cups All-purpose Flour
1 tsp Salt
2 tbsp Cinnamon
1 cup Raisins
1 Egg for brushing
2 tbsp Softened Butter, For Smearing And Greasing

Melt butter with milk. Heat until very warm, but don’t boil. Allow to cool until still warm to the touch, but not hot. Sprinkle yeast over the top, stir gently, and allow to sit for 10 minutes.

Combine flour and salt.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix sugar and eggs with the paddle attachment until combined. Pour in milk/butter/yeast mixture and stir to combine. Add half the flour and beat on medium speed until combined. Add the other half and beat until combined.

Switch to the dough hook attachment and beat/knead dough on medium speed for ten minutes. If dough is overly sticky, add 1/4 cup flour and beat again for 5 minutes.

Heat a metal or glass mixing bowl so it’s warm. Drizzle in a little canola oil, then toss the dough in the oil to coat. Cover bowl in plastic wrap and set it in a warm, hospitable place for at least 2 hours.

Turn dough out onto the work surface. Roll into a neat rectangle no wider than the loaf pan you’re going to use, and about 18 to 24 inches long. Smear with 2 tbsp melted butter. Mix sugar and cinnamon together, then sprinkle evenly over the butter-smeared dough. Starting at the far end, roll dough toward you, keeping it tight and contained. Pinch seam to seal.

Smear loaf pan with softened butter. Place dough, seam down, in the pan. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix a little egg and brush over the top. Bake for 40 minutes on a middle/lower rack in the oven.

Remove from the pan and allow bread to cool. Slice and serve or make Baked French Toast.

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26 Responses to “Cinnamon Raisin Bread”

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    Barbara | Creative Culinary — May 18, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

    Oh my…this is truly Delish! Beautiful dish; beautiful photo.

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    carolinaheartstrings — May 18, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

    I can almost smell that bread toasting now. That looks so delicious. Fantastic pictures.

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    Tamra of walkswithBella — May 18, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

    Thanks for visiting my blog today!! I’m so happy you did, because I absolutely love yours. That cinnamon raisin bread looks amazing. I’m always looking for new recipes. Looking forward to following your blog!

    xo- tamra


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    Nami @ Just One Cookbook — May 18, 2011 @ 8:30 pm

    Oh yes, making 2 loafs seems like a necessity. I love this! My kids will go crazy with this bread although they might pick on raisins…but with good bread like this, they will probably eat the whole thing! I have to check your Baked French Toast now….

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — May 19, 2011 @ 12:55 am

    I actually let out a tiny gasp when I got to the photo of the syrup pouring on! Needless to say this looks amazing!

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    Feast on the Cheap — May 19, 2011 @ 6:53 am

    Cinnamon Raisin Bread always reminds me of my dad, it’s his absolute favorite. I’ve never made it before…perhaps I just stumbled across the perfect Father’s Day gift…

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    Mike Sack — May 19, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

    Looks delish…h…h

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    cakewhiz — May 19, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

    cinnamon raisin bread… i don’t think there is ever a wrong time to have a slice.hehe. my hubby doesn’t like cinnamon too much but even he eats this bread. i like the swirls inside your bread… very pretty!

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    Holly — May 19, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    Mmmm your bread sounds heavenly!

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    Tessa — May 19, 2011 @ 8:30 pm

    Wow! That looks like it makes perfect french toast! Yum!!

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    Maria — May 19, 2011 @ 11:51 pm

    Mmm yum! Gorgeous bread, the texture looks perfectly soft!

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    Katherine — May 20, 2011 @ 7:21 am

    Oh wow. Gorgeous photos, amazing recipe. I love cinnamon raison bread and yours looks just out of this world!

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    Dana — May 20, 2011 @ 7:49 am

    No wonder you needed two loaves.,… this sounds great!

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    Cookin' Canuck — May 20, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

    That is the prettiest bread, Ewa. Perfect for making French toast or eating plain.

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    Baked French Toast — Delishhh — May 20, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

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    rebecca — May 20, 2011 @ 2:38 pm

    wow this looks amazing my hubbys favorite

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    Jamie | My Baking Addiction — May 20, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

    This is one seriously incredible loaf of bread and making French Toast with it is simply genius!

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    Miel et Lait — May 20, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

    While your recipes are always great, I can’t get over your photos! I *wish* I could takes shots like that. The one with the syrup pouring is the best!

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    Magic of Spice — May 21, 2011 @ 7:01 am

    This is a great looking loaf and incredibly delightful french toast!

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    Oh, It's Just Perfect! — May 22, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

    I had cinnamon raisin bread french toast this morning!! LOOVE it. Can’t wait to try making it from scratch. Hope you had a wonderful weekend!!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — May 23, 2011 @ 7:11 am

    great homemade version. This is my kid’s favorite breakfast food

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    Elle — June 7, 2011 @ 6:35 am

    That looks fabulous! I like a lot of cinnamon in my cinnamon bread-this one seems to have just the right amount.

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    Jackie — October 19, 2011 @ 7:54 am

    I’m found your blog throught Tastespotting and I’m writing to ask you permission to use the photo of your raisin bread for my blog’s November Favorites round up. If this would be okay with you, please email me. All credit will always be linked back to you.
    Email: galexicupcakes@gmail.com

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    Jackie — November 1, 2011 @ 4:51 am


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    Valeria Johnson — December 13, 2011 @ 7:55 am

    I love this! Gorgeous bread, the texture looks perfectly soft! This is a great looking loaf and incredibly delightful french toast! That cake looks so pretty and yummy.

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    Bridgett Levine — December 13, 2011 @ 7:57 am

    You are my only food magazine you know! Will copy right off the bat! Needless to say this looks amazing!

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