Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread

Cinnamon Raisin Bread
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Baked Cinnamon Raisin Loaf

A Mouthful of Autumn Flavor

Along with the cooler weather and leaves changing colors come new appetites for fall flavors.  Autumn is the best time to get back into baking.  So why not start with this delicious cinnamon swirl raisin bread?  This yeast bread recipe is a homemade version of the old favorite Sunmaid raisin bread, without all the added preservatives.  Nothing can be more satisfying to your taste buds!

Serve this tasty bread toasted with butter or cream cheese or use it to make your own cinnamon raisin swirl french toast!

French Toast
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Cinnamon Raisin French Toast


  1.  ¼ tsp active yeast 
  2. ¾ cup warm milk 
  3. 1 egg 
  4. ½ cup sugar 
  5. ¼ cup vegetable oil  
  6. ½ tsp butter vanilla or vanilla extract 
  7. ½ tsp salt  
  8. 1 ½ cups bread flour or all purpose 
  9. 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour 
  10. ½ tsp cinnamon for dough 3 tbsp cinnamon for the swirl 
  11.  ¾ cup raisins (scalded and drained)

Egg Wash:

  1. 2 egg yolks
  2. 2 tablespoons water


Makes 1 Loaf

activate yeast
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  • pour warmed milk into your stand mixer or large bowl.
  • add 1 tsp sugar and sprinkle the yeast on top.
  • let milk mixture sit for 10 minutes until it is foamy *milk should be about 110 degrees Fahrenheit, warm but not hot

beat together wet ingredients
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  • in a small bowl mix egg, sugar, oil, and extract

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  • sift together all flours and salt and ½ tsp of cinnamon

mix dough
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  • add wet and dry ingredients to the yeast mixture
  • using a dough hook, mix the dough the on 2nd lowest speed until dough is smooth and elastic, about 3 minutes
  • stop mixer 1-2 times to scrape edges until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed 

Ball of dough
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  • place dough in a greased bowl and cover with a damp towel
  • place in a warm spot to let rise until it is doubled in size, about 1 hour

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Raisins scalded
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  • While dough is rising, pour boiling water over raisins to scald. Allow raisins to sit for 30 minutes and drain well. 
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  • Place risen dough on a floured surface and fold in the raisins. Knead dough until all raisins are thoroughly mixed into the dough.
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Forming the Loaf:

rolling dough
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  • roll out dough into a rectangle shape about 8 x 10″ and brush on an egg wash across the dough 
Cinnamon raisin bread dough
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  • sprinkle dough with cinnamon 

Bread shaped into loaf
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  • starting on the shorter side roll dough from end to end until it is loaf-shaped then place it into a greased loaf pan

egg wash coatin
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  • cover with a damp towel and set in a warm place to rise for about 1 hour or until it is doubled in size

Cinnamon Raisin Bread
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  • preheat oven to 350℉
  • using sharp knife, slice the dough lengthwise about ¼” thickness
  • bake for 45 minutes
Raisin Bread with a Cinnamon Swirl
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Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread
  1. Our family loved this!! I’m not the greatest baker but this was very easy and fun to make! Definitely a hit here! Will be making this for future family brunches!

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