Monday, November 2, 2009

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

My goal this winter is to broaden my repetoire of yeast breads. I can confidently produce a good oatmeal molasses bread, cinnamon rolls and pizza dough/ breadsticks, but that leaves a whole lot of untried yeast creations. This cinnamon raisin bread is my first new one.
Cinnamon Raisin Bread (from my kitchen aid recipe book)
1/2 cup milk
3 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. butter
2 pkgs yeast (one pkg equals 2 1/4 tsp)
1 1/2 cup warm water
5-6 cups flour
*Heat the milk, sugar, salt and butter over low heat in a saucepan until melted. Cool to lukewarm.
*Dissolve yeast in the warm water in a warmed mixer bowl.
*Add the lukewarm milk mixture and 4 1/2 cups of flour. Attach dough hook or beater and mix until combined. Continue mixing while you add remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time.
*Take out of the bowl and continue kneading on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, several minutes (dough will be slightly sticky)
*Put the dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat, cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double (about 1 hr)
*Punch dough down, divide in half and roll each section into approx 9x14 rectangle.
*Spread 1 Tbsp of softened butter onto each rectangle and sprinkle half of a sugar mixture over the whole surface of each one (1/2 cup sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon)
*Shape into loaves by rolling tightly, pinching to seal and tucking ends under. Place in greased loaf pans, cover with plastic wrap and allow to double in size
*Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 min. (loosely cover with tin foil if top browns excessively)

3 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you have internet now!! And I can't wait to try these new recipes! I hope you're starting to enjoy the country life. =)

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  2. ohhhhhhh I adore raisin bread!!! but john won't touch it! i feel kinda guilty just makin' a loaf for myself :) but i just might have to try it anyway!!

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  3. Dee- Im so happy to have internet back too! Living in the country is beautiful and lends to baking way more than I should be, that and the weather I guess!! :)

    Janelle- Do try the recipe, you could always freeze half of it. And the best thing about cinnamon bread is toasting it when its no longer fresh! I found an oatmeal raisin that looked hearty and delicious I think you would like, I will have to try it and post it if its good.

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