The best cinnamon-raisin homemade bread

Cinnamon-raisin-bread

Hey y’all, it’s tasty Tuesday again!

Here’s another bread recipe I tried last time I baked bread. I decided on a whiff to make my own cinnamon-raisin sweet bread and improvised the ingredients…  

 

To my upmost surprise, it came out amazingly great!  It tastes just like a great bakery bought cinnamon-raisin bread!  The flavour brought back memories of Sunday breakfasts I had when I was a child.  My mother used to buy two of these cinnamon-raisin bread, the ones wrapped in red plastic.  I could eat 4 or 5 of these toast as they were soooo good!

 

 

The best cinnamon-raisin bread
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A sweet cinnamon-raisin bread that tastes just like the best store bought version!
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French bread dough
  1. 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1 1/4 cup bread flour
  3. 3/4 teaspoon yeast
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 cup water (room temperature)
Sweet bread
  1. French bread dough
  2. 1 1/4 all-purpose flour
  3. 1 1/4 bread flour
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 3/4 teaspoon yeast
  6. 1 cup room temperature water
  7. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  8. 1/4 cup high quality dried raisins
  9. 1 teaspoon grounded cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Day 1: Prepare the French bread dough
  2. Mix together all dry ingredients
  3. Slowly add water until you reach the desired consistency (aka sticky but not too much)
  4. Knead lightly by hand for about 6 minutes
  5. Let rise 1 1/2 hour or until doubled in size
  6. Punch down, cover and refrigerate overnight
Day 2: Sweet bread
  1. 1 hour before making the batch, let the French bread dough warm up at room temperature to get the chill out.
  2. Mix together the French bread dough, flour, yeast, salt, sugar, raisins and cinnamon.
  3. Add water until the dough is sticky, but not too much.
  4. Knead by hand for 10 minutes.
  5. Let rise in a greased bowl for 1 1/2 hour or until doubled in size.
  6. Deflate, let rise again for 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hour or until doubled in size.
  7. Shape and put into greased pans.
  8. Preheat oven @400F.
  9. Let rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  10. Bake at 400F for about 40 minutes.
Notes
  1. Sweet breads bake faster than unsweetened ones, so make sure the oven is not too hot.
  2. You can add an egg glaze prior to baking for a nicer look.
  3. Tip: Adding a cup of hot water in a pan inside a warmed oven just when putting the pans inside the oven will create steam and give the bread one last small rise.
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