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Cinnamon Raisin Bread

This bread is good right out of the oven or stored for several days and used for toast.

  • yield: Makes 2 loaves




  • 2 cups plus 1 1/2 teaspoons warm water (100 degrees to 110 degrees)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 5 3/4 cups bread flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat powdered milk
  • 4 teaspoons sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 cups dark raisins
  • Canola oil, for bowl and plastic wrap
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 7 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 large egg white, beaten


  1. Step 1

    In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine 1/4 cup warm water and yeast. Let sit until yeast is foamy, about 10 minutes. Add flour, powdered milk, sugar, salt, 3 tablespoons melted butter, and 1 3/4 cups warm water. Mix, using the paddle attachment, on low speed for 1 minute. Change to dough hook, and mix on medium-low speed for 7 minutes. Or knead by hand, 15 or 20 minutes. Add raisins, and mix on medium-low speed until dough is firm but not dry, 3 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Transfer to a lightly floured surface, and knead by hand into a ball. Place dough, smooth side up, in a large, lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours.

  3. Step 3

    Butter two 9-by-5-inch loaf pans generously, and set aside. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon, and set aside. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface, and cut in half. Cover one piece of dough loosely with lightly oiled plastic wrap.

  4. Step 4

    Press the other piece of dough into a 10-by-12-inch rectangle. Brush with half of the beaten egg, sprinkle with half the cinnamon sugar, and drizzle with half the melted butter. Rub the surface with the back of a spoon to blend butter and cinnamon sugar. Starting at a short end, roll up dough tightly, and pinch together along crease. Roll the dough back and forth to make it cylindrical, and pinch the ends together. Transfer to a loaf pan, seam side down, and cover loosely with lightly oiled plastic wrap. Repeat process with second piece of dough. Let loaves rise in a warm place, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Thirty minutes before this final rise is completed, place a baking stone, if using, in the lower third of oven. Heat oven to 425 degrees.

  5. Step 5

    Brush tops of loaves with egg white, and sprinkle each loaf with 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar. Bake 15 minutes; lower oven to 400 degrees, and bake 15 minutes more. Remove from oven; cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before slicing.

10th Anniversary Cookbook; Martha Stewart Living Cookbook, 2000

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Reviews (6)

  • Happy_Birthday_Dr_Seuss 20 Jan, 2013

    Cinnamon Raisin Bread
    Russell's Sunday Dinner
    Nutritious and Delicious!

  • txsgrbny 22 May, 2012

    Way too much sugar and butter; mine was oozing out when I rolled it up. Still tasted delicious. Didn't think there was too much salt like someone else said.

  • jackiemaek 4 May, 2010

    Michellepockrandt, the baking stone just ensures consistent, accurate heat, and gives it a nice dark crust. Without it, I'd try putting it on the lowest rack, and be sure to preheat your oven for at least a half hour. It always good to check the accuracy of your oven's temp with an oven thermometer (cheap at Target or WalMart). Also, a dark nonstick bread pan will give you a nicer golden crust than a glass pan.

  • michellepockrandt 1 May, 2010

    Too much sugar and butter. I was unclear about the baking instructions. How did others cook it in the oven without a baking stone?

  • rsubach 10 Feb, 2010

    We made it again using only 1 tsp. salt and 4 tsp. cinnamon and 1/2 cup sugar. It was awesome.

  • rsubach 7 Feb, 2010

    Looked great, but was very salty. Should it have been 1 tsp. salt rather than 1 tbsp? Tasted like a pretzel - good, but I wanted raisin bread.