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

Martha Stewart Living, October 1995, Martha Stewart Living, October 1995


Recipe Summary

Makes 2 loafs


For the Filling
For the Dough


Instructions Checklist
  • In an electric mixer, combine 1/4 cup water and yeast. Let sit until yeast is creamy, about 10 minutes. Add flour, powdered milk, sugar, salt, 3 tablespoons melted butter, and remaining 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.