Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cinnamon Raisin Bread Tutorial

Nothing better than a slice of warm, homemade Cinnamon Raisin bread!


Ingredients

1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup warm water (must be between 110-115 degrees)
1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast (or 2 1/4 teaspoons of jarred yeast)
1 egg
1/4 cup white sugar  
1/3 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened 
1/3 cup raisins 
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour  
2/3 tablespoon milk 
1/3 cup white sugar  
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 
2/3 tablespoon butter, melted (approx.) 

Step 1
 
Dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside until yeast is frothy, about 10 minutes or so (make sure your water is at the correct temperature or the yeast won't activate.) 

Step 2
In a separate bowl, mix in eggs, sugar, butter salt and raisins .

Step 3 
Add yeast mixture and beat slowly. 

Step 4


Gently heat milk in a saucepan and cool slightly (120-130 degrees). Stir in the cooled milk slowly (so you don't cook the eggs.) 

Step 5



Switch to a dough hook (if using a stand mixer). Add the flour gradually to make a stiff dough..


Step 6


Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for a few minutes until smooth.

Step 7


Place in a large, buttered, mixing bowl and turn to grease the surface of the dough.

Step 8


Cover with a warm, damp cloth and let rise (I like to let my bread rise in the oven with the light on. It has just the right amount of heat and keeps the bread out of drafts.) Allow to rise until doubled, usually about 1 1/2 hours.

Step 9




Roll out on a lightly floured surface into a large rectangle 1/2 inch thick.

Step 10


Moisten the dough with 1 tablespoon milk and rub all over the dough with your hands.

Step 11


Mix together 1/3 cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon and sprinkle mixture evenly on top of the moistened dough. Sprinkle a handful of raisins over the sugar.


Step 12



Roll up tightly. The roll should be about 3 inches in diameter. Tuck under ends and pinch bottom together.

Step 13


 Place loaf into well greased (you can use Crisco or butter for this) 9 x 5 inch pan and lightly grease top of loaf. Let rise in warm place (back in the cold oven with the light on), uncovered, again for about an hour.

Step 14



Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until loaf is lightly browned and sounds hollow when tapped.
Remove from oven and let cool on rack. Take melted butter and spread over top of loaf.

Step 15


After about 20 minutes, lay loaf on it's side and remove from pan. Allow to cool before slicing.

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