Cinnamon Raisin Bread

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Let's bake some BRRREEEAAADDD Ya'll!!! I've been diving into the bread world since my IBS has been treating me well. It is a longer process, but well worth it? "Store bought bread".. Who dis? New oven BYE.... :) Let's begin...

Bread dough ingredients:

  • 5½ - cups of flour
  • 1 packet - active dry yeast
  • 1/3 - cup warm water (For Yeast)
  • 1/2 - Tablespoon sugar (For Yeast)
  • 2 - cups warm water (For mixing)
  • ¼ - cup sugar
  • 1 - tablespoon salt
  • 2 - tablespoons oil

Cinnamon filling mixture ingredients:

  • 1/2 - cup Raisins
  • 1/3 - cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 - cup white sugar
  • 1 - tablespoon cinnamon
  • olive to brush dough


Yeast (Beginning - Middle - End)

INSTRUCTIONS (Pictures Below)

  1. Take the 1/3 cup of warm water and add yeast & sugar. Stir and set aside for 10 minutes to activate. (If it's too hot it can kill the yeast.. Therefore, Luke warm.. Think of a babies bath) 
  2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, add 4 1/2 cups of flour (set 1 cup aside), salt, sugar, and oil.
  3. When the yeast is fully activated (Nice and foamy) add it to the bowl and stir, then add the 2 cups of water slowly and mix until all the ingredients are combined.
  4. Once combined, add the remaining flour (1 cup) to a clean surface and turn out the dough on top.
  5. This is when you really put those arm muscles to work. The idea is to incorporate all the remaining dough slowly.
  6. Knead for 10 minutes to get the yeast working.
  7. Grab the furthest point and fold it towards you then rotate. Continue doing this until all the dough in mixed in. (about 10 minutes)
  8. Place the dough in an oiled bowl and spin the dough to make sure all of it is coated with oil. Let it rise for an hour in the kitchen and then the refrigerator to let it finish rising overnight. (This allows the flavors to truly develop)
  9. The next morning, take it out of the refrigerator. Allow to rest for 20 minutes.
  10. Punch the dough down, turn it out on the surface and split into 2 equal portions.
  11. Grease your bread pan of choice
  12. Roll your dough out with with a rolling pin into a rectangle.
  13. Brush the rectangle with oil
  14. Mix the sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon together.
  15. Sprinkle the mix onto the rectangle, but leave the edges clean.
  16. Sprinkle the raisins on the surface.
  17. Then roll back up with your hands into a cylinder shape. Place in the pan seam down - covered with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 1 hour.
  18. Preheat the oven to 375. Bake 35 - 40 minutes till the loaf is golden brown and hallow when tapping on the top.
  19. Remove and let cool for 1 hour. 

Happy Baking ya'll!!!