Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread

Posted on 26 October 2015

Cinnamonth continues with this recipephany for cinnamon-lover’s bread. With a swirl that leans toward gooey, it’s a warm morning greeting when toasted, and a fun twist with peanut butter and jam.

If you’re like me and enjoy stirring up mounds of cinnamon and sugar to create a spice cloud you can inhale while you bake, this is for you. Just thinking about it gives me a tingling in my sinuses.

When my daughter Claire gave me the recipe she got from Allrecipes, she said, “Use TONS of cinnamon.” She reasoned that if you’re in this for the cinnamon—and it is “cinnamon bread” after all—then the more you can taste the better the bread will be. The original recipe called for 2 tablespoons, and I have tripled that and added a little more sugar.

The concept of “too much cinnamon” eludes me, but I found that too thick a layer could cause the swirl to separate from the dough. Nevertheless, I’m always trying to push the envelope and hope you do the same.

Claire also told me to roll it thin to make a tight swirl. I’m still working on that. (Note: Compare the new loaf of bread above to the slice of toast below and you’ll see I’m making progress.)

This makes three lofty loaves with the ease of making one. So you can give one away, devour one and stash one in the freezer.

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread

Makes 3 large loaves

Dough:

  • 8 cups flour (all-purpose or bread)
  • 4 ½ teaspoons instant yeast
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (can use nonfat)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
  • 1 cup raisins

Swirl:

  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • Butter or margarine to rub over outside of warm bread
  1. Put 4 cups of flour, yeast and ½ cup sugar into the food processor with a plastic dough blade and whir to blend. Add eggs, softened margarine, 1½ cups milk and 1 cup water at room temperature. (Do not warm these because they will heat up in the food processor.) Whir until smooth.
  2. Add more flour by the cup and process until the dough moves away from the side of the bowl. It should take about three minutes, and the dough will still be stringy and sticky. Add raisins and whir to combine.
  3. Add enough flour to make the dough easy to handle, and take out of the food processor and put onto a lightly floured surface. Knead a minute or two to get a satiny dough.
  4. Oil two large bowls. Divide dough in half, place each half in a large bowl, and cover each with plastic wrap. Let rise about an hour, or until double in bulk.
  5. Combine dough from both bowls and roll out on a lightly floured surface into a large rectangle about ½ inch thick. Brush dough with 2 tablespoons milk. Mix 1 cup of sugar with 6 tablespoons cinnamon and sprinkle over the dough.
  6. Roll dough up tightly, creating a roll about 27 inches long and 3 inches in diameter. Cut into thirds, and seal the seam and ends.
  7. Place the loaves in three generously greased 9×5 inch pans. Let rise for about an hour. During that time, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  8. Bake for about 38-45 minutes, or until loaves are lightly browned. They are ready when they sound hollow on the bottom when tapped.
  9. Remove from pans onto rack and immediately rub tops and sides of the warm loaves with butter or margarine. Cool before slicing.
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