cinnamon raisin bread

cinnamon raisin bread

We all know that there is nothing like freshly baked bread in one’s apartment/house/condo right? I’ll take that one step further: it’s even better when the work involved is essentially nil. Breadmakers are a tremendous invention because all you really need to do is measure your ingredients and press start. Then carry on with your day, and perfectly baked bread is in your immediate future. Pretty remarkable, eh? I suppose the regard that some hold for slow cookers is what I hold towards breadmakers. Of course, freshly baked bread is near and dear to my heart. Read: carb lover, I am. Here is one of my favorite bread maker recipes – Cinnamon Raisin Bread. Scented with cinnamon and ever-so-slightly sweet, it’s a crowd-pleasing favorite and wonderful for breakfast, snacks, and any other times of day where hunger pangs strike.

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Let’s talk breadmakers. I was lucky enough to be gifted one by my boyfriend’s family, and it’s been a fantastic introduction into the world of breadmakership. It’s classic and has produced delicious, reliable loaves each and every time. There are a ton of versions on the market – and if you’re looking for a wonderful starter one, I whole-heartedly suggest mine. The great thing about this recipe is that it will succeed with the sturdy and trusty breadmakers of past generations, and also the fancy ones that keep me up at night. It’s normal to dream about appliances, right? This bread is lovely straight out of the bake cycle, but it’s also quite wonderful toasted and spread with a bit of salted whipped butter [of course.]

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cinnamon raisin bread

Breadmakers are a fabulous thing; they take much of the work out of breadmaking and produce reliable results.
Measurements are critical here, so do not rush through it. For newer breadmakers that have an ‘add-in’ beep, announcing when to add items like raisins, do so at the indicated cue. For older breadmakers, add the raisins 2-3 minutes before the knead cycle ends to keep them relatively intact. You could add them at the beginning if so desired, but the raisins will be chopped up before baking.

Makes 1 medium-sized loaf

3 3/8 cup bread flour, or unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon honey, or granulated sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons water, lukewarm (about 110 degrees F)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons dry active yeast
1 cup raisins, added at the ‘add-in’ beep, or 2-3 minutes before the knead cycle ends

Add all ingredients to the breadmaker basket in the order listed.

Initiate the bread bake sequence for a standard medium-sized loaf.

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29 thoughts on “cinnamon raisin bread

    • Thanks for stopping by, Susan! Breadmakers are a fabulous thing to have around. Some are very affordable, like the one I mentioned above – perhaps it could be your next addition :)

  1. Totally agree with you, nothing beats the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven – this cinnamon raisin one must have smelled incredible :) A slice of this would be such a wonderful treat in the morning – I can never resist cinnamon and raisins. Aaw and that was so nice of your boyfriend’s family to get you the breadmaker – it looks awesome!:)

  2. What a lovely loaf. Don’t know why I’ve never considered buying a bread maker because I agree with how wonderful the smell of bread baking in the house. And how pleasant a cinnamon raisin bread would smell!!

    • Thank you – it’s wonderful! I really do love my breadmaker; just measure ingredients and press start. Hours later, fresh bread is waiting for me! The aroma is so lovely – it turns your apartment into a corner bakery. I can’t recommend them highly enough!

  3. I love our breadmaker! We bought it in January 2013 and have literally used it every single day (that we’ve been at home) and I love knowing my boys have fresh bread every day and that I know what’s in the bread!! Lovely loaf Lisa xx

  4. Oh Lisa I’ve realized that I did something wrong with my comment… It doesn’t appear! So I’m so sorry for my belated comment… Your bread is beautiful, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to let it know! I thought several time to buy a bread maker, but I’m really afraid to become a serious bread-addicted… I would able to eat all you loaf by myself!

    • Oh better late than never! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, Margherita! I practice much restraint but I would never give up my breadmaker now :)

  5. Love this pairing… and you got such a beautiful bread! I am also a carb-lover and I also hold that kind of regard for bread makers, such a simple yet brilliant thing :)

  6. Wow! Your recipes and photos are amazing. I’ve just started my blog and have been using photos from my Iphone. Do you mind sharing what type of camera you use?? Would love for my pictures to look more professional.

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