Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Cinnamon Raisin Bread


Freshly baked cinnamon raisin bread!  Does it get any better than that?  You will never purchase another loaf of cinnamon raisin bread from the store again.  This stuff is dangerously tasty!  Aren’t you craving a slice of this toasted and slathered in butter right now? Can you smell it baking? It’s absolutely dreamy!

2 loaves of baked cinnamon raisin bread on wire rack

You will soak the raisins in hot water and reserve this water for use in the dough.  The raisin water adds extra tasty awesomeness to the bread.

Cinnamon Raisin Bread - With this recipe in your arsenal you will never considering store bought bread again! It's perfect toasted and slathered with butter.

Whip up the dough and knead for 10 minutes in your stand mixer. Knead the raisins in the dough.  This helps them stay in the bread when slicing.

Cinnamon Raisin Bread - With this recipe in your arsenal you will never considering store bought bread again! It's perfect toasted and slathered with butter.

Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces.  Roll out one piece at a time, brush with egg wash, sprinkle with half of the cinnamon/sugar mixture and roll up the dough. Place in a loaf pan. Repeat with the second piece of dough and allow them to rise again.

Cinnamon Raisin Bread - With this recipe in your arsenal you will never considering store bought bread again! It's perfect toasted and slathered with butter.

They should be mounded over the top of the pan and puffy.  Brush the tops with egg wash and bake.

Cinnamon Raisin Bread - With this recipe in your arsenal you will never considering store bought bread again! It's perfect toasted and slathered with butter.

That’s it!  You now have fresh, homemade cinnamon raisin bread.  You can share the second loaf with a friend or freeze it for later use.

Cinnamon Raisin Bread - With this recipe in your arsenal you will never considering store bought bread again! It's perfect toasted and slathered with butter.

Choose wisely, because it will be gobbled up quickly.

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Cinnamon Raisin Bread
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Homemade cinnamon raisin bread. Perfect toasted and slathered with butter!
Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 2 loaves
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) raisins
  • 1 cup warm water*
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 5½ - 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • Filling:
  • ½ cup granulated white sugar
  • 1½ tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 large egg beaten with 2 teaspoons water
  1. Put the raisins in a small bowl and cover them with 1 cup hot water. Let the raisins plump for at least 10 minutes. Drain, reserving the water and set aside. Allow the reserved water to cool to 110 to 115 degrees.
  2. Pour 1 cup of the reserved soaking water into the bowl of a standing mixer or large mixing bowl. Add the yeast and stir to combine. Allow to stand for 5 to 10 minutes until foamy.
  3. Stir the milk, melted butter, and salt into the water. Add 5½ cups of the flour and stir to form a shaggy dough. Knead in your mixer on low speed with a dough hook or knead by hand for 8-10 minutes to form a smooth, slightly tacky dough. Check the dough halfway through; if it's very sticky, add a little more flour. The dough is ready when it forms a ball without sagging and quickly springs back when poked.
  4. Toss the raisins with 2 tablespoons of flour to absorb any residual moisture from when they were plumped. With the mixer on gradually add them to the bowl and continue kneading until they are evenly distributed.
  5. If kneading by hand, turn the dough out onto your work surface and pat it into an oval. Sprinkled about half the raisins over the top and fold the dough like a letter. Pat it into an oval again, sprinkle the remaining raisins, and fold it again. Knead the dough by hand for a few minutes to distribute the raisins through the dough.
  6. Place the dough in a greased bowl, turn over once and cover. Let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about an hour. Meanwhile, combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and beat together the egg and water in a second bowl.
  7. Divide the dough into two pieces. Working with one piece at a time, roll the dough out on the counter. It should be slightly less wide than your baking pan and as long as you can make it. The thinner the dough, the more layers cinnamon swirl you'll end up with. If the dough starts to shrink back on you, let it rest for a few minutes and then try again.
  8. Beat the egg with 2 teaspoons of water. Brush the entire surface of the dough with egg wash, leaving about two inches clear at the top. (Refrigerate the remaining egg wash for use later.) Sprinkle generously with cinnamon and sugar. Starting at the end closest to you, roll up the dough. When you get to the top, pinch the seam closed. Transfer the loaf to your loaf pan seam-side down. Repeat with the other half of the dough.
  9. Let the loaves rise until mounded over the top of the pan and fluffy, 30-40 minutes. Halfway through rising, preheat the oven to 375° F.
  10. Brush the top with some of the remaining egg wash.
  11. Bake for 40-45 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool in the pans for at least 10 minutes.
  12. Remove the loaves from the pans and allow them to cool completely before slicing. If you can! Baked loaves can also be frozen for up to three months.
Use hot water to plump the raisins, allow it to cool to about 110 to 115 degrees and use it to proof the yeast in the recipe.
Cinnamon Raisin Bread - With this recipe in your arsenal you will never considering store bought bread again! It's perfect toasted and slathered with butter.


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  1. Reply

    Wow! This bread looks fantastic. I have never tried to make cinnamon raisin bread at home, but I can hardly wait to try your recipe. Pinned!

    1. Reply

      Thanks for pinning, Susan! 🙂

  2. Reply

    ohhhhhh cinnamon raisin bread is my all time fav! Fresh, toasted, dipped in egg, with butter and jam or cinnamon sugar….nom nom! I had tried a recipe before that didn’t work out, this recipe for cinnamon raisin bread looks so good, I will have to try it!

    1. Reply

      Thank you for coming by, Milli! 🙂

  3. Reply

    This looks amazing! I’m pinning this recipe.

    1. Reply

      Thank you for coming by, Jamie!

  4. Reply

    Oh my Goodness! This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe. =)

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Billie! It was! 🙂

  5. Reply

    This looks so delicious! Cinnamon and raisin together…. hmmmm yum! Thanks for sharing the recipe! #sharewithme

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Cheryl! 🙂

  6. Reply

    This looks amazing! I love the store-bought bread that is this flavor, so I’m excited to try to make my own! DELISH! And it doesn’t have egg, which is great because I’m allergic. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Tina! I hope you try it.

  7. Reply

    Oh my goodness, how delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Courtney! 🙂

  8. Reply

    I never bother messing about with an egg wash on my bread, but seeing how pretty and shiny yours turned out makes me rethink that decision!

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Lisa! I was pretty impressed with the looks (and taste) of this bread as well. 🙂

  9. Reply

    That looks like a fabulous texture and I can almost smell it through my screen! Thanks for joining in with #BAKEoftheWEEK !

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Sarah!

  10. Reply

    This bread looks absolutely delicious, yum!

    1. Reply

      🙂 Thank you!

  11. Reply

    Hi there, this would be a great contribution to Food on Friday: Eggs over at Carole’s Chatter. Please do bring it over to join in the fun. Cheers

    1. Reply

      I will! Thank you for the invite, Carole! 🙂

  12. Reply

    I have to admit I’m particularly partial to cinnamon raisin bread and really enjoy making the occasional batch. Your suggestion of using the water from soaking the raisins is great…..really great swirl from the cinnamon 🙂 #YumTum
    Angela x

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Angela!

  13. Reply

    To us in the UK this sounds as American as American can be! I’d love to give this a try and often attempt a new recipe at the weekend so I’ve found you at just the right time!

    1. Reply

      Thanks for coming by, Julie! I hope you try the bread. 🙂

  14. Reply

    This sounds & looks amazing! I love cinnamon, & I’m crazy about cinnamon toast & cinnamon pastries, so I’m sure I would love this! #sharewithme

    1. Reply

      Thank you for stopping by!

  15. Reply

    Wow. You hit the spot with this cinnamon raisin bread recipe. I could take on that whole loaf, although I would regret it later:)

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Kathleen! 🙂

  16. Reply

    The bread looks wonderful. Not a big fan of raisins, though. 🙁 It’s weird. When I was young I loved raisins but would not eat grapes. Then I found out where raisins come from and I didn’t eat either for a while. Now I love grapes but don’t care for raisins!

    Here’s my Inspire Me Monday!

    1. Reply

      My daughter isn’t a big fan of raisins, but she loved this bread! Thanks, LuAnn!

  17. Reply

    Cinnamon raisin bread looks perfect thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop pinning and tweeting.

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Swathi!

  18. Reply

    This looks absolutely delicious! Perfect for a Saturday morning breakfast!:)

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Brittany!

  19. Reply

    wow! this looks delicious, i have never thought about adding cinnamon to raisin bread before! and I had no idea you could freeze it either so this is perfect for us! Thanks for sharing on #YumTum this week!

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Charlotte! 🙂

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    Yum, yum! It looks perfect! You really do make things (liking baking bread) that seem impossible seem doable! I’m pinning! Thanks so much for linking up at You Link It, We Make It. Hope to see you back tomorrow!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, April!

  22. Reply

    I love cinnamon raisin bread, and you”ve made it look so easy with your step by step recipe. I really like to use it for a grilled cheese sandwich with swiss. And just toasted with butter! Yum!

    1. Reply

      Oooo, use it for a grill cheese…interesting. Thanks, Nikki!

  23. Reply

    This looks so yummy I was in the mood to make some bread this week too. You read my mind. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Jenny!

  24. Reply

    You cannot beat a good cinnamon raisin loaf – I think I would have to make double as this would disappear in ultra quick time. Thanks once again for joining in with #bakeoftheWeek x

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Helen! Yep, it doesn’t last long in my house either!

  25. Reply

    Homemade bread is one of my favorites!! Thanks for sharing at FTAF, pinned. 🙂

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Chellie!

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    Yum!! What a great recipe!! This link was the Most Viewed last week and will be a feature tomorrow!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Pinned!!

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Elaine! 🙂

  27. Reply

    I love cinnamon raisin bread so much. It’s definitely a treat when I get it. I love a good homemade bread.

    Thanks for sharing at the Shine Blog Hop!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Tiffany!

  28. Reply

    This looks delicious… but I’m a sucker for anything cinnamon so I might be biased! Thanks for linking up with us at Welcome Home Wednesdays! I can’t wait to see what you link up with us… the party is open so don’t forget to link-up!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Betsy!

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      Thank you so much, Diana! 🙂

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  32. Reply

    My mouth is watering… This looks amazing and scrumptious! I’ve made cinnamon bread before, but I’ve never heard of soaking the raisins and using the water in the bread. That’s genius! I’ll be saving this recipe. 🙂

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Haley! Have a great weekend!

  33. Reply

    Looks so tasty I can almost smell it!! Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Mistie!

  34. Reply

    I love cinnamon raisin bread!!

    1. Reply

      Me too! Thanks for coming by, Stephanie!

  35. Reply

    I loooove fresh baked bread, especially with cinnamon. This looks lovely!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Carlee!

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