Quicker Cinnamon Raisin Bread

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So it figures that the day I posted an ice cream recipe is the day that we had a freak snow / ice storm here in North Carolina.   You guys – it was crazy.  I grew up in the Northeast but honestly never expected to see this type of snow down south.  Several inches topped with a layer of ice.  And then more snow.

I tried to take Emma out to do her “business” when it stopped for a few hours and she literally slid down our driveway.  She’s fine, don’t worry, but the look on her face was kinda priceless.  She absolutely loves going outside for walks but she was not having any of that ice / snow business.  I’ve never seen her try to get back inside so fast.

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We’ve been staying hunkered down inside, snuggled under lots of blankets.  Not that there’s any chance I’m going anywhere anytime soon since they still haven’t touched our street and it’s so icy that I can’t even walk outside our front door.

So instead of doing any of the work that I should be doing, I made another loaf of this quicker cinnamon raisin bread.  Because homemade bread makes me all warm and fuzzy inside and that’s exactly what I need in this weather.

This recipe is nice and fast – well, at least relative to most homemade yeast breads.  The dough comes together at warp speed and then there’s only one 45 minute-ish rise.  So you can have delicious bread coming out of your oven in no time.

And then please go pop a few slices in the toaster.  It toasts beautifully – so just trust me and do it.

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Then slather on a good bit of butter and sit with a cup of coffee in front of the fireplace.  Heaven I tell you, cinnamony delicious homemade bread heaven.

Quicker Cinnamon Raisin Bread
Yield: 1 loaf
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 cup whole milk, 120 to 130 degrees
  • ⅓ cup water, 120 to 130 degrees
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup raisins
  1. Grease a 9 by 5 (or an 8 ½ by 4 ½) inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle the bottom and sides of the pan with cornmeal and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add both kinds of flour, the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking soda and yeast. Mix on low for a few seconds to combine. Add in the milk, water and olive oil. Beat on high speed for 45 seconds. Add in the raisins and beat on medium speed for 15 to 20 seconds. The dough will be on the stickier side and will be really soft.
  3. Use a spatula to help scrape / transfer the dough into the prepared pan and spread evenly in the pan. Spray one side of a piece of plastic wrap with nonstick cooking spray and use it to cover the pan (greased side down). Let rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the dough just barely clears the top of the pan.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Remove the plastic wrap. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown and the internal temperature is 190 degrees. If the top starts to brown too quickly, tent loosely with aluminum foil (I usually do this about halfway through).
  5. Let cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

Adapted from A Kitchen Addiction. Originally from King Arthur Flour.


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  1. This looks perfect, we have guests coming this weekend, and I know they will LOVE it! I also like that it is half wheat and half white flour, I always do this with my breads!

  2. Although most of the time I am not jealous of all the crazy snow you guys are getting, I am jealous of the stuck at home do nothing part. Living in So Cal we NEVER get that!! :( This recipe looks great, I will have to make it for my nan next time she is out she adores cinnamon raisin bread!

  3. I pinned this because I’m going to make it and eat it so very quickly because I won’t be able to control myself. This is one good looking bread, rar!

  4. I love fresh baked bread on a cold day, especially with cinnamon. Poor Emma…my dog is not a fan of the ice either!

  5. Wow!! THis looks amazing!! I could really go for a slice!! YUM! Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe with us!! Hope that you have a great week!

  6. I heard of the terrible snow storms your having in U.S., I think you might have the double winter for us too, since it’s been unbelievably warm this year so far. The weather is just crazy, but when you can snuggle up with a lovely loaf and cup of coffee, maybe there’s a bright side to it :)

  7. i love cinnamon raisin bread or bagel! yours looks so great!

  8. sounds delicious! i love having ‘special bread’ like this around for toast :)

  9. There’s nothing like baking fresh bread! Especially a beautiful loaf like this!

  10. I love love love Cinnamon Bread and have never made it. That’s got to change. It absolutely smells amazing when toasted and tastes great too! Pinning!

  11. Oh this reminds me of my childhood in the very best way! Thank you for sharing such a delicious recipe, my friend! I hope you have a happy start to your week!

  12. I’m so sorry they haven’t taken care of your road yet! We’ve been hit with so many snowstorms (this season in particular) that they salted pretty much everywhere possible up here in NJ. They even ran out of salt at Lowe’s! Good thing you have this wonderfully warm and cozy bread to enjoy while stuck inside. :) It looks absolutely fabulous, Ashley!

  13. If you want to send some of that snow my way to the desert, I’d be okay with that! :) This bread looks so comforting, making my own bread still makes me nervous!

  14. The single rise Cinnamon Raisin Bread is so tempting. Making bread is a compelling reason to enjoy a freezing, icy winter day inside!

  15. I can imagine how useful this was during your snow day! I’ve made cinnamon raisin bread and it’s so inviting and yours looks like the perfect loaf! I’m a cinnamon fanatic.

  16. Mason Moore says:

    Am I permitted to post this on my twitter?

  17. Oh man…I love how easy this is!!

  18. We had a nice dump of snow here the other day, too. It’s hard to get any work done when blankets are wayyyy more comfortable. I love how this bread comes together so quickly, and the fact that it toasts nicely is a total plus because toast is the best, ever.

  19. This bread looks wonderful Ashley! Nothing better than baking when you are stuck inside . Our dog loved the snow when it was all soft and fluffy but then it developed a hard crusty layer on top that she didn’t like very much.

  20. I feel your pain! We got bombarded last week and now we are supposed to have in the 50’s and 60’s! Mother Nature is cray cray but I’ll take it! And this bread reminds me of when I was little and it would be a treat for my Mom to buy us cinnamon swirl bread. I may have to make this, this weekend to reminiscence!

  21. Every part of the country seems to be having weather that makes people say, “I haven’t seen this kind of weather since….(fill in the ancient decade)!” My family lives in SC and though they get ice storms many winters, this snow is rare. Here in St. Louis we are used to some snow but the constant snow and record low temperatures are getting old! Luckily, my dog LOVES the snow, but walking on ice is scary and dangerous.
    There is absolutely nothing better to warm your house and your soul than baking bread! Even better if its cinnamon bread. I would love some of this bread asap! Could you tell me about the whole wheat pastry flour you use? I am pretty sure they don’t have pastry flour at my supermarket. Do you buy yours through King Arthur? Do you think this could be made with all-purpose only? Thanks, Ashley!

    • I think it would definitely work just fine with all all-purpose flour! I did buy mine online through King Arthur although recently I saw it at whole foods and grabbed a bag there (it was a different brand but I can’t remember which and I already dumped it into the canister I store it in!)

  22. We’ve been getting some of that snow here in Alabama and it’s crazy! I never snows here, haha. Hopefully you won’t be iced in for much longer! But yes, a few slices of this bread all toasted up and buttery sounds like a wonderful way to keep warm. :)

  23. Baking bread is definitely a good way to handle this nastiness. I love cinnamon raisin bread and the fact that yours is so speedy is even better!

  24. I wish we could have snow days but without the snow, you know? Some days I would love to just stay home from work and bake a wonderful loaf of bread. But I certaintly don’t want all the hassle that comes along with snow. I’m glad to see that you made the most of your snow day. Have a great weekend, Ashley!

  25. Jo @ The Contented Baker says:

    Cinnamon in any sweet dough has to be the perfect comfort food. What a gorgeous loaf Ashley! Stay warm! Love your ‘Sweets for my Sweetheart’ segment by the way :-) Enjoy the weekend!

  26. I only saw one teeny tiny little snow shower (although it was the lovely fluffy kind of snow) this year, so I’m actually a little jealous! I know you guys over there in the US must be completely over it by now though! I can just imagine your doggie yelping and with her eyes wide as she slid on the ice – so cute! Oh, and the raisin bread looks wonderful!

  27. Isn’t it amusing to watch dogs try to navigate snow and ice for the first time? some are wonderstruck and want to frolic, and others just want to go back inside, haha. Too cute!

    This bread looks delicious! I love that it’s a quicker version of classic cinnamon raisin bread. The long rising time often deters me from making yeast breads, so I’m glad to see a streamlined version.

    Hope the plows get to your street soon. In the meantime, at least you have plenty of yummy bread to enjoy!

  28. Ashley, we are in the middle of snow as well. This beautiful cinnamon toast would be gone in an hour in my home today. I can just imagine the lovely scent of your kitchen as this was baking! And your strawberry ice cream looks fabulous, too. Glad to know I am not the only one who has their ice cream maker churning all year long! : )

  29. The weather has been absolutely nuts the past couple of months! I can’t believe you guys got snow down in North Carolina! No more winter ice cream posts for you! hahaha.

    Great looking bread by the way!

  30. Baking is one of my favorite ways to stay warm! I hope you have a safe, warm weekend!

  31. This is one gorgeous loaf of bread, and anything cinnamon-y is my fave! Pinned :)

  32. Cinnamon and rasins in the this beautiful loaf! I would like a slice (or two) for breakfast! :) ela

  33. Oh, poor Emma! That weather sounds insane. I’ve seen it on the news, and it’s hard to fathom when we’re in a severe drought. There’s no in between apparently! I love homemade bread SO much, especially cinnamon raisin. I’m totally up for maki a quick batch as I just bought whole wheat pastry flour the other day.

  34. I saw the stuck motorists on the morning news – GAH – hoping it doesn’t turn into what we had here couple weeks ago, with people stuck for 11-12hrs+ on the freeways!

    I am imagining myself with a slice of this slathered in peanut butter instead of butter – with a cup of coffee…oh yeah!

  35. I saw this on Pinterest and got so excited that you finally posted your recipe for cinnamon raisin bread, yay! This stuff doesn’t disappoint, it looks like the most comforting breakfast ever! I need to bake it as soon as possible. I mean, if I had some yeast at home, this would be happening right now ;–)
    Happy Friday! <3

  36. Ashley, this looks absolutely delicious! :)

  37. I can’t believe this weather! Poor Emma!! I like your idea of eating this bread (toasted of course) under lots of blankets! Have a happy Valentine’s Ashley!

  38. Ashley – this winter and all the snow we’ve been having in the NE is wearing me down! We got over a foot yesterday and some overnight, more tomorrow. Today is yet another snow day. I did think about making some bread (and I did some other snow storm ago) but honestly, I just want to hibernate at this point (in my bed). I’m glad you made something delicious so I can look and feel inspired. Stay warm!

  39. Yikes, I saw the snow storm on the news – hope you all stay safe and warm this weekend Ashley! I love cinnamon bread and this quicker version sounds like a great project to make when you are stuck inside. Happy Friday and stay warm friend!

  40. Great crust and crumb..that’s a perfect loaf of bread, Ashley.
    Have a lovely Valentine’s Day!

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