Cinnamon raisin bread. The mere thought of cinnamon raisin bread just whispers comfort food. A slice or two popped into the toaster on a brisk cold winter morning. Barely able to wait till the toaster is finished doing it’s job, so you can slather a pat of real butter all over that swirl of cinnamon. That’s me.
The sweet aroma of the cinnamon and raisins permeates the first morning air. It is hard to contain myself. I actually look forward to getting up in the morning, just to devour two slices of cinnamon raisin bread. Yes, it is comfort food. A reassurance that all is right with my little world.
I encourage you, no. I highly recommend you give this cinnamon raisin bread recipe a go. It is easy, easy, easy. I kid you not. I thought rolling out the dough and rolling it back into a loaf would be difficult. Nope. This dough is soft and very easy to shape. A luscious dough. I even filmed a how to video for you to follow along. Ten minutes of video, 2 rises, 30 minutes of baking time. A family who will be smiling ear to ear for your efforts.
That is if they get to have any. My daughter told me this morning she never got any of the cinnamon raisin bread I filmed for my video. I kinda looked at her puzzled. Then I remembered. I pretty much single handedly ate those two loaves on my own.
Oops What’s a mom to do? Guess that means I have to make more.
A Few Bread Making Tips
Baking bread is really very simple. It seems intimidating with the many steps needed. And the time it takes. But really if you plan a Saturday morning for bread baking, it is a minimum effort. You just have to make time for it. Get your bread started after breakfast. Let is rise, go do a few chores. Come back to the kitchen and shape your loaves. Set it to rise a second time. Do a few more chores. Back to the kitchen and place the loaves in your preheated oven. Have some lunch. Your bread should be finished.
Bake More Than One Loaf of Bread
A very productive morning. I also recommend you bake more than one loaf of bread at a time. It takes just the same amount of effort and time for two loaves as well as one. I show you how to make 6 loaves of Honey Wheat bread here. Bread freezes beautifully.
Keep Yeast and Salt Separate
Never add yeast and salt at the same time. Salt will kill the yeast if is direct contact with yeast. Salt not only adds flavor but acts as an inhibitor for the yeast not to rise too much. I always add the salt along with my flour.
No Stand Mixer? No Problem
You do not need any fancy equipment to bake bread. Just your hands. And a bowl of course. It is not that intense. Most bread doughs are very pliable. Making it easy to knead till smooth and elastic. You will feel when the dough has been kneaded enough.
Give bread baking a try. I have never baked a brick of bread. I don’t think you will either.