Whole-Wheat Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Recipe

As I told you last week, I am starting to post more recipes. My New Years Resolution is to start going out of my comfort zone and cooking things that I never have before.

Confession - I've never made bread.

I've always been a bit intimidated by the whole process, but when I saw this recipe in the Food Network Magazine I decided to try it. This recipe makes two loaves, but I couldn't find one of my pans so I made one large loaf and 4 mini loaves.

* 2 cups bread flour, plus more for dusting
* 2 cups whole-wheat flour
* 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
* 1 large egg
* 2 tablespoons canola oil, plus more for brushing
* 3 tablespoons honey
* 2 teaspoons salt
* 1 1/2 teaspoons instant dry yeast
* Cooking spray
* 2/3 cup raisins
* 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar

Make the dough.
Measure out 1 1/4 cups very warm water and check the temperature; it should be 120 degrees F to 130 degrees F. Combine both flours, the dry milk, egg, canola oil, honey, salt, yeast and warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Mix 3 minutes on the lowest setting, then increase to the next highest setting and mix 5 more minutes. The dough should be soft and sticky.

Let it rise.
Transfer the dough to a large bowl coated with cooking spray. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until the dough has nearly doubled in size, about 1 hour, 30 minutes.

Soak the raisins in water for about 30 minutes.
Dry raisins will rob moisture from the bread, so soak them first in boiling water until plump, about 30 minutes. Drain and pat dry.

Fold the dough.
Transfer the dough to a floured work surface. Picture it as a loose square. Lift up one side of the dough and fold about one-third of it across; press down on the dough with spread fingers to remove any air bubbles. Repeat with the remaining 3 sides of the dough.

Add the filling.
Mist two 9-by-5-inch loaf pans with cooking spray. Divide the dough in half; roll out each half into an 8-inch square. Brush each square with canola oil, then sprinkle with the cinnamon (it's high in antioxidants!), brown sugar and raisins.

Form the loaves.
Roll up each square of dough into a tight cylinder; place seam-side down in the prepared pans. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until the dough fills the pans and springs back when touched, about 1 hour, 30 minutes.

Bake the bread.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Brush the loaves with canola oil and bake until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the pans and transfer to a rack to cool completely. (umm..yeah...I don't let it cool  before digging into it-I like warm bread!)

Another confession - After putting the cinnamon and raisins in the middle, I found a thing of salt that Evan and obviously messed with.  I asked him what he did with it and he said he had put it in the dough.  The dough didn't rise as much in the large loaf, but everything tasted fine.

I thought it turned out great considering it was my first experience making bread.  We all enjoyed it and the magazine said that one slice only had 99 calories!

When it started to taste a little dry I made french toast with the rest and it was SOOOO good!

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Frances said...

You are so industrious! I make raisin bread in my bread machine. Delicious!

Mighty M said...

Looks amazing! I have only tried to make bread (rolls) once and they didn't turn out so well, I will have to try again...

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Krystyn said...

Yum! Homemade bread is great!

(But, totally a "I'm watching my calories and portions" buster.)

blueviolet said...

I can't believe you never made bread before that!

Nanny Anna said...

I use to bake bread from scratch...it tastes SOOO good. I really need to get back to doing that again. You have inspired me!

I plan to watch for your recipe posts this year, I am always looking for great 'tested' recipes :)


Momstart said...

WOW that looks so yummy!

Colleen (Shibley Smiles) said...

This looks so yummy. I forget to take photos when I'm backing or cooking LOL. Sorry about all your snow. Hubby and I just got back from a nice brisk walk here.

NillaWafers said...

Mmm looks so good!

The Crafty Side Of Life said...

That looks so yummy!! Thanks for sharing!

Alicia Stucky said...

This looks delicious. During the holidays I'm big on making pumpkin rolls and this looks pretty similar. I can't wait to try it!

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Shop with Me Mama said...

Oh that looks sooo delicious!!

Ayan Deato said...

This looks sooooo yummy!

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imthatmommy said...

I have a bread machine and I make bread at least twice a week. My husband loves it. There is nothing like the smell of fresh bread baking in your house. I also love the fact that I know there aren't any preservatives or other junk in there.

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