Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Cinnamon Raisin Bread



I have grown few inches taller, the reason for getting taller is because of the compliments, I got from my inlaws and my hubbies grandmother for this delicious bread.They all coudn't stop talking about the taste.

My MIL said last time she had such a delicious raisisn bread was when she was young. And grandmother remarked well this bread tasted like I remember how a raisin bread should taste.
So with all these praises I received from them I was walking in clouds for a while :-)

When ever I made a sweet bread I tend to give a share for my inlaws as I know how much my FIL loves these kinds of bread.
So when I made this bread I had to wait for one hour to cut them as the book said don't slice them for atleast 1hour.I don't think I waited for a hour to cut them. I cut half and took to my inlaws place.

I was with cycle so while bycling towards their home (I have a basket in front of the cycle to put things) in this cold winter evening ( it was arounf 5 in the late afternoon) I got this delicious aroma of freshly baked bread from the basket.

The recipe is from The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread and I must admitt I am totally in love with this book.
There is so much wonderful breads in this book that I want to try and make all of them.

Another bread I made from this book is Celeration bread
In the recipe they did ask walnut which i didn't add, I thought i will keep the walnuts for another time.



You can make 2 1 1/2 pound loaves, but I made a one huge loaf.

3 1/2 cups unbleached flour
4 tsp granulated sugar
1 1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp instant yeast
1 1/4 tsp ground cinamon
1 large egg slightly beaten
2 tbsp butter melted ( room temperature)
1/2 cup butter milk or whole milk ( I used butter milk)
3/4 cup water( room temperature)
2 cup raisins

1. Stir together the flour, sugar,salt , yeast and cinamon in a mixing bowl ( or in the bowl of a electric mixer). Add the egg, butter, buttermilk and water. Stir together with a large spoon ( or mix in low spees with the paddle attachment) ubtill the ingridients come together and form a ball. Adjust with flour ir water if the dough seems to sticky or too dry and stiff.

2. Sprinkle flour on a counter, transfer the dough to the counter and begin kneeding ( or mixing on medium speed, switiching to the doug hook). The dough should be soft and pliable, tacky but not sticky.
Add flour as you kneed by hand for aproximatley 10 minutes ( or by machine for 6 to 8 minutes).
Sprinkle in the raisins in the final 2 minutes of kneading ( or mixing) to distribute them evenly and to avoid them crushing them too much.
If you are mixing with machine you may have to fibishg kneading by hand to distribute the raisins evenly.

Lightly oil a large bowl and tranfer the dough to the bowl, rolling it to coat it with oil. Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap.

3. Ferment at room temperature for 60 to 90 minutes, or untill the dough is double in size.

4. If you are making 2 loaf divide the dough into 2 equal pieces or like i did make them into a one large loaf.

5. Flaten the dough with your hand, folding in the edges to make even- sided rectangle .
Work from the short side of the dough, roll up the length of the dough one section at a time, pinching the crease with each rotation to strengthen the surface tension.
The roll will spread out as you roll it up.
Pinch the final eand closed with the back edge of your hand or with your thumbd. Place the loaf in a lightly oile pan. The ends of the loafs should touch the ends of the pan for even rising.

You don't have to do the step 5 if you don't have to, then just make into a normal shape and bake them. 6. Proof at room temperature for 60 to 90 minutes. or when it is doubled in size. 7. Preaheat the oven tpo 350°F with the oven rack in the middle shelf. Place the loaf pan on a sheet pan. 8. I made a big one loaf so I baked them for 50 minutes. Slice them atleast after one hour.



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90 comments:

Priya said...

Gorgeous Bread..love the cinnamon flavour in anything...Prefect bread!!!

Passionate About Baking said...

From one bread baker to another...I LOVE YOUR LOAF!!! It's beautiful & I love the flavours! Wish I could cycle down with you!!

Asha said...

Wonderful looking bread, F! I can imagine you cycling with aromatic bread basket in the front! NIICE!

I love Cinnamon Raisin swirl I get here, my fave breakfast toast! :))

Cham said...

What a gorgeous loaf, no wonder ur in laws praise u :) I would love to taste this bread :)

Trupti said...

bread looks very delicious & perfect.

Superchef said...

the cinnamon flavor in the bread mustve been soo good! looks beautifully delicious!

5 Star Foodie said...

Sounds delicious - love cinnamon!

indosungod said...

HC, I love the picture of you biking with the bread in the basket. The bread looks gorgeous.

Akal's Saappadu said...

compliments from the in laws, what else do we need to finish a perfect day, no wonder you've become taller:)

your raisin bread looks fluffy, soft and well aerated ; looks perfect!

Retno Prihadana said...

It looks sooooo good and perfect!

Soma said...

Love it HC. & I am book marking this for my husband has been asking me to bake a cinnamon raisin for long time now. Love the studded look.

Pooja said...

Lookng perfect...

Ashwini said...

Awesome looking bread..love cinnamon breads..

A_and_N said...

I'm so going to try this this weekdn! It looks gorgeous!

Poornima Nair said...

That bread has turned out so perfect...looks awesome.

Varsha Vipins said...

Gorgeous loaf..!!!
I hav tried this with raisin n whole wheat flour..but neva added egg..Is their any particular reason for adding egg Happy?

Vicky Xavier. said...

Cinnamon raisin bread looks perfect. Ur inlaws are very lucky to get such a sweet daughter in law. Really they cud have felt ur love and passion for both cooking and family.
Glad to read about u dear.

Snooky doodle said...

your loaf looks wondeful . I can imagine its fragrance. to die for.

healthydelicious said...

yum. I've been looking for a good cinnamon raisin bread recipe.

Elra said...

What a beautiful loaf, cinnamon raisin are my favorite as well.
Cheers,
elra

LG said...

Cinnamon and raisins in bread...love the flavors HC. Loaf looks gorgeous!

Sara said...

Beautiful bread! I love making bread at home, it's so much fun.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

wow. lovely bread. wish i cud taste. u are an expert in bread making.

veggie belly said...

There is nothing more satifying that have your guests compliment you on your food! this cinnamon raisin bread looks great...id spread some sweetened cream cheese on it :)

White on Rice Couple said...

Flavors sound great together. I can smell it finishing off in the oven now. Thanks for sharing. Todd.

jayasree said...

Bread looks soft and airy. Loved the flavor. Perfectly baked.

notyet100 said...

omg can imagine u cycling with basket filled with such yummy goodies,..lucky inlaws,.:-)keep bakin nd sharin,..

Arfi Binsted said...

lovely bread, Happy!

Bombay-Bruxelles said...

Veel mooi, HC!

Shama Nagarajan said...

what a lovely slice...

aquadaze said...

your post is so compelling...I'm gonna try this one soon :)

sra said...

I imagined cycling down a cold road with warm bread smells wafting out of my basket - aaahh!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh GOD getting comments that too compliments from MIL is something really a trasure dear. Keep it up! Bread looks yum. Must have taste awesome with cinnamon.

Sia said...

HC, that looks extraordinary! brillient and i love, love and love cinnamon flavoured bread.

Priti said...

Yummy looking bread....just perfect...I can imagine the aroma with you cycling......wonderful..

Ann said...

Hey another cinnamon goodie here HC..lovely bread..can imagine the flavour

Ben said...

Isn't it great when you receive compliments for your food? If this bread tastes as good as it looks then your family is right! :) Thanks for participating in my event :D

sunita said...

Now add a few more inches to your already increased height ;-)...that is one gorgeous, gorgeous loaf...I can smell it from here :-)

sowmya said...

bread looks awesome..i love raisin bread..

Varunavi said...

Wow bread looks great.Never baked bread,will try ur recipe

DEESHA said...

cinnamon & raisins, some lovely flavors there

Rina said...

Happy this is one favourite bread for me...eat it just like that, or slightly toast it or apply a spoon of light cream cheese...this is one full breakfast.

congrats for all those praises...love your bread...

srikars kitchen said...

Nice bread.. love the cinnamon flavour in anything...Prefect bread...

Happy cook said...

Thankyou all for your sweet coments, i think soon i will touch the celing of my room reading all these praises :-)

♥Rosie♥ said...

Your bread is gorgeous H.C. I just love the flavours going on here. I can see why it was a huge hit with your MIL!

Rosie x

Sandeepa said...

Mmmmmmmmmm...can smell it

Laavanya said...

I love sweet breads too and yours looks perfect. No wonder you got such wonderful praises from your in-laws. Waiting for an hour to slice in must've been the hardest part.

AnuSriram said...

Wow.. thats lovely! You always make me drool on your breads and cakes. Never tried baking them at home.. But this time, i'm gonna try this.. i can sense the aroma here.. Bookmarked!

AnuSriram said...

I almost forgot drooling over the bread, that i have some awards for u in my blog.. Pls accept!

Archy said...

Wow, so spongy an high bread.. looks so tempting !!

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

I've just started getting into bread making. This looks really fantastic! That book is going on my Amazon.com wishlist! :D

Preety said...

wow the bread looks perfect and it has two of my fav ingredient cinnamon and raisin

Yasmeen said...

How sweet HC,cycling with aromatic bread in the basket,you sure know how to win hearts:)

Bharti said...

Beautiful bread!

Vaishali said...

That bread looks so good, you deserve to feel 10 feet tall. Lovely job, Happy.

Uma said...

Lovely bread. looks gorgeous and yummy.

eatme_delicious said...

Yum I love cinnamon raisin bread! Though for me the raisins are more optional than necessary. You did a great job with this one!

Ivy said...

I can smell the bread right through the screen. I love this. We make a similar recipe, only we roll it into buns.

Sukanya said...

What a beauty. Iam going to try making bread soon. Iam surely going to try this recipe.

Maryann said...

I will have to save this recipe! I can picture you riding your bike with the bread in the basket! :)

Susan/Wild Yeast said...

I think my house is too far for you to bike to but I would have loved to be on the receiving end of this lovely bread!

churningthewordmill.wordpress.com said...

that looks lovely.. i like both raisins and cinnamon... will try this one out for sure.

Malar Gandhi said...

Gorgeous...looks too good, love it.

Curry Leaf said...

looks tooo perfect and professional.cinnamon is my favourite spice as well.
I too wish I were walking on the road while you were cycling,so that I too could have hit with the powerful aroma of cinnamon and 'fresh from oven' bread.PRO looking bread

Usha said...

Beautiful bread, it looks absolutely perfect :-)

TBC said...

You've become quite the accomplished baker, HC :D

Lots of good flavors going into that loaf there!

Amber said...

How nice of you to share! I am not sure I could. My very favorite bread for toast and vegetarian sandwiches when I was younger was a cinnamon raisin walnut bread. I can't find it commercially anymore and have been thinking about making my own lately. Yours looks wonderful.
Not everyone in the U.S. likes corned beef, mostly we just make it for St. Patricks day. I make it so I can make corned beef hash with the leftovers.
One of my favorite things about blogs is people from other countries and learning about the differences. People really are the same though.

Lore said...

I'd love this for breakfast with a little bit of butter spread on top. Looks delicious!

Aparna said...

I guess after the compliments you've received, this might seem a little tame.:)
But I do love your bread. Raisin bread and peanut butter (does this sound weird?) is something I enjoy.

Btw, do you think that bread book is worth buying inspite of the cost?

Suma Rajesh said...

hey dear...now u will be double inch taller through blogger's sweet comments rt?...looks very tempting and divine...perfect..

Peter M said...

Happy, cinnamon bread toasted makes one of my favourite breakfasts...simply buttered.

Ricardo said...

fantastic raisin bread I wish i had a piece here now thx for sharing, well nice :D

Purva Desai said...

Bread looks gorgeous, soft and fluffy and love the combination of cinnamon and raisin

Happy cook said...

Aparna the book is realy good, i have mailed you the answer.

Gloria said...

Happy Cook this bread is amazing!!!! I love all with raisins and this look spectacular,xxGloria

RAKS KITCHEN said...

great looking bread,as usual,you have baked perfect:)Sounds delicious!

Kevin said...

That raisin bread looks great! It has been far too long since I last had raisin bread.

Madhuram said...

That's one lovely loaf HC. Even looking at the picture we can tell that it would have tasted great!

Vani said...

That looks gorgeous!!

Cakelaw said...

Mmm, Happy Cook, I can almost smell this gorgeous loaf ...

The Blonde Duck said...

I love cinnamon raisen bread. It's pure comfort.

MamaFaMi said...

Bread looks good! Yummy!

Miri said...

That is a really robust loaf- your in laws must have been so happy to have it!

bee said...

that is supergorgeous. i lvoe the brown crust. i'm not a fan of cinnamon in sweet stuff, but i will try this.

Happy cook said...

Bee do try you willlove it as we all did.

Maria♥ said...

Wow what a beautiful bread! I bet it tastes absolutely delish too with those flavours.

Maria
x

Red Chillies said...

Beautiful looking bread. And HC, you indeed look couple of inhes taller :-)) This is worth all the compliments.

Jayashree said...

I can see why they admired this loaf so much. It looks moist and delicious.

Divya Vikram said...

Bookmarking this! looks lovely HC

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