Baking organic cinnamon bread is great way to treat your family and friends. This full-bodied and rich bread made from sweet raisins, warm cinnamon and whole wheat flour, can be used for breakfast, as an energizing afternoon snack or as a desert. If you have friends and family around, you might want to make 2 or more breads because one can never be enough. Here is a 1-loaf recipe of the organic cinnamon raisin bread.
- ½ cup unsalted butter – softened or organic
- ¾ cup warm water – filtered or bottled
- 3 ½ cups whole wheat flour
- 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 Tablespoon sea salt
- 1 cup hearty organic raisins
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 large organic egg – slightly warm
- Cinnamon- raisin swirl ingredients
- ¼ cup organic brown sugar
- ¼ cup organic sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/3 cup butter – melted and cooled
- 1 organic egg white
1) Place the milk and the egg in a measuring cup and add water and tepid to fill up the cup.
2) Combine the mixture will all the other dough ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixture. Mix for 3 minutes in the lowest setting, then for 5 minutes on the highest setting. This will make the dough sticky and soft.
3) Transfer the dough to a bowl coated with cooking spray or oil, and cover it with a plastic wrap or a clean cloth. Place it in a warm spot and allow it to rise until it doubles in size – usually about 1 ½ hours.
4) As the dough is resting, make the cinnamon swirl mixture. In a small bowl mix cinnamon, organic sugar, organic brown sugar and butter.
5) Soak the raisins in hot water until plump – usually about 20 minutes. Drain and pat dry.
6) Uncover the bowl of dough and add the raisins. Knead them together for about 5 minutes and make sure the raisins are well incorporated into the dough.
7) Place the dough on a floured surface and roll it out into a rectangle about 10″ x 12″.
8) Brush each side of the rectangular dough with the cinnamon-honey-butter mixture. Remain about 1 teaspoon of the mixture for brushing the surface of the rolled dough.
9) Starting from the short side, roll the dough, snugly pinching the sides to retain the mixture.
10) Place the dough in a plan, cover it with a plastic wrap or clean cloth and place it in a warm spot. A sunny window sill or the top of a refrigerator often work well.
11) Once again allow the dough to rest for about 30 minutes, until it rises to its double size.
12) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
13) Once the bread has risen, brush the surface with the reserved cinnamon-honey-butter mixture. You may sprinkle desired cinnamon if you desire.
14) Bake the bread at the center of the preheated oven for 35 minutes until it is lightly golden.
Your bread is ready to be eaten, but you need to allow it to cool for a few minutes. Slice it with a sharp knife and enjoy it while still warm.