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National Raisin Bread Month: Easy Homemade Recipes, No Need To Knead!

There is a reason why raisin bread is one of the most irresistible treats in many bakeries. It's fragrant, filling, and the sweetness and fruitiness of raisins wake up the buttery flavor of the bread. This National Raisin Bread Month, why not take the time to make your very own right at home? The reward will surely make the effort worth it!

 

No Knead Cinnamon Raisin Bread (Gemma's Big Bolder Baking)

If you're in the mood to bake something that looks rustic but is actually not that hard to pull off, you might want to check out this No Knead Cinnamon Raisin Bread from Gemma's Big Bolder Baking. It's delicious, it looks great and authentic, and best of all, you don't need to spend time kneading dough! 

"Bread making is really fascinating to me, especially using the 'No Knead' method. It is incredible that you bring your yeast to life by mixing your dough correctly together, then watch as it grows and takes shape. Then you know you did a great job because you have a beautiful loaf of bread at the end."

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp active dry yeast
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 1½ tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ cup (120g) raisins
  • ¾ cup (188g) milk
  • ¾ cup (188g) water

via No Knead Cinnamon Raisin Bread (Gemma's Big Bolder Baking)

 

Sourdough Cinnamon Raisin Bread (Karen's Kitchen Stories)

Foodies who are fond of sourdough will surely love this Sourdough Cinnamon Raisin Bread recipe from Karen's Kitchen Stories. The good thing about this recipe is that is allows for modifications - you can adjust the amount of raisins and cinnamon sugar based on your taste and cravings.

"You can control the amount of cinnamon sugar you add and cut back on the raisins if you like. I chose to go really light on the cinnamon sugar swirl but go full on with the raisins." 

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces warm water (105 to 115 degrees F)
  • 1 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 397 g ripe sourdough starter
  • 13 ounces room temperature water
  • 600 g unbleached all purpose flour
  • 12 g Kosher salt
  • 425 g dark raisins
  • 1/4 C plus one T sugar mixed with 1 T cinnamon (I used only about a tablespoon of this mixture and reserved the rest for cinnamon toast)
  • Extra flour and water to make adjustments to the dough

via Sourdough Cinnamon Raisin Bread (Karen's Kitchen Stories)

 

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Quick Bread (Amanda's Cookin')

Many home bakers are intimidated by yeast breads. If you're not in the mood for a full-on yeast bread baking session, this Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Quick Bread from Amanda's Cookin' is a great recipe to try at home. This is another superb recipe that will satisfy your homemade raisin bread cravings without requiring much prep and kneading.  

"I love to make yeasts breads, don’t get me wrong, but also really enjoy a good quick bread. They certainly aren’t as intimidating as a yeast bread, and they don’t require the prep work a yeast bread does."

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins

For the cinnamon mixture

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

via Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Quick Bread (Amanda's Cookin')

 

Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip: 

When making quick breads, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients instead of the other way around. This makes it easier to mix ingredients together without over-mixing the batter.

 



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