|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 5g||6%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||12%|
|Total Carbohydrate 59g||21%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||9%|
|Total Sugars 13g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||2%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Cinnamon raisin bread is a lightly sweet yeast bread scented with cinnamon and studded with plump dried fruit. This recipe is designed for the bread machine, which might be one of the best inventions of the 20th century. It makes fresh-baked bread effortless, automating the mixing, kneading, rising, and baking in one simple device.
The cinnamon raisin bread is especially delicious for breakfast when spread with butter or cream cheese. It's excellent served alongside brunch dishes like an egg casserole, and leftovers are good toasted or turned into cinnamon French toast. The bread freezes well, too.
“Raisins and cinnamon make a nice addition to this simple bread machine recipe. It’s great toasted with a slather of butter, and I bet it would make a great French toast too. Slice and freeze leftovers, if you have any.” —Carrie Parente
Gather the ingredients.
Place the ingredients in the bread machine pan in the order listed: water, butter, salt, brown sugar, bread flour, nonfat dry milk, and ground cinnamon.
Make a small well in the ingredients with your finger. Add the active dry yeast to the well; this will ensure the proper timing of the yeast reaction.
Process the bread in the bread machine at the sweet, rapid, or timed cycle, or according to manufacturer's directions. If the machine asks for the size of the loaf, select 2 pounds.
Add the raisins at the fruit and nut signal (about 30 to 40 minutes into the cycle, depending on the machine). If you add them in the beginning, the raisins will be pulverized.
Allow the bread machine to proceed through its cycle and bake the bread.
Remove the bread from the pan and place on a rack to cool completely before serving.
Serve with room temperature butter and enjoy.
- It's important to add ingredients to the bread machine in a certain order: liquids, dry ingredients, yeast. By adding the yeast last, you ensure that it remains separate from the liquids until the kneading cycle. Bread machines vary and some work best with ingredients in a different order; review your machine's directions just in case.
- If you live at a high altitude, be sure to adjust bread machine recipes just like you would oven-baked goods.
- Swap raisins for currants or dried cranberries if you like.
- Add 1/2 cup of chopped and toasted walnuts or pecans along with the dried fruit.
How to Store and Freeze
If you will be using the bread over the next three days, you can store it at room temperature in foil, plastic wrap, or a plastic bag. Choose a cool, dry place to keep your bread loaf.
For longer storage, you can freeze the bread. Place the cooled loaf in a storage bag in the freezer and label the bag with the date, contents, and a "use by" date three months in the future. Allow it to thaw at room temperature for an hour.
Is it OK to Use Regular Flour in a Bread Machine?
Often thought of as "regular" flour, all-purpose flour is a good substitute for bread flour, even in a bread machine. The difference between the two is that bread flour includes more gluten, which gives bread more rise. For the most part, you won't notice the difference when making this bread with all-purpose flour.
Can Bread Be Left in the Bread Machine?
It is best to remove baked bread from the bread machine and pan as soon as possible. Many machines have a "keep warm" setting that lasts for about an hour. While it won't overbake the bread, the crust will get harder. The bigger concern is that the residual heat inside the machine can cause condensation and make the bread soggy. If you want fresh-baked bread ready for breakfast, utilize your bread machine's delayed start function. Set it to start early in the morning so you wake up to the lovely aroma of fresh-baked bread and a delicious meal.