Happy Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day! Did you know, today’s the day to enjoy cinnamon raisin bread either as cooking or of course, eating!
So cinnamon and raisins…do you like them?
When I was in elementary school, they served raisin bread sometimes but I saw a lot of kids picking it out from the bread. Yes, raisins are not popular in my home country, Japan. Some say it’s weirdly sweet, some don’t like chewy dry texture…well, whatever they can think of are used as an excuse to abandon them.
I didn’t care that much about raisins, but as so many kids hated raisins, I thought I was the one who was weird…Now as I’m a foodie adult, I’d gladly take their leftover raisins and satisfy my appetite and taste buds!
And cinnamon…I actually started to try cinnamon about 5 years ago. I remember my mom sprinkled them on toast with homemade apple jam, but I couldn’t stand their unique aroma that time. Since then, I avoided using them, but after I came to the US, cinnamon is everywhere, especially in Autumn.
Now, I truly think getting used to it makes people’s preference adjusted. Now cinnamon is a symbolic flavor when I’m baking some bread, pastry, cakes or just brewing some special tea upon my dinner buddy’s request.
As I’m growing up and the US nurtured my taste buds, I’m gladly sharing the recipe to celebrate this National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day. If you are interested in baking one from scratch, try this and enjoy an indulgent afternoon.
Ready for cooking? Let’s do it!
Cinnamon Raisin Bread Roll
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- 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 120ml warm water
- 250g bread flour
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon powder
- 70g raisins
- ¼ cup rum – optional
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- As an optional step, combine raisins and rum together and marinate them.
- Take out 1 tablespoon warm water from 120ml warm water and mix with active dry yeast. Set aside.
- Combine flour, coconut oil, sugar, salt, cinnamon, water and yeast mixture in a mixing bowl. Start stirring the dough to make a big ball.
- When the dough gets together, take it out from the mixing bowl to the board and start to knead. Keep going until the dough becomes smooth and silky.
- Bring the dough back to the mixing bowl and cover it with wraps or lid. Let it rise in a warm place until it becomes twice as big, about 40 min.
- Prepare filling. Combine coconut oil, sugar, cinnamon powder together in a mixing bowl and set aside.
- Gently deflate the dough and let it rest for 10 min.
- Spread the dough in a rectangular shape, about ¼ inch thick. Spread cinnamon sugar mixture and place the raisins.
- Gently roll the dough and slice them into 6~8.
- Spread parchment sheet on a baking pan and place the rolls. Let them rise in a warm place with the cover for about 1 hour. The dough should rise about twice as big in size.
- Preheat an oven to 375F°.
- Transfer rolls in the oven and bake them until they are golden brown, about 15~20 min.
When you allow the dough to rise for the second time, close the lid or cover with wraps to avoid them getting dry. As long as they get dry, it gets rock hard after baking.
Marinate raisins overnight if it allows you. I only marinated them for a couple of hours and no complains, but I’ll wait overnight next time.
Brew some tea or coffee now, whichever you prefer is good enough to make your relaxing time as gorgeous as you want it to be!
And now listen to the wind…can you hear Autumn’s footsteps? How about seeing autumn foliage? I loved this year’s summer and I’m going to miss it, but at the same time, I’m looking forward to enjoying Autumn too!
First day of Autumn is Wednesday next week, so let’s have some autumn themed pastry now and think about how to spend the short yet beautiful season!
<Other Autumn Food to Enjoy Season>
As pumpkin season is coming, baking gets an autumn theme too! Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie
How about autumn themed dinner? Kabocha Squash Croquette
A lot of cafes started offering seasonal drinks, and at home too! Chai Tea Latte
Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)