I have never baked bread before and this is my first time! I just got a loaf pan couple of days back and wanted to put that in use :) Instead of baking a plain white bread, I wanted to add some flavor to it.. So here it goes Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread! It came out pretty well and tasted great!
The preparation and baking time is not much but waiting for the yeast to work on dough takes a bit of a time! So better start working on this from the morning if you want to have it with your afternoon tea :)
For the Bread:
All Purpose Flour - 1 3/4 Cup
Salt - Pinch
Sugar - 2 tsp
Yeast - 1 tsp
Cinnamon - 2 tsp
Butter - 1 tbsp
Raisins - 1/2 cup
Milk - 1/2 cup
Oil - 1 tsp
For the Cinnamon Swirl:
Sugar - 1/4 Cup
Cinnamon - 2 tbsp
How to make it?
Mix the dry yeast in 2 tbsp of water and set aside for 10 minutes.
Melt the butter to room temperature and set aside.
Mix the flour, salt, sugar, cinnamon and the raisins.
Add the butter and mix well.
Add the Yeast and give another mix.
Finally, pour in the milk slowly and knead the dough until all the flour comes together and becomes a pliable dough.
Smear the dough with oil on all sides, cover the dough with a kitchen towel and allow to rest for 1 hour.
(Usually the yeast is supposed to do its job and the dough should be double in size within an hour! But mine took like 3 hours! But anyways it tasted great :) )
The dough would have doubled in size, punch it down and allow to rest for another 10 minutes.
In a cup mix the sugar and cinnamon for the cinnamon swirl and set aside.
Take the dough, punch it down and roll into approximately 8 inch long and 5 inch wide rectangle. It would be easier to pat it down with your hand instead of using a rolling pin. ( as long as your loaf pan. I used 8 1/2 inch X 4 1/2 inch pan).
Sprinkle the sugar cinnamon powder and brush evenly so its evenly distributed. You would have some left, set it aside as it would be used later.
Roll the dough gently as shown.
Cover this with a kitchen towel and allow to rest for another 60 - 90 minutes so the dough raises to the rim of the pan.
Preheat the oven to 350 F and place the loaf pan inside.
Bake for 20 minutes, then rotate your pan 180 degrees and bake for another 20 minutes. Once the top is golden brown in color, remove from the oven.