Bread for Breakfast

I know I can’t do this every weekend or every month for that matter, but having fresh baked bread with breakfast is the best thing ever.

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One bread recipe I’d been wanting to try since I started my sourdough starter was cinnamon raisin.

After doing some searching in cookbooks and online, I ended up with this recipe to work from.

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I don’t know why I always thought baking bread was so hard.

I know it would be much easier if I had a stand mixer with a dough hook, but all I have are my trusty old hands.

My loaves aren’t always the prettiest on the outside, but as long as they taste like homemade bread…we just don’t care. And this was one loaf that the appearance made no difference.

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The outside of the crust was lumpy and bumpy and not very pretty.

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But the inside – those swirling ribbons of cinnamon and sugar enticing us from the oven. The plump and juicy raisins scattered throughout the dough.

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You just have to try it.

The sourness from the dough balanced perfectly with the sweet cinnamon-sugary middle and the sweet raisins.

The following includes my changes to the recipe (see link above for original):

Sourdough Cinnamon Raisin Bread
– 1 cup sourdough starter
– 1/2 cup raisins
– 3/4 cup water
– 1 cup bread flour
– 1 cup whole wheat flour
– 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil
– 1 tablespoon cinnamon
– 2 tablespoons brown sugar
– 2 tablespoons sugar
– fine-ground cornmeal for anti-stick purposes

*If I use this same recipe again, I would add a bit more flour so the dough wouldn’t be as sticky (which is the reason it wasn’t a solid shape on the outside).

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Next time, I’ll also try making it in a bread pan so I can have sandwich-sized slices.

It’s a great (and easy!) recipe to make. All you need is time to let it rise sufficiently and a little patience.

And even if it doesn’t look perfect, no one will notice when this loaf comes out of the oven smelling like a giant cinnamon roll ;)

 

11 comments

  1. Your swirl looks excellent!

  2. looks perfect to me! i can smell it from here :)

  3. You amaze me. I watched some girls from college bake their own bread and was always fascinated but never seemed like anything I could do. You constantly inspire me to try new things…thanks!

  4. Yum! DH would adore that bread. he loves cinnamon raisin so much!

  5. The bread looks amazing! I would like a slice right now… :)

  6. i agree – fresh baked bread for breakfast is such a wonderful treat!

  7. Cinnamon raisin bread for breakfast is the best thing ever! I definitely want to try this. Yours looks beautiful!

  8. not very pretty? girl, that bread looks incredible!!!

  9. It is amazing! This bread looks like biscotti :) I always have a loaf of bread containing raisin for breakfast, and it is a perfect dish for breakfast. The recipe that you suggested looks incredible, I will try it and follow up.

  10. I love how you can see the ribbons of cinnamon and sugar in the bread! It must have been so tasty. While a dough hook does a lot of the work for you, there’s something nice about kneading by hand sometimes too. :)

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