Cinnamon Raisin Bread. This recipe for homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bread is “no knead” meaning you stir the flour, cinnamon, yeast, brown sugar, raisins, and water together in a bowl and let it raise. No need to knead – I love that. Once it’s risen to double the size, you turn it out onto a floured surface and form a ball, let it rest while the oven heats up and bake. Super simple and it turns out just like a bakery loaf of bread – every time.
A good no knead bread recipe is really a game changer, in my opinion. I am not a baker, but I am a real lover of all things gluten especially bread. Give me room temperature butter and any type of bread and look out! I cannot help myself and will eat the entire loaf. I love it that much.
I’ve been craving a sweet bread lately and have always been a fan of anything cinnamon and raisin, so I made this simple no knead recipe. I used golden raisins because that’s my personal preference, but feel free to change to dark raisins if that’s what floats your boat.
Have you checked out my other bread recipes on the site? My favorite is the No Knead Rustic Loaf for its simplicity and also versatility. Add some shredded cheese or nuts to kick it up. Experimenting in the kitchen is one of my favorite things to do and sometimes following recipes completely is hard for me to do.
Ingredients You’ll Need
Here are the simple ingredient list to make a bakery style load of raisin bread.
- Bread Flour – for best results you should use bread flour, but you could experiment with all purpose flour, the results may not be the same.
- Cinnamon – use good quality ground cinnamon for the best results.
- Brown Sugar – dark brown sugar or light brown sugar will work.
- Yeast – active dry yeast. Make sure you check the expiration date on your yeast and always keep bulk or packets in the fridge for maximum freshness.
- Salt – most recipes on Farmgirl Gourmet require Kosher salt. I find it works best and the measurements for Kosher vs table salt and different, so don’t substitute.
- Raisins – golden raisins, dark raisins, or a raisin medley will work.
Find the printable recipe card with exact measurements and instructions below.
Steps to make this cinnamon raisin bread recipe
Step 1: stir together dry ingredients
Stirring together all of the dry ingredients (minus the yeast) is essential to keep the raisins from sinking to the bottom of the loaf while it’s baking. Coating the raisins in flour helps them stay suspended in the dough.
Add the flour, raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt to a large bowl and mix to combine.
Step 2: add the wet ingredients
Add the yeast and water to the dry ingredients and stir well with a wooden spoon until you get a craggy dough. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel.
Step 3: let the dough raise
If you don’t have an oven with a “bread proof” setting, then make sure wherever you place the dough to raise that it is a warm place that’s draft free with an ambient temperature of 70ºF-75ºF. You can also heat your oven to 100ºF for about 5 minutes, then turn it off and add the bowl of dough and allow the dough to rise with the oven light on.
Step 4: heat the oven, shape the loaf, and bake
Place the dutch oven in the oven and preheat it to 450ºF. While the oven is heating up, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and shape into a ball. Place the ball on a piece of parchment paper and place the bowl over the top and allow to sit for 20 minutes. Remove the hot dutch oven from the oven and place the parchment and dough into the dutch oven and slash the top of the bread with a sharp knife or bread slashing tool. Place the lid back on and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn. The bread is ready when the top is a deep golden brown.
Remove and place the parchment and bread on a wire cooling rack and let the bread cool before you get the butter out and start devouring this loaf.
Looking for More Bread Recipes?
I love bread and here are a few of my faves from my blog:
- No Knead Bread
- Cheese-Studded Rolls
- Walnut Levain
- Pretzel Slider Buns
- Banana Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
- Honey Challah
Cinnamon Raisin Bread
- Add the yeast to the warm water and allow to sit for 10 minutes to bloom the yeast. It should be foamy.
- In a large bowl, add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine, making sure to break up the raisins and coating them well with the flour mixture.
- Add the yeast mixture to the dry ingredients and stir well with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together.
- Cover with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel and allow to rise until double in size, about 2-3 hours.
- Preheat oven to 450ºF with the dutch oven inside.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and form a smooth ball by gently folding the dough into itself a few times. Place on a piece of parchment paper and place the bowl over the top and allow to rest for 15-20 minutes.
- Remove the dutch oven from the oven and place the bread and parchment in the hot dutch oven. Slash the top with a sharp knife or bread lame tool, place the lid back on, and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and bake an additional 20 minutes.
- Lift the bread out of the dutch oven and allow to cool on a wire rack before slicing.
Equipment Used in Recipe
- 1 Dutch Oven
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
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Tips for Storing
- For storing – keep in an airtight container or sealable bag
- For reheating – wrap in aluminum foil tightly and reheat in a moderate heat for 10 minutes.
- How to freeze – slice the loaf and put into a zip top bag, remove all of the air and zip it up. Store in the freezer up to 3 months.
Heather is a recipe developer and content creator living in Vancouver, Washington. She started Farmgirl Gourmet in 2006, almost 20 years ago, as a way to share recipes with friends and family. Heather is also the co-founder of Spiceology , a unique spice company, which she started in 2013. She shares family friendly recipes for easy everyday meals with a gourmet twist.