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Coffee Raisin Bread

Total Time

Prep time + Rising: 3 hours Bake: 40 min.

Makes

1 loaf

"This bread brings back memories of Easter mornings when I was a child and enjoyed toasted hot cross buns," pens Lois Head of Portland, Oregon.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon plus 3 cups bread flour, divided
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee (70° to 80°)
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons quick-rise yeast

Directions

  1. Place raisins in bowl and add water to cover. Allow raisins to hydrate until needed. In a mixing bowl, add coffee, sugar and yeast. Let sit for 2 minutes. Place the following ingredients in the mixer in this order; flour, salt, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, egg and oil. Using a dough hook, mix on low speed until dough comes together. Increase speed to medium and mix for an additional 3 minutes. While mixing for 3 minutes, drain raisins and pat dry with paper towel to remove excess moisture. Reduce speed to low and add in raisins to mixing bowl. Continue mixing for 1 minute. Remove dough and any raisins that did not mix in to pastry mat and kneed the dough slightly, shaping into a tight ball and incorporating any loose raisins into the dough. Place in greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow dough to double in size - approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours. After the dough has risen, place dough on the pastry mat that has been lightly dusted with flour and degas, shaping into a rectangle with the smallest side being no more than 8 inches. Roll the 8-inch side and press with palm to seal. Take outer corners and fold in, press with palm. Continue rolling and sealing with palm until the dough resembles a loaf shape. Place in greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pan and cover with plastic. Allow to rise until double. Using a serrated knife or dough lame, slice two angled slices on the top of the bread. Place in preheated oven to 350°F and bake 40 to 50 minutes.
To prepare dough by hand: Toss raisins with 1 tablespoon of flour; set aside. Dissolve yeast in warm coffee (110° to 115°). In a small bowl, combine oil, egg, and yeast mixture. Add sugar, salt, spices and remaining flour; combine until a soft dough forms. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until a smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Add raisins; cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, 1 hour. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Shape into a loaf. Cover; let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, 30 minutes. Proceed with recipe as written.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 137 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 202mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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