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Raisin Cinnamon Bread

Here's my version of the time-honored cinnamon swirl bread. Confectioners' sugar icing makes it even more special. The recipe makes two loaves, perfect for sharing with the neighbors. —Deanna Patterson, Greenville, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 cups warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/3 cup plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 5-3/4 to 6-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, 1/3 cup sugar, oil, salt and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Add raisins and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/4 hours.
  • Punch dough down. On a lightly floured surface, divide in half. Roll each into a 15x7-in. rectangle. Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar; sprinkle over dough. Sprinkle with water. Starting with a short side, roll up tightly, jelly-roll style. Pinch seams and ends to seal. Place, seam side down, in two greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over warm loaves.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 162 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 157mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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