Brown Sugar – Raisin Bread

Posted on October 31, 2012
Hi, Everyone! I hope that those of you who live on the East Coast made it through the hurricane safely and didn’t have any damage on your homes! Thankfully the worst that happened to us was that we lost power, other than that everything was ok! It started raining here on Sunday afternoon, and continued to rain through the night and into Monday. The rain and wind really intensified around lunch time on Monday and got worse and worse through the afternoon. As soon as the hurricane hit the ground on the Jersey shore we lost power. Luckily I had lots of candles ready, so we spent the rest of the evening eating by candlelight and listening to the storm outside, which was beginning to sound pretty scary! At one point the rain was pounding on the windows so hard I thought it was going to break them! Thankfully the storm was gone by the morning and we got our power back by the afternoon. Just a few hours without heat, light, and being able to charge our cell phones and computers felt like forever and made me so thankful for how comfortable our lives are today! The first thing I did when the power came back on? Made a nice big cup of English Breakfast Tea! And the next thing? I made a loaf of this wonderfully soft and comforting Brown Sugar – Raisin Bread that I’m sharing with you today! It’s the perfect thing to bake on a cold, rainy day because it will fill your home with the delicious warmth of cinnamon and brown sugar! And I don’t think there’s anything as comforting as that! Here’s the recipe…
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BROWN SUGAR – RAISIN BREAD
(Recipe adapted from Williams-Sonoma)
*Makes 1 loaf*
YOU WILL NEED:
Bread:
1/2 tbs active dry yeast
1 1/2 tbs granulated sugar
1/2 and 1/8 cup warm water
1/2 cup warm milk
1 1/2 tbs unsalted butter, melted
1/2 tbs salt
1 egg
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup raisins
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Filling:
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
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DIRECTIONS

1. In a small bowl, combine the yeast, a little bit of sugar and a 1/4 cup of warm water. Cover and let stand for a five minutes, until the mixture gets frothy. Set aside.

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2. In your electric mixer bowl, combine the rest of the water, the warm milk, butter, the rest of the sugar, salt egg and a cup of the flour. Mix until you get a creamy texture, then add the yeast and another cup of flour. Mix for a couple of minutes, then add in the raisins and continue mixing. Add the rest of the flour and beat on medium speed until a soft dough forms (if the dough is too sticky add a little more flour. Using the dough hook attachment, knead for five minutes. Then, form the dough into a ball, place it in a greased bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place for an hour.

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3. Line a standard size loaf pan with parchment paper. Turn your dough out onto a floured surface and roll it into an 8×12 inch rectangle. In a little bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon, then evenly sprinkle it over the rectangle. Tightly roll up the dough jelly-roll style beginning at the narrow end until you get a log. Pinch the ends and transfer the log into your prepared pan (make sure you place it in the pan seam side down). Cover it loosely and let rise for another hour and a half.

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4. Preheat your oven to 350 deg F. Bake the bread for 35 – 40 minutes, until the top is beautifully golden brown! Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing and eating.

Happy Baking, Everyone!

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15 Comments

  • Reply Cas D October 31, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I am a bread lover!! I cannot wait to make this.. which will be asap. I can just imagine this lightly toasted with a smear of cream cheese on it… Now if I can just hold my mouth right and get mine as pretty as yours!

    • Reply Maria October 31, 2012 at 11:30 am

      I’m a bread lover too, you will love this bread! It is so good fresh or toasted the next day! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

  • Reply Leslie October 31, 2012 at 9:59 am

    I’m glad you’re okay!
    Yummy, I can just smell the cinnamon aroma from here! That bread looks delicious!!
    Blessings,
    Leslie

    • Reply Maria October 31, 2012 at 11:31 am

      Thank you, Leslie! Hope you have a great week!

  • Reply Tani@Tagana Rose October 31, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    So glad to hear your safe and well! This bread looks very delicious and is definitely one to add to my recipe collection!

    • Reply Maria November 1, 2012 at 11:55 am

      Thank you so much! This bread really is delicious!

  • Reply Laura Dembowski November 2, 2012 at 10:44 am

    That look so wonderful and comforting. It reminds me of being a kid and eating raisin bread with my granny. I wish those days were still around.

    • Reply Maria November 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Thank you, Laura!

  • Reply Christin@FortMillSCLiving November 2, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Your bread looks delicious! Glad you weren’t without power too long.

    • Reply Maria November 5, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      Thank you so much!

  • Reply La Petite Mango June 25, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    We just made this bread and my husband and son loved it. Thanks for the recipe

    • Reply Maria June 25, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      Glad you liked the bread! 🙂 It’s one of my favorites too! Thanks for stopping by, have a great week!

  • Reply Sam June 13, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Hi! Really want to make this recipe today. Correct me if I am wrong though I am not seeing in the method Where the melted butter is used. Can someone clarify this for me! ASAP.

    • Reply Maria June 13, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Hi Sam, sorry I must have missed it, I will add it in! Just add the butter into the dough at the same time as you add the milk and the rest of the ingredients. Hope that helps and that your bread turns out delicious! Enjoy!

    • Reply Sam June 14, 2014 at 7:29 am

      Funny story……I cracked the egg in a separate bowl….then I totally forgot to put it in. By the time a realized I had already finished kneading! (BTW I didn’t use a mixer and did everything by hand) It still came out delicious though. Thanx!

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