Cinnamon Raisin Bread


It’s the Secret Recipe Club reveal day today.  I was assigned the blog Lynsey Lou’s, written by twenty-something Lynsey who’s recently married and uses her blog to explore and share recipes for her husband.  Her blog represents a wide variety of foods from simple cakes and meat dishes to other recipes  categorized as “ for daring bakers.”

While many of Lynsey’s recipes are tempting, I decided to take a crack at her  Cinnamon Raisin Bread.  Actually, for me, it was a huge challenge to attempt to make bread (that has to rise twice) in my own kitchen.  The last time I baked was under the tutelage of a chef during a baking class at the Culinary Institute here in NYC.  I didn’t have the nerve to work with yeast in my own home.

If you remember me explaining in an earlier post, Mom used to bake bread quite often when we were growing up.  As a young kid, this activity seemed marathon-like.  We had to wait forever for the yeast to rise, sometimes twice. I’d watch Mom combine the yeast with water and flour, stir it rapidly and then cover the bowl with a raggedy old orange dish towel.   Like a cub following its mother, I’d wander behind her into our secret “furnace room”.    The furnace room was off the laundry room and it was always dark and tropically warm.  Mom would place the bowl down on the dusty floor, explaining that the yeast needed to rise and in order to rise, it needed to be left in a warm area.  To me, the art of baking bread would forever seem magical and mysterious.  It also intimidated me enough to prevent me from every trying it.  Until yesterday….

The Cinnamon Raisin bread is not terribly difficult to bake.  However, you need to block out a good portion of your afternoon for its preparation since the bread needs to rise twice, which takes up at least 2 ½ hours.  It’s critical to follow the recipe exactly, heeding to the specific temperature needed to dissolve the yeast.  I learned the hard way that if the water temp isn’t just right, you’ll essentially kill the yeast and the bread won’t rise.  Since I don’t have a furnace room in my apartment, I decided to allow the bread to rise in my oven so as to avoid any potential drafts.


I was truly amazed when witnessing the dough double in size after the first rise.


Not to sound corny but, after 2 ½ years cooking with my blog, seeing dough rise and then pulling out the finished bread product was an unforgettable milestone.  I’ve come a long way from the simple milestones of properly boiling an egg and cutting open an avocado.

I used extra cinnamon sugar because we like it sweet. And, remember to pinch the bottom of your dough before you place it in the loaf pans to bake.


This recipe yields three loaves, one of which was immediately served hot with some melted butter…at dinner time no less.  I can’t wait to serve it for the kids at breakfast.  And, it’s sweet enough, you can even substitute it for dessert too.

Hope you enjoy and don’t forget to check out Lynsey Lou’s blog for a plethora of tasty recipes.


  1. Oh how I would love a slice of this right now – it looks absolutely wonderful!! Great SRC pick!

  2. We love cinnamon raisin bread at our house. Especially with a lot of butter on it. 🙂 Happy SRC Day!

  3. Love the fact this recipe makes 3 loaves! Happy Reveal Day~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  4. Cinnamon-raisin bread is just SO delicious! Great SRC choice!

  5. Love this bread, so glad you enjoyed it and that your bread baking was a success! Happy SRC reveal day!

  6. I love cinnamon raisin bread. There is nothing quite like a piece warm out of the oven. Great pick this month 🙂

  7. Cinnamon Raisin bread was one of the first recipes on my blog, so your post brought me fond memories…

    I haven’t made it ever since…. not even sure why

    Great choice for your Reveal Day!

  8. I’ve wanted to make cinnamon raisin bread for awhile now. And this post of yours is my motivation. Thanks for a great, great SRC pick this month. Pinning it right now.

  9. I can see this making wonderful french toast! Great pick!

  10. Your bread came out great. I love the smell of homemade bread. Great SRC pick!

  11. Your bread looks just amazing! I love it when someone bakes bread for a SRC pick. Fabulous.

  12. Toasted cinnamon raisin bread, with a smear of cream cheese was one of my mom’s favorite breakfasts. The smell while it’s baking.. amazing. Yours looks like it turned out fantastic. Great job this month! 🙂


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