Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Bread

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Even though homemade bread is delicious, having plain toast for breakfast every morning gets old fast.  But making a “fancier” loaf can feel like too much effort, even when you’re relying on a bread machine

Cinnamon Raisin Bread is your solution.  It’s a special treat that will trick show your family that you care enough to put in the extra effort. The reality, however, is easier than it looks because the bread machine does all the hard work for you.  As a bonus, the bread comes out moist, chewy, and delicious, even though it’s made with 100% whole wheat flour!  Your family will never suspect that it might be good for them.

In fact, I recently made a loaf while I was preparing to teach my first ever Bread Baking Class through my church.  This is how my test loaf of Cinnamon Raisin bread turned out:


Don’t worry, the recipe makes a much bigger loaf than that.  My problem was how quickly my family devoured it!  I may or may not have had to threaten my husband with a butter knife in order to get this picture.

Bottom line:  I never knew that Cinnamon Raisin bread could be this easy.  It looks fancy, but the bread machine keeps it simple and relatively hands-off.  But be prepared to share with your family, because there’s no way they’ll believe that alluring scent of Cinnamon Raisin is coming from a new air freshener after they see the bread machine still on the counter.

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Bread
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Delicious, moist, and chewy: nobody will suspect that it uses whole wheat! Tastes great all by itself, but it also makes delicious toast. (Adapted from 100 Days of Real Food)
Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 1 loaf
  • 3 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup olive oil (or another healthy, liquid oil you like to use)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1½ cups raisins
  1. Add all ingredients EXCEPT RAISINS to your bread machine in this order (unless your bread machine instructions tell you otherwise): liquid ingredients, then dry ingredients, then yeast.
  2. Set your bread machine for Whole Wheat Dough, and start the bread machine.
  3. After the bread machine is finished it's first kneading cycle, it will probably beep to tell you. Quick, add the raisins before you forget!
  4. Check the dough ball during the second cycle of kneading to make sure that the raisins are evenly incorporating. If they aren't, feel free to use a wooden spoon to help them mix in OR restart the bread machine and let it begin a brand new kneading cycle.
  5. After the bread machine is finished, dump the dough into a bread pan of your choice (this is the kind I use).
  6. If you have time, place the bread pan in a warm place to let the dough rise again. I do it for about an hour. (If you're in a hurry, you can skip this step.)
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 35 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the bread is 170-180 degrees. Enjoy!


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