Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread

by cakeduchess on August 29, 2012 · 36 comments


The kids have returned to school and there are more quiet moments in the house. I find myself with a little extra time to do something that I really enjoy-bake fresh bread. 

It’s been a pleasure collaborating with Red Star Yeast these last few months baking some of their wonderful recipes. I recently baked their wonderful Fresh Apple Cake and also their Chocolate Yeast Cake with Brown Butter Frosting.



My kids like to enjoy their cinnamon bread’s first slices; usually the bread is still very warm. I’m surrounded by impatient testers. I sometimes enjoy a warm slice slathered with a little butter or just with my favorite jam. I know I rushed in slicing this one. Look at that melted cinnamon sugar! Incredible.



No matter how you like to enjoy a slice of freshly baked cinnamon bread, there is no denying the pure pleasure it brings. I really love breads like this that are not too sweet and beautiful with a simple egg wash. Gorgeous golden loaves sitting on your counter tempt you as they are cooling. 
The heavenly smell of cinnamon awaits you as you cut those first lovely slices. This Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread rose beautifully and was delicious. Perfectly spiced with just the right amount of cinnamon and sugar. I prefer extra raisins in my loaf. I made one with extra raisins and one with a little less. It does take a little time to put the loaves together but it is worth the effort. The kids love to help and giggle as they toss cinnamon sugar on the dough well, of course, most ends up all over the counter. I don’t mind one bit as I cherish these magical baking moments with my family. 

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread
recipe courtesy of: Red Star Yeast

1/2 cup water
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter, softened
5 cups bread Flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
4 1/2 tsp Active Dry Yeast
1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp cinnamon
1 cup raisins
2 Tbsp butter, melted


In large mixer bowl, combine 2 1/2 cups flour, yeast, sugar, and salt; mix well. Heat milk, water, and butter until to 120º to 130º F; butter does not need to melt. Add to flour mixture. Add eggs. Blend at low speed until moistened; beat 3 minute
Add to flour mixture. Add eggs. Blend at low speed until moistened; beat 3 minutes at medium speed. By hand, gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make a firm dough. Knead on floured surface until smooth and elastic, 5 to 8 minutes.

Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top.

Cover; let rise until dough (about 1 hour).

Prepare Filling: Combine sugar and cinnamon; set aside.

Punch down dough. Divide into 2 parts. On lightly floured surface, roll or pat each half to a 14 x 7-inch rectangle.
Brush with 1 Tbsp. melted butter to within 1 inch of edges; sprinkle half of cinnamon mixture and 1/2 cup raisins over buttered dough.

Starting with shorter side, roll up tightly, pressing dough into roll with each turn. Pinch edges and ends to seal. Place in greased 9 x 5-inch bread pans.

Cover; let rise in warm place until indentation remains after lightly touching side of loaf, about 45 minutes.

Whisk together an egg with a splash of milk. Brush the egg wash on the surface of your bread.

Bake on the middle rack 350º F for 40 to 45 minutes until golden brown. Remove from pans; cool. If you happen to have any leftover bread, store it in a large Ziploc bag.

Disclosure – This post was sponsored by Red Star Yeast. All opinions are my own.

{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

Munatycooking August 29, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Home baked bread is always a winner. Your bread looks delicious, I would bake it and then use part of it for making french toast. Yum Yum!


shelley c. August 29, 2012 at 5:31 pm

That looks delicious!! I bet it went over really well :) You wouldn’t happen to want to submit it to this month’s BBD… take a look – totally fits the theme!! :)


Lyndsey Chapin August 29, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Mmm…I want this baking in my house. I know my daughter would love it (minus the raisins). The best part is how good it tastes enjoying it with family and the kids input (help)!


Red Star Yeast August 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm

I love that you bake with your kids. It’s such a fun bonding experience, and the memories will last forever – unlike that gorgeous bread… :) -Linda@RSY


Paula August 29, 2012 at 6:49 pm

I love homemade breads and cinnamon bread is one of my favourites. This looks so wonderful. If I promise to do the dishes and clean the house every day can I please come and stay with you? (You have to make this every week though, fair?)


Kate@Diethood August 29, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I’d like to hide in my closet…alone…with this loaf.


Cake Duchess August 29, 2012 at 9:18 pm

LOL! This good laugh was much needed:p


Monet August 29, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Hi Lora. I saw this morning (on facebook, I think) and I’ve been dreaming about it all afternoon. It looks so delicious, and it reminds me that I need to get into my kitchen and bake off the current funk I’m in. Thank you for sharing!


Maureen | Orgasmic Chef August 30, 2012 at 12:11 am

Is there anything that smells more welcoming than a cinnamon laced bread baking in the oven? I can close my eyes and follow the scent through your house. :)

I was going to make beet jam today but maybe that will have to wait til tomorrow. I can see cinnamon raisin bread in my today list.


Lisa August 30, 2012 at 12:51 am

I saw this earlier and had to wipe it out of my mind because I wanted to make it and eat the whole thing. Gorgeous swirl..and the crust looks so flaky..almost croissant like! I can only imagine how good french toast would be with this!


Swathi Iyer August 30, 2012 at 1:05 am

Cinnamon raisin swirl bread looks delicious and beautiful Lora.


Lizzy Do August 30, 2012 at 1:25 am

Nick will be home this weekend for Labor Day…I think this will have to be on our breakfast menu!!! Gorgeous, Lora!!!


Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking August 30, 2012 at 1:33 am

I love cinnamon swirl bread and this loaf is gorgeous Lora!


Carol | a cup of mascarpone August 30, 2012 at 1:59 am

HOLY Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread! This looks divine, Lora!!!


Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 30, 2012 at 3:22 am

This bread looks inncredible, Lora! I can smell the cinnamon from here! :)


Nami | Just One Cookbook August 30, 2012 at 7:15 am

Whoa… this looks amazing. My mom used to buy cinnamon raisin swirl bread from this bakery near my store, and I really enjoyed it growing up. Now that I’m in the US, I rarely see this bread in bakery. One day I have to learn making it from scratch. Thank you for your great tutorial!


Baker Street August 30, 2012 at 7:31 am

This looks amazing, Lora! I only wish I could bake bread like you do. With such ease and elegance. A slice of this smeared with butter would just be the perfect start to my day. :)


Jennie @themessybakerblog August 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm

This is one beautiful loaf of bread, and the fact that it’s oozing delicious cinnamon sugar makes it even better. What I’d do for a piece. Yum!


Shulie August 30, 2012 at 1:05 pm

You can’t even imagine how much I love this sort of bread it almost reminds me of a Babka. I would love to have a slice or two from breakfast, lunch and dinner. No lie! :)


Cardamom Hills August 30, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Hmmm…I shud soon start baking my own bread…always wanting to do this but skeptical over wat if it does not turn out well!! this cinnamon and raisin swirl looks heavenly :)


Jenny @ BAKE August 30, 2012 at 7:55 pm

this looks like an incredible loaf!


Lana @ Never Enough Thyme August 30, 2012 at 8:11 pm

I can just imagine the fragrance of this while it is baking! It probably fills up your whole house and drifts over to the neighbors, too. Delicious!


Rachel @ Baked by Rachel August 30, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Amazing! I’ve had this on my to do list for a while. Maybe this winter I’ll get it done!


Emily August 30, 2012 at 11:34 pm

This is my favorite kind of bread. I love all of your swirls. Right out of the oven you cannot beat this.


Bunkycooks August 31, 2012 at 12:36 am

This is Mr. B’s favorite bread. We need to be neighbors so that I can come by and “borrow” a loaf from you every now and then. There is nothing better than cinnamon and yeast bread baking in your oven. Guess what I will be baking this weekend. ;-)


Rosita Vargas August 31, 2012 at 12:39 am

Te ha quedado espectacular este pan luce muy exquisito,abrazos hugs,hugs.

Reply August 31, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I can tel this bread would be a great toast or even french toast. Nice recipe, pinned!


Kristina @ spabettie August 31, 2012 at 3:49 pm

I wish I could come bake with you! :) this looks perfect, perhaps I will attempt this weekend…


Pachecopatty August 31, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Beautiful cinnamon raisin swirled bread! So many beautiful photos- it’s not easy choosing one to pin, although I think I pinned a photo already yesterday from Pinterest, I’m getting confused-I need a slice of your bread to refresh my memory:-)


Aggie August 31, 2012 at 10:39 pm

I can just smell this…oh how I love cinnamon bread. Can I admit that I’ve never had it homemade like this? I hope you are well and the kiddos are happy in school!


Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } September 1, 2012 at 7:17 pm

I bet your house smelled amazing when this beautiful bread was baking. Need to bake some bread soon. Hope you are having a great long holiday weekend!!


Anne@FromMySweetHeart September 2, 2012 at 2:47 am

Wow…this beautiful loaf would be just as wonderful for a snack, a dessert, or breakfast! The scent of your kitchen must have been so heavenly while this was baking! Lovely photos! : )


Amelia September 3, 2012 at 2:17 am

Hi, your cinnamon raisin swirl bread look absolutely delicious. Very well baked. Thanks for sharing the recipes.

Have a great week ahead.


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts September 3, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I have never made a swirl bread before, this looks perfect. And I know for sure, I would cut into to too early, I have no will power!


Chi Chi Cakes November 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Hi. Did you make one or two loaves with this? Cinnamon swirl bread is my nemesis! I keep making it only to keep getting crazy tunnels and gaps inside no matter what I do. I am going to conquer this bread though. I see you have two recipes for cinnamon swirl bread. . . Which one should I do is my next question :-)


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