Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Bread

The cinnamon and sugar swirl makes a yummy bread.
  • Yields 2 loaves
  • Details

    • Serving Size: 1 slice

    INGREDIENTS

    • 6 teaspoons sugar, divided
    • 1 cup lukewarm (105°F to 115°F) whole or reduced fat 2% milk
    • 2 packets (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
    • 1 1/2 cups California raisins, soaked
    • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter or margarine, melted and divided
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 6 to 6-1/2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
    • 2 1/4 cups lukewarm (105°F to 115°F) water, divided

    Cinnamon Swirl Filling

    • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted and divided
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

    Icing

    • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
    • 2 tablespoons water

    PROCEDURE

    In a large bowl, combine 1 teaspoon sugar with milk and yeast and stir to dissolve. Set aside until bubbly, 5 to 10 minutes. In small bowl, soak raisins in one cup water.

    In a medium-size bowl, combine 1 1/4 cups water, 4 tablespoons butter, salt and the remaining 5 teaspoons sugar. Stir into yeast mixture.

    With a wooden spoon or an electric mixer with dough hook attached, beat in flour, 1 cup at a time, until a soft dough forms. Continue to beat at moderate speed until dough is elastic, 7 to 8 minutes (or knead on a floured work surface 8 to 10 minutes). Pour remaining butter into a 5-quart bowl; shape dough into a ball; place in bowl and turn to grease. Cover with a cloth and set aside to rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

    Lightly butter two 9x5x3-inch loaf pans. Punch dough down; transfer to a lightly floured work surface and knead gently for 2 minutes. Divide dough in half and let rest, covered, 5 to 10 minutes. Working with 1 portion of dough at a time, roll into a 9×15-inch rectangle. Sprinkle 1/2 raisins over each portion and gently knead until evenly distributed. Cover and let rest 10 minutes.

    Filling
    In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons butter, sugar and cinnamon. Again roll each portion of dough into a 9×15-inch rectangle; spread each with 1/2 cinnamon filling. Beginning with a short side, roll up jelly roll fashion. Place loaves, seam side down, in prepared pans; cover and set aside to rise for 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Brush loaves with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and bake until bread is brown and sounds hollow when tapped, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in pans on a rack for 10 minutes; loosen around the edges and turn out.

    Icing
    In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar with water, stirring until smooth. Brush over cooled loaves.

    From: Kitchen Secrets, a Reader’s Digest Cookbook

    Nutrition Facts Per Serving

    Calories 240 (16% from fat); Total Fat 4g (sat 2.5g, mono 1g, poly 0g, trans 0g ); Cholesterol 10mg; Protein 4g; Carbohydrate 47g; (Dietary Fiber 2g; Sugars 21g; ); Iron 2mg; Sodium 240mg; Calcium 27mg; Potassium 142mg

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