With a swirl of cinnamon and dotted with raisins, this Bread Machine Cinnamon Raisin Bread is the best breakfast recipe!
I don’t know if any of you live near a Wegmans, but when we used to travel to New York to visit my husband’s family, his grandmother would always keep some of the Wegmans brand cinnamon bread in the fridge for us to eat.
That’s when I fell in love, and every time we traveled up there, I had to buy a loaf or two to take home with us.
Apparently they don’t make that bread anymore, which makes me super sad, but I figured I’d try to make my own instead! Turns out that homemade cinnamon raisin bread is just as good.
I added raisins just because, and oh my goodness. I do believe this bread tastes even better than Wegmans’. It’s soft, sweet, and tastes great both fresh out of the oven and cold from being in the fridge. It’s perfect in the morning with a cup of coffee, and the smell of cinnamon wafting from the oven will make your mouth water.
The best part is, this makes TWO loaves of bread, so you can share it or… just eat more of it like I do.
Scroll down to the bottom of the post to get to the recipe card. Or keep reading for extra tips and tricks!
Is this a quick bread?
This cinnamon swirl raisin bread is a yeast bread, so it’s made differently than, say, a banana bread. This is one that you have to knead, use a dough hook or bread machine, and it does take a bit longer to make.
Do you have to use a bread machine?
I personally haven’t made this without a bread machine. But if you’re skilled with bread making, you probably can!
You can use a stand mixer or a large bowl and mix the wet ingredients and dry ingredients yourself. The Dough cycle on the bread machine is about 90 minutes, so that accounts for all the kneading and rising you’ll be doing yourself.
Is Cinnamon Bread healthy?
The word “healthy” is super subjective. What is healthy for one person may not be healthy for another!
This recipe is a “white bread”, so it’s made with all-purpose flour. That means the whole grains have been stripped of nutrients and what’s left is the flour you see. A whole-grain bread, made with whole wheat flour, would have some extra fiber and protein. It would also be more dense.
The white bread, along with the extra sugar added to the recipe, will spike your energy levels if eaten by itself. And then you may get that sugar crash soon afterward. That’s why I recommend eating a slice of cinnamon raisin bread with a protein or fat, like peanut butter on top.
If you’re talking in terms of weight loss… well, it all depends on your calorie intake. You can still eat this and lose weight, as with any kind of food. You just have to be mindful of how much you eat!
I wouldn’t call this a “healthy bread”, but you can certainly add extra nutrition to it to keep you full longer!
How to make
In a bread machine, add the first seven ingredients in the order suggested by the manufacturer. Set it to the Dough cycle, which runs about 90 minutes.
Add the raisins when the bread machine beeps to add any mix-ins (Or add the raisins with the previous ingredients if your bread machine doesn’t have that function).
When the dough is finished, place it on a lightly floured surface and knead a few times. Cut dough in half and roll both pieces into a thin rectangle.
Mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon.
Spread 1 tablespoon of butter on each rectangle, then sprinkle the cinnamon/brown sugar mixture on top.
Roll the dough into loaf shapes and pinch the edges together. Place each loaf in a greased loaf pan, cover, and let rise for at least 30 minutes.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes until the tops are golden brown and sound hollow with a knock. Transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely before slicing.
Do you need to refrigerate cinnamon bread?
For best results, I highly recommend you refrigerate this bread after it cools to room temperature.
You can store it on the counter, but it’ll only last maybe 2-3 days.
But in the fridge, the shelf life is up to a week, maybe a little more!
Can you freeze this bread?
I haven’t tried it yet, but I think it would freeze well!
I recommend slicing the loaf first, then placing the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. When they’re fully frozen, transfer them to a gallon-sized freezer bag. It’ll stay fresh up to 3 months in the freezer!
To help prevent freezer burn, you can also wrap each individual slice in plastic wrap before putting in the freezer bag. I do this with bagels, and it really helps prevent the ice crystals from forming!
What other things can you make in a bread machine?
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Whether it’s for a quick breakfast or afternoon snack, this cinnamon raisin bread is sure to please! Print the recipe below:
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup butter
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar (or Stevia)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
- 1 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons softened butter
- Add the first seven ingredients in the bread machine in the order suggested by the manufacturer. Set it to Dough cycle.
- Add the raisins when the bread machine beeps to add any mix-ins (Or add the raisins with the previous ingredients if your bread machine doesn't have that function.
- When the dough is finished, place it on a floured surface and knead a few times. Cut dough in half and roll both pieces into a thin rectangle.
- Mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Spread 1 tablespoon of butter on each rectangle, then sprinkle the cinnamon/brown sugar mixture on top.
- Roll the dough into loaf shapes and pinch the edges together. Place each loaf in a greased loaf pan, cover, and let rise for at least 30 minutes.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 125mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 3g
Jaime is a Nutrition Coach and professional writer. She enjoys cooking easy meals, running, and learning more about food.
Jaime specializes in helping women with ADHD learn to meal plan and cook healthier meals without getting overwhelmed.