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Monday, October 26, 2009

Bread Machine Cinnamon Raisin Bread

I love my bread machine, and I often try new recipes with it, but I only have a handful of tried-and-trues that I know I can rely on, and that are so delicious I come back to them over and over. Naturally this is one of them.

My favorite bread machine feature is the DELAY TIMER. It allows me to dump in all the ingredients, and set the time I want the bread to finish, up to 13 hours from now. The bread cycle takes 3 hours but if I'm going to be gone or busy for longer than that, enter the delay timer. I use it with this bread almost every time, especially to set the bread to finish just as we get home from church - oh, the heavenly smells that welcome us! Or like this week - I set it up at night after doing the dinner dishes, and timed it to finish around 7:30 the next morning, just about the time we are rousing and thinking of breakfast. Waking to such beguiling aromas as yeast and cinnamon - with absolutely no work on my part! - could make me cry if I'm feeling poetic, or at the very least, start my day in the best of moods.

We love this bread with butter, honey, apple butter, blackberry jam, pumpkin butter, even cream cheese. Slice it thick and have it warm the first day, then toast it the next, or use it to make french toast or even croutons for a sweet-and-savory salad (Craisins, spicy sweet pecans, pears, feta, lettuce, etc.)

Bread Machine Cinnamon Raisin Bread
1 1/4 cups water
2 T butter
3 1/4 cups bread flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 1/4 tsp bread machine yeast
1 cup raisins (or any dried fruit or berries of your choice such as blueberries, cherries, currants, etc. I use Trader Joe's Golden Berry Blend)

1. Place all the ingredients except the raisins in the bread machine pan in the order your machine manual recommends. If you have dry ingredients on top, place raisins on top of them.

2. Process on the basic/white cycle. Seriously, that's it.

Recipe from The One-Armed Cook by Cynthia Graubart and Catherine Fliegel


MiaKatia said...

What kind of bread machine do you have? and do you still love it or is there one you would recommend besides the one you have?

Disco Mom said...

I have an old Oster machine I got at a thrift store for $25. I didn't even know if it would work but I came home and downloaded the user guide from the internet and gave it a shot. Never looked back. It's mostly like this one but not quite as fancy. I use it to make some bread but also to make dough a lot - the first part of pizza dough, cinnamon roll dough, etc. - the dough cycle mixes/kneads and gives it a first rise, about 1.5 hrs total. Then I take it out and finish the magic. It's not fancy at all but works for whatever I need. Sorry I don't have a great recommendation but I think any machine by a known brand would be great.

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