Cinnamon Raisin Bread

October 30, 2007 · 2 comments

in breads and muffins

Between having several recently married friends and spending some time on newlywed chat boards, I have heard some awful stories about mothers-in-law. I’m pretty hard-pressed to join in on these discussions because I truly have a wonderful mother in law. Actually, I have pretty much won the in-law lottery–and I’m not just saying that because some of them occasionally read my blog :-)
Since our families don’t live in Chicago, Tom and I didn’t meet each other’s families for about 4 months after we started dating. Nevertheless, about 2 months into our relationship, my husband stayed with his parents for the weekend, and when he came to see me Sunday night, he came bearing a loaf of cinnamon raisin bread with a sugary glaze–my favorite. That loaf of bread was made especially for me by none other than my (now) mother-in-law. Sending the man I love back to me with tasty treats? This is a woman after my own heart! It also made me laugh because this sounds like something MY family would do (seriously, folks, no matter if I am traveling by plane, train or automobile, I have never NOT had my grandmother tried to send me home with spanakopita, oregano, and dolmades for myself and/or Tom).
Since I’ve been making soups and stews on Sundays, I decided it would be nice to make breads on Sundays, too. So I went to my mother-in-law for her bread-machine cinnamon raisin recipe (and she also gave me a garlic herb one, which I plan to try out next week). I adapted it slightly, and the recipe is below. I set the bread machine to a medium crust and I’m not sure why, but it definitely was closer to dark than it was to medium. I should have set it to light, so I am putting that in the instructions below. My mother in law’s recipe did specify a light crust. I guess you should always listen to your mother-in-law :)

Cinnamon Raisin Bread for the Bread Machine
1 lb. loaf

3/4 cup water
1 Tbsp. butter
2 cups bread flour
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 3/4 tsp. bread machine yeast
1/2 cup raisins

Add all the ingredients except the raisins in the order specified by your bread maker. Set it to a 1 lb./small loaf with a light crust, on the sweet bread cycle. When the mix-in tone sounds, add the raisins.

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