Cinnamon & Raisin Bread

Prep Time
Cook Time
2h 45m
Ready In

"Sometimes it looks like the raisins make a smile in the slices -- this is fun for kids. Makes two hearty loaves which freeze well. Recipe source: The Finnish Cookbook"

Original recipe yields 16 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (107.8 g)
  • Calories 242.7
  • Total Fat - 2.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 5.1 mg
  • Sodium - 155.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 51.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 5.2 g
  • Sugars - 17.3 g
  • Protein - 6.5 g
  • Calcium - 42.1 mg
  • Iron - 2.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

In a large bowl dissolve yeast in the warm water and then add the sugar, salt and 3 cups of flour - beat well.

Step 2

Stir in the cream, molasses and spices and enough of the remaining flour to make a stiff dough -- need to use a wooden spoon. Let it rest 15-20 minutes and then turn out onto a floured board. Knead for 8-10 minutes or until smooth, adding more flour as necessary. Place in a large greased bowl and turn to grease top of dough, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place (unheated microwave oven) until doubled (45 minutes).

Step 3

Turn dough out onto a floured board and roll out into a rectangle about 12 x 18 inches. Sprinkle with raisins and cinnamon sugar and roll up, jelly-roll fashion. Cut the roll into two even pieces and place each in a well-greased loaf pan, cover and let rise again until almost doubled (45 minutes).

Step 4

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Step 5

Before baking brush the loaves with a mixture of molasses and water.

Step 6

Bake for 45-55 minutes.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.