Thursday, May 7, 2009

Brown Sugar Raisin Bread

I love this bread. I've been craving it lately, so I think I'll make it when Mom & Dad come to visit in a couple of weeks.

Brown Sugar Raisin Bread

1 Tbsp active dry yeast
3 Tbsp sugar
1 1/4 cups warm water (105-115 degrees)
1 cup warm milk (105-115 degrees)
3 Tbsp butter, melted
1 Tbsp salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
6 to 6 1/4 cups bread flour (more as needed)
1 1/2 cups raisins

2/3 cup brown sugar mixed with
4 1/2 tsp cinnamon

In a bowl, sprinkle the yeast and a pinch of the sugar over 1/2 cup of the water and stir to dissolve. Let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, combine the remaining 3/4 cup water, the milk, butter, remaining sugar, salt, egg, and 2 cups of the flour. Beat on medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Add the yeast mixture and 1/2 cup of the flour and beat another minute. Add the raisins, then beat in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

Switch from the paddle attachment to the dough hook. Knead on medium-low speed, adding 1 Tbsp additional flour at a time if the dough sticks, until smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes. Transfer the dough to a greased deep bowl and turn to coat it. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Lightly grease 2 9x5 loaf pans.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter. Divide in half, and pat each half into an 8x12 rectangle. Lightly sprinkle each rectangle with half the filling, leaving a 1-inch border on all sides. Beginning at a narrow end, tightly roll each rectangle up into a compact log. Pinch the ends and the long seam to seal in the filling. Place each log, seam side down, in a prepared pan. Coevr loosely with plastic wrap and let rise until dough is about 1-inch about the rim of each pan, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350. Bake until the loaves are golden brown and pull away from the sides of the pan, 35-40 minutes. Turn loaves out onto a wire rack and cool completely.


Brandi said...

For some reason, this reminds me of Povatitza bread...and now i really want some!

Mindy said...

It sounds amazing!

Mavis said...

Sounds and looks fabulous!

Shannon said...

Yum Trish! I got a new mixer for Mother's day so I'll have to try this out!

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