Cinnamon Raisin Sourdough Bread

This cinnamon raisin sourdough bread recipe produces the most wonderfully light, fluffy and chewy texture!  But toasted…it is downright irresistible!   Delightfully crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside with plump sweet raisins and the warmth of cinnamon, it’s pure heaven!

Delicious any time of the day, we especially love it toasted for breakfast.  Another breakfast favorite is our Whole Wheat Sourdough Waffles!

cinnamon raisin sourdough bread recipe

I LOVE bread.  All kinds.  And while I don’t allow myself to indulge very often, especially white bread, when I do it has to be good bread to make the indulgence worth it.

I can tell you, this Cinnamon Raisin Sourdough read is a worthy indulgence!

A terrific texture and flavor, it has a soft and fluffy interior with a lightly crunchy exterior and just the right amount of chewiness when you bite into it.

But it’s when it is toasted that it’s absolute perfection.  Delightfully crispy with chewy raisins and the warmth of cinnamon, it’s simply irresistible.  (And I haven’t tried using it for French toast yet but I have a hunch it’s pure heaven.)

cinnamon raisin sourdough bread recipe

If you’re eating this un-toasted, as with most homemade breads it’s best eaten within a day or two.  But if you’re using it for toast (the way I enjoy it best), its shelf life is a little longer and you’ll probably want to make a double batch and freeze it so that you have some conveniently on hand when the craving comes a-callin’.

cinnamon raisin sourdough bread recipe

Can You Freeze Cinnamon Raisin Sourdough Bread?

Yes!  This bread freezes well and my favorite way to freeze it is to pre-slice it and place cutout parchment sheets between the slices and then I can simply pull out however many slices I want and let them thaw at room temp or pop them in the toaster.  In a freezer bag, this bread will store for up to a month.

Why Use Sourdough Starter and Commercial Yeast Together?

For this bread we’re using both sourdough starter and some commercial yeast together for a couple of reasons.  Yeast produces carbon dioxide which creates extra volume in the finished bread, and adding some yeast also results in a more tender, lighter crumb.

cinnamon raisin sourdough bread recipe

Cinnamon Raisin Sourdough Bread Recipe

Let’s get started!

Make sure your sourdough is fed and ripe.  Place all the ingredients (minus the filling ingredients) in a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook (or use your hands) and knead for about 5 minutes to form a soft dough (at least 10 minutes if kneading by hand).

combining sourdough with flour water and butter in mixer

Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm place for 60-90 minutes or until doubled in size.    **Prepare the filling in advance by combining the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and beating the egg and water in a separate bowl.

Punch the dough down and transfer it to a lightly greased work surface.  Use your fingers to evenly spread the dough into a large rectangle about 6×22 inches.  Generously brush the top with the egg mixture.

letting the dough rise and forming it into a rectangle with melted butter on top

Evenly sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the dough followed by the raisins.

Roll the dough into a log, starting with the short end.  Pinch the long seam to seal it and pinch both ends to seal them closed.  

sprinkling dough with cinnamon sugar and raisins and rolling it up

Generously butter a 9×5 inch loa pan and place the cinnamon bread in it with the seam down (smooth side up).  Very loosely cover it with plastic wrap (just lay it over the top) and let it rise in a warm place for another 60-90 minutes until it’s risen 1 1/2 to 2 inches over the rim of the pan.  

baking the bread

Bake the cinnamon raisin sourdough bread in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes, then loosely tent it with foil to prevent the crust from burning, and continue to bake for another 20-25 minutes.  The bread is done with the crust is a dark golden brown and the internal temperature is 190 degrees F.  If you bake bread regularly you should definitely get an instant read thermometer – it’s inexpensive and keeps you from having to guess whether or not your bread is done.

Gently run a butter knife along the edges of the loaf pan and turn the loaf out of the pan.  While it’s still hot, brush the surface with some melted butter.  Let the bread cool completely before slicing it.

baking the bread in the oven

Our favorite way to eat this cinnamon raisin sourdough bread is toasted.  This makes the best cinnamon raisin toast EVER!

Store your bread in an airtight container once it has fully cooled.  It will keep for 2-3 days.


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cinnamon raisin sourdough bread recipe

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Originally published on The Daring Gourmet January 26, 2019

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