Dutch Oven Cinnamon Raisin Bread
The most delicious homemade cinnamon raisin bread baked to perfection in a hot dutch oven. It has a doughy inside with sweet raisins and cinnamon, and a crunchy outer crust.
3 cups (360 grams) all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup raisins
2 tsp cinnamon
Make the dough: In an electric mixer add warm water, sugar, and yeast. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes for yeast to activate tip: sugar feeds yeast so I include it in this process. Add raisins, cinnamon, flour, and salt. Use bread mixing attachment and mix together until dough forms. If dough is too wet or dry, add water/flour 1 Tbsp at a time until right consistency.
Let it rise: Toss dough on lightly floured surface, place in lightly greased bowl. Cover with a damp dish towel and let sit in a warm area for 3+ hours. Dough should be doubled in size. Tip: I like placing my dough in the oven with the light on (oven is off). This helps create a consistent climate for the dough while the light creates a small amount of warmth to help it rise.
Preheat oven to 450F.
Transfer dough: Place dough on lightly floured surface and form into ball again (keep lightly flouring your hands to prevent sticking). Lay dough on parchment paper, lightly dust paper to prevent sticking, and lift edges of paper to transfer dough into dutch oven.
Bake: Cover with lid and bake for 30 minutes, uncover and bake for 5-10 more minutes until golden brown.
Let it cool: Remove and let bread cool for 20 minutes before slicing.
Notes Freeze it: Let the bread cool and store in a freezer-friendly bag (press all the air out) and freeze for 1-2 months. Let thaw at room temperature and reheat in the oven at 350F until warm. Tips if preheating dutch oven: this recipe doesn't call for preheating your dutch oven, but if choose to do this I recommend doing a double layer of parchment paper to ensure the bottom of the bread doesn't get too brown. Easy cinnamon honey butter recipe: Make a delicious and slightly sweet honey butter to spread on your homemade bread. You'll need 1 tsp honey, pinch of cinnamon, 3 tbsp room temperature butter - mix together in a small bowl and spread on your bread when done. SO good.
This recipe is reposted from A Simple Palate