Saturday, March 12, 2011
Cinnamon Raisin Bread
I love baking with my bread machine. It turns something that is normally labor-intensive and time consuming, into something easy!. I have an Oster 2lb breadmaker, bake bread weekly, and am very happy with this machine.
Here is my adaptation of Oster's "Springtime Favorite Bread":
Measure and place in bread pan:
1 cup water (room temp)
1/4 cup room temperature butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 teaspoons almond extract
In a separate bowl, sift together:
2 3/4 cups bread flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons (more if you like!) cinnamon
Pour dry ingredients into bread pan.
Create a well in the dry ingredients with your finger, and carefully add 2 teaspoons of active dry yeast to the well.
If your bread machine has a "sweet" setting, use that one. Select crust setting, I like a dark crust. Push "start!"
At the raisin/nut signal, add 3/4 cup raisins.
In my opinion, this bread is best toasted with butter and honey.