This bread is a staple in our house. Alongside some yogurt and fresh fruit, it’s a delicious quick breakfast. But sweet enough that when toasted with some butter and cinnamon sugar is a decadent treat when the boys have gone to bed. I’ve been foolishly buying it in the store, knowing full well that I could make a better version at home. I tried a couple recipes, and while they turned out well, I didn’t find myself looking forward to making them again. Either the filling was too runny, or the swirl puffed out too much. Edible and delicious, but not precisely what I had been looking for.

I came across this recipe at The Kitchn and tried it, and I was blown away by how perfect it turned out! It mentioned in the article that the key to having the layers hold together was to use an egg wash, not melted butter, to adhere the cinnamon sugar mixture to the dough. The protein in the egg binds together, where the fat in the butter pushes apart. Fancy that! Anyways, it came together perfectly. The dough gorgeous and a dream to work with. Soaking the raisins really helped them to “set” into the bread better. With the other loaves, the raisins just wanted to fall out when I sliced the bread. Plus, I think the re-use of the raisin soaking liquid to proof your yeast adds nice flavor to the bread as well.

This recipe makes two loaves, so we enjoyed one this weekend. And, I stuck the other loaf in the freezer to be enjoyed this week! I know I’ll be coming back to this recipe again and again.


  1. Posted March 5, 2012 at 10:21 AM | Permalink

    What a beautiful looking bread! I would love to have one toasted right now, slathered in butter for breakfast. Yum! Beautiful blog Laura, I’d be coming back for sure!

  2. Posted March 5, 2012 at 10:43 AM | Permalink

    I’ve been looking for a tried and true Cinnamon Raisin Bread for YEARS…husband will be sooo excited. Thanks, and BEAUTIFUL photos!

  3. Posted March 5, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink

    This bread looks and sounds amazing. I think I might bake a loaf this weekend!

  4. Posted March 5, 2012 at 11:09 AM | Permalink

    This looks SO good! I love cinnamon bread, but haven’t made it for years!

  5. Posted March 5, 2012 at 12:06 PM | Permalink

    What a gorgeous swirl bread! This looks so delicious and your photos are breathtaking Laura! Thanks for sharing. Have a great week!

  6. Posted March 5, 2012 at 2:07 PM | Permalink

    My husband LOVED when I made cinnamon raisin bread, I might have to try this recipe to please him.

  7. Posted March 6, 2012 at 5:00 AM | Permalink

    This is something I will try very soon. I am honing my bread baking skills and this is exactly the recipe I have been looking for. =)

  8. Posted March 12, 2012 at 6:57 AM | Permalink

    Your bread looks so delicious and pretty!

  9. Kelly
    Posted April 9, 2013 at 5:12 PM | Permalink

    The egg wash secret solves the problem I’ve had with big pockets created with the butter! Thanks!

  10. Maryellen LaGarde
    Posted August 24, 2014 at 10:53 AM | Permalink

    yummy Jimmy has been craving Cinnamon and raisins lately with a “cup of Joe” This is a must try. Thanks. Plus what makes the household wake up happier than the smell of Cinnamon? I get up early anyway so great treat for him to wake up to. His other senses are awakening lately. <3

  11. Maggie
    Posted March 5, 2015 at 3:32 PM | Permalink

    What size pans did you use. I think I may have used too big of a pan.

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