Wholemeal Cinnamon and Raisin Bread
I love the combination of cinnamon and raisins together and we often used to eat cinnamon and raisin bagels. I thought I would try to recreate the yummy flavour at home, therefore avoiding the processed flour, oil, sugar contained in the shop bought bagels.
I didn’t want to make bagels myself because (as you may have guessed), I like to keep things simple here and frankly, bagels are a bit of a faff to make! So I decided to make a nice easy loaf instead.
Cinnamon spice comes from the inner bark of a small evergreen tree. It is the oil from the bark that gives cinnamon the very distinctive flavour and smell. It is full of antioxidants, which have been found to have anti-inflammatory effects and can help protect the body from disease.
Raisins are an excellent way to bring sweetness into a dish without adding refined sugar. They can aid digestion, boost iron levels, and keep your bones strong. Raisins are a great source of calcium and antioxidant phytonutrients. They are also full of fibre, which helps keep you full for longer because it slows down the emptying of your stomach.
Wholemeal Cinnamon and Raisin Bread is amazing toasted and covered with nut butter and fruit. Almond butter with blueberries is amazing and so is peanut butter with banana slices. I must admit, I am eating this bread for rather a lot of my breakfasts at the moment! It also makes a fantastic, healthy lunchbox snack.
Bread is easy to make at home, it requires no special equipment – just a baking tray and a mixing bowl. A stand mixer will help you with the kneading stage if you have one, if not, it is easily done by hand and provides a very theraputic, stress busting work out!
Although simple, bread does require some time, love and patience. Trust me though, it’s all worth it in the end.
First, the wholemeal flour is mixed with yeast, salt and cinnamon.
Water is added gradually to bring the mixture together and the raisins are mixed in.
The mixture is kneaded to stretch the gluten in the flour.
The dough is then left to double in size.
The risen dough is shaped and left to rise again.
The loaf is cooked in a very hot oven, until cooked through with a nice crust.
The Cinnamon and Raisin Bread is ready to enjoy. Simple!