Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread

Cinnamon Swirly Goodness

When I was growing up my parents were somewhat “hippy-ish” which meant there were a lot of bran muffins and carob in our fridge.  My elementary school best friend (Regina) had parents that were from the country (East Texas) which meant biscuits, gravy and Wonder Bread cinnamon toast!  I’m thankful for my hippy parents because they taught me the importance of living healthy and eating clean…although we have come a long way from those bran muffin days into grain-free lifestyles!  I am equally thankful for all those wonderful memories of eating country meals at my friend’s house.  Regina’s mom sang in the choir at the First Baptist Church and Sunday mornings were usually pretty busy so it was always the morning for a quick breakfast of oven-toast.  Cheese or Cinnamon-Sugar were our choices.  I usually had one of each, the cheese toast was a slice of white bread with a square of American cheese toasted under the broiler until it was bubbly and crispy on top…the cinnamon-sugar was the same white bread buttered and sprinkled with a mixture of cinnamon and white sugar also broiled until toasty.  Both were pleasantly crispy on the top while the bottom was still that white bread soft doughy texture since they didn’t get flipped in the oven…it kind of makes my throat close up with the thought of it now but I do remember it tasting and smelling so yummy.  There is just something so comforting about the smell of cinnamon swirling through the house…especially when it’s coming from the oven!   Now, I don’t eat sweets all that often anymore but for some reason I had a hankering for cinnamon toast…I had a freshly baked loaf of Elana’s Pantry Paleo Bread in the freezer that I could have easily doctored up to make cinnamon toast but I was in the mood to experiment so I decided to try to make some Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread.  Well, it was a success, the bread has a nice texture warm out of the oven and in my opinion, even better toasted under the broiler and topped with a pat of pastured butter!  I started with a base of Elana’s Pantry Paleo Bread with a few modifications and then added the swirl of cinnamon, coconut nectar and raisins.  As you can see from the photo the raisins kind of sank to the bottom of the loaf in places, next time I will toss them in a bit of coconut flour before mixing them in so they don’t sink.

Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread

(yields 12-16 slices)

Base Bread Dough:

1 cup blanched almond flour

1/2 cup pecan meal

2 Tablespoons coconut flour

1/4 cup flax meal

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

5 eggs, room temperature

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Cinnamon Swirl:

1/4 cup honey, maple syrup or coconut nectar

1/2 cup raisins, lightly coated in coconut flour

1 Tablespoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon coconut oil, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a small loaf pan (I use a Magic Line 7.5 x 3.5 Loaf Pan) with coconut oil and set aside.  Place almond flour, pecan meal, coconut flour, flax meal and baking soda in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine.  Add eggs, coconut oil and apple cider vinegar and pulse until well combined scraping down sides once or twice.  In a large bowl mix together sweetener, cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil until smooth, add raisins.  Gently fold in bread dough until just combined but also still a little swirled together.  Scoop mixture into prepared loaf pan and smooth the top with the back of spoon.  Place in middle of oven and bake for 30 minutes.  At the 30 minute mark check the loaf…sometimes this bread has a tendency to rise and separate on one side…if this happens I use a hot pad to press the top down evenly so it is flat.  Bake for 10 – 15 additional minutes.  Remove from the oven, run a butter knife around the edges of the loaf pan then cool in the pan for 10 minutes.  Remove from pan and finish cooling on a wire rack.  Slice and serve or wrap in parchment paper and store in an air tight container or gallon size zip top bag.

This recipe is shared at:

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Make Ahead Monday

Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday

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Comments

  1. Oh, my.

    My husband used to LOVE cinnamon raisin bread, and back in the “old days” I used to bake a LOT of bread, including that kind. Methinks I shall whip together a loaf of this and see what he thinks.

    Oh, heck – I already know what he’ll think. He’ll love it.

  2. That looks so lovely. I’ve never had cinnamon raisin bread, I clearly have to try it. I’m sure I’d love this.

  3. This looks fantastic! It’s been so long since my loved ones have had bread. I might as well give this recipe a try since it looks to great! Thank for sharing!

  4. Oops, by the way….With 4 other bloggers, I host an allergy-friendly blog hop on Wednesdays. I would love for you to share this recipe and/or any others. You can find it at willingcook.com tomorrow. Hope to see you there!

  5. I can’t wait to try this!

  6. Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!

    Be sure to visit RealFoodForager.com on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

    http://realfoodforager.com/fat-tuesday-february-7-2012/

    • Your bread looks wonderful! My mom alawys used to make cinnamon raisin bread… I really need to learn to bake bread myself. That seems to be one thing I didn’t really inherit from my mom, although I’m working on it!

  7. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe at allergy-free wednesdays! It looks wonderful and good for you too. I’m loving your site. Glad to have found you.

  8. I’m so impressed by this recipe! This was an amazing undertaking. Can’t wait to try it!

  9. Yum! Perfect for a lunchbox :) Come on over and share at the Allergy Friendly Lunchbox Love party: http://allergyfreecookery.blogspot.com/2012/02/allergy-friendly-lunchbox-love-20.html

    See you there!
    Lisa @ Allergy Free Vintage Cookery

  10. I don’t have pecans… Could I just use more almond?? Thanks! Can’t wait to try!

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