Homemade sourdough cinnamon raisin swirl bread is so much better than store-bought and makes the best toast you’ve ever had!
Well I sort of thought 2017 would be the year of sourdough recipes here at IBK but then cookies and cakes got in the way and I haven’t posted any sourdough anything since January.
I can’t believe how time has gotten away from me! (Dear Time, if you’ll please slow down I’ll bring you some fresh bread. And a stick of butter. The real deal—no margarine, I promise.)
The only thing that can make me turn on the oven in the capital-H heat here in Phoenix is bread, specifically sourdough bread. I’m a sourdough baking fanatic, which is something I inherited from my amazing Grandma Myna. (I also inherited her sourdough starter—for more info on starter check out my Lazy Girl’s Guide to Sourdough Starter. It’s truly not as complicated as you might think.)
This sourdough cinnamon raisin swirl bread is an adaptation of my favorite (and a family favorite too) sourdough bread. I upped the sugar just a smidge in the loaf itself and added raisins and a gorgeous (if I do say so myself) swirl of cinnamon sugar.
Sometimes I find cinnamon raisin swirl bread severely lacking in flava—like it’s bread with an eensy little bit of cinnamon and three raisins to be found in the entire loaf—so I wanted to make my own flava-full version.
(Just as an aside, does anyone else have trouble typing the word swirl? If you’ve ever had occasion to type that word. I keep typing siwrl.)
And this cinnamon raisin swirl bread definitely delivers on the flavor. After I took the pics for this post I devoured four slices with extra butter.
I have an excuse; I’d just been at Pilates and was famished. Bread is a good recovery food. I hope?
If you have any questions about baking with sourdough please let me know! I’m not an expert but I have plenty of non-expert experience and would love to share my sourdough addiction with everybody. Have a great weekend!
PS, I had to share this pic. Cookie shoved her head under that pillow last night while we were watching House Hunters. One of the houses was really ugly (more ugly than usual) but I think this was more a reaction to the 118 degrees outside than to the house. Life just wouldn’t be the same without my favorite goofball!
Ingredients Instructions Notes *You can do this by hand, too, but you’ll have to knead the dough longer.
*You can do this by hand, too, but you’ll have to knead the dough longer.
Bread adapted from The Bread Bible
Swirl adapted from King Arthur Flour