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Easy Raisin Bread

Easy Raisin Bread is so simple and delicious. It is made from scratch with a nice yeast dough and given a nice cinnamon spice and raisins throughout every loaf.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Rise1 hr 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: bread, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Raisin Bread
Servings: 10
Calories: 344kcal


  • 1 ½ cup warm water, divided (between 90 and 95 degrees F)
  • 2 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast (or 1/4 oz yeast envelop)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar divided
  • 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • cup olive oil (vegetable oil will work)
  • 1 cup raisins


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon water


Proof yeast

  • In a bowl of a stand-up mixer with a dough hook, add ½ cup warm water, and ¼ cup granulated sugar. Let it stand for 5 minutes until the yeast is activated and foam up. If it does not foam or bloom, restart this step as it may be a sign your yeast is not working due to old yeast or water was too hot. If the yeast is not working this may lead to your bread not rising.

Make dough

  • While the yeast is proofing, in a large bowl mix together the flour, salt, cinnamon, and ginger until well combined.
  • Add the raisins to the flour mixture and mix until all the raisins are coated with the flour. Set aside.
  • Once your yeast is ready, add remaining granulated sugar, oil, and half of your flour mixture. Mix until all ingredients are blended.
  • Add the remaining water and remaining flour and mix at slow speed until your ingredients are all incorporated, i.e., no more dry flour.

Knead and Rise

  • Increase your mixer speed to medium and mix for 5 minutes. Initially, your dough will be sticky but as you are mixing it develops gluten and will form a ball and detach from the wall of the bowl
  • On a light flour surface, pour the dough and knead 4 to 5 times. Form a ball.
  • Put the dough in an oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise for 1 hour in a draft-free, warm place.

Second rise

  • Butter a loaf pan (9 ¼ x 5 ¼ inches). Set aside
  • Put the dough into a lightly floured surface (like 1 tablespoon of flour). I like to use my pastry silicone mat.
  • Flatten out the dough into a rectangle, approximately 9 x 11 inches
  • Roll the dough into a log starting on the narrow side (9 inches)
  • Place the rolled dough into the prepared pan.
  • Loosely cover with a plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm, draft-free place for 30 minutes. (I like to put mine in the microwave)
  • *OPTIONAL* If you want to make an egg wash at 15 minutes crack your egg into a bowl, add 1 tablespoon of water, and mix. Gently brush over the dough and place it back into the warm, draft-free place for an extra 15 minutes.
  • Once your 30 minutes has past, start your oven at 350 degrees F


  • Take the plastic wrap off the bread and place it in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 190 degrees F
  • Once it is baked, you can take 1 tablespoon of butter and brush it on top for a nice shine.
  • Let it cool for 2 to 3 minutes in the pan and gently and carefully release the bread and let it cool on a cooling rack for 30 minutes before tasting.


Easy Raisin Bread is a wonderful homemade recipe, fresh baked bread to be enjoyed at home anytime! 


Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 247mg | Potassium: 211mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 3mg