There was a time in my life when I could eat cinnamon raisin bread every single day for breakfast. I wasn't that great of a baker at the time and bought my favorite brand. When I learned how to get better baking with yeast type breads, I tackled how to bake a cinnamon raising challah.
It's really not as complicated as you may think it is. I've shared a couple of challahs here before. This poppy seed challah is crazy good!!!I also really love this honey challah.
This is probably my favorite way to enjoy challah bread because, well, I love any cinnamon raisin type of a recipe. Don't you??
I know it's the new year and many of you are probably eating broth and juicing all day long. Heck, I dreamed of doing one of those detox juice diets for a day or two. I dreamed about it but I had no willpower to actually do it. But I did make a rockin' lentil soup this week and it had LOTS of amazing kale in it. As good as a detox diet, maybe not. But it was homemade and it was delicious!
So for my friends that aren't afraid of some carbs for the first month of the year, you've got to bake this challah bread! I can't tell you how long ago I took these photos. It's embarrassing, really, that I have so many photos that are just waiting to be shared here. It's not really embarrassing, but I feel badly about it when I look at my drafts and I see I have 2 lasagnas and a scattering of cakes that should've been published months ago.
For now I will catch up with my baking and share with all of you this incredible cinnamon raisin challah. It's truly delicious. It's every thing you would ever wish for in a cinnamon raisin bread: light and fluffy, spicy and sweet. Someone told me I should sell this challah bread. Well, I'm not going into a challah bread baking business any time soon, but I will keep baking them when I can for my family, friends and for ME!
Happy beginning of the year and happy Wednesday to you! Thanks for stopping by and for your support!!:)
For the dough
- 1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water (no more than 110°F [43°C])
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 4 1/2 to 5 cups bread flour, or 5 1/2 to 6 cups bleached all-purpose flour
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup peanut, corn, or canola oil
- 2 teaspoons salt
for the filling
- 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/2 to 1 cup raisins, according to taste
- 4 Tbsp melted butter
for the egg wash
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon sugar