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Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin Toast

A recipe for an amazing yeasted loaf bread full of those English Muffin nooks and crannies, cinnamon and raisins. Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin Toast makes a wonderful addition to brunch, a beautiful holiday breakfast, and awesome gift!

Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin Toast

I’m gonna need you to sit down for this.

No seriously.

I think this might be the best thing I ever made. Not even kidding.

If you follow me on Facebook then you might remember that last week I was all jumping up and down about my Hot Mess Black Eyed Pea Burgers being featured on Tasty Kitchen. Tasty Kitchen is a fun place launched by Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) where you can share recipes and make friends and it’s pretty happy. So I submit my original stuff there and then fill my little virtual recipe box full of good stuff shared by others. While flipping through that site I came across a recipe for English Muffin Toastable Bread that I really just couldn’t get over. It was one of those things that lived in my head for weeks until I made it.

English Muffin Bread Recipe

 

Then I made the mistake of walking too slowly through the bread aisle at the grocery store. You know that sweet spot where everything smells like cinnamon rolls because of all the cinnamon raisin bread? I have to physically drag myself away from there every. single. time. Fortunately the bread is strategically placed next to the ice cream on my way out the door. Who are these grocery store marketing geniuses anyway?

I digress.

Cinnamon Raisin Bread Recipe

 

What happened next is amazing.

I promise I’m not exaggerating.

I followed Foodie with Family’s recipe EXACTLY but I added this streusel-ey ribbon through the middle and a bunch of raisins (if you don’t like raisins then leave them out but really— for this I want you to try and make friends with raisins) and then more streusel-ey stuff on top. My whole house smelled like cinnamon toast crunch while this was baking.

Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin Toast Recipe

 

Of course I sliced this straight out of the oven and ate it warm. If you don’t like warm fresh from the oven bread I’m pretty sure we are not even friends at all.

This bread is soft and sweet and basically the best bread I have ever ever made. BUT THEN.

I toasted it. Twice because it’s all full of those English muffin nooks and crannies. And when it came from the toaster all dark golden brown and piping hot I added butter.

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

 

Let’s skip dessert and just have this toast.

Can you even believe I just said that?

Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin Toast
 
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Serves: 36!
Ingredients
  • 11½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons + ¾ teaspoon active dry yeast (3 packages)
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 5½ cups warm water
  • 1½ cup raisins
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • ¼ cup cornmeal (for coating the pans)
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. In a very large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, yeast, salt, and granulated sugar. Stir in the warm water until combined- it will be a shaggy dough and will require some arm muscles to stir!!). Stir in the raisins.
  2. Spray a piece of plastic wrap with nonstick cooking spray and cover the dough with it. Let it rise in a warm place for about an hour.
  3. While the bread rises prepare the pans. Spray 3 loaf pans (I used both 8 X 4 and 9X5 with this recipe. The larger pans will probably work better because my loaves rose A LOT but if all you have are smaller pans you will be just fine) with the nonstick cooking spray. Toss a little of the cornmeal into each of the pans and shake to coat the bottom and sides (like when you flour a cake pan).
  4. Now make the streusel by combining the brown sugar and the cinnamon. Add the butter pieces and smash everything together with the back of a fork (or your fingers- I like to get all hands on).
  5. When the dough has risen, preheat the oven to 350. Spray your hands with cooking spray and divide the dough into 6 kinda equal parts.
  6. Place one part into the bottom of each prepared loaf pan and stretch it a little to fit.
  7. Sprinkle ¼ of the streusel on top of the dough in the pan. Save the remaining ¼.
  8. Place the last 3 parts dough on top of the streusel in each pan.
  9. Divide the remaining streusel between the 3 loaves, sprinkling it on top of each (my hands were COVERED with cinnamon sugar at this point and I sort of worked it all over the top of each loaf to coat it with the cinnamon and sugar).
  10. Cover with the plastic wrap and let rise for about 15 more minutes. It will be peeking over the top of the pan.
  11. Bake the loaves for 30 minutes.
  12. While they bake melt the last 3 tablespoons of butter.
  13. At the 30 minute mark take the loaves out one at a time and brush the tops with butter. Bake for 10 more minutes.
  14. Turn the loaves out of the pans as soon as you take them from the oven and let them cool on a rack.
  15. Slice, TOAST and butter to serve

If you don’t want 3 loaves you can find a scaled down version of English Muffin Toastable Bread at Foodie with Family. Most days I feel like I’m feeding a small army with these guys here so I made every bit of 3 loaves.

Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin Toast Recipe

 

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SandraDeed

Tuesday 6th of December 2016

Thank you so much for this recipe; I was hoping to find a Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin bread. I'm a bit confused, however, with instructions of steps 7 & 9, in which you instruct to use 1/4 and 1/4 of the streusel (which, of course, equals 1/2); have I overlooked something?

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Nickki

Thursday 4th of April 2013

Oh, wow Heather! This is heaven to me. I'm definitely going to make this! I LOVE cinnamon bread. And the raisins aren't a problem for me, love them too! Sorry I haven't visited in a while, hope you are well :-)

Heather

Thursday 4th of April 2013

You are SUCH a great baker-- this bread will be so simple for you. It's a great recipe for any skill level! So glad you are in the raisin club with me! And no worries-- I keep up with you pretty well on Facebook & Instagram I think :) Hope you and yours are doing great as well1

Meenakshi

Monday 1st of April 2013

I LOVE your streusel streak! I went to a baking workshop 2 months ago where we made cinnamon sugar pull apart bread, and I have been addicted to cinnamon sugar since. And OMG you got featured on TPW's Tasty Kitchen that is SO awesome!!! Big virtual hug :)

Heather

Tuesday 2nd of April 2013

Thanks!

thepinkrachael

Saturday 30th of March 2013

This would be perfect for an Easter Day brunchy lie-in-then-late-breakfast-and-caffee-in PJs tomorrow...I wonder where's open to buy an oven from now?!

Heather

Tuesday 2nd of April 2013

I REALLY wish this bread would hold up in the mail!