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Swirled Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Slices of warm cinnamon bread and a cup of hot tea work wonders for holiday visitors to our home. My mother received this recipe from a friend in West Virginia.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 to 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup raisins
  • Additional canola oil
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add 1/2 cup sugar, oil, salt, eggs and 4 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place or until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Knead 1/2 cup raisins into each; roll each portion into a 15x9-in. rectangle. Brush with additional oil. Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar; sprinkle to within 1/2 in. of edges.
  • Tightly roll up, jelly-roll style, starting with a short side; pinch seam to seal. Place, seam side down, in two greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. Brush with oil. Bake 45-50 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

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  • Angela
    Feb 2, 2021

    Really great bread...the rise was fantastic and the texture was perfect.

  • Autumn
    Jan 27, 2021

    This recipe is ok. It takes quite some time to prepare, which I know is typicalle with homemade breads. I don't know that the flavor was worth the wait though. It was a bit dry I thought and not as flavorful as expected. I would rather make homemade cinnamon rolls instead of these as they take the same amount of time and effort.

  • Ariadna
    Apr 26, 2020

    Delicious bread! I used milk and water instead of just water, and butter instead of oil. Great, great bread.

  • Charleebeth
    Mar 23, 2020

    I followed some of the comments suggestions and I went for a little over 30 mins in the oven, I also added cinnamon and sugar to the top, though I used brown sugar, I added a few touches of my own, like adding a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a tablespoon or so of cinnamon the the bread itself instead of just in the swirl. I did have a bit of trouble in the beginning because it wasnt firming up as I kneaded it, but that's probably because I'm still in experienced and if you are too, dont worry it works out beautifully. It is a bit of a dense bread but warmed with butter is an amazing snack and I had 3 slices right away

  • Mary
    Jan 7, 2020

    I was excited to try this after reading the positive reviews. Like others, mine was done in less time than indicated in the recipe. I am giving it only one star because we found this bread to be heavy and the bread part itself was very tasteless. Not at all worth the time to make it.

  • Kathy
    Apr 12, 2019

    The bread turned out perfect, I reduced baking to 30 minutes as noted in other reviews. Since my husband loves raisins I softened 1 cup in hot water, drained and added to mixture. I also sprinkled few more raisins on top on butter, cinnamon sugar before rolling. I used butter instead of oil in last step before rolling. Goind slice and make French Toast with it.

  • Barbara
    Oct 31, 2018

    The only changes I made were to add the raisins to the dough all at once, instead of when dividing it, and instead of using oil when rolled out, I used a bit of butter, and again on the top. Mine was done baking in 30 minutes. It turned out perfect!

  • Susan
    Dec 8, 2017

    This is the most awesome cinnamon bread ever. I had to use melted butter instead of oil because I was out and it turned out more delicious if thats possible. My 8 year old granddaughter comes over every weekend and begs me to make it for her. Only thing is the bread is done in 30 minutes. If you leave it in for 45 minutes it will be either burned or very dry. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Mary
    Mar 28, 2017

    Makes THE best French toast!

  • Kisha128
    Jan 14, 2016

    Great recipe, don't bake it for the 45 minutes. The outer crust will be to hard, easy and delish ;)