I recently bought Dorie Greenspan’s book Baking: From My Home to Yours, which I highly recommend. I was very excited to try out her recipes and I decided to make her cinnamon raisin bread. I remember that when I was younger, I used to love eating the cinnamon raisin bread that came in those red bags. After reading over the recipe, I decided that it was definitely manageable.
This bread recipe, along with many other bread recipes, requires that you have a long chunk of free time. It is actually a great way to force yourself to stay home and perhaps get some chores done around the house. Dorie’s instructions are very clear and easy to follow. I have always thought of bread as a very fussy thing to make, but I’m actually finding it to be an enjoyable process. The smell of the bread as it is baking in the oven is heavenly. Something about cinnamon in the oven is magical.
One of the most satisfying things about baking this bread was cutting it open and seeing the swirl. And of course, eating the bread warm from the oven made the hours of waiting totally worth it.