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No-knead Cinnamon Raisin Bread

cinnamon raisin bread

If you’re gluten free, just stop reading now. Let me save you the heartache. Go here. Or here. Or here. But really, don’t stay here unless you want to join me in self-inflicted torture. So this is what happens when you go gluten free:

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I thought about tossing it in the garbage. I thought about giving it to a friend. I thought about just leaving it and dealing with it later. But instead I made the best smelling thing ever to come out of this kitchen. The definition of torment? This crusty, cinnamony, warm, glutenous loaf of bread you’re staring at. Instead of tossing that bag of flour, I baked 10 gluten-full loaves of bread. 10. Like, 1, 2, 3….TEN. So what does one gluten-free girl do with ten gluten-full loaves of bread. Well, remember how I work from home? The only place I normally go during the day is the gym. So…wait. Before I tell you, please promise you’ll still be my friend. Because now, after the fact, I realize I’ve reached a new level of crazy. I passed loaves of bread out in the locker room. I did. I really did. Hi, I’m Krissy. My gym bag reeks of cinnamon raisin bread and I’ve completely lost it. Someone help me. Before going gluten-free I made Macheesmo’s no-knead bread
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all the time. And here I did it again. Ten times. But I added a little cinnamon and

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some raisins. I’m not going to retype the recipe. Nick has great directions that you should follow over on his site. This bread is so simple. I really don’t think you can mess it up. I’ve tried. I’ve used cold water, mismeasured, forgotten the dough for almost an entire day, and each time it turns out. Each time it comes out of the oven with a crisp, browned edge and soft, doughy guts. Perfection. The name gives it away but this bread needs no kneading. None. Just mix all the ingredients together and wait. Waiting is the hardest part. Don’t be intimidated. You can do this. And then you can do it again. And again. And again. And join me on the crazy train.   No-knead Cinnamon Raisin Bread Ingredients: Nick’s no-knead bread 2 tablespoons cinnamon 1 cup raisins Butter, cinnamon and sugar for topping Directions: 1. Add the cinnamon and raisins with the rest of the dry ingredients then do as Nick says. Notes:

  1. I do not use any water for steam when baking as Nick suggests. I forgot to do it the first time I made the bread and it was tasty so I never got in the habit of doing it. I’m sure it helps but it doesn’t ruin the bread if you forget.
  2. I bake my bread on our pizza stone. Be sure to let it pre-heat with the oven.
  3. Planning. This bread takes some planning, but the dough is very flexible. I’ve made it after 13 hours of rising and I’ve waited as long as 21 hours. I don’t suggest waiting that long. It does begin to dry out. But again, it was still good. Or at least that’s what my gym friends said.
  4. I tried a GF version. It didn’t work. I did think these photos were interesting so I thought I’d share.

    Stretchy, chewy, gluten-full dough

    See the texture difference? No gluten here.

  5. In the GF version above I added rosemary, basil, oregano and garlic. The flavor was great but the texture was terrible. The varieties of bread you can make with this recipe are endless. Someone please add dried cherries and chocolate and get back to me.
  6. When the bread is warm out of the oven I smothered the top with butter and some cinnamon and sugar. I’m certain it was the best part. Don’t skip it.


38 thoughts on “No-knead Cinnamon Raisin Bread

  1. If you are crazy, then I have to join you! I leave baked goods in the mailbox for my mail lady (and take treats to the library and the fire dept.)…and today, when the UPS guy backed into my driveway, I quickly wrapped up a brownie for him. Sad…so sad!!

    • NOOO! I’m so sorry! I tried to warn you! I am trying to master it. I’ve failed miserably 3 times but I’m not giving up!

      • Hi, you said you tried three times and failed – I ignore “miserably” because there’s no such thing unless you give up – which you haven’t.
        Would you mind emailing to me the GF substitutions you used. I LOVE LOVE LOVE cinnamon raisin bread, and would like to take a shot at this one. Your “fails” would help me. : )

        • Hi Teresa, I used different ratios of gluten free flour mixes and yeast. I really think it’s just my own personal preference that I really dislike the texture of most GF flour mixes. I can’t get past the grittiness. Cup4cup flour is amazing but I think I read that it doesn’t work well with yeast breads. This fell off my radar but now that you’re bringing to my attention I NEED TO TRY AGAING ASAP!! Good luck!

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  4. Love the bread recipe. I’ve use his no-knead recipe all the time, great with herbs. Will have to try your version.

  5. UM – you did not need to pass this out at the gym. I would have happily drove to your house to pick it up. Cinnamon raisin is my fave bread!!! Will have to try to make this. Bread recipes – will with yeast – usually scare me!

  6. I’m making this bread THIS WEEK. I can’t wait. Just need to unpack and figure out if we are buying a house in Tennessee. I’ll let you know how it goes.
    BTW, I do not see ads when I read your blog in Reader. :)

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  9. Hey Krissy,

    I really like your website and am finding myself in a similar boat with respect to the engineer by day and cook by night sort of thing! After recently purchasing a dutch oven I have fallen head over heels with making bread (thus, here I am!). Anyway, with this recipe I found that following Nick’s recipe and just laying a towel over the bowl left my dough quite dry. The finished product was very dense with an overall lack of air bubbles. I live in the mile high city so was just curious if you had any thoughts about baking differences at higher locals? I just remixed the dough and have wrapped it tighter with hopes of a better result, so we’ll see! But any suggestions would be appreciated.

    • HI Donald! How was the second batch? I’m sorry I can’t offer any knowledge or experience at baking at higher locals but you may want to head over to Macheesmo and ask Nick as he’s probably in a better place to answer this.

  10. Thanks a bunch for another take on no knead bread. This time around the loaf turned out a bit dense. Cooks fault, and I’m trying think of what may have caused it…any ideas?

  11. Thanks a bunch for another take on no knead bread. This time around the loaf turned out a bit dense. Cooks fault, and I’m trying think of what may have caused it…any ideas?

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Posted on March 22, 2012

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