Cinnamon Raisin Spirals

Fall is here! And along with crunchy leaves, caramel apples and hot apple cider, what better way to scent your home naturally than by baking these delectable Cinnamon Raisin Spirals? The aroma of warm cinnamon and brown sugar wafting through the house on a cold autumn day is a delight for the senses.

Cinnamon Raisin Spiral bread and maple leaves

These are easy to make,  delicious for brunch (or an any-time snack) and perfect for impressing house guests during Thanksgiving or over the Holiday Season!

With no butter or egg (other than for brushing and glazing), this bread based recipe is lower calorie compared to many other recipes. Visually appealing, this lightly sweetened bread hits the spot when looking for a little somethin' somethin' to satisfy your sweet tooth without piling on the calories that a dessert or pastry would bring.

For those who prefer their bread sweeter, it can always be served with a drizzle of maple syrup. Also, great lightly toasted.


CINNAMON RAISIN SPIRALS

INGREDIENTS:

☐ 1 cup warm water
☐ 1 tsp sugar
☐ 1 envelope instant dry yeast
☐ 400g all-purpose flour, plus extra for flouring
☐ 1/2 tsp salt
☐ 1/2 cup raisins 
☐ 1/2 cup light brown sugar
☐ 1 tsp cinnamon powder
☐ 1/4 tsp nutmeg powder
☐ 2 tablespoons melted butter
☐ 1 egg beaten for glazing


METHOD:

1. Make the yeast mixture: Dissolve 1 teaspoon of sugar in warm water. Sprinkle in the yeast. Cover and set aside for 5 minutes until a foam develops.

2. Make the filling: Mix together raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl.

3. Make the dough: Sift together the salt and flour and stir in the yeast mixture. Combine to form a soft dough.

4. First Rise: Knead dough until smooth. Cover and let stand for 1 to 1.5 hours until roughly doubled in volume.

5. Make the spirals: Roll dough into a 10x12inch rectangle. Brush with melted butter. Then sprinkle the raisin mixture evenly over the dough. Roll up from the long side to form a log. 

Cut the log into about 8 pieces and arrange the spirals, cut side up, in a 10 inch skillet.

6. Second Rise: Cover and let stand in a warm place until doubled in volume.

7. Bake: Brush with beaten egg and bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.

Cinnamon Raisin Spiral bread
1. Form the log. 2. Cut into eight pieces and arrange in skillet. 3. Spirals puffed up after allowing them to rise. 4. Time to dig in!



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