TWD Rewind: Raisin Swirl Bread

January 17, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Posted in breakfast things, groups, sweet things, sweet yeast breads, tuesdays with dorie | 5 Comments
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raisin swirl bread

Bread is definitely my favorite food group.  I’m not sure why, then, I skipped Raisin Swirl Bread when Susan picked it for TWD over the summer.  Maybe I was away…maybe it was too hot out for bread baking…I can’t remember.  Anyway, now is prefect bread baking weather, so I thought I’d give it a try.  Also, I wanted to brush up on my yeast skills before we get going on the white loaves from Baking with Julia in a couple of weeks.

This is just a straight-forward dough technique (no sponge or starter) with a couple of proofs.  I used my mixer for it, so I didn’t even break a sweat.  Scented with a little orange zest and of course a cinnamon-raisin swirl, it smelled really good baking.  I was so proud of myself for waiting until the bread had cooled completely before cutting into it.  I was even more proud of its perfect texture and beautifully hypnotic swirl.  There was a time when I would have skipped the raisins altogether and this would just have been a cinnamon swirl bread, but raisins and I have gradually made peace over the last couple of years.  We’re good now…I’m glad I gave them a second chance.

This makes fabulous toast (with a little salty butter, of course)!  I could probably have downed the whole loaf that way, but I tried it out as French toast, too.  Good stuff.  Really, I can’t wait to make this again.  For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or read Food Baby, as it was Susan’s pick from back in June.

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  1. I’m salivating over that one and can just see the melted butter….perfect swirls too.

  2. Oh, I forgot how wonderful this recipe was! And yes, salty butter is a Must! :D
    Your bread looks delicious!

  3. I just love that you and raisins have made peace! I never knew there were so many raisin haters out there until they came out of the woodwork with TWD. I adore raisins. Even in things that I didnt think I would like them in, like the french brownies.

    Your bread looks absolutely perfect. Your swirl is amazing!

  4. This is on my list of things to try this winter. Yummy!

  5. I could live on bread alone, especially if they look as tasty as this one does.


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