|Brown Sugar Raisin Bread|
So, as usual, he recommended that during my 'free time' I make some. "What free time? Don't you think the house would be cleaner if I had any free time?" (Haha, this is funny. It would not.)
However much time I don't have for cleaning up, I DO have for making this bread. It was super fast. And, if you are like me, and want to be able to do things like cook homemade bread with no high fructose corn syrup, but lack the necessary skills to do so, a bread maker is a necessity. Seriously. Disclosure: No one is paying me to say that. Absolutely no one.
If you don't have a bread maker, I have no idea how to make this bread without one, sorry.
I googled 'cinnamon raisin bread maker recipe'. Here is what came up: Cinnamon Raisin Bread for the Bread Machine. (A machine is the same as a maker, correct?)
Then I googled 'Product instructions for Panasonic SD-YD250'. That would be the name of my bread maker, and while I remember that there is a certain way to add ingredients, I don't actually know what it is. When you buy a bread maker, be sure to keep the instructions handy. And don't pack them away somewhere mysterious.
Before you start, I suggest you make sure you have all the ingredients. Bread makers are notoriously finicky. I, of course, did not have any cinnamon. Also, please read your bread maker instructions before beginning. Because those are equally as important as the ingredients.
Brown Sugar Raisin Bread for the Bread Maker
Step 1: Check in your manual whether too add dry ingredients first or last. Mine says first.
3 cups Bread flour
3 table spoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon brown sugar
Step 2: Add these ingredients to the bread maker.
2 tablespoons butter - room temperature, cut into eigths.
Step 3: Add butter.
1 cup water
Step 4: Add water.
2 1/2 teaspoons dry active yeast, or break maker yeast
Step 5: Add yeast to yeast dispenser.
Step 6: Turn on. If your bread maker has a 'raisin bread' setting, that is the one you want. Clearly. But not Whole Wheat raisin, unless you used whole wheat flour. Which I did not. This makes a 1.5 lb loaf, which is generally the Large setting, unless otherwise noted.
Step 7: Wait for it to beep. You could probably use this time to clean up. I did not.
Step 8: When it does beep, add 3/4 cup of raisins. Just dump them on in.
Step 9: You could use this time to clean up also, because now you wait until it beeps again.
Step 10: When that timer beeps, RUN for the machine. I mean sprint. Try not to be sitting on the couch three mini-muffins deep. Yank the bread basket with some over mitts, dump the bread on a cooling rack, and try to get back before they notice you're gone.
Step 12: Slice and eat! (PS I'm terrible at slicing bread. I have no tips on how to do it better, either. Maybe I'll google it.)
Step 13: Enjoy!