Day Zero Goal #49 - Bake my own bread from scratch.

So once upon a time I decided that every week, until further notice, I am going to try out a new recipe. (:

Two Sundays ago I decided that I really wanted to take a crack at one of my DayZeroProject goals (#49!) and bake my own yummy bread from scratch!

It turned out incredibly delicious so I figured I would post the recipe here to share!

Cinnamon Raisin Bread
(Recipe from allrecipes.com)

Note: This recipe yields three loaves. I made the full recipe: I gave two away to friends and kept one for my apartment. I'm sure you could just (somehow?) cut the recipe into 1/3 and make one loaf...but where's the fun in that? (:


1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup warm water
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
3 eggs
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1 cup raisins
8 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons milk
3/4 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter, melted


1. Warm the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Let cool until lukewarm.

2. Dissolve yeast in warm water, and set aside until yeast is frothy (note: I added a pinch of salt to help the yeast froth-up a lot quicker). Mix in eggs, sugar, butter or margarine, salt, and raisins. Stir in cooled milk. Add the flour gradually to make a stiff dough.

3. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface for a few minutes. Place in a large, greased, mixing bowl,and turn to grease the surface of the dough. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled. Note: A great tip that Ruth gave me was to put the bowl (with the dough inside it) on top of the oven while it is warming up - it helps the dough rise a whole lot faster!

4. Roll out on a lightly floured surface into a large rectangle 1/2 inch thick. Moisten dough with 2 tablespoons milk. Mix together 3/4 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons cinnamon, and sprinkle mixture on top of the moistened dough. 

Roll up tightly; the roll should be about 3 inches in diameter. 

Cut into thirds, 

 and tuck under ends. Place loaves into well greased 9 x 5 inch pans. Lightly grease tops of loaves. Cover and let rise again for 1 hour.



5. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes, or until the loaves are lightly browned and sound hollow when knocked. Note: I got a little worried when I "knocked" on the loaves and it sounded like they were super hard...I thought I had burned them!! But (as you can see from the next two pictures) they actually turned out perfectly - not too burnt/hard/crisp or anything! Just right. (:

Remove loaves from pans, and brush with melted butter or margarine (I added on some more of the cinnamon-sugar mixture on top of each loaf, too). Let cool before slicing.

And voilĂ ! Super-extra yummy cinnamon raisin bread (:



  1. OMG HEAVEN. I am totally making this. minus the raisins :) PS finished hunger games #1... off to stalk/find #2!!

  2. HOW DID YOU NOT MENTION THIS WHILE WE WERE SKYPEING YESTERDAY?!?!?! yay!!! looks so delicious ( :


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