National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day
Bread has existed since the dawn of time. The addition of different ingredients made cinnamon raisin bread a delicious treat that people can enjoy. What makes this bread so popular and special? You can read this article to find out more about the history of cinnamon-raisin bread and how to make your own raisin bread for this national holiday.
The history of cinnamon-raisin bread is long. It’s predecessors are stollen, a German-style fruit bread that has spices and candied fruit, kulich (a tall Easter bread made in Russia and Slavic areas), and panettone (a tall, raisin-filled Italian fruit cake). These fruit breads are served at Christmas and have helped to popularize the idea of a cinnamon-filled, raisin-filled bread. It became a household staple in England and the colonies and, as it spread, it was a common part of Americans’ breakfasts.
Henry David Thoreau has changed the story of this delicious and sweet bread. The rumor was believed to have been started by Concord housewives who were delighted by Thoreau‚Äôs antics. The Ladies Home Journal in 1943 referred to the culinary invention as Thoreau’s. However, this rumor was disproved later by Walter Harding, a biographer who stated that plum cake or raisin bread were invented during the Elizabethan period.
This is an amazing recipe to make your own raisin loaf to celebrate this holiday. Two packets of yeast should be dissolved in 2 cups of warm water. Once the yeast has been activated, add 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cups canola oil and two teaspoons salt to the water. Mix until smooth, then add the flour until it forms dough.
Next, knead dough for 6-8 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. Cover the bowl with grease and let it rise for about an hour in a warm area. Next, punch the dough down. Divide the dough in half, and then knead 1/2 cup raisins each. Make a loaf from the dough pieces. Mix cinnamon and the remaining sugar together and sprinkle the mixture over the dough.
Roll the dough up and pinch the seams if you’re feeling fancy. Place seam-side down in two greased loaf pans. Let rise for another 30 minutes. Once you are ready, heat oven to 375¬∞F. Use oil to brush the surface. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks. If you like this recipe, then share this holiday on your favorite social media websites using the hashtag #cinnamonraisinbreadday.