Cinnamon Raisin Nut Bread

Cinnamon Raisin Nut Bread


Plump raisins, cinnamon, pecans and walnuts make up this very satisfying and tasty bread. Plan to make it the day before though as it needs time to ferment overnight.
  • Serves: 2 loaves
  • Active Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 12 hrs
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Step 1: Activating the Yeast

• 2 cups warm water (no higher than 110°F)
• 3 - 8 g pkgs active dry yeast
• 1/4 cup vegetable oil
• 2 tbsp + 1 1/2 tsp sugar
• 1 tbsp salt
• 5 to 6 cups bread flour


Place the water into a large bowl and sprinkle the yeast over top. Let sit for a minute or so without stirring. Once the yeast has dissolved, stir to combine. Let sit for about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile gather the oil, sugar, salt and flour.

Step 2: Preparing the Rest of the Mise en Place

• 2 cups raisins
• 1/2 cup pecans
• 1/2 cup walnuts
• 1/4 cup (packed) brown sugar
• 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)


To prepare the rest of your mise en place, roughly chop the nuts and gather the raisins, brown sugar and cinnamon. Set everything aside.

Step 3: Mixing the Dough


To mix the dough, add the oil and sugar to the yeast mixture and stir to combine. Next, add approximately half of the flour. Stir to incorporate. Add the salt and stir again.

At this point, add just enough flour to form a clay mass (or shaggy mass) about 5 cups worth in total. Stir to combine. Once the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl, transfer it to a lightly-floured counter top.

Step 4: Kneading the Dough


Knead the dough until it is soft and smooth about 8 minutes or so.

Step 5: Incorporating the Cinnamon, Sugar & Nuts


Once the dough has been kneaded, flatten it slightly and add the cinnamon, sugar and nuts. Fold and continue to knead just until everything is incorporated. Dust the counter and dough as needed, but only if the dough is overly sticky.

You may find it easier to add the nuts in a few stages, as they tend to fall out as you knead. Don’t worry just keep kneading until they are somewhat evenly distributed.

Step 6: Incorporating the Raisins


Flatten the dough slightly and knead the raisins into the dough, working in batches if needed. Some of the raisins and nuts may fall out but, again, don’t worry. Just press them in at the end. Form into a round.

Step 7: Fermenting the Dough Overnight


Brush a large bowl lightly with oil. Make sure the bowl is large enough for the dough to expand/at least double while it ferments. Place the dough into the bowl; turn to coat with the oil.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let ferment and rise in the refrigerator overnight.

Step 8: Shaping the Dough


Line a large baking sheet with parchment.

Gently remove the dough from the bowl and flatten slightly with your hands. Divide the dough into 2 equal portions. Form each piece into about a 6" -inch round. Place the dough balls onto the baking sheet making sure there is enough room between them for the dough to rise again.

Step 9: Proofing the Dough


Cover the dough and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 2 hours.

Step 10: Baking the Bread


Preheat the oven to 350°F (or 175°C). Bake the bread for about 45 minutes, or until golden brown. When done, the bottom of the bread should sound hollow when you tap the bottom.

Transfer the bread to a cooling rack and let cool completely before slicing.

Chef's Notes

This recipe is adapted from Del Vecchio’s Bakery on Fenwick Island, DE.


  • Liz S
    Liz S
    This bread was outstanding. I made one 6" round loaf and one 9"x5" loaf. I gave the round one to family and the first 3 instant comments were Amazing, Awesome and How will we ever keep ourselves from eating the whole loaf at once! I left out the cinnamon because of personal preference and used chopped hazelnuts as I had them on hand. I toasted them whole (another personal preference) before chopping very roughly. Also, I added the 1 1/2 tsp portion of required sugar to the yeast to help activate it more vigorously. (Just a personal thing and not necessary). I must confess to using my stand mixer and mixed on low speed with paddle to incorporate the ingredients and then the dough hook on speed 2 for about 6 minutes. Then added nuts for 1 minute and raisins for another minute. I did knead a bit more by hand and tried to cover the raisins and nuts as much as possible to prevent them burning. They sure kept wanting to pop out:) The overnight ferment really adds to the flavor. I proofed the loaves in a warm room and found that the loaf pan required 30 minutes more proofing time than the round loaf. A little trick I use when proofing 2 loaves on top of one pan is to cut the parchment paper a few inches wider than the pan and fold in half. Than lay out the parchment and raise the middle fold up a few inches to make an upside down "V". Flour the sides of the loaves to prevent sticking. When you are ready to bake, pull the parchment paper on each side and it will give room for the loaves to spread in the oven without touching each other. Everyone rated this bread a 5 star winner.
  • Liz S
    Liz S
    I meant to mention that it is important to fluff up the flour before measuring as it can get compacted in the bag. Results can vary greatly if you try to pack it in. I used a bit more than 5 cups when mixing and some more added at the end with the final hand kneading. I have already had a call to start making more of this bread as they finished the first loaf already. Happy baking:)
  • Jon G
    Jon G
    how might I adjust this recipe if I wanted to make it whole wheat? I imagine it needs more moisture in there somehow?
  • Kimberley S Rouxbe Staff
    Kimberley S
    Only up to 50% of the flour can be substituted with whole-wheat. Whole wheat will change the texture and make the bread dense. Cheers!
  • Caroline D
    Caroline D
    will there be a time which ingredients will be weighed instead of measured? especially when it comes to baking i like to weigh my ingredients since different brands of flour weigh differently. thanks
  • Kimberley S Rouxbe Staff
    Kimberley S
    I agree, weighing ingredients definitely produces consistent results. That being said, many of the recipes on Rouxbe force you to apply the techniques learned in the Cooking School; one of which is being able to put together a loaf of bread and produce the correct texture based on the feeling of the dough. As you come across recipes (and there are many out there) that indicate volume measurements, rather than measurements by weight, you will still be able to produce great results because you understand the technique behind bringing the ingredients together. This is why many grandma's out there never weigh...they just use a "little bit of this and a little bit of that" and magically wind up with delicious baked goods because they know what to feel and look for. Even when you measure ingredients, pay close attention to how the dough if you are ever stranded in a forest with some flour, salt, yeast and a wood burning oven (but not a scale), you'll be able to put together a good loaf of bread without a recipe :) Cheers!
  • Mary jo D
    Mary jo D
    Could you please indicate the equivalent amount of fresh yeast for this recipe. Thank you. Mary Jo
  • Kimberley S Rouxbe Staff
    Kimberley S
    Here is a drill-down on Yeast Substitutions. You may also find it helpful to watch the lesson on How to Make Bread Basics, as we go into quite a bit of detail on yeast in that lesson. Cheers!
  • Ann K
    Ann K
    Made this bread on Friday evening, left it in the refrigerator until Saturday morning when I finished and baked it. It was delicious and very quickly devoured, even by the non-raisin lovers.
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    So glad that you (and everyone else) liked the bread Ann. I sure could go for a piece of that bread right now :-)
  • Angela M
    Angela M
    I tried clicking where usually all the other recipes i looked put there instruction video and all it did was refresh the page. Can someone help???
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    Not sure exactly what you mean, but I think you might be wondering about a video for this recipe? I just wanted to mention that not all recipes on Rouxbe are videos — some are just text recipes, such as this one here. If it is a video recipe, there will be a play button (as well as other links on the page) on the main big picture. Hope that helps. Cheers!

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