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Cinnamon Raisin Loaf
yields 2 loaves; or 1 loaf and 2 mini loaves
for the bread:
3 teaspoons active dry yeast
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
3/4 cup cold water
3/4 cup whole milk (any % milk will do)
3 cups all-pursose flour, plus more as needed
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the bowl and pans
1 cup seedless raisins
1 large egg, beaten
Warm a 1/4 cup of water in a small bowl. Between 105º F and 115º F. Sprinkle the yeast over water and stir just enough to moisten. Let stand and soften for 5 minutes, then stir to dissolve. Pour into the mixer bowl. Add water, milk, and sugar and whisk to combine.
Attach the bowl to the mixer and fit with the paddle attachment. Mix the flours together in a large bowl. On low speed, gradually add half of the flour, then the cinnamon and salt. One tablespoon at a time, mix in the butter. Replace the paddle attachment with the dough hook. Knead on medium-low speed until the dough is soft, smooth, and elastic, about 6 minutes. During the last minute or so, add the raisins.
Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead briefly to check the doughs texture-it will be slightly sticky but will hold its shape. Form into a ball. Lightly butter a large bowl. Place the dough into the bowl, smooth side down. Turn to coat with butter, ending with the smooth side up. This prevents a crust forming while rising. Cover the bowl tightly with the plastic wrap. Let stand in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours. (I put a cup a steaming hot tap water in the microwave with the large covered bowl. This helps create a warm environment.
Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and cut in half. It is easiest to do this with scissors. (If making mini loaves, cut into half, and then into fourth) Shape into balls, cover lightly with plastic wrap on the counter, then a kitchen towel. Let stand for 15 minutes.
Lightly butter your loaf pans. Working with one ball at a time, gently pressing to deflate the dough. Shape into a 9 by 5 inch rectangle (for a standard loaf). To shape into a loaf, fold in the right and left sides of the dough about 1/2 an inch, and pinch the seams closes. Starting from the long side (typically the top) roll the dough down into a plump loaf and press the seam closed. Fit the loaf into the pan, seam side down, and press it gently to fill the corners of the pan. Repeat with other loafs and place the loaf pans on a half-sheet.
I decided that there were too many pans to fit in the microwave so I made a proofing oven in my own home. Take a "kitchen sized" clean garbage bag, and place it on your work surface. Slip the cookie sheet with the pans on it, into the bag. Place two tall glasses of steaming hot tap water into the bag to give off a small amount of steam and to lift the plastic away from the dough. Give the open end of the bag a wave to inflate the bag a bit to keep away from the dough. I also added an extra empty cup in the to lift the bag up higher. Twist the bag and seal with a rubber band. Let proof for 45 minutes until the dough domes about an inch over the pans. Do not open bag until then.
Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350ºF. Remove the glasses from the bag, then the pan with the loaf pans. Brush the tops of the loaves lightly but thoroughly with the beaten egg. Bake until the loaves are nicely browned and the bottoms sound hollow when tapped, about 32-35 minutes. If the loaves start to get too brown before they are done, lightly cover with aluminum foil. Cool on wire each for 5 minutes the remove loafs from pans and completely cool on rack.