Cinnamon-Raisin-Walnut Wheat Bread

Add this cinnamon flavored bread loaf that's made using raisins and walnuts to your bread basket.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 20 min
  • Servings 24

2
cups Gold Medal™ whole wheat flour
1
package regular active or fast-acting dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
2
cups very warm water (120°F to 130°F)
2
tablespoons packed brown sugar
2
tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
2
teaspoons ground cinnamon
2
teaspoons salt
2
to 2 1/2 cups Gold Medal™ Better for Bread flour
1
cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted if desired
1
cup raisins, dried cherries or cranberries
Cornmeal

  • 1 In large bowl, mix whole wheat flour and yeast. Add warm water. Beat with wire whisk or electric mixer on low speed 1 minute, scraping bowl frequently. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let stand 15 minutes.
  • 2 Stir in brown sugar, oil, cinnamon, salt and 1 cup of the bread flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining bread flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until a soft, smooth dough forms.
  • 3 Place dough on lightly floured surface. Knead 5 to 10 minutes or until dough is smooth and springy. Knead in walnuts and raisins. Grease large bowl with shortening. Place dough in bowl, turning dough to grease all sides. Cover bowl loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in warm place about 1 hour or until dough has doubled in size. Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.
  • 4 Grease uninsulated cookie sheet with shortening or cooking spray; sprinkle with cornmeal. Place dough on lightly floured surface. Gently shape into an even, round ball, without releasing all of the bubbles in the dough. Stretch sides of dough downward to make a smooth top. Place loaf with smooth side up on cookie sheet. Spray loaf with cool water. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in warm place 45 to 60 minutes or until dough has almost doubled in size.
  • 5 Heat oven to 375°F. Spray loaf with cool water. With sharp serrated knife, carefully cut 1/4-inch-deep slashes in tic-tac-toe pattern on top of loaf.
  • 6 Place in oven; spray with cool water. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until loaf is dark brown and sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack; cool.

Expert Tips

Substitute chopped dried apples for the raisins and chopped pecans for the walnuts.

Omit cinnamon. Substitute diced dried fruit for the raisins and chopped almonds for the walnuts.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Slice
Calories
150
(
Calories from Fat
40),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4 1/2g
4 1/2%
(Saturated Fat
1/2g,
1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
200mg
200%;
Total Carbohydrate
24g
24%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
5g
5%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
8%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.