Sourdough cinnamon raisin bread is a soft and delicious sourdough sandwich bread with a beautiful swirl of cinnamon sugar and raisins. It makes a sweet snack and can be turned into a fun French toast for breakfast.
Why I Love This Recipe
This sourdough cinnamon raisin bread is incredibly addictive. It is such a perfectly light and fluffy sandwich bread, filled with tons of cinnamon flavor and plump sweet raisins.
I love eating it by the slice topped with butter and honey. It makes the perfect sweet snack. My kids love when I use this bread to make French toast. Its so delicious and it really takes classic French toast to the next level.
This recipe is incredibly simple, and is perfect for beginner and novice sourdough bakers alike. Enriched doughs, like this one, are very forgiving on rise times, so there is room for error. The entire recipe is a forgiving and easy, and I’ve also included a sample bakers schedule to make it that much easier!
Using Your Sourdough Starter
What is Sourdough Starter? This sourdough cinnamon raisin bread uses sourdough starter to rise instead of traditional bakers yeast. If you’re not sure what sourdough starter is, check out my How to Make a Sourdough Starter post to learn all about it.
For this sourdough cinnamon raisin bread recipe use your sourdough starter when it is at its peak. When is that? Each sourdough starter will behave differently, so learn your starter to know for sure its ready to bake with.
As a general rule of thumb most starters will peak about 8-16 hours after their last feeding. When your starter is at its peak it will have at least doubled in size, be light, airy, and filled with bubbles.
Still not sure? Try a float test. To float your starter drop a spoonful into a glass of water to see if it floats. If it does your starter is mature and ready to bake with!
Tips and Tools
Plan Ahead: Sourdough baked goods have a long rise time. Take a look at my Sample Bakers Schedule before you begin so you have a better idea on when to begin and how to plan ahead.
Tools I Recommend
For this recipe I find the following tools quite handy (Amazon affiliate links):
Measure Your Ingredients Correctly
It can be easy to add too much flour to the dough when measuring in cups, leaving you with a dry and dense loaf. For best results this recipe is written in gram conversions.
Grams measurements ensure consistent results each time you make this recipe. If you don’t have a scale to weigh your ingredients, this is one I recommend.
Why Do I Degas The Dough?
For this recipe you will degas the dough after bulk fermentation and before shaping. Degassing is the act of punching the dough down with your fist and knocking out air that has built up during bulk fermentation.
By degassing the dough you redistribute the yeast and sugars, giving you a better second rise. Degassing also removes large pockets of air resulting in a finer more even crumb and a softer texture. Degassing is a common step for breads with a finer crumb like dinner rolls, sandwich bread, and even some pizza crusts.
Can I Cold Proof?
For best results I recommend performing second rise at room temperature. If you are strapped on time, and need to bake later, you can cold proof your dough in the refrigerator after shaping for up to 24 hours.
Bring the loaf out of the fridge before you plan to bake and allow it to finish second rise. Note that cold proofing will give your finished loaf a more sour flavor.
Why Do I Wait To Cut My Sourdough?
Once out of the oven the inside of your bread continues to cook. If you cut into it too soon the internal heat will escape and stop the process resulting in a gummy loaf.
Sample Bakers Timeline
Sourdough baked goods have a long rise time. To make your life a whole lot easier I have included this sample bakers timeline to give you a better idea on when to start and how to plan ahead.
9 PM (day 1): Mix the dough together and cover to rest.
9:30 PM (day 1): Knead the dough, and cover for bulk ferment.
7 AM (day 2): Assemble the sourdough cinnamon raisin bread.
7:30 AM (day 2): Cover for second rise.
10:30 AM (day 2): Bake the sourdough cinnamon raisin bread.
11 AM (day 2): Cool for two hours at room temperature on a cooking rack.
1 PM (day 2): Slice and serve or store.