Cinnamon Raisin Bread


This cinnamon raisin bread recipe was my dad's, and it's the best I've ever had! A yummy moist bread loaded with raisins and cinnamon. Great plain, toasted, or with a light glaze of buttercream frosting.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 20 mins
3 9x5-inch loaves


  • 1 ½ cups milk

  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast

  • 1 cup raisins

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 ¼ cups white sugar, divided

  • ½ cup margarine, softened

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 8 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons milk

  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. Warm 1 1/2 cups milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until bubbles appear, then remove from heat. Let cool until lukewarm.

  2. Stir together warm water and yeast in a large bowl; let sit until frothy, about 5 minutes. Mix in raisins, eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, margarine, and salt until combined. Stir in cooled milk. Add flour gradually to make a stiff dough.

  3. Remove dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for a few minutes. Transfer to a large, greased bowl and turn dough to grease the entire surface. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and allow to rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

  4. Grease three 9x5-inch loaf pans; set aside.

  5. Punch down dough and transfer to a lightly floured surface. Roll dough into a large rectangle, about 1/2-inch thick. Moisten dough with 2 tablespoons milk. Mix together remaining 3/4 cup sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl; sprinkle over moistened dough. Roll up tightly into a log, about 3 inches in diameter.

  6. Cut log into thirds; tuck under ends to form loaves. Place into the prepared loaf pans and lightly grease the tops. Cover and let rise again, about 1 hour.

  7. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  8. Bake in the preheated oven until loaves are lightly browned and sound hollow when tapped, about 45 minutes. Remove loaves from the pans and brush with melted butter. Let cool on a wire rack before slicing.

    close up view of sliced Cinnamon Raisin Bread on a cooling rack
    Thomas F. Hallmark

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

182 Calories
4g Fat
32g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 182
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 115mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 93mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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