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Cinnamon Raisin Sourdough Bread – Sweetened With a Maple Syrup Swirl

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Is there anything better than a toasty loaf of sourdough bread baked in your own home?

Um, yes, there is. When that toasty loaf is studded with sweet sticky maple syrup, plump juicy raisins, and enough cinnamon to liven up a party! Meet my cinnamon raisin sourdough bread aka your new best friend.

A collage of a sourdough loaf and a piece of sourdough bread with text overlay.

This bread is amazing toasted in the morning and it’s sure to please the whole family. So get out those sourdough starters and get them rockin’ again because you will not be let down by this recipe. It took me over a year to perfect the techniques for making a great loaf of this bread and I’m about to share everything I’ve learned with you.

A slice of cinnamon raisin sourdough bread on a plate.

First and Foremost You Will Need a Great Sourdough Starter.

I’ve had my sourdough starter since 2003 and I feel extremely lucky that it’s survived all that time with me. I wasn’t the best mama to it for the first few years of its life. I would use it sporadically and leave it unattended (sometimes for months) in the back of my fridge. But this little starter is a beast and will always bounce back after several feedings. Now I bake at least one loaf of bread a week and I don’t even bother feeding it before baking. I use some and replace what I used, that’s it. And now my little starter is a serious part of my family and my livelihood. I actually feel love for it. Awwwww!

If you don’t already have a trusty starter or a friend who will gift you a little bit to start with, you can always purchase a dehydrated starter and get it going in no time. I recommend the sourdough starters from Cultures Of Health.

And Now on to the Good Stuff!

Cinnamon Raisin Sourdough With Maple Syrup Swirl

Cinnamon Raisin Sourdough Bread - Sweetened With A Maple Syrup Swirl

Cinnamon Raisin Sourdough With Maple Syrup Swirl

Cinnamon Raisin Sourdough Bread With a Maple Syrup Swirl

Yield: 1 large loaf or 2 smaller loaves
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Proofing: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 40 minutes

A perfect cinnamon raisin sourdough bread with a delicious maple syrup swirl!

Instructions

Make the Sourdough the Night Before

  1. I always let my bread go through a long, slow ferment. That's the point of sourdough, right?! A long ferment means more lactic acid to help break down starches and sugars, improving the digestibility and nutrition of the bread. And of course that's how sourdough gets its telltale sour flavor. So, why rush it?!
  2. Before going to bed, mix the two flours, starter, salt, coconut sugar, and water into a nice smooth dough. Knead the dough until it's elastic and pulls away clean. I'm not going to lie. I use a KitchenAid stand mixer and I have for years. It can be done by hand if that's what you prefer. But if you love baking and you plan on making bread fairly regularly then you should invest in a sturdy stand mixer.
  3. Cover the dough and let it rise overnight.

The Next Morning

  1. Flour your work surface. Pull the dough out of the bowl and gently shape it into a rectangle on the floured surface. Turn the dough over and make sure both sides have just enough flour so that they don't stick to your work surface. If you use too much flour here your bread will not roll up nicely, so be careful not to go overboard. Roll the dough out with a rolling pin into a large flat sheet about 1/2 inch thick. Evenly spread the cinnamon and raisins over the dough, right up to the edge. Drizzle the maple syrup over the dough but don't go all the way to the edge — leave about 2 inches of space for the syrup to expand while forming the loaf. Start at the top of the dough and roll it toward yourself, gently patting the dough down as you go. Once the dough is in a tight log fold both ends over to the middle third. Roll the loaf gently to help it seal.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in your loaf pan and put the loaf in upside down. Flip the loaf over so now the top is buttery too. Cover the loaf and let it rise until at least doubled in size. I let mine rise for about 4 hours before baking.
  3. Bake the bread at 400°F for 30 minutes. Remove the bread from the pan and let it cool completely on a rack before slicing. I know it's tempting to eat it warm but if you resist the loaf will be moister and will take longer to go stale.
  4. Enjoy the bread soft, toasted, or as (our favorite) FRENCH TOAST!

Notes

If you have a very active and happy starter you should consider splitting this recipe between two loaf pans to avoid spill over!

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