Ayurveda calls for warm, grounding foods as the season changes to fall to maintain a balance within. Warm grains, sweet potatoes, squash, beets etc. Our anonymous taste tester may dismiss Ayurveda as hippie dippie sh*t, but what he can get behind is a slice of this warm cinnamon raisin bread with melted butter during a chilly 5am wake up call. This is a recipe best saved for a rainy Sunday afternoon as you’ll need to let the dough rise. Plus, you can get back to shamelessly binge watching How to Get Away with Murder as your apartment fills with the smell of baking bread. Anonymous taste tester definitely doesn’t watch ABC dramas though…
1 cup whole wheat flour (or all white, but that’s up to you)
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup warm milk
1/2 cup warm water
1/4 oz. (1 packet) yeast
1/2 cup sugar
6 tbsp butter (softened)
1.5 tbsp cinnamon
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 egg + 2 tbsp warm water
Combine warm milk, water, yeast & 2 tsp sugar in a measuring cup, let sit for 10 minutes.
Combine flours, 1/3 cup sugar, 3 tbsp butter, salt & 1 tbsp cinnamon in a large bowl. Slowly add the water mixture while mixing on slow, increase speed and mix until elastic, about 6 minutes.
Place dough in a large bowl, cover with a cloth and let rise for 1.5 hrs in the warmest spot in the house (on top of your oven works well)
Mix the remaining butter, cinnamon and 1 tbsp sugar in a small bowl.
Once the dough has risen to twice it’s size, roll it out in to a long rectangle on a floured surface. Spread the butter mixture and sprinkle the raisins. Roll up tightly.
Place the dough in a greased loaf pan, cover with a cloth and let rise for another hour (rainy afternoon I tell ya!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, whisk together egg and water, brush over the top of the loaf.
Bake for 40 minutes and savor the smell of warm, cinnamony goodness filling your home.