Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread

There's no butter here, just delicious swirls of brown sugar and cinnamon. Have all your ingredients at room temperature and ALWAYS AERATE YOUR FLOUR BEFORE MEASURING. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Makes: 1 loaf

Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 packet (2 tsp./7 gms) instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 3/4 cup milk (I use 1% or 2% low fat milk) heated to 120-130° F
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 egg

  • 1 cup raisins (I mix yellow and red raisins)
  • about 1/3 cup additional flour
  • milk for brushing
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon


  1. Combine flour, yeast, sugar & salt in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add warm milk followed by oil and egg.
  3. Beat with electric mixer on medium-high for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in raisins and enough flour to form a mass (about 1/3 cup).
  5. Transfer to a floured surface and knead for 2 minutes, about 80 turns.
  6. Cover dough and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  7. Meantime combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and grease an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan.
  8. Roll dough into 12 x 8-inch rectangle.
  9. Brush liberally with milk. Top with the brown sugar mix, leaving 1/2-inch on long sides and 1-inch at far end.
  10. Roll tightly, starting at narrow end. Pinch both ends well to keep filling from escaping, and tuck under.
  11. Place seam side down in loaf pan, cover with a towel and let rise in a warm spot until it's one inch above the rim of the pan - about 40 minutes.
  12. Bake in preheated oven at 350° F for 30-35 minutes. After 15 minutes, place a foil tent on top of loaf to prevent over-browning. Loaf is done when interior measures 195-200° F.
  13. Remove immediately from pan and cool loaf on a rack, on its side.

No electric mixer? You can combine by hand but knead longer, about 5 minutes.

Gaps inside your bread? See my blog post for more. Click here.

35 Comments on "Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread"

  1. Vickie

    Jenny, great recipes, the cinnamon bread recipe calls for instant, can you use regular yeast and if so do you have to adjust the amount of anything. Thanks Jenny.

  2. Alicia

    Just found your blog Jenny. I’m an accomplished home cook but am always looking for simpler and healthier and easy clean-up. I made this cinnmon bread as well as the cinnamon rolls and simple white bread and taco casserole. They all came out great! I like the added nutrition of milk and eggs, and no butter in the breads. Can’t wait to try your cabbage rolls as I’m of Lithuanian descent and my mother’s recipe is very good, but I’m wanting a different variation. Love your videos too because they’re not full of endless chitchat and are quick and to the point, demonstrate the recipe very well and don’t waste my time.

  3. Mary

    I enjoyed your show here in Ontario Canada. I made your Polish donuts, they were very delicious, light, with a multitude of air holes, were cute little puffs of goodness. Thank you very much for both.

  4. Busybee

    Jenny, love your channel. Can you please make a video of this bread? It looks soo good. Thank you for sharing your recipes.

  5. jvackiv

    I am in the middle and my “dough” is so wet-the consistency of a batter! I’ve already added 1/4 C more flour. Pray for me, I’m going to add more. Anyone else have this problem?

    • jvackiv

      Alas. I read over the instructions AGAIN, and I had yet to add 1/3 cup more. I wish this amount were indicated in the ingredient list as such! Nonetheless, I had soaked my raisins in some Amaretto, so I also added 2 Tbs Almond meal to the dough… Yes, I drained the raisins and splashed back that juice! Time will tell what comes out of it.

      • jvackiv

        Update. OMG Delicious, light, and flavorful!
        Did I mention that I used cup-for-cup Stevia instead of the white sugar?
        Love you, Jenny!

    • Jenny Can Cook

      The additional 1/3 cup of flour is indicated in the recipe. If your dough was too wet, it might have been from using stevia, but I’m glad it turned out in the end.

  6. Darlene

    I tried this still warm with homemade apple butter.
    Complete heaven, thank you so much Jenny

  7. Randy M

    I need to see video to make this.

  8. Lisette

    Very good but a bit too sweet

  9. Srivalli

    Is there a way you could show us a demonstration all video by any chance?

  10. Jordan

    please make a video of this recipe

  11. Linda

    what about omitting raisons:? will it change the volume of the bread

  12. T. J. M.

    Hi Jenny,
    Can I make the dough at night and then bake it in the morning? I love how quick and easy your recipes are to follow. And the results of the ones I’ve tried are always delicious.I hope you are doing well, love your videos.

  13. Geraldine Pierce

    Can I just mix the raisins and cinnamon and brown sugar into the dough? What size pan do I use please?

    • Jenny Can Cook

      The pan size is indicated in step #7 and I only make my recipes the way I post them. For any variations, you would just have to try it out. Please share your results if you do.

  14. Ron

    Great, Thanks.

  15. Patty

    Thank you Jenny, it looks GREAT! I hope to try it this weekend. 😊 🇨🇦

  16. Millie

    You are so funny Jenny when you say you’re welcome at the end of your recipe announcement! I can’t wait to try this and it sounds delicious and easy. Have elderly diabetic neighbors and can’t wait to get this made and bring it over to them because they’re always making something nice for me as well. Thank you and will love it. Millie

  17. Julia P.

    Hi Jenny,
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your recipes! I never had a problem with any of them, easy, healthy and delicious! I made your latest, cinnamon raisin bread yesterday, it couldn’t have come out better, (even if YOU baked it, ha,ha,ha).
    I, as many, miss your videos, please, please, please,Jenny, make some more!
    ……..have to go now, my morning coffee and cinnamon raisin bread awaits me.

  18. Joan

    Thanks Jenny. Can’t wait to make this. Looks delicious.

  19. Alma

    Jenny, this sounds wonderful. I look forward to all your recipes. Because my oven doesn’t work, do think this bread may be made in a bread maker? I may give it a try, and, if I do, I will let you know how it works. Thanks


  20. Granmommy11

    I think you like all the things I like, Jenny! This sounds wonderful for toast on a cold winter morning….or any other time. Thank you so much.

  21. Laura

    Perfect timing for cinamin bread. Thanksgiving weekend would be perfect. I appreciate this recipe not using butter for health reasons. As always your recipes become a standard in our home. Thank you for raising the bar.

  22. Tracey

    thank you Jenny, Hilarious ! I was just at the grocery store with my husband and said boy I’d really like some raisin bread and a voila ! Can’t wait to try it.

  23. Yoly T

    Thanks Jenny for another yumyummmy recipe . I will try making a loaf this wkend. Thank you
    so much for making all your recipes easy for everybody to follow. Yoly T.

    easy for everybody to follow. Yoly T.

  24. Terry

    Thank you Jenny. Love your recipes. Like Julia Child though, I think anything with butter is better. Do you see any issues with replacing the oil with melted butter and maybe even brush with melted butter instead of milk??

  25. michelle

    I’ve been using your recipe for whole wheat bread and turning it into cinnamon raisin bread for a couple of years now. It’s the easiest and best bread recipe I’ve found 🙂

    • Natalina

      Me too! I swirl it just the same way. Now I’ll be trying it with the new instructions.

    • Geraldine Pierce

      Have you tried mixing in the cinnamon, raisns and brown sugar directly into the dough????

  26. Donnamarie

    Your recipes turn out wonderful and I am certain this one will too. Can’t wait to try it! Was hoping you had put a video with this recipe, just LOVE your videos! So informative and entertaining. 🙂 Love your website. Jenny, Thank you for sharing your love of cooking and baking with us!

  27. Dalila G.

    How wonderfully delicious does this cinnamon swirl raisin bread look?!
    My hubby LOVES this type of bread, it’ll be great on a chilly morning with a steaming cup of joe.
    I plan on baking it very soon, crossing my fingers for “small” gaps or better yet, none at all.
    Either way it’s going to be eaten!
    Thanks for posting another tasty recipe Ms. Jenny!
    Have a wonderful Sunday!

  28. Corry

    Looks so delicious I can’t wait to make it.
    Thank you so much all of your recipes I have done makes me look like a
    great cook.keep them coming God bless & thank you.


  29. Beth from Wisconsin

    Oh! Jenny, Perfect timing! I’m in the mood to bake a bread and this sounds fantastic. I can smell the wonderful aroma already.:)and for the up coming wonderful season. Be well!
    Thank you,

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