This is a simple raisin bread that’s great with some good butter and a cup of coffee.
6 cups bread flour
1 1/2 tablespoons yeast
1 tablespoon sea salt
3-4 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 to 1 cup raisins
3 cups warm water
Start by mixing your warm water, yeast, and 1 tablespoon of sugar in a bowl. Let the yeast and water sit for 5 minutes or so to allow the yeast to start working.
Next, add in 5 cups of flour (along with your salt) and mix until the dough begins to come together. Turn the dough out onto a work surface, and knead in as much of the remaining cup of flour as is needed. The dough should also be slightly sticky, and not too dry.
Knead the dough for 15-20 minutes, then transfer it to a container, loosely cover it, and let it rise for 1 hour (or until it’s doubled in size). When the dough has risen, divide it into equal portions (it’ll make 2-3 loaves), and roll them each into rough rectangles.
Next, sprinkle cinnamon and sugar liberally on the up-facing dough, then sprinkle with raisins.
Roll the dough up (as if you were making a cinnamon bun), then place each roll into a buttered loaf pan.
Allow the loaves to rise for another hour, then bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes.
When the loaves are done, allow them to cool for 20-30 minutes before slicing.