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Cinnamon Raisin Sourdough

This cinnamon raisin sourdough is full of tangy sourdough, sweet raisins, and spicy cinnamon. It's the perfect mix of flavors to make your mouth water.

When I make this sourdough cinnamon raisin bread I have to hide it.

And I don't mean like tuck it in the cupboard, I mean, like... HIDE it.

I literally have to bake it when the house is empty and wrap it twice before stuffing it in the cupboard up above the microwave, because I'm the only one who knows that hiding spot exists.

I swear Kevy and the kids are like drug-sniffing dogs, but with sourdough. They walk into the house and just know I baked some of that goodness.

Then they eat it 🙁 It's just rude if you ask me. Ha!

This cinnamon raisin sourdough recipe is dedicated to keeping the good stuff for yourself!

A sliced sourdough cinnamon raisin loaf.
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Tips + Tricks

No. 1 --> If you're overwhelmed with all things sourdough, I can help you! I have guides on everything from making a 24 hour sourdough starter, to picking the best starter jar, to feeding sourdough starter, to storing sourdough starter, to proofing in the fridge, to freezing sourdough bread, to using up discard, and more.

No. 2 --> Using the Brod + Taylor proofing box has revolutionized my sourdough baking. With the proofing box, not only do I get more consistent bakes, but I can go from feeding my starter to making my dough within 3 hours, and speed up my bulk fermentation time too! See more on the proofing box below.

No. 3 --> Adding the buttery cinnamon mixture to this recipe will be similar to adding the filling to my jalapeño cheddar sourdough. BUT the shaping is much easier and is done in basically 1 step!

No. 4 --> I finally(!) got a couple of bannetons! They are 100% NOT necessary for baking sourdough, but I do prefer the results of the loaves that have been proofed in the bannetons. If you don't have one, I have a great guide to banneton alternatives.

No. 5 --> Can't get enough sourdough and cinnamon? Try my sourdough cinnamon rolls!

Overhead view of the cinnamon sourdough loaf.

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Key Ingredients

Active Sourdough Starter: For this recipe, you want to use a fed and ACTIVE SOURDOUGH STARTER. Your starter should have been fed within the last approximately 6-8 hours and have at least doubled in size. If you're using your sourdough starter while it's still expanding, the dough will be sweeter, and if you use it past its peak, the dough will be sourer. This recipe is based on a sourdough starter with 100% hydration (equal amounts of flour and water by weight, not volume.)

Cinnamon: Even if you're a cinnamon aficionado with a collection of cinnamon, I would still recommend Saigon cinnamon. It's more affordable, easily accessible, and has a rich, spicy flavor that's perfectly suited to the sourdough flavor in this recipe.

Raisins: I recommend dark Thompson raisins. These seed-free raisins are sun-dried and have a delicious, caramel-like flavor that pairs perfectly with the spice in the cinnamon. Golden raisins will work in a pinch, but they are treated to prevent their skin from darkening and tend to have a more acidic taste.

Ingredients required for this sourdough cinnamon raisin loaf recipe.

How To Make Cinnamon Raisin Sourdough Bread

Build the dough:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 100g fed and active starter with 350g warm water. Whisk until homogenous.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together 500g bread flour, 10g salt, and 25g granulated sugar. Mix this into the wet ingredients. I usually stir with a whisk until I get to the shaggy stage. Once the dough looks shaggy, I'll switch to a bowl scraper or my hands to help lift and fold the dough into itself to ensure all the flour is absorbed.
  3. Cover the bowl and allow the dough to rest for 45-60 minutes. This rest period improves the extensibility of the dough, leading to a better crumb and crust.

Stretch + Fold:

  1. With wet hands, grab the dough and gently pull it until the flap is long enough to fold over itself, then fold the flap, rotate the bowl 90 degrees, and repeat 6-10 times, for 2-3 rotations around the bowl.
  2. Recover the bowl and rest for another 45 minutes before repeating the stretch and fold process.
  3. After the second stretch and fold, pour hot water over 125g of Thompson raisins and allow them to soak during the next 45 minute rest.
  4. Prior to the third stretch and fold, strain the water out of the rehydrated raisins. Then add the raisins to the dough and stretch and fold the raisins into the dough. You'll likely have to do a little convincing and pressing the raisins into the dough. Any way you get it done is perfect! Return the bowl to the dough proofer and allow it to rest for another 30 minutes.

Cinnamon Swirl

  1. In a small bowl, combine 40g softened butter with 25g granulated sugar, 8g Saigon cinnamon, and 15g all purpose or bread flour to make a paste.
  2. Lightly dust your countertop with flour, then turn the dough onto the work surface.
  3. Carefully press/stretch the dough into a rectangular shape with wet hands. The dough may fight your pulling, but take care to not tear the dough - if required, stretch a bit, then let the dough rest for a couple of minutes before stretching more.
  4. Spread most of the cinnamon butter mixture over the surface of the dough, leaving about a 1/2" gap along the edges to ensure your dough sticks together and the cinnamon doesn't run out.
  5. Fold up the bottom of the rectangle about 1/3 of the way up, like you'd fold a letter. Spread the remaining cinnamon sugar blend on the top, ensuring you leave 1/2" along the edge. Fold the top of the dough over the bottom. Gently fold the sides under to form a boule shape.
  6. Place the shaped dough into a banneton, floured with rice flour, or banneton alternative, and cover. Allow the dough to rest at room temperature 4-5 hours to bake today, or place in the fridge to cold ferment for 6-24 hours.

Bake:

  1. Preheat oven with dutch oven inside to 450f. I use a large, bare cast iron dutch oven for this recipe. A light-colored enamel dutch oven absolutely works as well, I just find the lighter color enamel gives a lighter crust and tends to stain.
  2. Once the oven is preheated, turn the dough out onto a parchment paper sheet, then score the top of the loaf.
  3. Lift the dough using the parchment paper as a sling and place it into the hot dutch oven.
  4. Bake at 450f for 35 minutes covered and then another 15-20 minutes uncovered, until the crust is golden brown.
  5. Remove from dutch oven immediately and place on a wire mesh rack to cool before slicing.

Sliced sourdough loaf in dutch oven.

Baker's Schedule

  • Day 1 -->
    • 6:30 am: Feed the starter.
    • 12:00 pm: Make the dough and rest for autolyze.
    • 3:00 pm: Stretch and fold process is complete.
    • 3:45 pm: Spread cinnamon butter mixture on the dough, shape the dough, and place into banneton. Allow shaped loaf to proof for 4-5 hours to bake today, or slide into plastic bag and place in fridge for 6-24 hours.
  • Day 2 -->
    • 8:30 am: Set a dutch oven into the cold oven and preheat both together at 450f.
    • 9:30 am: Flip the cinnamon raisin sourdough loaf onto a parchment paper square, score the top of the loaf. Then bake in the dutch oven.

Why Use A Proofing Box?

I absolutely adore my Brod + Taylor proofing box! It has simplified and improved my sourdough baking in a few different ways.

  1. Speed! One of the major factors in fermentation is temperature, and keeping my sourdough starter at a warmer temperature has helped me to learn my starter better and know how long it will take to activate after feeding, or what to expect for my bulk fermentation time.
  2. Consistency! Due to the consistently warmer temperature in the proofing box, my bread is consistently rising and ready for baking at expected times.
  3. Scheduling! This one ties into speed, but deserves its own section. Increasing the speed of fermentation means that I can much more easily fit sourdough baking into my busy schedule, and you will too.
  4. Better rise! The photos below show a fed starter split into two containers over the course of 3 hours. One was placed at room temperature and one was placed in the proofing box. It is evident that the starter in the proofing box rose/activated much more quickly than the room temperature starter. The starter from the proofing box also rose taller than the room temperature starter overall.

Using A Proofing Box For This Recipe

It's really easy to incorporate the proofing box into sourdough baking!

Fill the water reservoir and set the proofing box to 80f. Return the dough to the proofing box each time you're done handling it and reduce the time by approximately 1/3rd. If your stretch and folds need 45 minutes rest at room temp, reduce the time to 30 minutes in the proofer.

Batch + Storage

BATCH:

This recipe bakes a nice-sized loaf of cinnamon raisin sourdough bread. This is the perfect amount for our family of 4 to serve with breakfast for at least 2 days. Or for me to hide from my kids and spouse for up to 3 days!

STORAGE:

If you've got leftover sourdough, you've got serious willpower! There are a couple of ways to store sourdough bread to help prolong its quality after cutting.

Your boule can be kept cut side down on a cutting board for up to 12 hours before the crust becomes too crisp. This is our go-to. I recommend transferring it to a bread bag after 16-18 hours though.

Your sourdough loaf can also be frozen. To freeze sourdough, cool the loaf to room temperature, then tightly wrap it in plastic wrap, slide it into a bread bag, seal it up and stick it in the freezer for 1-2 months. To use after freezing, remove the loaf from the freezer, unwrap and allow it to come to room temperature (1 -2 hours) before slicing and enjoying.

More Sourdough Bread Recipes To Love

Brod + Taylor proofing box: Aside from streamlining and improving my sourdough baking, I love this bread proofer. It's easy to fold flat to put away, and quick to pop back open when my company leaves and I'm good to have stuff on my countertops! HA! I love that I can feed my starter and be ready to bake within 3-4 hours. You can't make sourdough happen instantly, but unit helps it happen a heck of a lot faster!

Scale: It's really hard to make sourdough without a scale. Sorry, but them's the facts! bread baking and bread dough are a bit of a science. A GOOD KITCHEN SCALE will treat you well over a huge range of recipes, not just sourdough recipes. Think of  HOMEMADE BACON!

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A sliced sourdough cinnamon raisin loaf.
Yield: 1 loaf

Cinnamon Raisin Sourdough Bread Recipe

Prep Time: 12 hours
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 12 hours 45 minutes

This cinnamon raisin sourdough is full of tangy sourdough, sweet raisins, and spicy cinnamon. It's the perfect mix of flavors. Use my easy to follow recipe with step by step photos and you can make this delicious bread at home! No need to go out or buy from a store when you can have fresh baked bread right from your own oven. Trust me, you're gonna love this cinnamon raisin sourdough bread recipe!

Ingredients

Dough:

  • 100g active sourdough starter
  • 350g water, filtered, room temperature
  • 500g bread flour
  • 25g granulated sugar
  • 10g sea salt
  • 125g Thompson seedless raisins

Cinnamon fiiling:

  • 40g softened butter or margarine
  • 25g granulated sugar
  • 15g all purpose or bread flour
  • 8g ground Saigon cinnamon

Instructions

Build the dough

    1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 100g fed and active starter with 350g warm water. Whisk until homogenous.
    2. In another bowl, whisk together 500g bread flour, 10g salt, and 25g granulated sugar. Mix this into the wet ingredients. I usually stir with a whisk until I get to the shaggy stage. Once the dough looks shaggy, I'll switch to a bowl scraper or my hands to help lift and fold the dough into itself to ensure all the flour is absorbed.
    3. Cover the bowl and allow the dough to rest for 45-60 minutes. This rest period improves the extensibility of the dough, leading to a better crumb and crust.

    Stretch + Fold:

      1. With wet hands, grab the dough and gently pull it until the flap is long enough to fold over itself, then fold the flap, rotate the bowl 90 degrees, and repeat 6-10 times, for 2-3 rotations around the bowl.
      2. Recover the bowl and rest for another 45 minutes before repeating the stretch and fold process.
      3. After the second stretch and fold, pour hot water over 125g of Thompson raisins and allow them to soak during the next 45 minute rest.
      4. Prior to the third stretch and fold, strain the water out of the rehydrated raisins. Then add the raisins to the dough and stretch and fold the raisins into the dough. You'll likely have to do a little convincing and pressing the raisins into the dough. Any way you get it done is perfect! Return the bowl to the dough proofer and allow it to rest for another 30 minutes.

      Add-ins:

        1. In a small bowl, combine 40g softened butter with 25g granulated sugar, 8g Saigon cinnamon, and 15g all purpose or bread flour to make a paste.
        2. Lightly dust your countertop with flour, then turn the dough onto the work surface.
        3. Carefully press/stretch the dough into a rectangular shape with wet hands. The dough may fight your pulling, but take care to not tear the dough - if required, stretch a bit, then let the dough rest for a couple of minutes before stretching more.
        4. Spread most of the cinnamon butter mixture over the surface of the dough, leaving about a 1/2" gap along the edges to ensure your dough sticks together and the cinnamon doesn't run out.
        5. Fold up the bottom of the rectangle about 1/3 of the way up, like you'd fold a letter. Spread the remaining cinnamon sugar blend on the top, ensuring you leave 1/2" along the edge. Fold the top of the dough over the bottom. Gently fold the sides under to form a boule shape.
        6. Place the shaped dough into a banneton, floured with rice flour, or BANNETON ALTERNATIVE, and cover. Allow the dough to rest at room temperature 4-5 hours to bake today, or place in the fridge to cold ferment for 6-24 hours.

        Bake:

        1. Preheat oven with dutch oven inside to 450f. I use a large, bare cast iron dutch oven for this recipe. A light-colored enamel dutch oven may need to bake longer uncovered or at a higher temperature.
        2. Once the oven is preheated, turn the dough out onto a parchment sheet. Score the dough with a lame or razor blade.
        3. Lift the dough using the parchment paper as a sling and place it into the hot dutch oven.
        4. Bake at 450f for 35 minutes covered and then another 15-20 minutes uncovered until the crust is golden brown.
        5. Remove from dutch oven immediately and place on a wire mesh rack to cool before slicing.

        Notes

        baker's schedule

        Day 1 -->

        • 6:30 am: Feed the starter.
        • 12:00 pm: Make the dough and rest for autolyze.
        • 3:00 pm: Stretch and fold process is complete.
        • 3:45 pm: Spread cinnamon butter mixture on the dough, shape the dough, and place into banneton. Allow shaped loaf to proof for 4-5 hours to bake today, or slide into plastic bag and place in fridge for 6-24 hours.

        Day 2 -->

        • 8:30 am: Set a dutch oven into the cold oven and preheat both together at 450f.
        • 9:30 am: Flip the cinnamon raisin sourdough loaf onto a parchment paper square, score the top of the loaf. Then bake in the dutch oven.


          BATCH:

          This recipe bakes a nice-sized loaf of cinnamon raisin sourdough bread. This is the perfect amount for our family of 4 to serve with breakfast for at least 2 days. Or for me to hide from my kids and spouse for up to 3 days!

          STORAGE:

          Your boule can be kept cut side down on a cutting board for up to 12 hours before the crust becomes too crisp. I recommend transferring it to a bread bag once cooled.

          Your sourdough loaf can also be frozen. To freeze, cool the loaf to room temperature, then tightly wrap in plastic wrap, slide it into a bread bag, seal it up and stick it in the freezer for 1-2 months. To use after freezing, remove the loaf from the freezer, unwrap and allow to come to room temperature (1 -2 hours) before slicing and enjoying.

          Nutrition Information:

          Yield:

          8

          Serving Size:

          1

          Amount Per Serving: Calories: 364Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 522mgCarbohydrates: 71gFiber: 3gSugar: 16gProtein: 9g

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          Annie

          Saturday 11th of November 2023

          The process went amazing, the smell OMG, my only issue was the cooking part. It was in an enamel dutch oven, i usually cook 20 min with lid on, and 20 minutes lid off, same temperature, somehow i started smelling burning, after 5 minutes lid off i took it out, it was burned all around 🤷‍♀️ I don't usually use butter, could that be the difference?

          Ally

          Monday 13th of November 2023

          Hey Annie, it could have also been the sugar. Sugar tends to burn easily.

          Was the entire loaf burnt or just the filling?

          Danette

          Saturday 4th of November 2023

          All I can say is WOW! I have been making sourdough every weekend for years now and this one doesn’t disappoint! I had intentions of freezing for the holiday’s but it didn’t last one night in our home! Perfect toasted with butter and some cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top! Thank you for sharing!

          Ally

          Saturday 4th of November 2023

          That is so great to hear, Danette! Thanks for sharing that with me<3

          Chalaine

          Wednesday 13th of September 2023

          Hey I did all the strech and folds as instructed. I didn't have time so I just shaped and placed it in the fridge. When I'm ready to cook do I need to allow it to rise at room temperature before baking it?

          Ally

          Friday 15th of September 2023

          Hey Chalaine, you're perfect, pop that dough in the fridge and you can bake it straight out of the fridge :)

          LM

          Sunday 30th of July 2023

          I have so many questions about this recipe…. My dough is super sticky even after adding around 75 grams of extra flour. Is it supposed to be sticky? How much should it be rising between folding sessions?

          Ally

          Sunday 30th of July 2023

          It should be tacky but not overly sticky to the point that you'd have to add any extra flour. It does rise between stretch and folds but because the duration is so short between (relative to the sourdough process) you won't notice much aside from the dough firming and creating structure with each successive folding session.

          Just spitballing on potential reasons; too warm in your kitchen and the dough is developing rapidly, salt was omitted accidentally, not enough protein in the flour, young starter? I'd definitely like to get to the bottom of this!

          Katie

          Wednesday 19th of July 2023

          I was so excited about this bread. I made it last night and did a fridge proof for about 14 hours. When I baked it, the inside was almost like raw dough. It was so dense. Where did I go wrong?

          Ally

          Thursday 20th of July 2023

          Hi Katie, I'm sorry you had trouble with the dough. I'm not 100% sure what happened - if it was raw like, I would assume it was under-proofed. What is the ambient temp in your kitchen? Was the dough getting more airy as you were working with it? Did it rise at all? How's your starter - healthy and active?

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