Sourdough Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Today I’m going to share a recipe for Sourdough Cinnamon Raisin Bread. Something I have never made before with my sourdough starter but have always wanted too. We love cinnamon raisin bread in my family. More specifically, slices of sourdough cinnamon raisin bread toasted with lots of peanut butter and honey. This recipe is excellent, in fact it’s the best sourdough cinnamon raisin bread we have ever made and ever tasted, period.

sourdough cinnamon raisin
sourdough cinnamon raisin


This recipe calls for using yeast. Some people feel that a recipe isn’t a”true” sourdough recipe if it uses yeast in addition to the starter. But adding a small amount of yeast boosts the action of your sourdough which ensures a quicker rise. You can omit the yeast but keep in mind that without the added yeast in the recipe the bread will take longer to rise.

*Sourdough Cinnamon Raisin Bread is a recipe adapted from: Simply Sourdough *The Alaska Way* By: Kathy Doogan


Sourdough bread has a slightly sour taste, tangy flavor created by using a special yeast starter as the leavener. San Francisco is known for its superior sourdough bread. Many food stores in the area sell packages of dry sourdough starter for home bakers. Though most sourdoughs are made from all-purpose flour, there are many delicious variations including those made from whole-wheat or rye flour.

Yeast Starter

Prior to the evolution of commercially available baking powders and yeast during the 19th century, yeast starters were the leaveners used in bread making. Such starters are a simple mixture of flour, water, sugar and yeast. At one time, airborne yeast was  the only source used, but today convenient commercially packaged baker’s yeast is more common. All sourdough starters here on T2T are made using flour, water and air-borne yeast.


Sourdough Cinnamon Raisin Bread

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  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  • Mix starter and raisins in a small bowl, cover loosely and allow to proof at room temperature for 2 hours.
  • (Raisins will become plump and and starter will bubble)
  • In a large bowl, stir yeast and 1 tablespoon of sugar into the warm water, let stand 10 minutes or until bubbly.
  • Add the oil and stir in the proofed starter/raisin mixture.
  • Mix in 2 1/2 cups of flour, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, soda and salt.
  • Turn out onto a floured board. Knead 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Knead in up to 1 more cup of flour to make a smooth, elastic dough. Form into a ball and place in a lightly greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  • Punch dough down, turn dough out onto a floured board. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Roll or pat dough into a rectangle approximately 9 x 12.
  • Sprinkle dough evenly with mixture of 3 tablespoons sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon.
  • Roll up tightly from the 9" side, jellyroll fashion.
  • Pinch ends and place the roll seam side down in a greased 9 x 5 bread pan.
  • Cover loosely and let rise again for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  • Bake at 375 for 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Remove pan from oven and cool on rack.
  • Brush top of hot loaf with butter for a soft crust.
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sourdough cinnamon raisin

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