A couple nights ago while I was battling my humidity induced insomnia, I remembered we still had a box of raisins that was calling out to me to be used and abused. So after a few 'raisin' searches on tastespotting, I decided to make cinnamon raisin bread. I ended up choosing Martha Stewart's recipe soley based on the fact that I was extremely attracted to the perfect cinnamon swirl in her photo.
I'll warn you that this is a highly time-consuming recipe calling for several rise times, but this is so worth all the effort. As I took a bite out of it fresh out of the oven (ok maybe I waited a few minutes for it to cool), my tastebuds have never been so grateful. It was so moist and chewy with the delicious cinnamon/sugar/butter swirl that melted in your mouth. I was in heaven! I will admit though that it was not as magical the next day. It dried out pretty quickly, but there's nothing like a quick 5 second nuke in the microwave to make it soft once again! However, if you can, I'd recommend inviting friends to eat help you eat it straight out of the oven. :)
The best part is that her recipe makes 2 loaves. You can't help but want to share this. I think this will make the best homemade father's day gift!! haha. What... these are tough times!
* Note: I didn't have the powdered milk that was called for in the recipe. I used the cream I had in my fridge and reduced the amount of cream put in from the amount of water. Btw, any thoughts on how to keep this moist would be very appreciated!