March 14, 2010

Pane, pane, pane...can I have more bread please?

On Saturdays I usually have time to do more time-consuming goodies and today I was really craving for an old love of mine: pane (bread). Of all the baked goods, bread is definitely my favourite. I love every type of bread: plain bread, focaccia, rolls...any time I can, I try a new one. So when today I saw the recipe of this brown sugar raisin bread I thought "I HAVE to make it". Unfortunately, my oven is not very good for bread: the bread cooks quickly outside but does not cook well inside. Nevertheless, it still came out My big thank you to Brown Eyed Baker, from whom I literally stole this recipe.

Brown Sugar Raisin Bread


1 Tablespoon active dry yeast
3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1-1/4 cups warm water (105-115 degrees)
1 cup warm milk (105-115 degrees)
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 Tablespoon salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
6 to 6-1/4 cups bread flour, plus more as needed
3/4 cup golden raisins
3/4 cup dark raisins

For the filling:

2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
mixed with 4-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

In a bowl, sprinkle the yeast and a pinch of the granulated sugar over 1/2 cup of the water and stir to dissolve. Let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, combine the remainig 3/4 cup water, the milk, butter, the remaining granulated sugar, salt, egg and 2 cups of the flour. Beat on medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Add the yeast mixture and 1/2 cup of the flour and beat for 1 minute. Add the raisins, then beat in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

Switch to the dough hook. Knead on medium-low speed, adding 1 Tablespoon at a time if the dough sticks, until smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes. Transfer the dough to a greased deep bowl and turn to coat it. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until doubled in bulk, 1 to 1-1/2 hours.

Lightly grease two 9-by-5-inch loaf pans. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board. Divide the dough in half and roll or pat each half into an 8-by-12-inch rectangle. Lightly sprinkle each rectangle with half of the filling, leaving a 1-inch border on all sides. Beginning at a narrow end, tightly roll up each rectangle into a compact log. Pinch the ends and the long seam to seal in the filling. Place each log, seam side down, in a prepared pan. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until the dough is about 1 inch above the rim of each pan, 1 to 1-1/2 hours.

Preheat an oven to 350. Bake until the loaves are golden brown and pull away from the sides of the pan, 35 to 40 minutes. Turn the loaves out onto wire racks and let cool completely. Makes two 9-by-5-inch loaves.

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