5am wide awake and feeling pretty hungry one morning I thought about what I could make for breakfast. A few days beforehand a friend had posted a photograph of a delicious looking loaf that she had made for breakfast, so the decision for a breakfast loaf was decided.
However, the kind of breakfast loaf was not known so early in the morning, as well as I had not made one before. Plenty of banana loaves, lemon and poppy-seed loaves had been baked before but as Mr N is not a fan of bananas it was not going to be that easy. Along with the fact, our fridge was not bursting with blueberries or raspberries this particular morning. As I searched through the recipes on my oh so faithful Pinterest, I was not getting much inspiration and ones I thought oooooh that sounds nice, again we lack an ingredient.
It occurred to me also, 15 mins after searching recipes that I have a bread machine, why not think about using this to make my dream breakfast loaf? At any point, Baby T was probably going to wake up thanks to 18 months sleep regression, so let the bread maker do all the work sounded great to me and allowed me to sort her out. I have loved my bread machine ever since I was given one by my ex-housemate, unfortunately, a couple of years ago it died, I was gutted, Mr N surprised me a few weeks later with a brand spanking new one and I was away again. Best Valentines Day present so far.
However, once again I drew a blank on recipes, until one hit me, cinnamon raisin bread. Yum! Raisin loaf basically, one problem every recipe I found and clicked on was not available in my country? In fact all the recipes I found I could not open, What why? It is practically British, it is a tea cake in a loaf! Craziness! There must have been a way around this, and luckily there was. I gave up looking and scrambled out the instructions to my bread machine, which has a few recipes in it, all I needed to do was change and adapt this to cinnamon and raisin. The results were great, I made a few batches and this has quickly become a family favourite.
I am writing this blog post so lovely people of the UK can make this recipe without coming up against what I did for really quite a simple recipe for your bread machine. It is perfect for breakfast, toasted with melted butter or for your lunchbox ready for elevenses and that mid-morning slump.
This recipe makes a loaf 1 1/2lb (680g)
- Water – 300ml
- Skimmed Milk Powder – 3 tbsp
- Sunflower Oil – 3 tbsp
- Sugar – 2 tbsp
- Salt – 1 1/2tsp
- Cinnamon – 3/4tsp
- Strong Bread Flour – 432g
- Fast Action Yeast – 1 1/2tsp
- Raisins – 94g ***
***The Raisins must be added when your machine beeps during the process.
It is really important that you add these ingredients in that order, otherwise, it will flop. For this recipe, I made this on a basic programme on my machine, possibly programme 1 on most machines.