This Easy No Knead Cinnamon Raisin Artisan Bread is one of the best bread recipes I’ve ever made. It’s crusty on the outside, tender and fluffy on the inside and packed with sweet cinnamon flavour and juicy raisins. And it’s SO easy to make this bakery-style loaf at home in your own kitchen! No one will ever know it didn’t come from a bakery! Follow my Pro Tips for the perfect loaf!
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I don’t know about you but I absolutely LOVE making bread at home. We live in Romania, the land where people eat bread with every single meal and more. We’ve never been quite as into bread as the Romanians, but every now and then we love a good homemade loaf to dunk in homemade soup or a slice with some fresh butter. Since bakeries are a dime a dozen here it’s easy enough to grab a bakery-style loaf of crusty french bread, but there’s just something so satisfying about making a homemade loaf yourself, don’t you think?
Way back when I first started my blog I shared this Easy No Knead Artisan Bread recipe with you and it’s a recipe I’ve made more than a hundred times I’m sure. One of my favourite things about that recipe is how easy it is to customize – I’ve been making this Easy No Knead Cinnamon Raisin Artisan Bread from the base recipe and it has quickly become one of our family’s favourites!! It’s delicious for breakfast or with a cup of tea in the afternoon, and it is a simply gorgeous loaf of bread that everyone will love.
This Easy No Knead Cinnamon Raisin Artisan Bread is such a classic recipe and if you follow my pro tips below, you’ll be able to make this gorgeous loaf of bread at home in your own kitchen too! I know you can do it!!
Pro tip#1: Pre-heat your Dutch Oven pot before baking.
This bread is baked in an oven-safe Dutch Oven pot which traps in steam, making the crust of the loaf extra crispy. Pre-heating the pot before baking helps make the crust even more crispy and golden brown!
If you’re looking for a great Dutch Oven pot, I will tell you that it’s one of the best investments you can ever make for your kitchen. Mine is a total beauty from Le Creuset (affiliate link) and I use it at least weekly throughout the year for soups, stews, sauces, curries, and of course for baking bread (if you want my original Dutch Oven Crusty Bread recipe, find it HERE!). A pot like this one is definitely a financial investment, but considering how much I use mine and considering its high quality, it’s definitely a worthy investment. I’ve also used similar cast iron pots from other brands, like THIS ONE from KitchenAid and THIS ONE from Lodge Cast Iron (both affiliate links) if you’re looking for something a little less expensive but still high quality.
Pro Tip #2: Shape your loaf firmly but gently and dust the top of the loaf with flour.
Creating a round shape will help the loaf bake evenly and dusting the top with flour will create that gorgeous, bakery-style appearance that everyone loves!
Pro Tip #3: Let the loaf cool completely before cutting into it!!
Resist the urge to slice the bread while it’s hot. Did you know that after removing a loaf of bread from the oven it continues to bake inside as it cools?? Slicing into this gorgeous loaf too early will cause the inside of the loaf to be under-cooked and gummy. Letting the loaf cool completely before slicing ensures the perfect fluffy texture when you slice into it!
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I hope you enjoy this Easy No Knead Cinnamon Raisin Artisan Bread recipe and my top 3 Pro Tips to making the perfect crusty artisan bread at home! Let me know in the comments below, do you have a favourite artisan bread you’d like to see on thebusybaker.ca?
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Easy No Knead Cinnamon Artisan Bread
- 2 cups all purpose flour (plus 1-2 tablespoons if necessary)
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cup room temperature water (plus 1-2 tablespoons if necessary)
- a few tablespoons extra flour for shaping the loaf
- Add the flours, raisins, yeast, salt, cinnamon, and brown sugar to a large bowl. Be sure to add the yeast and the salt to separate sides of the bowl.
- Stir the dry ingredients together well.
- Add the water and stir until a thick, rough dough forms. Add 1-2 more tablespoons of water or flour if needed.
- Flour your hands and shape the dough into a ball, placing it into the bottom of the bowl and covering the bowl with plastic wrap.
- Place in a warm spot in your kitchen and let rise for 12-18 hours. When I make this bread, I prepare the dough in the evening and bake the next morning. For quick rise instructions, see the Recipe Notes below.
- After the rising time, preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place an oven-safe Dutch Oven pot in the cold oven and let it preheat with the oven.
- Flour your hands well and shape the dough into a round ball and set it on a piece of parchment paper on the counter dusted with flour.
- Dust the top of the dough ball with flour and cover with a clean kitchen towel, letting it rise for 25 minutes.
- After the dough has risen remove the Dutch Oven pot from the oven and using the parchment paper, pick up the dough and place it carefully in the bottom of the Dutch Oven. Make two very shallow slices in the top of the risen loaf in the shape of an X.
- Replace the lid of the Dutch Oven, place it back into the hot oven, and bake for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes of baking time, remove the lid from the Dutch Oven and continue baking for an additional 10 minutes uncovered.
- After the baking time, remove the pot from the oven and transfer the loaf to a cooling rack using the parchment paper.
- Cool completely before slicing.
- Add 2 1/2 teaspoons of active dry yeast instead of the amount listed in the recipe.
- Rise for 2 hours and follow the recipe directions after the rise time as written.