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Baking and Lockdown- Baking Your Own Bread- Cinnamon & Raisin Loaf

With the world currently on lockdown due to the coronavirus and everyone not being able to go out like they normally would it can be really difficult staying indoors and feel like you’re being productive. Especially now with the weather warming up here in the UK, you must be feeling down about not being able to visit your family and friends, going to your favourite places and going on fun day trips that you can enjoy during this Spring!

Although baking can be enjoyed at any time, we feel that now it can help you even more and even if you’re struggling to get your favourite ingredients we’re going to share recipes that not only taste wonderful but are made with fewer basic/store cupboard ingredients so you don’t need to worry about going shopping to get anything extra! We have a recipe below that only uses basic store cupboard ingredients and you can make plenty so everyone can have some!

We thought with bread being a little difficult to get at the moment and even if your area has a lot in stock, you’re worried about going outside every few days to get some. So we thought why not bake your very own bread! It’s not as complicated as you think and you can make wonderful flavours. Our classic recipe for Cinnamon and Raisin Loaf is tasty, lasts for a few days too, tastes great toasted and can be made so easily:

Cinnamon and Raisin Loaf (Makes 1 loaf)

Ingredients Needed:

-500g wholemeal flour                                             

-300ml hot water

-1tbsp cinnamon powder                                        

-2tbsp olive oil

-1 sachet dried yeast                                                  

-125g raisins

-1tsp salt

-1tbsp golden syrup. (Optional)

Method:

  • Firstly start off by adding the flour, cinnamon, salt, raisins and yeast into a bowl. Then in a measuring jug add the water, (golden syrup if required) and oil and mix together. Then add this to the dry flour mixture and mix well. If the dough is a little sticky add more flour.
  • Take the dough out and place on a floured surface and then knead for 5 minutes. Keep sprinkling with flour if it remains sticky.
  • Grease a loaf tin with oil and put in the dough, make sure that you press it down evenly so that there are no gaps and the tin is filled out completely. Then cover with a tea towel and leave to rise for 1 hour. The size of the tin should be approximately 6 x 4 x 3 inches, however don’t worry if yours varies a little.
  • After an hour check to see that the loaf has risen and doubled in size. Then preheat the oven to gas mark 7/ 425F/ 220C.
  • Before the loaf goes in the oven, cut some slashes at the top of the bread and sprinkle with a little more cinnamon if you wish.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked all the way through. Then take the bread out and place on a cooling rack to cool and serve! Enjoy warm or cold. Perfect with some cream cheese or toasted with some butter!

This very versatile loaf of bread can be enjoyed many ways, whether you love it toaster with butter, as part of a sandwich or just with some cheese we guarantee you will love it! Also remember you can also have the same great taste from fresh bread even if you have to substitute some ingredients. So don’t worry if you don’t have everything on the list you can experiment and we hope all your loaves of bread turn out amazing!

*Health Fact…Cinnamon is a great spice that has many benefits. It’s a natural anti- inflammatory and can also help reduce blood sugar levels. It also reduces bacteria’s ability to multiply, so if you feel like you have cold like symptoms have more cinnamon in your diet! Try mixing it in your food where you can and in your hot drinks together with honey! Cinnamon can also reduce the risk or heart disease and is also an antioxidant. With all these benefits you don’t have a reason to not eat more cinnamon!

Happy Baking and Stay Safe!

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