In a small bowl add the water and 1 tbsp honey. Stir until dissolved and then sprinkle the yeast over the water. Let sit 5 minutes until the yeast is activated and bubbly.
While the yeast is proofing combine the milk, 1/4 cup honey and oil in a large bowl. Mix in 1 cup of flour, 2 tsp cinnamon and the salt.
Add the yeast mixture and raisins and stir to combine.
Beat in the remaining 2 cups of flour 1 cup at a time until you have a slightly sticky dough. Add additional flour if needed until you have a workable dough.
Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead 5-10 minutes, until the dough is soft and elastic.
Put the dough into a lightly greased bowl and cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap until doubled in size.