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rich raisin and cranberry loaf (bread machine)

a recipe by
Cindy Smith Bryson
The beautiful Gulf Coast of, FL

This is an all-time favorite bread recipe and I cannot (darn it!) take credit for it. It comes straight from my bread machine recipe book and is just too special not to share. The only change I made was to replace half of the raisins w/ dried cranberries (LOVE the balance between sweet and tart) and add cinnamon . As the title suggests this bread is very rich although just slightly sweet. It makes a very tall and beautiful loaf with flecks of cinnamon and smells fragrant with all the cinnamon. Makes a lovely and memorable presentation as a gift. Makes delicious toast and French toast! Enjoy.

serves Makes a 2 pound loaf
prep time 10 Min
method Bread Machine

Ingredients For rich raisin and cranberry loaf (bread machine)

  • 2/3 c
    milk, room temperature
  • 1/2 c
    unsalted butter, room temperature and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 lg
    eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/4 c
    granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp
    ground cinnamon ( i use vietnamese)
  • 3 & 3/4 c
    bread flour
  • 2 tsp
    active dry yeast, instant, or bead machine yeast
  • 1/2 c
    dried cranberries
  • 1/2 c
    dark raisins

How To Make rich raisin and cranberry loaf (bread machine)

  • 1
    OPTIONAL: I like to soak raisins/cranberries in hot water until soft. This will make them plumper and softer and keep fruit on outside of loaf from burning. If you prefer not to do this, mix dried fruit w/ pinch of flour and toss. This will keep fruit from sticking together.
  • 2
    Place ingredients, in order listed, in bread pan. Select loaf size (2 LB) and crust preference. I use a light setting for a tender loaf. Choose sweet bread program and start bread maker.
  • 3
    Add fruit when mix-in tone sounds or when appropriate for your maker. When cycle is complete, remove bread from pan to wire rack to cool completely prior to slicing. Take a whiff of that heavenly yeasty cinnamon fragrance and ENJOY!