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Overnight Cinnamon Raisin Brioche Bread
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
resting time
9 hrs
Total Time
9 hrs 50 mins

This delicious, no-knead, no-mixer, Cinnamon Raisin Brioche Bread has a sweet, buttery, tender-crumb that is studded with plump raisins and swirled with cinnamon sugar.

Course: Bread, Breads, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cinnamon Raisin Brioche Bread
Servings: 40 slices
Calories: 90 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
For the bread:
  • 4 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • 1 ½ cups raisins
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup hot tap water plus 2 tablespoons
For the cinnamon-sugar swirl:
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk or cream
For the egg wash:
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • soft butter for greasing the pans
  1. Combine flour, sugar, yeast and salt in a medium-large bowl. Stir well then add the raisins. Run your fingers through the mixture to break up any clumps of raisins. Make a well in the center of the flour/raisin mixture. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter in the microwave for 30-40 seconds on high power, until just melted. Remove from microwave and add the ¼ cup of milk. Stir with a fork then add the egg and egg yolk and stir again until well mixed.
  3. Add the milk mixture to the well in the center of the flour. Add the 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons hot tap water to the well then stir to combine using a sturdy spatula. (Scrape the edges of the bowl as you stir, bringing the dry mixture to the center and rotating the bowl as you go.) If it’s hard to incorporate all of the flour, add one additional tablespoon of water.

  4. When all of the flour is well incorporated, cover the dough tightly with plastic wrap. Allow the dough to sit at room temperature for one hour then place in refrigerator overnight, 6-12 hours.
  5. Generously butter four 3x6-inch loaf pans and set aside. (Alternatively, you could use two 8x5-inch loaf pans.) Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.
  6. Lightly flour a work surface and transfer the dough to the work surface. Turn several times with a bench scraper or spatula until the dough is coated with flour. Using a bench scraper or spatula, divide the dough into four equal pieces. Turn each piece in the flour to lightly coat all of the surfaces. Add a bit more flour to the work surface if the dough is sticky.
  7. Take one piece of the dough and flatten it out with your hands into a rectangle shape. With a rolling pin, roll the dough into a larger rectangle approximately 6x10 inches with the short side facing you. Brush the rectangle lightly with milk or cream to coat the surface. Sprinkle with a rounded tablespoon of the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  8. Starting with the short side, roll the rectangle up tightly, then pinch the seam together tightly to seal. Tuck the ends under and again, pinch to seal. Shape with your hands to form an oval loaf. Place the loaf into one of the prepared pans.
  9. Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough. Cover the pans with a clean kitchen towel and let the bread rise again in a warm place until the loaves look like they’ve doubled in size, about 30 minutes to 1 hour. (see the note above in Café Tips about creating a warm rising place.)

  10. When the loaves are close to being doubled in size, preheat the oven to 350˚F (remove the pans first if using the oven as a rising place for the unbaked loaves). Prepare the egg wash by vigorously whisking together one large egg yolk with 1 teaspoon of water. Set aside.
  11. Bake the loaves for 10 minutes then remove from the oven and brush each loaf over the top surface with the egg wash. Try to be careful not to let the wash drip down the sides of the loaves into the pan. Sprinkle each loaf with 1 teaspoon raw or turbinado sugar.
  12. Return to the bread to the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Check it after 10 minutes. If it's getting too brown on the top, cover it with foil for the last 3-5 minutes. (Larger loaves will take longer.) Remove bread from pans by gently inverting onto a cooling rack. (If bread is stuck to the side of the pan anywhere (from the egg wash), loosen it gently with a small thin-bladed knife.) Turn loaves right side up and cool completely before slicing.
Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above in the post for further instructions and more detailed tips.

If you don’t have instant yeast you will need to adapt the recipe just a bit.

Start the recipe by combining 2¼ teaspoons of regular active yeast in the hot water along with a pinch of sugar. Stir well and set aside. (The yeast should start to foam and bubble after about 5 minutes.)

Continue with the recipe (omitting the instant yeast in the flour mixture) as directed, adding the yeasted water when the recipe directs to add the hot water. The remainder of the recipe will be done as directed.

Nutrition Facts
Overnight Cinnamon Raisin Brioche Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 90 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 131mg6%
Potassium 63mg2%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 56IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.