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No-Knead Cinnamon Raisin Bread - A beautiful loaf that could not be simpler to make.

Cinnamon Raisin Bread (No-Knead Recipe)

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Hi Bold Bakers!

Since getting my Alfa Pizza wood-burning pizza oven, I have been experimenting with a lot of different homemade bread and doughs. Since Fall is in full swing here in LA (well, it’s still 80F out) I thought why not start baking with some fall flavors and get in the mood for the weather to cool down (from 80F  to 72F). I want to show you my recipe for No-Knead Cinnamon Raisin Bread. Although this bread looks like it would be a lot of work, it could not be easier to make. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl by hand and leave for 12 hours. Amateur or professional bakers, this recipe is for everyone!

Bread making is really fascinating to me, espicilaly using the “No Knead” method. It is incredible that you bring your yeast to life by mixing your dough correctly together, then watch as it grows and takes shape. Then you know you did a great job because you have a beautiful loaf of bread at the end.

We have made Pretzels, Cinnamon Rolls and Donuts using this method because I think it yields the best flavors and texture in your bread. And the fact that you mix the dough by hand, and not on a machine makes life easier.

The first job I had in the U.S at 25 was as a morning baker, and by morning I mean 2:00 am. To a 25 year old work and 2:00 am don’t usually go together successfully. It was in South Lake Tahoe, on the border of California and Nevada. In the winter when it would snow, all of the doughs would become sluggish and slow down. They would just lay there heavy with no life in them. I would take them into a warm part of the kitchen and try and get the dough active again. With a little TLC they would come back to life. So, when you are working with doughs just remember that they are like us, they need warmth, water, love and a little sugar to keep us going :).

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This was the very first loaf of bread I made in my pizza oven! No lie. I stood there and watched very carefully as it puffed up and the crust started to form. With a wood-burning oven you do have to rotate the loaf but luckily I knew to stand close so one side didn’t get more “tanned” than the other. I’m proud of myself because one thing I have practiced is controlling the heat but also keeping the fire going at the same time. I can safely say I have gotten a lot better. I knew something wasn’t right when I baked a pizza in 90 seconds (a delicious pizza I might add).

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When you slice the bread you can see your handy work. All of those bubbles, texture and crumb were created simply by the fermetation process. It is the gases that form in the dough. Just think about the little work you had to do to get this artisanal loaf of bread, it’s crazy! I have never been able to achieve this on a machine and that’s why I am an advocate for the No-Knead technique. No loaf is the same, which is the beauty of it.

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No-Knead Cinnamon Raisin Bread - A beautiful loaf that could not be simpler to make.
No Knead Cinnamon Raisin Bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr
Servings: 1 loaf
  • 3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp active dry yeast
  • tsp salt
  • tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup (120g) raisins
  • 3/4 cup (188g) milk
  • 3/4 cup (188g) water
  1. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, yeast, salt, sugar, raisins, and cinnamon.
  2. Pour in the milk and water, and stir it in with a wooden spoon until your dough forms a ball.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave on the counter for over about 12-15 hours (no less than 12 hours, it needs this time to grow)
  4. After this time you will see your dough is sticky, boozy and has at least doubled in size.
  5. Scrape your dough out of the bowl and onto a floured surface and fold it two times on itself, kind of like a book
  6. Roll your dough into a round ball or ‘boule’ getting it nice and smooth on the bottom
  7. Let rise for 1 hours at room temperature covered with a floured tea towel. It might take longer than an hour. It will rise and grow, and also spread out a little too
  8. Score the top of the bread with a sharp knife.
  9. Bake in a HOT oven at 400oF (200oC) for 45/50 minutes. To get a crispy, thick crust KEEP THE OVEN DOOR CLOSED DURING BAKING, please.
  10. Let cool completely before devouring.
Recipe Notes

Don't open the door while baking
Any left over bread, slice and freeze. Then toast it and have with butter, heaven!




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  1. Andy on April 18, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Can I use aluminum foil instead of parchment?

    • Gemma Stafford on April 19, 2019 at 5:43 am

      Hi Andy,
      you can butter/oil the pan, scatter on a little flour, shake to distribute, and there you are. I sometimes refrigerate the pan to set this up, works well for fine sponges etc.
      I hope this is of help,
      Gemma 🙂

  2. Andy on April 17, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    What type of raisins to use in this recipe

    • Gemma Stafford on April 18, 2019 at 3:05 am

      Hi Andy,
      I use Californian seedless raisins, as I am here in California. Generally this is a dark raisin, but really you can use what you find available to you. golden raisins will be good too. Try to get good quality, not over shrunken, as these wil lhave the best flavor and stay moist in the bake.

  3. Nessa on April 4, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    Hi Gemma,

    Love the no-knead recipes!! Just wanted to know that if I’m making the no-knead dough in a really humid and hot environment (from India here) could I still keep the dough to “ferment” for 12-15 hours or would I need to put in the fridge? Also I only have access to instant dried yeast, would I need to change the proportion used?

    • Gemma Stafford on April 5, 2019 at 12:39 pm

      Hi, if you’re using fresh yeast you can use the same amount. If you are in a warmer climate i would not suggest putting the dough in the fridge but just maybe cut the ferment time down.

  4. Dan Breton on March 16, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Hi Gemma. Love the recipe. Have you ever made a cinnamon chip bread? I’m looking for a recipe for making the cinnamon chips, as the store bought ones have unhealthy ingredients.

    • Gemma Stafford on March 17, 2019 at 6:44 am

      Hi Dan,
      This should be easy to do at home, leave it with me. I am thinking butter/sugar/cinnamon and something to bind it, like honey/agave/maple syrup. I have it on my list, thank you,
      Gemma 🙂

  5. Madame Co on March 14, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    Hi Gemma,

    What if I skip the cinnamon and raisin, what would the result be?


    • Gemma Stafford on March 16, 2019 at 9:27 am

      Astor, I love the way you think.

      This makes an amazing white loaf of bread if you leave out those ingredients. I do it all the time.

      Let me know how you like it.

      • Madame Co on March 25, 2019 at 1:25 am

        Hi Gemma,

        Great, I would try it this way.
        By the way, if I skip the raisin and cinnamon, other ingredient remain the same?

        Can’t wait to try it.


        • Gemma Stafford on March 25, 2019 at 9:57 am

          Hi yes, you can leave those out if you dont care for them. Enjoy!

  6. LadyIreland on March 14, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Gemma: This bread looks amazing except for one thing…I’m allergic to raisins! Can I still make the bread without raisins and have it be Cinnamon Bread? Would like to add a swirl of cinnamon too…is this all possible?

    • Gemma Stafford on March 16, 2019 at 11:42 am

      Hi Karen,
      Sure you can, I have never heard of anyone being allergic to raisins before! I hope this does not mean you are allergic to grapes, and the resultant wine!
      Try dried cranberries, with a little orange zest, that would be spectacular too. dried apricots too, with almond slivers, or, candied peel, lots of options, but try this one, it is really good.
      Hope all well,
      Gemma <3

      • LadyIreland on March 28, 2019 at 5:24 pm

        Hi Gemma:
        Unfortunately grapes and wine are taboo for me. Instead of raisins I used my favorite….chopped dates and put it in a loaf pan so I’d be able to slice it for the toaster. Toasted and a small schmear of cream cheese. Divine. Do you have a quick, easy and cute way to decorate a cake for a baby shower? I was thinking pastel butterflies but do I need more baby things like booties and how would you make them? Karen

        • Gemma Stafford on March 28, 2019 at 6:06 pm

          I sure do, they these guys :


  7. Dave on March 7, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Do you cook in a Dutch oven or a flat cooking sheet on parchment paper?

    • Gemma Stafford on March 9, 2019 at 6:16 am

      I do this on a baking tray with parchment however if you have done the dutch oven before you can absolutly do that method also.


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