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Cinnamon Raisin Bread (No-Knead Recipe)

4.64 from 363 votes
Learn how easy it is to make Homemade Bread, including my Cinnamon Raisin Bread, which is a perfect simple recipe for the fall!
No-Knead Cinnamon Raisin Bread - A beautiful loaf that could not be simpler to make.

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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

4.64 from 363 votes
Learn how easy it is to make Homemade Bread, including my Cinnamon Raisin Bread, which is a perfect simple recipe for the fall!
Servings: 1 loaf
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Learn how easy it is to make Homemade Bread, including my Cinnamon Raisin Bread, which is a perfect simple recipe for the fall!
Servings: 1 loaf


  • 3 cups (425g/15ozs) all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp instant 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


  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, yeast, salt, sugar, raisins, and cinnamon.
  • Pour in the milk and water, and stir it in with a wooden spoon until your dough forms a ball**.
  • 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)
  • After this time you will see your dough is sticky, boozy and has at least doubled in size.
  • Scrape your dough out of the bowl and onto a floured surface and fold it two times on itself, kind of like a book
  • Roll your dough into a round ball or ‘boule’ getting it nice and smooth on the bottom
  • 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
  • Score the top of the bread with a sharp knife.
  • 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.
  • Let cool completely before devouring.
  • * If you use dry active yeast for this recipe use 1 teaspoon, and sponge it in the liquids for about 5 minutes before adding to the flour.
  • **Add sufficient liquids to bring the dough together in a clean ball, then STOP!

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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2 years ago

Hi Gemma,

Love from Kenya! I’ve been following you for the past 3 years and I’ve tried a couple of your recipes and all came out great. I tried this cinnamon raisin bread and lets just say that my family said they won’t eat the store bought bread ever again. Thank you so much for your endless teachings and your love for sharing.

A request to kindly share a rich fruit cake recipe, preparation from soaking fruits to the end product as we are approaching the Christmas season.

May you be blessed always.

Debbie Cicero
Debbie Cicero
2 years ago

I have made no knead bread in my Dutch oven many times. Just wondering if this particular recipe would work in a regular loaf pan or should I stick with my Dutch oven. Also, do you think almond milk would work in place of regular milk? Thank you!

1 year ago

I just ate a slice of the bread and it is good. I will reduced the baking time since is a little crunchier and I only baked it for 35 minutes at 400•…. wow! Less time than the recipe indicates. However, it is well done on the inside.
I am making one for my sister. I know this one will be better than the first!
I will never buy any raisin bread from the store again. Fresh is always better!

Thank you for such a wonderful recip!!🤗🤗🤗

Diksha Kureel
Diksha Kureel(@diksha-kureel)
2 years ago

Hi Gemma, awesome recipes by you. Love the way you explain. Makes it very easy for new bakers to try baking without fear.. 🙂

Can one use the same for Panattone bread… With orange zest and raisins…

Dhiedhie Blackwell
Dhiedhie Blackwell(@dhiedhie-blackwell)
1 year ago

Tried this and added some sunflower & pumpkin seed … it was perfect 😋

1 year ago

I used 2 cups whole wheat flour + 1 cup all purpose. While the dough did not double in size as per the video, I continued on and it actually turned out quite good. I think the dough needed to be a little wetter (compensating for the use of whole wheat flour, adding more liquid). Also, my water and milk were not at room temperature when I added to the flour mixture. My bad. I put a small tin of water in the oven as it heated up and while the bread baked. This seemed to give the crust a… Read more »

1 year ago

Great no knead recipe. My kitchen was smelling so good while this was baking and resting. We had this for breakfast got 2 days. I made this bread in my conventional oven.

1 year ago

This was the third recipe in yesterday’s Bigger Bolder Baking day. I started Candied Mix Peel, and used the juice from my Ricotta Cheese, and then used the whey to make this recipe. I’ve made this recipe a number of times, all with good success, both as written as Cinnamon Raisin, as well as a seed & nut bread. I made both again, this time using bread flour and whey instead of the water and milk. I kept an eye when adding the liquid and held back some as I thought the dough sufficiently wet. Both loaves turned out perfectly.… Read more »

1 year ago

Just made two loaves for the family. It looks so good, trying to get them to wait it to cool is a task.
You make baking so much fun and delicious!

Last edited 1 year ago by Bernadette
1 year ago

Hi Gemma,
Irene from Philippines. Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe. I tried and I baked mine in a baking round pan. I dont have oven thats why i used frieying pan and steamed for 50 mins and came out delicious. I also tried your carrot cake same procedure and no bake, only steamed process. Take care

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