Tuesdays with Dorie: Raisin Swirl Bread

June 15, 2010

Thanks goes to Susan of Food.Baby for selecting this week’s recipe, which is chock full of my favorite food…raisins! I know there are plenty of raisin haters out there and to you I say thank you. There are more raisins in the world for me to eat!

Raisin Swirl Bread

What I did: I made the full recipe and included the optional vanilla and nutmeg in the dough. I also included the optional cocoa powder in the swirl. I didn’t brush melted butter on the top of the loaf, because this dough was already so rich, with butter and an egg in the dough and more butter spread on the dough before rolling it. I’m sure it would have been tasty, but my loaf got a nice brown crust that was quite tasty without the butter.

How it went: This was easy to make. It was crazy-sticky, but freezing the dough for 30 minutes before rolling it out worked like a charm. Thanks for the tip Dorie!

How it tasted: This is a tender, delicious dough with a raisin and cinnamon-filled swirl. In other words, of course it tasted delicious! If I made this again, I wouldn’t include the cocoa in the swirl. I wanted to try it because it sounded unique, but it’s just not my thing. I would put a couple of pinches of nutmeg in next time, because nutmeg is my thing. My husband, who likes raisins only on a limited basis and not in bread, had a piece and declared it good except for the raisins. He liked the cocoa in the swirl. I haven’t tried this as French Toast yet, but I imagine it would be wonderful, especially the sugar-crusted version that appears alongside the recipe.

You can find the recipe here on Food.Baby, or look on page 59 of Baking: From My Home to Yours.


  1. *drools on your slice of bread* LOL

    This sounds good, thanks for sharing!

    Joan in NZ

  2. Your bread looks delish. I’m glad you like raisins, I am learning. Golden raisins aren’t bad. Fun bread!

  3. Perfect swirl, perfect bread. I made cinnamon rolls. I would have loved this as Dorie wrote it, but no one else would have. I’m aching to make the bread after seeing everyone’s lovely swirls. (I like raisin, too!) My husband hates them. loser. JK
    I had to leave and ended up refrigerating the dough for just a couple hours and it was great!

  4. i highly recommend the french toast! your bread looks prefect- I skipped the cocoa powder but wish I had added it

  5. I am going to make this today but use sultanas and raisins and will omit the choccie but put it the nutmeg. Funny how some people hate nutmeg, I adore it! Try it sprinkled on some sliced fried (in olive oil) pumpkin .. delish!

  6. Oh, that looks so good! I left out the optional cocoa, am sure you are not surprised by that at all, and loved that orange zest in there, so good. I might have, yep, just might have added a few more raisins to mine. Possibly.

  7. Isn’t that brilliant – freezing sticky dough? Jill, your swirl looks perfect – something I need to work on. So glad you added all the “add-ins” – I though they gave this bread all its character! Wonderful loaf!

  8. Nice swirl! I’m not crazy for raisins, but they definitely do have their place such as in oatmeal cookies or breakfast breads. I didn’t even notice the sugar-crusted version, but I still have half my dough left, so maybe I’ll try it.

  9. Ooooh your bread looks fantastic–you got a perfect swirl going. I love raisins too! And like you, I probably would have prefered it without the cocoa…not that I don’t like chocolate, it’s just I think a raisin bread is best left untampered with. Yum!

  10. Your bread looks tasty! I loved this recipe too. You must try the french toast version! I ate 3 slices and let me tell you..it was GOOD!!

  11. I would have put raisins in mine if I hadn’t been out of them. I really liked the addition of cocoa in the swirl.

  12. Ciao ! I’m a raisins lover too but I tought of making half chocolate half raisins next time !

  13. i love how artsy and different everybody’s swirls look! it’s beautiful!

  14. I didn’t mind the cocoa, actually. Nice swirl! definitely try the other recipe I mentioned in my post…100x better IMO 🙂

  15. BEAUTIFUL bread. You can have some of my raisins. I like them, but not in bread. I wanna make this one again. So easy.

  16. Your bread looks and sounds absolutely delicious! I plan on making mine this week. SIlly me, I ran out of flour!

  17. This looks great Jill, and I agree – it is delicious. I like my raisins too.

  18. Your bread looks just perfect and totally delicious. I think I would leave out the cocoa too since I think it would detract from the cinnamon (which I love).

  19. The bread looks wonderfully good! I didn’t get to bake along but I do want to try this recipe soon. And thanks for visiting – we’re not supposed to publish the name of the school but yes, you’re absolutely right. Having the time of my life!

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