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National Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Day Celebration Ideas (and Recipe)

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Baking is one of my favorite pastimes. I enjoy baking cookies, cakes, breads, pies, muffins, cupcakes, and much more.

September 16th is National Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Day!

September 16th is National Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Day!

How to Observe the Holiday

Did you know September 16th is National Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Day in the United States? Summer is officially over, and fall is just around the corner, so I thought observing this holiday would be the perfect way to celebrate the season.

There are many ways to celebrate this delicious treat, the easiest of which is probably to simply pick up an already-made loaf at your local bakery or grocery store. This is definitely the fastest way to get your hands on a good-quality loaf without having to pull out the heavy stand mixer from the cabinet.

However, if you're up for a challenge, why not try baking your own loaf at home? Trust me—homemade bread is fabulous! If you're interested, my recipe can be found below. But before we get elbow-deep in dough, let's take a look at some other celebration ideas.

Celebration Ideas for September 16th

  • Make cinnamon-raisin bread at home for breakfast.
  • Order a loaf from a local bakery.
  • Check with your local bakeries and grocery stores and see if they are offering a special product or discount for the occasion.
  • Take a picture of a loaf or slice you made or ordered and post it on social media with the hashtag #nationalcinnamonraisinbreadday.
  • Enjoy a delicious toasted and buttered slice with a cup of coffee.
  • Toast a slice and spread it liberally with butter and orange or apricot marmalade.

Fun Facts About Raisins

  • The majority of grapes used for making raisins in the United States are grown in California.
  • April 30th is National Raisin Day.
  • Raisins are sweet because they have a high concentration of sugars.
  • Turkey produces the most raisins of any country in the world. The United States produces the second-most amount.
  • Black raisins contain natural anti-oxidants and are rich in iron.
  • The Malay word for raisin is "kismis."
  • There are 300 calories in 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of raisins.
Black raisins are rich in iron and antioxidants.

Black raisins are rich in iron and antioxidants.

How to Make Cinnamon-Raisin Bread at Home

I have made this bread at home countless times. To celebrate the special occasion, however, I decided to make a braided loaf so that it's extra special. I love the way it turned out!


For the yeast mixture:

  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

For the dough:

  • 1 large egg plus egg yolk, room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 to 1 cup dark raisins

For the filling:

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

Ingredient Tips

The decadent flavor of the bread depends to no small extent on using soft, plump raisins. Here's a tip—if your raisins have been in the pantry for a long time and seem a little dry, pour boiling water over them. Let them sit for a few minutes then drain them well. Otherwise, you can soak them in grape or orange juice overnight. Using a lot of ground cinnamon also helps to bring out the flavor in the bread.


  1. In a small bowl or pitcher, combine the water, yeast, and sugar. Let the mixture dissolve and set aside for 5 minutes.
  2. In another small bowl, lightly beat the egg and egg yolk. Set aside.
  3. Transfer the yeast mixture into the mixing bowl. Combine the flour and salt in the mixture. Start mixing at a low speed.
  4. Gently add the milk and egg. Increase the speed and mix until the dough comes together. If the dough is sticky, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time.
  5. Add butter to the mixture. Continue stirring until all ingredients are well-combined. Lastly, add the raisins and mix at a lower speed for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Transfer the mixture onto a baking mat to shape the dough into a ball.
  7. Transfer the dough into a greased bowl. Let it stand in a warm place for an hour.
  8. Place dough on a baking mat to deflate. Pat it into a square shape using your hands, then begin rolling it.
  9. Brush the dough's surface with melted butter, then sprinkle it with brown sugar and cinnamon. Spread the filling evenly using a spatula or your hands.
  10. To make a swirled loaf: Roll the dough tightly, starting from the bottom. Tuck the edges underneath the dough.

    To make a braided loaf: Using a sharp knife, cut the spiraled log in half crosswise. Set the halves on top of each other and twist them to form braids.
  11. Transfer the dough into a greased loaf pan and cover it loosely with plastic wrap. Let it rest for about 45 minutes to an hour before baking.
  12. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 400º F.
  13. Remove the plastic wrap, transfer the pan to the oven, and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 360º F and continue to bake until deep golden brown. (If browning too quickly, tent lightly with foil.)
  14. Bake for another 30 minutes or until a thermometer reaches 190º F when inserted into the center of the loaf.
  15. To cool the bread, remove it from the pan as soon as it's baked to prevent steam from forming and making the bread soggy. Place it on a wire rack.

Note: If you want to make two loaves, double the recipe.

Use a bread keeper like this to store your homemade loaf.

Use a bread keeper like this to store your homemade loaf.

How to Store Your Homemade Loaf

Homemade bread doesn’t keep for very long because it doesn’t contain preservatives like store-bought bread, so it’s important to keep it in a "bread keeper" that allows for some ventilation.

If you don't have one, slice the bread once it cools down, then place the slices in a freezer bag and freeze them. This will keep the bread fresh for much longer. Simply remove a slice and let it thaw out whenever you're craving some cinnamon-raisin goodness!

© 2020 Liza


Liza (author) from USA on September 16, 2020:

Hi Liz, thank you for your lovely comment. Actually, cinnamon-raisin bread is gone. I might have to do another round of it :)

Liza (author) from USA on September 16, 2020:

Hi Prithviraj, thank you! The recipe for the bread is simple but, the result is excellent. I love cinnamon-raisin bread very much, so to have a specific day to celebrate the bread is just great!

Liza (author) from USA on September 16, 2020:

Hi Flourish, I love honey butter as well. Most of the time, I used the combo for brushing on top of the bread I baked. I'm just happy to celebrate every food national day!

Liza (author) from USA on September 16, 2020:

Hi Heera, thank you very much for your generous comment :)

Liz Westwood from UK on September 16, 2020:

This is a very interesting and well-presented article. Your final product looks very professional.

Prithviraj Shirole from India on September 16, 2020:

Happy National Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Day, Liza!

The recipe is tasty. Facts about Raisin Bread are also interesting.

Thanks for sharing how to celebrate the day.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 16, 2020:

Honey butter on mine! This sounds really good! Yum! Had no idea there was a special day to honor it.

Heera from India on September 15, 2020:

Wow...the swirl looks perfect...The cake looks really yummy....

Liza (author) from USA on September 14, 2020:

Same here, Sp. However, I love making cinnamon-raisin bread at home just because I love the process of making bread. By the way, cinnamon-raisin bread is one of my favorites, and I baked it often than other baked goods. Thank you for your appreciation to the photos.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on September 14, 2020:

Our local supermarket sells this but I never though of making it myself. Bet it has a nicer flavor too. Your photo guide is also very good.

Liza (author) from USA on September 14, 2020:

Hi Mary, I'm sorry to hear that. I think you should make one! By the way, I have not baked the bread using a glass casserole dish. However, I have baked cinnamon rolls with it. They turned out all perfect. Perhaps, if you're using the right size for the bread, it should be okay.

Please let me know the result, should you use the glass casserole dishpan. Thank you for commenting :)

Liza (author) from USA on September 14, 2020:

Hi Linda, the cinnamon raisin bread is one of my favorite baked goods. I'd gladly bake this bread at any time. However, Fall is coming, so the cinnamon raisin bread is a perfect bread to make for welcoming the season. Plus, to celebrate the national day as well. Thank you for commenting :)

Liza (author) from USA on September 14, 2020:

Hi Peggy, cinnamon raisin bread is definitely one of my favorites. I think I baked this bread more than any other baked goods.

Aah, yes, husband and I shopped a lot at Costco. We love the Kerrygold Irish Pure Butter. It's so good with toast, waffle, and pancake. By the way, the cinnamon toast with butter and strawberry jam combination is my favorite!

Liza (author) from USA on September 14, 2020:

Thank you, Umesh. I baked the bread over the weekend. We have eaten half of the bread :)

Liza (author) from USA on September 14, 2020:

Thank you, Karla. I hope you will try to make one :)

Mary Wickison from USA on September 14, 2020:

This is one thing I really miss as it isn't available where I live. I love it so will give your recipe a go. I love it toasted so will opt for a traditional shape. Have you ever made it in a glass casserole dish? Just wondering if that would work.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 14, 2020:

I'd love to taste this bread. It looks delicious, especially when topped with butter.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 14, 2020:

Your braided cinnamon raisin bread looks delicious! Thanks for your recipe. I can see that you shop at Costco. The Kerrygold Irish butter and the organic strawberry jam we also buy from Costco.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 14, 2020:

Well explained and interesting recipe. Thanks.

Karla Taylor from Blackpool on September 14, 2020:

I'm going to share this article for you on one of my Facebook pages :)