Cinnamon Raisin Buns

Today I am bringing you the most ingenious idea that I have ever thought of—it has taken me way too many years, too many loaves of bread, too much cinnamon—but alas, we have made it! Cinnamon raisin buns!

Yes, I have taken probably my all-time favorite bread, shoved as much cinnamon and sugar as I can inside of it, and made it into individual buns—and all in time for Easter. A basket full of these on your brunch, lunch or dinner table next weekend will make you forget about the couple of pounds of chocolate you have been looking forward to consuming for just a few moments!

I believe that I say it with each holiday, claiming that they are my favorite to bake for, but then I realize that I am just as obsessed with the next as I was the first! I mean, Thanksgiving and Christmas, those holidays just scream for anything sweet, and then comes Valentine’s Day—load up on the chocolate, but then St. Patrick’s Day—hello booze, and now we are at Easter—where all I want to do is 1. Eat a bag of Cadbury Chocolate Eggs, 2. Bake endlessly with all things pastel, and 3. Run around the house like my childhood self and collect Easter eggs. So far, the first two have been completed…

As you all know about my great obsession with Cinnamon Swirl Bread, I have even more of a love for this one below with raisins! Oh my, raisins in bread are just something I can’t even talk about without salivating. They become so plump and moist, give a bit of extra sweetness that sometimes bread lacks, and are all about that toasting life—I mean is there a better joy than toasted cinnamon raisin bread with peanut butter?! NO!

And here we are my sweet, sweet friends…combining the best of every single world into one lovely bun!

I have taken my life-trusted Challah recipe, given it some bff’s in raisin form, shoved it full of cinnamon and made into individual sized buns! Yeah, it’s mind-blowing isn’t it?!

I don’t know about you, but ripping and tearing from the loaf of bread is just not my thing, neither is deciding how big of a slice to cut from it…I mean can’t I just take half of the loaf and we call it a day?

Fear no more my bread lovers, you now have beautiful buns in your Easter basket—you are welcome!


Bread Flour—7.5 oz, or 1 ¼ C

AP Flour—3 oz, or ½ C

Salt—½ tsp

Sugar—0.5 oz, or 1 TBL

Yeast—1 packet


Molasses—0.75 oz, or 1 TBL

Milk (110˚F)—1 oz, or 2 TBL

Water (110˚F)—2.5 oz, or ¼ C + 1 TBL

Raisins—1.75 oz, or 1/3 C


Cinnamon—1 TBL

Sugar—1.25 oz, or 2 ½ TBL

Egg—1, for eggwash



In the bowl of your mixer, combine the flours, salt and sugar.

Add in the yeast, making sure that it is separate from the salt—you do not want them to touch until they are combined with the liquid, as salt will slow down the rising process if they are directly in contact.

Warm up your milk and water together until they are around 110˚ F. The easiest way to do this if you do not have a thermometer is to warm them up until they feel a slight bit warmer than your body temperature.

*Note: if you heat the liquids up too much, it will kill the yeast; if you don’t heat them up enough, the yeast either (1) won’t activate, or (2) will take an extremely long time and you will think that it isn’t working!*

Attach the dough hook on your mixer and turn on low speed.

Add in the egg and molasses.

Slowly stream in the warmed milk and water.

Add in the raisins.

Mix on slow for 3-5 minutes.

Turn your mixer up to medium/high speed and mix for about 3-5 minutes.

Transfer your dough to a large, greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and then a towel—allow to sit in the warmest part of your house to rise until double in size.

This should take about 2 hours.

Make you cinnamon-sugar filling by simply mixing them together in a bowl.

When your dough has risen, remove from the bowl and place on a floured work surface.

Knead the dough slightly.

Using a dough cutter, make 6 equal dough balls—this can be done just by eye, or if you want to be very precise, I prefer to use a scale.

Make into balls and then flatten.

Beat an egg for your eggwash and brush on your flattened dough.

Sprinkle a heaping teaspoon of the cinnamon-sugar mixture in the center of each.

Once you have finished filling them up, take the edges of your flattened dough and pinch them altogether in the center, making them in balls again.

Place seam side down in a muffin tin.

Allow them to all rise again for about another hour.

To speed up this process, preheat your oven and allow them to sit above it so the heat will warm them quicker.

When you are ready to bake, preheat your oven to 350˚ F.

Using the eggwash, brush on the tops of each of your buns.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until the tops are nicely golden brown.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before taking out of the pan.

Best enjoyed with a morning cup of coffee and loved ones!


Bon Appétit!

My Favorite Cornbread

Let me start off by asking, did this month fly by or is it just me?! I can’t believe that it’s already February! Luckily, this is one of the most fun months for me—between Roberto and mine’s anniversary, the Superbowl and Valentine’s Day, there are so many more excuses for me to bake lots and lots of goodies and eat them more guilt free than normal!

But warning! This post is all about the Superbowl and all about my unconditional love (Sorry Roberto) for the Patriots!

First off, the Patriots should be playing this coming weekend, and there are many reasons as to why they lost to the Broncos that are just unfair! There. Done being whiny!

More importantly though, even though the amazing, talented, super cute Patriot men won’t be running around on the 7th of this month, it doesn’t mean I will be sulking and not enjoying the game anyways—I mean there is still the Puppybowl to keep me happy…

As well as strange commercials I always look forward to, a lot of food that will be consumed, oh and the football game too. Whether it’s tacos, nachos, lasagna, chili, cake, cornbread, all of the hearty foods come out to play on Superbowl Sunday! A must have all season long is this cornbread. Roberto makes a huge pot of chili=cornbread on the side; we have some loaded up tacos=cornbread on the side; lots and lots of football=cornbread on the side.

You get the picture!

Besides the obvious reasons, why is this here cornbread the best, most incredibly corny recipe you ever did see?!

WELL! Not only is it oh so moist, but it is just the right amount of sweetness that you crave while shoveling chips, salsa, and wings into your mouth. There’s a slight uniqueness in the flavor because normally I am using a coconut-almond milk blend—it’s just what we use here in the Bem/Henry household—and that minor change just from the milk truly is a game-changer in this recipe.

Not convinced yet? This beautiful recipe below is the perfect vehicle for all of the flavors! I love a little bit of spice in my cornbread, along with cumin and/or cinnamon for some warmth, and let me tell you, this cornbread is beyond welcoming for all flavors! Want to keep it simple? Easy, take out the pepper, cumin and garlic. Feel like truly jazzing it up? Go crazy and add cayenne, cinnamon, chorizo and cheese!

Is this cornbread is as sweet and wonderful as the Patriots? Obviously :)

…Oh yes, I went there!

So, whether you love football, hate it, just watch the Superbowl to be social and eat a lot, or all of the above—this cornbread is an amazing addition, and it’s a staple in my life even after the big game is over! (Hell, it partners with some grilled summer seafood amazingly well, too—you’re welcome!)

I hope that you all are surrounded by the best of people this coming Sunday, and more importantly, that you bring this flavorful and moist cornbread to the party to truly cheer up all of us Pats fans for this Superbowl!



Sugar—7 oz, or 1 C

Flour—9 oz, or 1 ½ C

Cornmeal—4 oz, or ½ C + 3 TBL

Salt—0.3 oz, or 1 ½ tsp

Baking Powder—0.4 oz, or 2 ½ tsp

Crushed Red Pepper—2 tsp

Cumin—½ tsp

Minced Garlic—0.25 oz, or ½ tsp


Milk—8 oz, or 1 C

Olive Oil—4.5 oz, or ½ C



Preheat your oven to 350˚ F.

In a bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients—flour, sugar, cornmeal, salt, baking powder, spices, garlic.

In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, milk and olive oil.

You may either do this with your mixer, or just using a spatula to fold the ingredients together!

Slowly add your wet ingredients until your dry.

Mix only until just combined.

Spray either an 8”x 8” pan or a loaf pan with nonstick spray.

Pour your cornbread batter into whichever pan, spreading evenly.

Sprinkle with turbinado/coarse sugar.

Bake in your preheated oven for 50 minutes, until it is golden and there are no parts that jiggle when you move the pan. Doing the toothpick test is great as well!

Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before taking it out of the pan, and to cool completely before cutting.


Bon Appétit!

Whole Wheat Spice Bread

Happy Day After Thanksgiving!

…Or should I call it Leftover Friday? Was everyone’s Thanksgiving absolutely magical? Was it full of mashed potatoes and love, wine and gossip, five slices of this semifreddo and the parade?! I sure hope so!

Is it just me or does everyone stuff themselves even more with leftovers the day after Thanksgiving? Basically being like oh shoot! There’s 10 more pounds of stuffing and gravy and turkey and brussels sprouts and beans and I need to eat them all RIGHT NOW. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?!

While everyone has their day of Thanksgiving traditions, I feel like the day after is just as special—yes, I am referring to fueling up with a leftover brunch and listening to Christmas music… So, rather than throwing every single food that was so beautifully displayed on the table yesterday—decorated with cute little pumpkins, candles, the nicest dishes—into one massive bowl and mixing it into just a pile of amazing, I was like oh. Man. I. Must. Make. A. Sandwich.

Game changer! A Thanksgiving sandwich?! Hey, I think Ross kind of had the idea going, even throw in a gravy-soaked piece of bread in the middle, “the moist maker” if you will.

Bring in the whole wheat bread.

Yes! Whole wheat! Spices! Molasses! This breads flavor is so full of warm cinnamon and allspice, it is just slightly sweet with natural honey, and so hearty from the whole wheat flour. Who doesn’t love freshly baked bread first of all, but the smell of it baking in the oven is better than any candle I own! It’s also great friends with turkey and gravy, or better yet, a nontraditional leftovers brunch of eggs and some fried prosciutto! Like, what?!

What doesn’t go well on this whole-wheat spice bread? I couldn’t tell you!

So whether you went out at midnight for some shopping, or decided to stay in your PJs all day and eat plate after plate of potatoes, this bread makes for the perfect brunch, lunch, or anytime leftover companion!


Dry Active Yeast—0.25 oz, or 1½ tsp

Water—8 oz, or 1 C + 2 TBL (separated)

Honey—1.25 oz, or 2 TBL

Whole Wheat Flour—15 oz, or 2½ C

AP Flour—2.75 oz, or ½ C

Cinnamon—0.1 oz, or 1 tsp

Allspice—0.05 oz, or ½ tsp

Canola Oil—0.25 oz, or 1½ tsp

Molasses—0.5 oz, or 1½ tsp

Salt—0.25 oz, or 1¼ tsp



In the bowl of your stand mixer, whisk together the yeast, honey and ¼ C/1.75 oz water—making sure that the water is between 105˚-115˚ F.

Let sit for 5 minutes, so that the yeast can begin to activate; you’ll notice that it will start to foam a bit.

In a separate bowl, combine the flours, cinnamon and allspice.

Once the yeast has begun to bubble, add in the remaining water (at the correct, warm temperature), oil, molasses and half of the flour/spice mixture.


Add the rest of the flour and salt to the mixture.

Mix at medium speed, with the dough hook, for 10-12 minutes, until the dough forms into a ball and is kneading/slapping the sides of your mixer.

If the dough isn’t coming together after a few minutes, add a couple of tablespoons of water to the mixer.

After the 10 minutes, transfer the dough to an oiled bowl.

Cover with plastic wrap and a towel.

Allow to rise for about 2 hours, until it has doubled in size.

After the first rise, put the dough on your floured work surface.

Roll the dough into a rectangle that’s about 9” x 12”, the length of your loaf pans.

Fold the dough into a business letter—taking the top third, folding it down, and then the bottom third and folding it up.

Pinch to seal the seam; pinch in the ends so that it will fit into the pan.

Cover again with plastic wrap and a towel.

Allow to rise, again, until it has doubled in size—anywhere from 1-2 hours, all depending how warm the room is.

When you are ready to bake the bread, preheat your oven to 375˚ F.

Bake the bread for 30 minutes. The bread will become slightly brown when finished.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool a bit before taking out of the loaf pan.

Slice and enjoy!


Bon Appétit!



Cinnamon Bread

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