Freekeh Friday: Cinnamon Raisin Bread + Cookbook Winner

I promised you this recipe weeks ago. I was expecting to do the drawing for the Oh She Glows cookbook days ago. As it happens, other things got in the way. All good things (kittens, for one! errr.. two!) and I got delayed.

Chloe and Zoey

Cinnamon Raisin Bread (with Freekeh)

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Mildly sweet, this moist and delicious loaf is wonderful as is. Or enjoy it the way we  often do: toasted beside a cup of tea. The freekeh brings a lot to the texture party, but doesn’t make the bread heavy. It also boosts the protein and fiber, too.

1/4 cup boiling water

3/4 cup raisins

1 cup lukewarm water

1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

2 tablespoons neutral-flavored oil

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3 cups white wheat flour (or substitute some all-purpose flour, if desired), plus some extra

2 tablespoons ground flax seed

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup prepared whole or cracked freekeh

Nonstick cooking spray

Combine the boiling water and the raisins in a small bowl. Set aside to soften the raisins.

Combine the lukewarm water, maple syrup, and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Let sit for about 5 minutes,  or until the yeast bubbles. Add the oil and  vanilla and stir together. Add the flour, flax seed, salt, cinnamon, and freekeh. Knead with the dough hook for 5 to 6 minutes, until well combined. Add a tablespoon or two of flour at a time, if needed, as the freekeh releases moisture. This should be a wet dough,but will hold together well. Strain the raisins and add them to the dough. Knead for 1 to 2 minutes, until integrated.

Lightly flour a medium-size bowl with flour. Gather the dough into a ball and place in the bowl. Turn over, so the floured side is up, and swirl the dough in the bowl, using the bowl to further round it. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place to rise until doubled, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Spray an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch loaf pan lightly with cooking spray. Flatten the dough on a lightly floured surface and shape into a loaf. Transfer it to the pan, cover with a tea towel,  and let rise again until nearly doubled, about 35 to 45 minutes. While rising, preheat the oven to 375 °F. Bake the bread for 40 minutes, or until golden brown and the bottom sound hollow when tapped with your knuckles. Cool on a wire rack.

Yield: 1 loaf

Variation: For a more savory sandwich-style loaf, omit the raisins and cinnamon. This variation makes incredible vegan grilled cheese sandwiches!

Number 2 on my checklist: the winner of the Oh She Glows Cookbook! Congratulations to  #14 Natasha L!  Please send me your mailing address and the publisher will get a copy in the mail to you. More cookbook contests coming your way in May!

And..don’t forget to preorder Vegan Finger Foods! If you preorder and send you receipt to, you will receive a signed bookplate to stick in your book. As a bonus, every 25th order will receive this amazing vegan bag!

Happy husband not included!


Be sure to check back for more contests, recipes, and all kinds of veganosity! Oh, one more thing! I’ve got some upcoming events (check the Events page for details!), and I’d love to meet you!

  • May 4, Park + Vine, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • May 21, Malaprops Bookstore, Asheville, North Carolina
  • June 2, Townhall/ Book Release Party! Cleveland, Ohio
  • June 7, Cleveland VegFest, Cleveland, Ohio (at the Mac’s Backs table)
  • June 21, Hal and Al’s, Columbus, Ohio

More to come- and hope to see you soon!

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  1. Posted April 25, 2014 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    I had no idea I had a fellow freekeh Friday fan right beneath my nose! This is amazing, and I’m thrilled that yours is actually a weekly event. I can see I have a lot of catching up to do… As if I didn’t already love the little grain, now I have a million more ideas of how to cook with it, staring with this luscious cinnamon bread.

  2. Tami
    Posted April 26, 2014 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Hannah, great minds! Welcome to the fold! :) We alliteration addicts have to stand strong, too.

  3. in2insight
    Posted April 25, 2014 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Oh, those kittens are adorable!

  4. Tami
    Posted April 26, 2014 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    They are, aren’t they? :)

  5. Celine
    Posted April 26, 2014 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    Holy crap, that first picture is the best. Either Chloe is laughing her ass off at Zoey’s butt, or she’s actually caught quite a nasty whiff of…something. I’m not sure which it is.

  6. Tami
    Posted April 26, 2014 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    The camera actually took bracketing pictures, so there is a mini series… so cute! You can see them on my flickr.

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