" Witness" Barn Raisin' Bread

The following recipe was featured during the presentation of Witness during TBS Superstation's Dinner & a Movie.

You will need:
For the dough:

  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rapid-rise yeast
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 3+ cups unbleached flour

For the cinnamon filling:

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon

For the egg glaze:

  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 big, empty field
  • lots of lumber
  • 200 of your closest friends

1. Preheat oven to 350;F.

2. Combine milk, butter, raisins, and salt in a small saucepan over low heat. When the butter melts, set mixture aside and allow to cool to no more than 105;F.

3. In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in the lukewarm water and sprinkle the yeast over the top. When the mixture begins to bubble, beat in the eggs and then the warm milk mixture.

4. Beat in the oatmeal and 2 cups of the flour with a wooden spoon until fully blended and smooth, about 100 strokes.

5. Mix in another 1/2 cup of flour and scrape the mixture out onto a clean work surface. Knead by hand at least 15 minutes, adding only enough additional flour to keep from sticking.

6. Transfer the dough to a large, oiled bowl; cover, and place in a warm spot until doubled in bulk.

7. While the dough rises, grease a 9"x5" loaf pan. Combine the sugar and cinnamon and set aside.

8. Punch dough down and pat or roll into an 8"x16" rectangle. Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture evenly over the dough and lightly brush the edges with the egg-milk mixture.

9. Roll the dough up lengthwise and pinch the seams together. Transfer to the greased loaf pan, seam-side down. Cover and let rise to the top of the pan.

10. Brush the loaf with the egg-milk mixture and bake in the preheated oven about 45 minutes, until it is pleasantly golden and gives a hollow thud when tapped on the bottom. Cool on a rack before cutting.

11. Plain tip: Consider inviting a non-Amish friend over to load and operate the automatic dishwasher.

Makes one loaf

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