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Holiday Cinnamon Raisin Bread

I can't believe 2011 has flown by so fast! It seems like only yesterday when I started Pinay In Texas Cooking Corner...but 11 months have actually gone by. In my first months of blogging, I did all sorts of things to promote my blog like joining linky parties, entering in giveaways and participating in recipe contests. I can still remember how happy and excited I was when I won in A Latte with OTT,A's CLABBER GIRL IRON CHEF CHALLENGE with the Filipino Inipit as my entry. It is a pastry that originated in Malolos, Bulacan where I was born, and is basically two slices of sponge cake with custard "pressed" or "inipit" in between them. Clabber Girl’s Culinary Classroom Chef April Osburn, who was the judge of the challenge said that she chose my recipe because it was unique and my post was well written. It was such a joy for me to be chosen Iron Chef Challenge winner for the month of April. Not only did I love my gourmet basket prize, it also helped me gain confidence to keep doing two of the things that I love to do, which is cooking and blogging! :)

Now that 2011 is coming to an end, Amy of A Latte With OTT,A is hosting a Bake Off between the 10 Iron Chef Challenge winners with Taste of Home as the contest sponsor and judge. Such a great end-of-year challenge, don't you think??! It is different from the  previous challenges because this time, we are asked to bake the exact same thing. Yes, you read it right! The contestants will all be making the same recipe given by Taste of Home and from there, must create something else with it. We will be judged based on what creative ideas we come up with. Can you imagine how excited I am to be part of this! Even the busy Holiday season won't stop me from joining the fun!

Taste of Home chose Cinnamon Raisin Bread to be our base recipe. I must honestly say that I had a hard time deciding what to do with it. I thought of making pudding...trifle...cinnamon raisin bars...but after looking up on the web, I realized those are the common twists people make with Cinnamon Raisin Bread recipe. So I decided to make something uncommon...something that will let me and my family enjoy Cinnamon Raisin Bread as it is but with added goodness, and a festive look that will make it more perfect for the coming Holidays. I call my creation Holiday Cinnamon Raisin Bread...
I baked the Cinnamon Raisin Bread based on the exact recipe from Taste of Home, then I cover it with Cream Cheese Glaze and topped it with Pecan Crumble. To make it more Holiday-ish, I added some green and red edible confettis. I must say it looks festive enough to fit it's name...but wait 'til you try it. The creamy sweetness of Cream Cheese Glaze and the crunch of the Pecan Crumble will definitely bring the already delicious Cinnamon Raisin Bread to a new level!

The winner of the 2011 Iron Chef Champions Edition will receive a Taste of Home Baking Book. This is something that I really want to have so I hope I'll win! That would be a good Christmas and birthday present for wish me luck everyone! :)
I would like to thank A Latte With OTT,A for hosting this amazing challenge, and of course, Taste of Home for being the sponsor. Don't forget to check out Taste of Home for lots of amazing recipes that will surely be wonderful additions to your everyday and Holiday menu!

*Yield 2 loaves
For the Cinnamon Raisin Bread (from Taste of Home):
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
For the Cream Cheese Glaze:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the pecan crumble:
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1½ cup finely chopped pecans

For the Cinnamon Raisin Bread (***from Taste of Home***):
1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, 1-1/2 cups sugar, soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, buttermilk and oil. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in raisins. Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar; set aside.
2. Spoon half of the batter into two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Sprinkle with half of the reserved cinnamon-sugar; repeat layers. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl.
 3. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
 4. Transfer to a serving plate and top with Cream Cheese Glaze and Pecan Crumble.

For the Cream Cheese Glaze:
1. Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla in medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat until smooth.
 2. Pour glaze on Cinnamon Raisin Bread. Top with Pecan Crumble.
For the Pecan Crumble:
1. In a bowl, mix butter, sugar and pecans until well incorporated. 
 2. Spread evenly onto the Cream Cheese Glaze.


Do you love how perfect it looks for the Holidays??? Well, I do! :) If you want to find out what else you can do with Taste of Home's Cinnamon Raisin Bread, visit A Latte With OTT,A and see for yourself what the other contestants came up with...


  1. Wow! Time really flies! My blog's also going to 11 mths soon (but I seldom post now=don't have the energy at the moment)! ;)
    I love that Cream Cheese Glaze and cinnamon is one of my favorite (too bad I'm the only one fancying in the family)! Hope I can try making breads/cakes soon. I've tried the cookies and it's so fun baking together with my gals! :D

  2. Time flew so fast when you're having fun :D That's one good-looking bread ! Love the cream cheese icing so as that crunchy topping :)

  3. What a gorgeous bread, this looks fantastic! :)

  4. I could easily eat this bread without the glaze and pecan crumble, but then it would be just cinnamon bread. :) I love the holiday addition to make this such a very special loaf! Quite Yummy!

  5. Wow, is this xmas gift for me?? Hahaha! Beautiful recipe, dear!

  6. I have no words. My mouth is watering profusely haha. Love the marbling on the bread. Gorgeous!

  7. Yes, The year has passed by like split second and in another 2 weeks, another year begin. You are from Bulacan? not that I have been here before but have heard about this place as there is this University of Bulacan offering PhD though I did not pursue it.

    I like that cream glaze you have done plus the nuts for the crunchy nutty bite on top. Nice one Tina.

  8. Beautiful bread, Tina!!! Fingers crossed for you!

  9. This looks very very tasty! I love this recipe and would also love to have this tomorrow with my coffee:))

  10. You made regular raisin bread so fancy and festive! I love how you decorated with cream cheese glaze!

  11. Your food is awesome and the presentation ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!

  12. Very Festive. I particularly like the red and green sprinkles. Thanks for participating inthe Iron chef Challenge and best of luck

  13. I love cinnamon bread and this recipe is seriously over the top amazing. Your ingredients and method makes the bread look dreamy. I hope to make this for the weekend of christmas

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