When we were little, my brother and I never had a babysitter. While some other kids were watched by neighbors or teenage daughters of their parents friends, we got to go to the tiny house. I loved the tiny house, because in the tiny house was my tiny Gram. At Gram’s house we would spend hours in the garden, eating grapes off of the back fence. I would sit in the kitchen, organizing the cabinets. And when we were hungry, we would get toast. Toasted cinnamon raisin bread, yum.
Combine flour, sugar, salt, yeast and cinnamon. Add egg, shortening, buttermilk and water. Mix to combine. If the dough is still really sticky, add some flour. If it is too dry, add some water.
Transfer dough to a floured surface and knead by hand for ten minutes. Or you can use your stand mixer’s dough hook and allow it to mix for 6 to 8 minutes. Add raisins and walnuts two minutes before finished kneading. The dough should be soft and pliable, but not sticky. Add flour as needed, so achieve this texture. At this point it should pass the windowpane test.
Slice your loaf and toast up two pieces. Spread on some butter and sprinkle them with sugar. Enjoy a quiet moment and find that tiny house in your heart.