When I used to dine at the Corner Bakery Cafe, I always made sure to purchase a bag of their sweet raisin pecan crisps before I left. I was recently reminded of how delicious they are when a friend bought a bag for me. Crispy with a slight chewiness, these raisin crisps were sweet but not overly so with large sugar crystals coating both sides. Turns out, it’s not that hard to make yourself! Here’s a copycat recipe for Corner Bakery’s sweet crisps made with homemade walnut raisin bread.
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
Before you can make the raisin crisps, you have to make the bread. Start by activating the yeast in warm water and honey. Add the flour, raisins, and walnuts and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic. The kitchen aid comes in handy when kneading the dough since all you have to do is turn on the machine. The dough may feel a bit sticky, but resist adding more flour. The dough will come together beautifully, you just have to believe!
Proof the dough in a warm area until doubled in size. Punch down the dough, shape into a loaf, loosely cover with plastic wrap and let it rise a second time.
Score the bread before baking to prevent the bread from rising unevenly in the oven. Use a sharp knife and be confident with the slashes. Don’t worry if the dough snags a little; you will barely be able to notice once baked.
Keep an eye on your bread during the first 15 minutes when it is at 425 degrees. If you have a strong oven, I recommend covering the bread with foil if it starts to get too dark.
The bread alone was delicious; I actually saved a couple of slices just to enjoy as is. Spread a little butter and jam with a nice cup of tea and you have yourself one delightful breakfast. But we’re not here just to make bread. We have to take it a step further and make those Corner Bakery’s sweet crisps. Brush one side with melted butter and sprinkle a generous amount of demerara sugar or any type of coarse sugar.
Again, depending on your oven, the time may differ so keep an eye on those crisps. During the first 8 minutes, the crisps may not turn golden; that’s completely fine. If the bread feels like it has been toasted and is slightly hard to the touch, they are ready to be flipped over. The side of the bread that touches the baking sheet will turn golden so it will have its turn to brown.
I honestly think that these crisps taste exactly like the ones from Corner Bakery, and I am not the only one who shares that opinion. The texture of the crisps is exactly like the ones from the restaurant, crispy but still soft in the center. Even with the different sugar used, it is hardly noticeable. Wrap up and give these away to your friends and you will be loved! They can be stored at room temperature for at least a week, if they last that long.
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