Raisin Pecan Bread and a Holiday Bread Baking Giveaway!

Yesterday was my birthday and next week is Thanksgiving, so it seems an excellent time for a HOLIDAY BREAD BAKING GIVEAWAY! I am partnering with some of my all time favorite companies to create the ultimate bread baking package*. First let me tell you about the raisin pecan loaf that I baked from my book, New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day (Breadin5). I made our big batch of the Master Recipe using Platinum Yeast from Red Star Yeast, then pulled off a piece of dough, rolled in some raisins and pecans Using a French Rolling Pin from JK Adams, let it rest and scored the top with a super sharp Bread Knife from Shun Cutlery just before I baked it in an Emile Henry Cloche. Two days later I took out another piece of dough and rolled in olives and sharp VT cheddar. Five days later I grabbed yet another bit of dough, put it in a proofing basket and baked it as a pure and simple boule. If you have a bucket of dough on hand, you’ll have the base for all of these fantastic loaves. You can see the Cheese bread and Boule on my Instagram account. 

*You can recreate exactly what I did with this fantastic Bread Baking Package from all of these wonderful companies. I will pick THREE winners at random to win packages: 

A supply of Platinum Yeast from Red Star Yeast

A Rolling Pin from JK Adams

A Bread Knife from Shun Cutlery

A Bread Baking Cloche from Emile Henry 

and A copy of my book The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

How to enter to win: There are two ways you can enter, leave a comment below, here on my website or on my Instagram post, just look for the photo of this bread! I will select THREE WINNERS in a few days. USA mailing addresses only!

You can watch me making the bread using all of these fantastic tools on my @zoebakes instagram account video. Recipe to follow..

Raisin Pecan Bread

1 1/2 pounds Master Dough from Breadin5

1 cup raisins

1 cup pecans

Follow my instagram video to see how I shape and bake the bread. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to a 1/2″ thick rectangle. Spread the raisins and pecans over the dough, roll it into a log, fold the log into a ball, then knead the dough a bit to distribute the raisins and pecans throughout the dough. Place the ball of dough on a piece of parchment, cover with a large bowl or plastic and let rise for about 90 minutes. 


Preheat the oven to 500°F with the cloche in the oven. More on baking in a Cloche here. Sprinkle a bit of flour on the dough, score the bread with the knife and place in the preheated cloche. 


Bake for 20 minutes, remove the cover of the cloche, turn down the oven to 450°F and continue baking for another 15 minutes or until deeply browned. Allow to cool completely before serving. 

Slice and add butter! 

**This post was sponsored by Emile Henry, Shun Cutlery, Red Star Yeast and JK Adams, but all the words and feelings are mine!

532 thoughts to “Raisin Pecan Bread and a Holiday Bread Baking Giveaway!”

  1. I love so many of your recipes but the one I make over and over again (plus get requests for) is your carrot cake. Thank you Zoe

  2. Have loved your recipes for many years. Your bread books were such an amazing confidence builder and gateway into the world of bread, and I just adore your baked good recipes. We’re huge Emile Henry fans too!

  3. Beautiful! I just started using Celebration Bread in 5 and LOVE IT. So far our favourite is (no surprise) cinnamon rolls! I’m crossing my fingers and toes to win a prize!

  4. I swear you are the only person that can make baking bread at home look this easy!! Happy belated birthday! It looked like fun!

  5. This is beautiful! I make sourdough bread at work, but have never tried this method with a cloche! And this recipe sounds divine 🙂

    1. Wow this bread looks delicious and pretty! Would LOVE to recreate this! And of course winning one of your books would be the ultimate win!!!

  6. You’re bread in 5 book is my most used cook book. It has made me the bread baker for all holidays and created friend gatherings for pizza night a tradition. Thank you for your amazing recipes!!

  7. Thank you for the inspiration! My daughter loves to make bread and the Cloche would be the perfect gift for her. And I may have to get one for me as well ;)!

  8. This would be a dream for my bread baking adventures Love your five minutes a day method, it’s one that got me started on baking bread for my family in the first place! Eight years and counting, but countless loaves of fresh bread slathered in butter or jam or any number of delicious spreads. ❤️

  9. I love to make bread similar to this in my cast iron dutch oven, but wow, I really love the piece you’re baking in!! I’ve mastered the rustic boule (I’m pretty sure is a no-fail recipe). I want to learn more about using a proofing basket and shaping and scoring. Thanks for your beautiful content and this great giveaway!

  10. Gorgeous! Love your tutorial videos & the great accompanying music. I made your GF Boule last weekend & it was fantastic! Trying this one today! Thanks Zoe!

  11. I love your recipes….you are SO talented! Would love to learn to bake more bread without being intimidated of the process! The video of you killing it on the mechanical pig was a bonus! Hysterical. Thank you!!!

  12. You make such baking so beautiful! I love baking for my boys and now grandbabies, too!! Thank you for all the great inspiration

  13. Your recipes are so easy to follow, and I have really enjoyed doing many of your bakes! I’d love to win some of your favorite tools 🙂

  14. Thank you for sharing these great recipes. I look forward to trying them…and to be entered for the great giveaways!

  15. This recipe looks amazing, I love making my own bread and have gotten better over the years but have never made one like this. I will be making soon!

  16. Bread making is therapy for me. I could really use some therapy in my life again these days! Love all of these tools.

  17. This bread sounds amazing and I definitely need to try and make it. Also, this giveaway sounds like a dream! Would love to win 🙂

  18. Happy birthday from a long, longtime fan! Have bought and gifted all the Abin5 books except the holiday one. Love your voice in each of them, and here on your corner of the internet. Cheers to many more healthy, happy, sweet years!

  19. Love your website with all fantastic recipes! One better than the next
    And who can resist bread… mmm… the smell, with butter

  20. I’m obsessed with the cloche! I’ve never seen anything like it and all I want is to have it in my kitchens arsenal. Thank you for sharing!

  21. The crunch sound it makes when you cut the bread is sexy! I love baking bread but it always felt like a huge process. This looks much more doable!

  22. Hi, Zoe! I love your baking tips. They help a lot! The way you cook and how you expose this to us inspire me to try do bake more. Thank you!

  23. Would love to win this giveaway! I recently found out that my great grandfather loved to bake bread and I feel close to him whenever I bake!

  24. What a great way to teach my grandchildren AND have sweet quality time! We love baking and this would be such a treat!

  25. Yum! Can’t wait to try this! I absolutely LOVE your recipes, videos, and you background music in your videos!
    Thank you Zoe for always inspiring me!

  26. What a beautiful giveaway. I’ve learned so many techniques from you, thank you so much for sharing! Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  27. Beautiful!! Watching this on a Sunday morning and now all I can think about is that raisin bread and slather of golden butter

  28. I am inspired by your baking!
    I enjoy your IG stories so much! And your playlists!!
    I think I entered on Instagram- tagged refer people and liked all of the vendors. Fingers crossed!!

  29. All my husband knows how to do is bake, which is super impressive because it’s so difficult! I’d love to win him something

  30. Happy Belated Birthday, Zoe! I love all your videos for the recipes AND your music choices! Thank you for sharing. Also your Bread in 5 book is so much fun! I love it.

  31. Beautiful as always, Zoë! I’ve just started doing the master batches of bread (we just do a simple white or a white / wheat mix), but my husband agrees that we’ve never had yummier bread! I think it’s the crust not going to lie, though, the dessert recipes are my true weakness!

  32. Thank you Zoe, I’ve made so many of your recipes and love them all. I make your bread over and over and it couldn’t be easier!! Thank you for easing my fears of bread baking!!

  33. I’m currently in culinary school for Pastry and Baking Arts and this would come in so handy to try new things at home and keep experimenting!!! My dream is to open my own bakery one day

  34. I sell my sourdough bread loaves at our local farmers market in northern Idaho. I would love to try the bread cloche and french rolling pin! I love following you on Instagram. You’re an inspiration!

  35. What a terrific Giveaway! I have dabbled in bread making, but it’s my dream to perfect it. Maybe this will be the push I need

  36. I’ve been wanting to make bread and have been putting it off for YEARS. I don’t mind the process but feel I never have time. Thank you for always showing the fun in it and for offering tips to help us know we can make it- we can make time.

  37. This is divine. You are my salve after a busy day. I love seeing you create beauty in your kitchen with joyous music ringing through the house. Sign me up! This package would be the perfect gift to myself as my kitchen is my happy place! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  38. My grandma has a thick accent and calls my fiancé Brett “Bread”! I would love to make him some homemade bread with all these goodies! The raisin bread looks especially delicious!

  39. That is so awesome! I grew up with my mom making bread all the time and now I do, but I’ve never heard of a bread cloche. I’m so intrigued. Now it’s on my wish list!!

  40. Sure do like watching the video of how you make your bread. It inspires me to turn on some Gypsy jazz and try baking dat der bread

  41. Can’t wait to try this recipe! recently made your blueberry bars and they were awesome!
    Would (of course) absolutely love to win the giveaway!

  42. Zoë, I love your instagram tutorials and the always lovely music playing in the background. This giveaway is pretty special to me since my late father was a bread baker and I look to carry it on. That raisin pecan bread looks ahh-mazing! I live in the US and tagged my three bread loving folks on your insta post.

  43. Pretty looking bread you have there!! I would love to win this package because I bake bread (mostly sourdough) on almos t a weekly basis. Something about dipping my hand into flour/water/yeast makes me happy – they’re like my cheap therapist

  44. I enter will full knowledge there is no way I can win, just because this package is so awesome. That cloche looks like magic.

  45. Wow! This’s super fancy and you’re a fantastic baker Zoe! Keep inspiring junior bakers like me ☺️ Thanks for the recipe!

  46. I love all your bread recipes. I bought your holiday book last year, but would love to give as a gift for Christmas to my bread loving friend.

  47. This bread looks amazing. I’m a big fan of your cook books and this holiday will see me using a lot of the recipes from your book. You are amazing. Thank you for all your cooking expertise.

  48. wow wow woooooowwww! Always amazed by you’re baking skills and love watching your tutorials on Instagram. That cheesy loaf is calling my name!

  49. This looks amazing and your IG videos are always so fun to watch! Would love to conquer my fear of making bread with the fabulous items in your giveaway!

  50. Love the Artisan Bread Book! Fresh bread any time any day can’t be bad! Can’t wait to try the pecan raisin recipe. Thanks!

  51. Ohhh I need to make this, stat! I recently made the pumpkin pie dough from the holiday Bin5 book and made it into a cinnamon twist. So yum!

  52. I love watching you bake! There is such joy and fun in all of it!!! Even your hands move with that energy❤️❤️❤️ Hope your birthday has been just right!

  53. You are amazing and such an inspiration! I follow you on Instagram and love everything you made I wish I can bake like you someday!

  54. Happy belated birthday!!! Im a novice Baker and im always looking for new products to help me improve my bread game, id love to try any of these!

  55. I have a total homemade bread addiction, and now come to think about it, a new addiction develops every time you post something I haven’t tried yet. Love your site, and you instastories. Thank you for this content, and happy belated!!

  56. Happy belated birthday, Zoë!
    Thank you for the chance at this lovely giveaway. I’ve really gotten into baking over the past 18 months and these are all items that I do not own and could make very good use of every week.

  57. You are so talented! Your videos and detailed instructions give me the courage to try recipes that I would normally be intimidated by-thank you! Just added the beautiful bread cloche to my Christmas wish list;)

  58. What a wonderful opportunity, thanks for hosting this giveaway! Breadin5 was my gateway to no knead bread almost 10 years ago now! It got me a lot more comfortable with yeast and since then my family rarely buys bread, we are so used to homemade bread now!! Your creations on this site are always so beautiful and inspiring!

  59. Although I don’t particularly like raisins or nuts I watched your Instagram stories & the cheddar cheese bread & the “plain” loaf both look fabulous! Beautiful work! (& belated happy birthday )

  60. …oh fun! I am on a sourdough adventure and always wanting to learn and improve! I love your joyful approach to life as food as I see it spilling over from your Instagram and blog! Thank you! I would be delighted to be a winner …! Early Christmas dream come true!

  61. Delightful! I’ve been baking in my Dutch oven and love the crust it gives but I’m always mildly paranoid I’ll burn my hands when dropping in the dough. A cloche is ingenious!

  62. I would love to win this….I need more baking supplies! I started baking with Baker Bettie and now follow you and a few others to learn more. I have mastered the Kouign Aman which impressed my family. I adore baking and making those around me happy with the things I am learning from all of you!

  63. I would use these everyday! My family loves fresh baked bread! I love that you make it so easy to learn a multitude of beautiful creations!

  64. Happy Birthday! Your post riding the coin operated pig made me so happy! Almost as happy as watching you with blow torches!

  65. I am such a fan and wannabe baker!! I was just reading about the bread cloche in one of your books and would love to have one. A good crust is so yummy!!

  66. The bread looks fabulous !!!! All of your recipes are delicious, beautifully photographed and most importantly, your detailed steps make them accessible to home bakers. THANK YOU !!!!!!

  67. Zoe – Happy belated birthday. Yesterday was also the birthday of a friend of mine who is a great bread baker. And today is my birthday. I have enjoyed many of your books, love your blog and was happy to see you mentioned today in Joy the baker’s blog. I could make great use of this baking package.

  68. Happy belated birthday! As a novice bread baker I’ve never seen a baking cloche. Excited for the opportunity to win one.

  69. I am still working on perfecting the master recipe and soon I will move on to adding yummy things like nuts and fruits!! I would be so excited to win the baking package!!

  70. Loved meeting you at Teri Turners book tour! The chocolate chip(GF) cookies were to die for! Been buying your cookbooks for years! Also, Happy birthday!

  71. I love your Recipes keep up the great work. I just picked up your “Holiday and Celebration Bread” book and can’t wait to give a spin!

  72. I love your Recipes keep up the great work. I just picked up your “Holiday and Celebration Bread” book and can’t wait to give a spin!

  73. I have never heard of a cloche, is it different than a Dutch oven? …wait…just read your wonderful post about baking in a cloche! Thanks for sharing your inspiring bakes with me ( and the rest of the world)

  74. I have town to love baking bread, I started about 9 months ago and I’m hooked, only bread we eat in our house now is home baked, it’s soo delicious, my favorites are Dakota bread and a no knead bread for soup and our absolute favorite is shokupan or milk bread, but I really am inspired by your raisin pecan bread, I think my husband will love it so I have to try, but I don’t have all these tools, so it would be so great to win them. Thank you for all your recipes, whatever you make always looks amazing.

  75. I love baking bread, I started about 9 months ago and I’m hooked, only bread we eat in our house now is home baked, it’s soo delicious, my favorites are Dakota bread and a no knead bread for soup and our absolute favorite is shokupan or milk bread, but I really am inspired by your raisin pecan bread, I think my husband will love it so I have to try, but I don’t have all these tools, so it would be so great to win them. Thank you for all your recipes, whatever you make always looks amazing.

  76. Homemade baked bread for the win!! I grew up with fresh bread everyday and this reminds me of the times we’d come home from school to a plate of warm, soft bread paired with hot spiced tea. Yummm!!

  77. Zoe ~ you’re always inspiring and ever the cheerleader, giving us home bakers the ‘can do’ attitude to achieve great results. Always!

  78. I would love to win the book. I’ve historically been terrible with breadmaking and have made it my mission to correct that. Thank you for the opportunity.

  79. This is beautiful. I’ve been working with sourdough for several years and still feel like an absolute beginner, in the best of ways. I appreciate the fun in your words and pictures — and this raisin bread looks so approachable. I think it’s next on my list!

  80. I loooooove all your recipes and how you are such a good teacher, I’ve learned a lot about baking thanks to you. I hope I can win this set so I can keep learning from you! Thanks for all your hard work and for sharing your talent!

  81. Happy Birthday a little late and Happy a Thanksgiving a little early You are one great baker!! Thank you for sharing your recipes and talent with we wannabes

  82. This bread looks fantastic. I love you and your website and your baking, but Iove to bake for my family even more. Hoping to win this package. Lots of love and happy belated birthday

  83. I love ALL your posts that inspire me to try new recipes‍ and these bread variations are so tempting me. Help me win the tools to get up earlier and bake!

  84. Would love to win for my husband. Went to school for baking, worked in field for short time. Changed careers. Now slowly getting back into making bread for our young family. Happy Birthday!

  85. I surely would be tempted to add cinnamon to this amazing bread. I love that the dough can hold. I can’t eat a loaf in one day and because of that I don’t bake as often as I like. It’s such a process for just one loaf but having more than one at a time they go stale and I just don’t like it as much when it’s been frozen. I’ll be trying this dough out for sure!

  86. I did not mean to comment twice. The first comment, when I clicked to post it, a window popped up telling me that I had already commented that, when I know I had not, so I tried again.

  87. Literally everything you make goes on my bucket list to try! You have never failed me with any of your recipes. Thank you for sharing – I’m so excited to make bread for the first time, and I’ve never heard of a baking cloche!!

  88. This is a lovely package. Thanks to your books I have gone from new to bread(with dense loaves) to inventing my own recipes.

  89. Yay thanks for the opportunity! Im drooling at your photos and would love to bake with a cloche! I have your book but would love to gift to a friend because it’s amazing!

  90. Scanning through by blog feed this morning, I saw in the title with “raisin” and “bread” and was about to hit delete, not being a fan of raisin bread. Then I saw it was one of your posts and had to check it out. Your posts are always fun to read and filled with great photos of beautiful food. Same for this one, almost enough to make me a raisins in bread convert. 🙂 Anyway, thanks for recipe share and lovely pics as always!

  91. This looks incredible! I absolutely love all of your recipes and baking inspiration, hoping to put some to use for the holiday season. Thanks, Zoe!!

  92. Oh my gosh, I have failed at bread so many times but I want to keep trying. I didn’t know these products existed! Your bread looks so good! Thanks for always sharing your recipes and knowledge Happy Birthday to a fellow Scorpion (Nov 10).

  93. Thank you for your inspiring recipes! I am a bread making novice but I feel encouraged that I could do this! Absolutely love your blog.

  94. I purchased all three of your bread baking books last year. So fabulous to have one batch of dough ready to make the Christmas morning monkey bread, panettone (I’m Italian) and Julekage (my husband’s Norwegian).My twins have been assembling the monkey bread sine they were 3 or 4 years old. It was make them part of preparing for Christmas. I enjoy following your stories from the neighboring state of Wisconsin where I bake as much as possible! Would love the prize package!

  95. This bread looks SO good!

    I’ve never baked in a cloche before but would love the opportunity.

    Happy birthday!

    (My birthday is today.)

    My granddaughter is a senior in college and is looking forward to coming home to join in with her mother and I baking an assortment of pies for the multi-family Thanksgiving dinner.

    Plentiful food, especially pies, is the center of this holiday and brings home all we have to be grateful for.

    Thank you for sharing all of your glorious recipes through the years!

  96. I would love, love, love to win the package!! I want to instill a love of baking and make quality memories with my boys. I look forward to each new blog post; your content is !

  97. My family Loves Bread ! This would be An Amazing win to have the necessary tools to keep my clan happy ❤️
    Thank you for the chance!

  98. I moved to Fl 3 yrs ago and haven’t been able to bake crusty bread in this oven or find a baker that home bakes crusty bread. Nobody local know what crusty bread is. I would love to have this baking set. I will also be bringing water home from my next trip to Philly.

  99. Entered your giveaway! I’m excited. I woke up this morning to make a couple of loaves of bread for the week and didn’t even realize it was national homemade bread day! Thanks for sharing your recipes. And happy belated birthday!

  100. Bread is my next baking challenge – I’m both intimidated and excited to learn the basics. I suspect your post will be very helpful!

  101. I make a lot of bread for the holidays as gifts and this loaf would be perfect it really sounds delicious. All wonderful prizes I would love to win. I bake a lot but live on a fixed income so I can’t afford some of these items but, I do use Red Star yeast and I love it. Thank you for the contest. I love to bake with my granddaughters and we bake bread together also.

  102. Wow this bread looks awesome? And I can only imagine the other two variations are as equally good! I bake bread for the family, so I am so happy I found your page

  103. Baking bread at home is the best magic trick! There is something really satisfying (and delicious) about baking with yeast. Needless to say, your bread looks sensational, and what a fabulous giveaway!

  104. I buy Raisin Pecan bread at the store every other week. It sure would be wonderful to learn how to make it myself. Thanks.

  105. So happy that I saw your Instagram on @joythebaker. I have always been a baker and last January decided to master yeast breads as a New Year’s Resolution of sorts! Still working on this and enjoying this! I would love to win the giveaway!!

  106. Breads are one of my favorite things to make with our kids. They help us make it, and watchinh it rise, they have a feeling of accomplishment, as though the impossible was done. They love it. The hard part if keeping them from deflating it!!

  107. I have been baking bread for about 8 months now and am thrilled to have found you … this pecan bread looks amazing!! I am def going to try it!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  108. Any bread is good for me but I especially love a fruit and nut that’s coarse so I can toast for breakfast or a snack – this is an amazing recipe that I’ll share this holiday season

  109. This looks absolutely gorgeous! And it makes me think of so many flavor combos! Blueberry and white chocolate, pistachios and honey, even walnuts and orange. YUM

  110. I have baked cinnamon raisin bread countless times, but not bread with pecans. Looking forward to trying it soon. Thank you.

    1. Great blog and giveaway! I’ve come across a cloches and they aren’t cheap. Thanks for the opportunity and happy belated birthday

  111. Looks delicious, thank you for being so inspiring! For us military wives it’s hard balancing it all, your master recipe has made several of our lives lots easier! I can’t wait to learn more ways to enjoying baking!

  112. I’m making a batch of your dough tonight—cinnamon rolls and cheese bread coming soon! How nice of you to share on your birthday!

  113. I always love to expand my horizons when baking your Artisan bread recipes. I would be thrilled to win a cloche and all the goodies that are part of the giveaway. Look forward to more of your wonderful recipes

  114. Yum!… the bread looks amazing! I would love to give baking a loaf a try! Haha, it wouldn’t hurt one bit if I were lucky enough to have any of those lovely items to help me compete accomplish it. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  115. Happy belated birthday Zoe Bakes! Hoping you didn’t also need to bake your own cake. Everything you make looks absolutely devine!

  116. So excited! I just ordered a container for my fridge to make bread! Love all of Zoe’s recipes they are so easy to recreate at home!

  117. Beautiful bread, I’ve never even heard of a bread cloche but I’ve been making bread in a pot for a few years. I would love to own one of these stylish clothes! Thanks for your instagram account, I love the demo videos you save to your stories Hugs!

  118. Wow! What a wonderful prize package. I am just now getting into bread baking. Everything you bake is beautiful. You are such an inspiration.

  119. Received this book as a Thank You gift from a houseguest (I was making a failed batch of bread when she was visiting), and I have made two perfect loaves from my first batch of dough. Would love to be able to gift this to someone else! Gotta try this raisin pecan variation with some of my dough.

  120. Beautiful bread and amazing Giveaway! My fingers are crossed! I have been wanting to try the Emile Henry Cloche and I love Red Star yeast!