Homemade Raisin Bread
This homemade raisin bread makes fabulous toast, and it's a five-star recipe. The recipe makes two loaves of soft, delicious raisin bread.
- Serves: 16 persons
- 1(1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
- ¼cup water (warm, about 110 F)
- 1cup raisins
- ¼cup butter (softened)
- ¼cup granulated sugar
- 1 ½teaspoons salt
- ½cup milk (warm)
- 3 ¾cups all-purpose flour (divided)
- 2large eggs (beaten)
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Dissolve the yeast in the warm water.
Step 3In a large bowl, combine the raisins, warm milk, butter, sugar, and salt; stir to dissolve the sugar. Let the mixture cool to lukewarm.
Step 4Stir 1 1/2 cups of the flour into the milk mixture and beat until smooth.
Step 5Add the yeast mixture and the beaten eggs to the milk mixture and mix to blend well.
Step 6Add enough of the remaining flour to make a soft but stiff dough.
Step 7Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic.
Step 8Butter or oil a large bowl. Place the dough in the greased bowl. Turn it over to grease the entire surface of the dough.
Step 9Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let it stand in a warm, draft-free place until it has doubled in bulk, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Step 10Punch the dough down and divide it into two equal portions. Cover the dough with a kitchen towel and let it rest for 10 minutes.
Step 11Shape the dough into two loaves and place them in two greased 8-by-4-inch loaf pans .
Step 12Cover the pans with a kitchen towel and let the loaves rise for about 45 to 60 minutes, or until the dough has almost doubled in bulk. Then preheat oven to 375 F.
Step 13Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Place foil over the loaves for the last 10 minutes if they look overly brown.
Step 14Remove the loaves from the pans and let them cool on racks. Serve and enjoy!