Dk's Raisin Bread

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D2thaK
Recipe by D2thaK

Wonderful, wonderful recipe! Big, light and fluffy. I always spread the dough with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon before shaping. This results in a yummy, cinnamon swirled loaf. We had a loaf for lunch once! lol This recipe is from "Great Bread Every Time". I always proof my yeast exactly as described in this recipe and have never had a bad loaf of bread!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In a 1 cup measure, pour 1/2 cup warm water. Add 1 tsp sugar, but do not , stir. Slowly sprinkle 2 tbsp yeast into the water, making sure each particle gets wet. Again, do not stir. Wait 10 minutes until the yeast is thick and foamy.
  2. Meanwhile, using a whisk, mix the following ingredients in your bread bowl: 1 c lukewarm milk, 1 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 c sugar, 2 eggs and 1 c flour. Whisk in the yeast, then the 1/2 c cooled margarine. Add 1 c raisins and stir with your wooden spoon.
  3. Add the remaining flour 1 cup at at time (reserving the last cup to knead into the dough) to make a soft dough. Coat the dough with flour before turning it out onto the kneading surface.
  4. Dust the kneading surface with flour and turn the dough out onto it. Then, dust your hands with flour and knead the dough for 10 minutes. Whenever the dough feels too stick dust it and your hands with flour.
  5. After kneading, place the dough into a greased bowl, turn to grease the top, set in a warm, draft free spot and allow to double(about 2 hours).
  6. When dough has doubled, punch it down, knead it briefly and let it rest so that it will be easier to shape. Cut in half, shape into loaves by rolling the dough and tucking the ends under. Place each loaf into a greased 8" x 4" x 3" pan. Remove all exposed raisins as they will burn. Set in a warm, draft free spot and allow to double (about 45 minutes).
  7. Bake in a 400* oven for 10 minutes, then turn the heat down to 375* for another 20-25 minutes.
  8. (Before baking you can brush the tops with a mixture of melted margarine and sugar.).

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