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I wanted to make bread for a holiday meal, but I didn't want to mess with a yeast bread. I found a molasses substitute (recipe is posted on my page) that was seamless. I also substituted a splash of vinegar in the milk to make buttermilk. This is a Pillsbury Bake-off Winner from Grace M. Kain of West Boothbay of Harbor, Maine from Bake-off Contest 10, 1958. I found this recipe from the Pillsbury Christmas 2009 cookbook. This is a definite make-again recipe.
- Heat oven to 375.
- Grease and flour bottoms of two 8x4 inch loaf pans.
- In large bowl, beat graham cracker crumbs and shortening (I used butter) with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.
- Add buttermilk, molasses, and eggs. Beat well.
- In small bowl, mix flour baking soda, salt, and nutmeg.
- Add to graham cracker mixture and beat at low speed until well blended. Fold in raisins and pour batter into pan.
- Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Cool 10 minutes.
- Remove from pans to cooling rack.
- Cool completely, about 1 hour (I messed up this step and had to have some right away because it smelled so good).