This is a recipe created by my mother's cousin's husband, Frank. Many friends requested this recipe and he gladly gave it out! He is 96 years young now, but cannot see to bake. He used a small potato and said that increases the leavening effect of the yeast. These are still a favorite in the family. Prep time does not include rising times. Do not the steps deter you...these are easy to make and a delight to taste - especially if you soak the raisins in spiced rum! Great for Christmas! I'm making some; won't you joiin me?