I highly recommend fresh rosemary for this loaf. By softening the raisins, they become plumper, and the raisin-water is then used for the liquid in the recipe. I like to make mini-loaves and freeze them before the second rise. Before bed, put one on the counter to defrost, and bake it when you get up in the morning. It seems to do well that way. And you can suprise your family/coworkers with warm bread. The cook time is approximate. Keep an eye on yours. I got this recipe from a high school friend, Katie Herlihy.