Thursday, July 15, 2010

Raisin Bread

This one is our very favorite breakfast toast!!

Raisin Bread

1 cup raisins
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 T. cinnamon
1/2 cup warm water
2 T. yeast
2 cups warm milk
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup oil
7 cups flour

Combine the raisins, 1/2 cup water and cinnamon in a small saucepan.  Bring to a simmer then remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

Combine the warm water, yeast, milk, sugar and salt in a large bowl and let stand 5 minutes.

Stir in cooled raisins, oil and 5-6 cups of the flour (enough to make a soft but not too sticky dough). Turn onto a well floured counter and knead for 5 minutes.

Return kneaded dough to greased bowl.  Cover and let rise until double in size.

Punch dough down and form into 3 small or 2 large loaves.  Place in greased bread pans.

Let rise until almost double.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

And voila - delicious raisin bread to eat or toast and enjoy with butter.  This bread freezes well to be used later.

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