>> Wednesday, November 11, 2009
A friend of my sister's just started a food blog and when I saw this recipe, I KNEW I had to make it. Yes, I love carbs, it is one of my downfalls! I remember as a child my dad buying store bought raisin bread and out of each loaf we would only get ONE small slice. All four of us kids would drool over my dad's loaf of raisin bread and dream of our next slice. He used to toast his slice, put a generous amount of butter on the bread, and then sprinkle a little cinnamon and sugar on top---yum!! This was truly a treat to us as children (we must not of had many sweets back then!). I have tried making raisin bread before, but haven't been able to find a recipe that I loved. This recipe off of her blog, was VERY good! I only made a couple of changes. First, I put more like a 1/4 c. of powdered milk (why not, I have TONS of it!) and then I also added a 1/3 c. of vital wheat gluten (my bread secret weapon!). The vital wheat gluten gave the bread that soft and pliable texture which I love, and will help the bread stay soft and fresh for a couple of days (that is..if it lasts that long). Here is the great recipe...I might add, it is an awesome food storage recipe at that!
* 4 C hot water
* 4 t salt
* 6 T butter
* 3/4 C sugar
* 2 T dry milk (I used 1/4 c)
* 4 t cinnamon
* 2 C raisins (tip for hard raisins that have been stored too long--put them in a bowl with a little water and microwave them for a minute or so. They plump up just like they were brand new and have a softer texture in the bread)
* 10-12 C flour (I found it was about 10 1/2 c.)--you could use all wheat flour or even 1/2 white and 1/2 wheat. The cinnamon gives the bread a brown color anyway, so why not add some wheat to make it healthier
* 2 1/2 T yeast
(1/3 c. vital wheat gluten--optional) Add during the first step with the water, butter, sugar, etc.
1. Put the water, salt, butter, sugar, dry milk, cinnamon and 4 C of the flour in the mixer, mix for 1 minute.
2. Add the yeast.
3. Keep adding the flour one cup at a time until the dough scrapes the side of your mixer clean.
4. Mix for 8 minutes.
5. Add the raisins and mix just until incorporated.
6. Let the dough sit for 5 minutes.
7. Divide the dough into 4 pieces and place each piece in a loaf pan sprayed with cooking spray. Pick each piece up, holding it in one hand, smack it repeatedly to get the air bubbles out. Shape it into a ball and place it back in the pan. Repeat with each section of dough.
8. Put the pans into a warm 170 degree oven and let rise for about 20 minutes, or until the dough has risen 1 inch above the rim of the pan.
9. Turn the oven up to 350 and bake for 25 minutes. (The 25 minutes includes the time it takes for the oven to increase in temperature)