November 7, 2011

Better Homes and Gardens Raisin Sweet Bread

With four people in my house, we eat a lot of bread. About four years back my mother-in-law gave me her old bread machine and I started making bread once or twice a month. A couple years later the bread machine broke and I started making all my bread from scratch. I had my share of bread disasters with my bread resembling a hockey puck, but as time went by I got fairly comfortable making a variety of bread recipes.I am a big fan of breads using raisins. There is something delicious about spreading butter on hot raisin bread. Recently the September issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine had a recipe for Raisin Sweet Bread, which looked delicious and great for a weekend breakfast menu.

This recipe has 13 ingredients. It takes approximately 4 hours of prep and baking and makes 40 servings. The ingredients are basic and I either already had or I was able to find at my local grocery store. The original recipe uses golden raisins, which I used since my family loves them, but regular raisins would also work. Instead of bread flour I used the all-purpose flour that I already had in my pantry. I had no problems with rising or texture, so the all-purpose flour worked fine Be careful to watch the bread to prevent over browning, I had to tent my bread earlier than the recipe suggested. I followed the remainder of the recipe as written.

My two boys loved this bread. It has a sweet taste and looks great after being baked. It makes three large loaves, so it would be great for entertaining. The ingredients could easily be modified to suit your tastes, substituting regular raisins, using all whole milk instead of whipping cream etc. This recipe would work particularly well for a holiday breakfast or brunch.

For the recipe go to Raisin Sweet Bread.

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