November 9, 2014

Homemade Raisin Bread

When my oldest was born my husband acquired a new habit, he started insisting on having our door closed at night. Part of the reason is that we have two cats who come in and make noises, waking us (mostly my husband) up. The other part is that we have to leave a light on in order for my kids to be able to find the bathroom at night. I'm a pretty good sleeper, so having the light or noise doesn't bother me. My husband is noise and light sensitive, he has to have the room quiet and dark or he can't sleep. We are also opposite when we wake up, I wake right up and am ready to go. My husband can be a little grouchy in the morning, it's best to let him get ready by himself. I don't mind the door being closed, except our room stays warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter with the door open. Plus I like my door open, that way my kids don't knock loudly when they wake up in the middle of the night. Then I have to get up out of bed to open the door (my husband likes it locked also), and see what the problem is. Honestly, I like my sleep and that is one extra step I don't seem to have in the middle of the night. Maybe when we are empty nesters my husband will allow me to sleep with the door open once again....

We eat a lot of bread in my house. My kids are constantly hungry and homemade bread is a great way to save money. We use it for toast, sandwiches, french toast, croutons, you name it. Plus homemade bread makes great breadcrumbs. The following is a recipe for Homemade Raisin Bread. It can be made with or without a bread maker.

Homemade Raisin Bread

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dry milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup raisins
Cooking Directions
  1. If using a bread maker add liquid ingredients to the bread pan.
  2. Add dry ingredients (except yeast) to the pan.
  3. Man a will in the flour and add yeast.
  4. Select regular/basic setting on your bread maker, makes 1.5 pound loaf.
  5. If making by hand or with a mixer, mix wet ingredients together.
  6. In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients.
  7. Add yeast to dry ingredients.
  8. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and combine until dough forms.
  9. On a floured surface or in your mixer knead dough for 5 minutes.
  10. Add raisins.
  11. Knead 3 more minutes.
  12. Roll dough into ball and add to an oiled bowl.
  13. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit until doubled (1-2 hours).
  14. Punch dough down.
  15. Form dough into a loaf shape and add to a greased loaf pan.
  16. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until 1 inch above the top of the pan (1-2 hours).
  17. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.
  18. Tent with foil if crust and top brown too quickly.
  19. Wait until cool to slice.
  • All-purpose flour can be used instead of bread flour, however, bread flour makes a superior rise and flavor. 
  • I prefer dry milk and water in bread recipes. However, I have made this recipe with regular milk (omit the dry milk and add 1 cup regular milk). Heat the milk with the butter on the stove and then add to other ingredients. 
  • Don't let this dough over rise in the loaf pan or the top will fall in the oven (trust me I did it once). 
  • Don't worry if the bread begins to get really brown on top, my family loves the really browned outside. The first time I made it I thought it was burnt, but they absolutely loved the browned sugar tasting crust! 


  1. I have always slept with my door closed. I sleep with a fan on to drown out noise, so that is part of it.

    1. My husband likes to sleep with a fan too, he is super noise sensitive :)

  2. Such bread is so good while still warm with a bit of butter and glass of milk.. yummy!

  3. I am a good sleeper too but I can be grumpy in the morning. :)
    This bread is the best in the morning.I havent really baked my own bread before. Maybe I will try this. :)

    1. My husband and youngest are cranky morning people too! Homemade bread is really easy to make one you get the hang of it, I promise :)

  4. I'd like to get a breadmaker. I hear they are really nice.

    Our doors have a bad habit of falling off. Our carpet is too high and we need to shave the doors. Silly that we haven't done it yet, we've been here 7 years!!

    1. I bought mine on super clearance, it was only 14 dollars marked down from over 100 :) I understand about not fixing things, I have a huge to do list that needs done around our house!

    2. 14 dollars!!! That's a find! I'd have had that in my shopping cart faster than you can say bread. :)

  5. I need the door open to sleep .
    I sleep better that way:)

    This raisins bread look so good!:)

    1. I prefer the door open too, glad I'm not the only one!

  6. The raisin bread looks delicious, I'm glad to know the recipe. I'd tried making raisin bread a few times and didn't like the results but yours really looks good.

    1. I've tried a ton of raisin bread recipes. A lot of them don't rise or are too sweet. This one is nice since it rises and doesn't have a ton of sugar.


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