giant raisin bread

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raisin bread I have been meaning for some time to make raisin bread. But you know me. Things get in the way and well… never mind….

What matters is that I finally came through on my promise.

Why oh why oh why oh why did I wait so long?! Raisin bread is the best. Even if the Thompson raisins are absolutely humungous. raisin bread Actually, I suspect that they aren’t Thompson raisins and that we took raisins out of the wrong bin at the dried fruits and grains store in Kensington Market. And I foolishly measured by volume and so there are very few raisins in each loaf; I probably should have cut each raisin in half… it’s still really good though. And it doesn’t really matter because even without raisins, this bread is stellar.

It has just the right amount of cinnamon, just the right amount of sweetness. It makes the best toast!

In fact, I think maybe I need to go and fire up the toaster now….

 

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  • CAM

    mmmm! Raisin bread is addictive. Well, raisin toast is addictive. You can’t have just one slice… A particularly insidious addiction is formed if, on top of the melted butter, you place slices of sharp cheddar cheese.

  • ejm

    Yes, indeed, there is only one thing wrong with raisin bread. The loaf is finished all too soon.

    Sharp cheddar on raisin bread toast sounds great, CAM.

  • So, why does measuring by volume (say, 2 cups) make such a difference to the amount of raisins? As you say, toasted, them slices look mighty good. Are those hard boiled eggs on the plate along with the pork “steaks”?

  • ejm

    Yes, that is a hard boiled egg beside the fried ham, Mats. T had really loose scrambled eggs (brrrr) with his raisin toast that day. I just couldn’t bring myself to post the photo of the scrambled eggs. (It was all I could do to sit at the same table as he ate them. :-D)

    If one measures a half cup of large raisins, there will be fewer raisins than if one measures a half cup of small raisins. I should probably revise the recipe to say about how many raisins to add.

  • bing

    Ahh, now I see why there are so few raisins in each slice.

    But you should have cut them in eighths, not halves. At least, I think there should be at least twenty raisins in each slice of raisin bread.

    Mmm, raisin toast. The sharp cheese sounds like a good idea.

  • I made raisin bread today, it was 2 inches high. Argh! Definitely not a success. I’ve copied down your recipe and I’m making it tonight.

  • ejm

    Oops… sorry I didn’t answer this right away, Brilynn.

    Augh!! How annoying for you!! Are you sure that your yeast is alive?