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Basic Raisin Bread or Cranberry Bread

An easy recipe for a basic raisin bread or cranberry bread.
Prep Time2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Author: Cookie Madness

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 packet quick rising yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups flour (1/2 bread and 1/2 wheat), 11.5 oz
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons sugar I use 2
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • Combine the milk and water in a large saucepan or 2 cup measure and heat, either over stove or in microwave, until simmering. Let cool to about 130 degrees F.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, thoroughly stir together the yeast, flour, sugar and salt.
  • Add the milk/water mixture, butter and vanilla. Stir well, then attach dough hook and let the machine knead mixture until smooth and elastic.
  • Stir in the raisins. You will add the cinnamon after the first rise, so keep it handy.
  • Put the dough in an oily bowl and allow it to rise, covered, for about an hour.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon over the top of the risen dough, then punch down dough and knead in the cinnamon.
  • Shape into a brick and put the loaf in a loaf pan (8 ½ by 4 ½ or 9x5). Allow the dough to rise again (about 45 minutes).
  • Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for about 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool in pan for about 20 minutes, then remove and let cool completely.