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Raisin Bread Recipe Wanted

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Duecento

Raisin Bread Recipe Wanted

I am trying to clone a raisin bread that my Grandmother used to have delivered by "the Bread Man" back in the Chicago suburbs. It was likely from a Polish or Slovak bakery and came in 10" round rustic loaves about 4" high with a thick crust. It had no cinnamon or nuts and was not sweet beyond that imparted by the raisins. It had a somewhat chewy yellow crumb with just a few jelly bean sized holes and lots of raisins. It was absolutely heavenly when toasted and I miss it at the breakfast table. I have not been able to find a recipe that sounds even close. Any help would be appreciated.

TIA

Jason on the KP

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Duecento

Am I to believe that no one here has ever heard of a raisin bread like this?

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richawatt

I would think that if you were to make a basic bread recipe with raisons, with a nice long rest in the fridge overnight, you would end up with something like what you were describing.  I am a baker by trade and I make a raison walnut bread that is just a basic sourdough with the addition of raisons and walnuts.  The raisons add a slight sweetness to the bread aswell as some color.  So I would try a basic french bread recipe...flour, water, salt, and yeast.  With the addition of raisons, I would do 2oz per pound of dough.  Make sure to soak your raisons first in warm water to re-hydrate them some, or else during bake they will suck moisture from the dough.  Good luck

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pryalls

our fave is to soak the rasins in rum overnite

great

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Duecento

The crumb and color look right. Where would I find the recipe?

Thanx

Jason on the KP

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thomaschacon75

The links on TFL show up the as the same color as the text, so sometimes it's hard to see the links.

Here it is: http://wiseanticsoflife.blogspot.com/2010/03/polish-easter-bread.html