Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Raisin Bread: The Bread Machine Way

Good news! I finally got a real  run in yesterday. We got out of class two hours early so I was able to hit up the indoor track. I quickly realized why I did not enjoy running on it while I was an undergrad (overcrowding, dry air, boooring), but it felt awesome to get in some speed.

Anyway, two weeks ago, while I was on my "detox" I had the BIGGEST cravings for raisin bread. The weird part is I couldn't remember the last time I had had it. Where was that craving coming from?

So once my "detox" was over, what do you think I made?

Whole wheat raisin bread

While it satisfied my craving, it could have used more than 1 cup of raisins. The raisins soaked in water an hour before being added into the bread dough, but perhaps a longer soaking time would have made them better. 

Whole Wheat Raisin Bread
Adapted from

1 cup water
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups all-purpose flower
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon 
2 1/2 teaspoons yeast
1 cup raisins, soaked*

*Soak the raisins in a bowl of water before adding them. I soaked them about an hour, but perhaps a longer soak is needed*

1. Add ingredients to the bread machine, leaving out the raisins. 
2. Set bread machine to "sweet" bread and begin baking process
3. Add raisins on first beep. 

Serve warm with butter and enjoy!


  1. Hey Dani! Love the post! What kind of bread machine do you have? I have one that has a vertical mixing thing, so it will only make vertical loafs - also, the mixer wont come out, so you have to pick it out of your loaf at the end of baking. I just use it to make the dough, then I bake it in the oven. Looking to upgrade at some point...

  2. I think ours makes vertical loaves as well. They come out more like a square rather than a rectangle, but I really can't complain. We have a Magic Chef - it belonged to Tom's grandmother and still works great. However- a brand new machine sounds awfully nice!