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Raisin Bread

  • Intermediate
  • 2 loaves
  • 2 hr 10 min
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Ingredients

1 cup warm water (100° to 110°F)*
2 (4-1/2 tsp.) envelopes Fleischmann's® Traditional Yeast
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter OR margarine, softened
5 to 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1/3 cup cooked mashed potatoes, at room temperature**
2 cups raisins

Instructions

Place 1/2 cup warm water in large warm bowl. Sprinkle in yeast; stir until dissolved. Add remaining water, sugar, salt, butter, and 2 cups flour; blend well. Stir in eggs, mashed potatoes, raisins, and enough remaining flour to make soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 6 to 8 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.


Punch dough down. Remove dough to lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each half to 12 x 7-inch rectangle. Beginning at short end of each, roll up tightly as for jelly roll. Pinch seams and ends to seal. Place, seam sides down, in 2 greased 8-1/2 x 4-1/2-inch loaf pans. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.


Bake at 350°F for 35 minutes or until done. (Cover with foil during last 10 minutes of baking if bread is getting too brown.) Remove from pans; let cool on wire racks.


*Use water reserved from boiling potatoes or tap water.


**To use instant potatoes: Stir together 1/3 cup boiling water and 1/4 cup instant potato flakes or buds. Let cool to room temperature.


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