Recipe for Homemade Raisin Bread

Raisin bread

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  • Total: 45 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Rising Time: 105 mins
  • Yield: 2 loaves (16 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
121 Calories
5g Fat
16g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 loaves (16 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 121
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 334mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 3g
Calcium 34mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This homemade raisin bread is a delicious, lightly sweetened yeast bread. It's wonderful sliced right off the loaf, and it makes fabulous toast. Whichever way you like it, homemade raisin bread is a top-notch breakfast choice.

Add some fresh-squeezed orange juice and a hot cup of your favorite coffee or strong, black tea, and you have a breakfast that would be right at home on a cafe menu. You can also make French toast out of raisin bread for a yummy Sunday breakfast. If you prefer, you can mix and knead the dough with a bread machine or stand mixer with a dough hook attachment rather than by hand.


  • 1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1/4 cup water (warm, about 110 F)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup milk (warm)
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (divided)
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for raisin bread
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  2. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water.

    Yeast in water
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  3. In a large bowl, combine the raisins, butter, sugar, salt, and warm milk; stir to dissolve the sugar. Let the mixture cool to lukewarm.

    Stir in raisins
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  4. Stir 1 1/2 cups of the flour into the milk mixture and beat until smooth.

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  5. Add the yeast mixture and the beaten eggs to the milk mixture and mix to blend well.

    Add in yeast mixture
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  6. Add enough of the remaining flour to make a soft but stiff dough.

    Add enough flour
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  7. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic.

    Turn the dough
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  8. Butter or oil a large bowl. Place the dough in the greased bowl. Turn it over to grease the entire surface of the dough.

    Butter in a large bowl
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  9. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let it stand in a warm, draft-free place until it has doubled in bulk, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

    Cover the bowl
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  10. Punch the dough down and divide it into two equal portions. Cover the dough with a kitchen towel and let it rest for 10 minutes.

    Punch the dough down
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  11. Shape the dough into two loaves and place them in two greased 8-by-4-inch loaf pans.

    Dough into two loaves
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  12. Cover the pans with a kitchen towel and let the loaves rise for about 45 to 60 minutes, or until the dough has almost doubled in bulk.

    Cover the pans
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  13. Bake at 375 F for 25 minutes. Place foil over the loaves for the last 10 minutes if they look overly brown.

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  14. Remove the loaves from the pans and let them cool on racks.

    Raisin bread
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  15. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Variations

This recipe can easily be adapted based on your preferences or just for variety:

  • Cinnamon-Raisin Bread: Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon along with the flour.
  • Cranberry-Walnut Bread: Replace the raisins with dried cranberries or "craisins" and some chopped walnuts for a tasty treat that is especially appealing in the wintertime.
  • Substitute golden raisins or currants or goji berries for the raisins for another flavorful variation.
  • Classic French Pain Aux Raisin