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Vanilla Raisin Bread

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This bread has the most wonderful flavor and aroma. The raisins are soaked in vanilla for a strong flavor. Bread Machines make a great gift.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 8-12 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup raisins
  • 3 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 1-1/8 to 1-1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 3-1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 tsp. active dry yeast

Preparation:

For 1-1/2 lb. machine:

Soak raisins in vanilla for at least one hour OR combine the raisins and vanilla and microwave on HIGH for 1 minute. (For a stronger vanilla flavor, reserve the vanilla drained from the raisins and use some of it as part of your liquid.)

Drain raisins well and discard vanilla or use part of it as directed above.

Place all ingredients in bread pan, using the least amount of liquid in the recipe. Select Light Crust setting and press Start. Observe the dough as it kneads. If after 5-10 minutes it appears dry or if your machine sounds as if it's straining, add more liquid 1 Tbsp. at a time until the dough is smooth, soft, and slightly tacky to the touch.

After the baking cycle ends, cool bread on wire rack for 1 hour before slicing.

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