Raisin Brown Bread

Raisin Brown Bread

This recipe is based on a brown bread my mum used to make to go along with baked beans and potato salad. I’ve added some spices and raisins. This tastes incredible fresh and makes a wonderful toast later.

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup molasses
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 1/2 cup hot water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground nutmeg

1 cup flour
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp yeast
2 cups warm water

4-6 cups of flour
2-tablespoons of melted butter

Combine the oats, raisins, molasses, sugar, salt and spices in a bowl and pour the hot water over all of it. Cover it and set it aside.

Mix the flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl and mix it together. Pour in the warm water and mix it all up together. Cover the bowl with a towel and set it somewhere warm.

Take a break for fifteen minutes or so. When you get back, the oat and raisin mixture should have soaked up most of the water and the raisins should be plumped up and tender. The flour mixture should be bubbly as the yeast get to work.

Pour the oat and raisin mixture into the flour mixture and start adding more flour one cup at a time, mixing thoroughly as you go. Gradually, you’ll notice the dough start to hold together and get stretchy. The dough will remain pretty sticky, but keep your hands wet and you’ll be able to manipulate it. Once the dough is nice and stretchy, knead the melted butter into it, then cover it and set it somewhere warm to rise until it;s doubled in volume.

While it’s rising, put a pan full of water on the bottom rack of your oven and heat the oven up to 400 f.

Once the dough has doubled, turn it out onto a floured work surface, knead out all of the big bubbles and form it into two or three loaves. Put those loaves into buttered and floured loaf pans.

Raisin Brown Loaves

Place the loaf pans on the upper rack (around the middle of the oven) and let it bake for 30-45, until the crust is a nice dark brown.

Take your loaves out of the oven, let them cool for a few minutes and serve it hot with butter, peanut butter or butter and molasses.






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