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Great-Grandma Rose’s Homemade Raisin Bread

Great-Grandma Rose’s Homemade Raisin Bread
Great-Grandma Rose’s Homemade Raisin Bread

A couple weekends ago, we celebrated my Grandpa Kelly’s 79th birthday. Catching up with the family, the topic of my blog came up. I was explaining what I cooked, what inspired me to start it, and what the heck it actually was (for the older folks who did not know)… I received great feedback and support. Fast-forward a couple of days after the party, I get mail from my Grandma Kelly. I open it, and inside is my Great-Grandma Rose’s homemade Raisin Bread recipe. My Grandma knows I love this bread, seriously- when my Grandma makes it, it is the best. Any of my Kelly side cousins can attest to that! Anyways, I was so excited, I wanted to try the recipe ASAP. I was  nervous to attempt to make it on my own, because my Grandma Kelly had already set the bar so high in the past!! So Sunday, my house was empty, aside from my dog and I. It was the perfect, most opportune time to have a go at this homemade raisin bread.

The recipe requires yeast, which made me nervous. I attempted to make homemade pizza crust a few years back, and my experience with yeast was not so good. Needless to say, the crust didn’t turn out how it was supposed to. However, I am glad to deliver you all the news that- my bread turned out just fine! In fact, I love the texture of this bread. I couldn’t be happier that it turned out just like my Grandma’s, and I’m assuming just like my Great-Grandma’s.

I did use some substitutions in this recipe. Instead of 1/4 c. shortening, I used 1/4 c. butter. Instead of 1 c. Currants, I used 2 c. Raisins (Thanks for the suggestion, Gram) Lastly, I switched up the amount of the spices. I couldn’t find Allspice in my spice cabinet, so I used 1 tbsp Cinnamon and 1/2 tbsp Nutmeg.

For the yeast, I used this kind here and it was super easy!

This bread is perfect when it comes to warming you up in the winter time with a cup of tea or coffee.
This bread is perfect when it comes to warming you up in the winter time with a cup of tea or coffee.
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Seriously, look at all that ooey warm buttery, bread-y goodness.
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This is the golden brown color the homemade raisin bread must cook to!

So here is my usual spiel.. below you  can find a printable recipe card including everything you need to make this wonderful bread.

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