Old fashioned Raisin Bread WITH ZEST




Christmas Raisin Bread made in the Almonte Bakery- Photo from the Aitkenhead Collection


Christmas Raisin Bread made in the Almonte Bakery- Photo from the Aitkenhead Collection
Easter Raisin Bread.  Photo–by Elizabeth Yetter

Easter raisin bread is not just your ordinary raisin bread. It is flavored with orange and lemon zest. This is a fantastic bread to serve for Easter dinner and makes an incredible breakfast bread that can be toasted and served with butter. Actually, you don’t have to wait until Easter to try out this bread. It tastes great all year long.

    • 5 cups bread flour, about
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1 Tbsp or 2 pkg. (1/2 oz. total) active dry yeast
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1-1/4 cups milk, room temperature
    • 1/2 cup butter, melted
    • 4 medium eggs
    • 1 cup raisins
    • 1 Tbsp grated orange rind
    • 1 Tbsp grated lemon rind
  • Prep Time: 120 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 165 minutes
  • Yield: 2 loaves
  1. In a large bowl, mix together 2 cups flour, the sugar, yeast, and salt. Add milk, butter, and eggs. Mix well. Mix in raisins, orange rind, and lemon rind. Mix in the remaining bread flour until a soft dough is formed. You may or may not use all the flour the recipe calls for so add the flour slowly until the dough is formed. Turn dough out onto floured board and knead for about 8 minutes, adding more flour to the dough in small amounts if needed.
  1. Put dough in greased bowl. Turn dough over in bowl so that the dough top is also lightly greased. Cover bowl with plastic wrap or clean kitchen cloth and let rise in warm place for 1 hour. Punch down dough. Turn dough out onto floured board and knead for another 5 minutes. Divide dough into 2 equal parts. Shape dough into 2 loaves. Put loaves in two greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Cover and let rise for about 30 minutes or until double in size.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 40 minutes or until bread sounds hollow when you tap on it.
  3. Related reading:

    What Happened to the House and Family on Frank Street –Part 1

    The Aitkenhead Family at 20 Frank Street in Carleton Place

    Before there was Baker Bob’s There was The Almonte Bakery

    Hog’s Back Falls Ottawa –Aitkenhead Photo Collection

    How to Make a Vintage Apron- Aitkenhead Photo Collection

    No Banker Left Behind – Bank of Montreal Almonte Photos

    Down by the Mississippi River- Almonte Falls Photos 50s

    Hog’s Back Falls Ottawa –Aitkenhead Photo Collection



About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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